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Your weekend: Sunny skies, jazz and dragon boats

Image Credit: Contributed/Penticton Dragon Boat Festival/Erik Peterson
September 04, 2014 - 3:03 PM

PENTICTON - The summer may be coming to an end, but sunny weather and great events are lined up for another fun weekend.

It's Jazz Festival weekend, and over on Skaha Lake, it's the annual Dragon Boat Festival.

Penticton’s dragon boat teams will take to the waters in their long, slim boats and paddle through the smooth lake waters with the goal of raising money for breast cancer awareness. It was, in fact, breast cancer survivors who started the club in Penticton and has grown to include hundreds of local paddlers, from juniors to seniors.

Over 2,500 athletes will participate in races over the weekend. The event consists of two 500 metre qualifying heats on Saturday, followed by semis Sunday morning and finals Sunday afternoon.

Anyone is welcome to come out and watch the races and enjoy a beer, some local food and entertainment.

The Pentastic Jazz Festival starts on Friday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. and runs all weekend long. There’s a great lineup of talented bands including Faculty, Gator Nation, and The Terrier Brothers.

The show venues each represent a jazz style — the “Cotton Club” will be at Elks Hall, “Bourbon Street” and “French Quarter at the Trade and Convention Centre, the “Speakeasy” at the S.S. Sicamous, and a mix of others at the Shatford Centre on Friday and Saturday.

You can buy day or weekend passes on line.

And it looks like the sun will be shining for both festivals. The forecast is calling for sunshine and heat on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with high temperatures ranging from 26 to 31 C.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Meaghan Archer at or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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