The Okanagan Vinyl Festival returns this Sunday, Sept. 23, after a two-year COVID-19 hiatus. (Photo courtesy of Brenda Smith)

The Okanagan Vinyl Festival returns this Sunday, Sept. 23, after a two-year COVID-19 hiatus. (Photo courtesy of Brenda Smith)

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

Return of the Vees, America’s Got Talent comedian and Okanagan’s biggest vinyl festival all coming up

It’s back to business for the Penticton Vees tonight, Sept. 23, as the team returns to the ice just months removed from capturing the B.C. Hockey League’s Fred Page Cup.

Penticton hosts Trail, raises 4 banners (Sept. 23)

The Vees open their season with a familiar opponent on Friday night, the Trail Smoke Eaters.

Puck drop for the team’s start to the season is set for 7 p.m.

Penticton will raise four championship banners from the 2021-2022 season at the SOEC prior to the game’s start.

The Vees also host the Cranbrook Bucks on Saturday, putting a wrap on its two-game opening weekend.

All tickets can be purchased at

READ MORE: Penticton Vees to raise 4 championship banners at SOEC before season opener

World-renowned comedy in Oliver (Sept. 24)

John Wing, a semi-finalist on America’s Got Talent in 2013, brings the laughs to Oliver’s Venables Theatre Saturday night.

The Canadian performer will hit the stage at 7:30 p.m.

Wing has been featured on NBC’s The Tonight Show, with former hosts Johnny Carson and Jay Leno.

Tickets are $45 and can be purchased here.

VIDEO: America’s Got Talent semi-finalist set for South Okanagan comedy appearance

BC Thanksgiving Food Drive in Penticton (Sept. 24)

Penticton’s Salvation Army is supporting a province-wide initiative this weekend with the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.

Volunteers have been dropping donation bags off at residential homes this week. People are asked to place their donations on their doorsteps prior, visible from the road, prior to 9 a.m. Saturday.

Food donations can also be taken to the Penticton building from today to Saturday at noon.

Similkameen Sizzlefest (Sept. 24)

Canada’s only hot pepper festival is back in Keremeos’ Memorial Park from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The festival celebrates the 200 varieties of peppers that are grown in the Similkameen Valley, starting with a breakfast provided by the Keremeos Elks.

There will be vendors, a bouncy castle and even a mechanical bull.

Of course, the festival wouldn’t Sizzlefest without the hot pepper eating contests either, so don’t miss those.

READ MORE: Almost time for Sizzle Fest in Keremeos

Rex Gill Memorial Ride (Sept. 24)

The fourth annual Rex Gill Memorial Ride fundraiser kicks off with a by-donation breakfast Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m

The breakfast will be held in front of Coyote Cruises in Penticton after which all of the riders will head out on the road to Kelowna.

The ride is held in memory of Penticton’s Rex Gill, who was murdered in Kamloops shortly after completing a fundraising ride for the Kelowna Gospel Mission in 2019.

READ MORE: Annual Rex Gill memorial ride returns to Penticton and Kelowna

Ninth annual Okanagan Vinyl Festival (Sept. 25)

Courtesy of Peach City Radio, the festival returns after a two-year hiatus Sunday afternoon.

The festivities — located at the Seniors Drop-In Centre Great Hall on 2965 South Main Street — will feature the selling of records, turntables and audio gear.

The celebration of music runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

READ MORE: Okanagan Vinyl Festival spinning back into Penticton