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Penticton bursting with activity this Canada Day long weekend

Ribfest returns to Penticton this holiday weekend, just one of many activities in the area taking place June 30 through July 2, 2017.
June 30, 2017 - 3:30 PM

PENTICTON - Excessively high water levels this year might be putting a damper on summer fun on the water, but there’s more than enough happening on dry land to keep tourists and residents busy and entertained this Canada Day long weekend.

The Penticton Rotary Ribfest returns for the weekend in Okanagan Lake Park from Friday, June 30 to Sunday, July 2. The venue operates from 11 a.m until 9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Sunday. Four champion barbecue teams engage in a rib cook-off, with music, activities, a beverage garden and vendors. The Penticton Rotary Club uses the funds raised to fund community projects in the city.

The fourth annual Penticton Scottish Festival happens on Saturday, July 1 at King’s Park from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Celebrate Scottish heritage with bagpipe and drum competitions, Highland dancing, sheep dogs and the caber toss. Admission is free for children five and under, $5 for kids six to 15 years old, and $10 for those aged 16 and older. See the Scottish Festival website for more information.

The Flying Legends of Victory Tour is back with the B-25 Mitchell bomber, “Maid in the Shade.” The Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum hosts tours and flights of the iconic warplane over the weekend, out of Penticton Regional Airport. Tour hours are Friday to Sunday, 2 p.m to 6 p.m., ride hours are Friday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Dream Cafe hosts Brickhouse on Friday, June 30, starting at 8 p.m. Premium seats are $48. For more information, call The Dream Cafe at 250-490-9012.

St. Andrews-By-The -Lake Golf Course hosts the Canada 150 Golf Weekend, Saturday through Monday. There’s limited overnight camping for $25, which includes use of the outdoor pool and tennis courts. Be sure to book tee times early. Call 250-497-5648 for more details.

Canada Day celebrations take place from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. in downtown Penticton with the Remax Canada 150 Music Festival. Market vendors, a beer garden, music  and family friendly entertainment throughout the day at Gyro Park and along the 100 block of Main Street. See the Downtown Penticton Association for more information.

Also in Gyro Park on Canada Day is Electrorecycle at Gyro Park,  from 10 a.m to 6 p.m. Electrorecycle is a free drop off event for small electrical appliances. Computers, TVs, and freon appliances cannot be accepted. Call 604-240-8749 for more information.

The Penticton Farmers' Market will be held in the 500 and 600 blocks of Main Street on Saturday, July 1 from 8:30 am - 1pm. There will be lots of fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, along with liquor vendors. Parking is available in the Pen High parking lot or on the side streets where permitted.

The Penticton Community Market also takes place downtown Penticton, from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The Summerland Rotary Market is on again this Sunday, July 2 from 9 a.m to 1 p.m., with over 50 farmers, artisans, crafter and food vendors in the 9,000 and 10,000 blocks of Summerland.

The 5th annual Okanagan Trestles Tour takes place Sunday, July 2 starting at 12 noon. The non-competitive event consists of an 80 kilometre tour of Kettle Valley Railway , starting with trestles and tunnels of Myra Canyon and a 2.2 per cent downhill grade to Penticton. Space is limited. For more information or to register go to

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