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Here’s what’s happening this weekend in the South Okanagan

Bonnie Raitt at the SOEC kicks off a busy first weekend of autumn in the region
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The highlight to Wine Country Weekend is the ever-popular grape stomp at the Festival of the Grape happening Sunday, Sept. 24 at Oliver Community Park. (Western News file photo)

There’s no shortage of ways to officially greet the fall season this weekend in the South Okanagan.

Here’s what’s happening from Sept. 22 to 24:

Bonnie Raitt in Penticton (Sept. 22)

Here’s something to talk about: Bonnie Raitt will perform at the South Okanagan Events Centre on Friday night.

Royal Wood will serve as special guest, with the show starting at 8 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased here.

READ ALSO: Legendary singer Bonnie Raitt is giving Penticton something to talk about

Wine Capital Weekend Festival in Oliver (Sept. 22 to 24)

There’s lots planned at the Oliver Wine District and around the community all weekend long, including the Beer Olympics, Grape Stomp Competition, and Amazing Oliver Race during Cask & Keg.

The event typically welcomes more than 6,000 attendees.

Tickets and more information can be found here.

READ ALSO: 24th Festival of the Grape expected to draw thousands to Oliver

Ryga Arts Festival in Summerland (Sept. 22 to 24)

There’s many activities planned at the popular festival, set to run from Friday to Sunday.

The opening ceremony for the festival, which honours the legacy of George Ryga, happened on Wednesday, Sept. 20.

Events include music, theatre, spoken word and visual arts.

A full list of events that could be enjoyed this weekend can be found here.

READ ALSO: Plenty of events at Ryga Festival in Summerland

Writers’ Festival returns to Penticton (Sept. 22 to 24)

The Wine Country Writers Festival runs at Penticton’s Lakeside Resort from Friday to Sunday.

Writers and readers from B.C. and Alberta will be in attendance for the annual, non-profit conference.

READ ALSO: Wine Country Writers’ Festival comes to Penticton

Sizzle Fest in Keremeos (Sept. 23)

The always-popular Similkameen Sizzle Fest is back on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

A pepper-eating contest and bull-riding competition are among the planned festivities.

READ ALSO: Hottest event of the year coming to Keremeos

Heritage Fall Fair at Keremeos’ Grist Mill (Sept. 23 to 24)

The eighth annual fall fair returns to the Similkameen on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There are expected to be more than 50 exhibits to see or compete in over the course of the weekend.

READ ALSO: Zucchini races, apple pie eating contest at Heritage Fall Fair in Keremeos

Osoyoos Pride Arts Festival (Sept. 23)

Gyro Park in Osoyoos hosts Pride Arts Festival events all day Saturday.

Festivities run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and a full list of scheduled events can be found here.

READ ALSO: 2nd annual Pride Arts Festival coming to Osoyoos

Okanagan Vinyl Festival (Sept. 24)

The 10th annual edition of the festival returns to Okanagan College in Penticton, with records and audio gear among the items to be on sale in support of the Peach City Radio, CFUZ 92.9 FM.

Event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

READ ALSO: Okanagan Vinyl Festival celebrates 10 years in Penticton

Penticton’s Slack Alley (Sept. 24)

The season’s last slack-alley party goes on Sunday at the 200 block in downtown Penticton, between Main and Martin Street.

Live music and family-friendly activities run from noon to 4 p.m.

READ ALSO: Downtown Slack Alley parties coming back to Penticton this summer

Fundraisers for firefighters (Sept. 23 to 24)

There are two fundraisers this weekend, in Oliver and Keremeos, respectively, to raise money for firefighters from Wilson’s Landing FD who lost their homes battling the West Kelowna wildfire.

Events are at the Buy-Low Foods in each respective community, on Saturday in Oliver and Sunday in Keremeos.

READ ALSO: Oliver FD fundraiser for firefighters who lost homes in West Kelowna blaze

READ ALSO: Keremeos FD fundraising for firefighters who lost homes in West Kelowna blaze





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