Gino Merigillano rocked out at the French Quarter during the Pentastic Jazz and Music Festival in 2019. (Brennan Phillips — Western News)

Here’s what’s happening this weekend in Penticton

Jazz festival, dragon boating and an annual treasure hunt at Sudbury Beach headline the weekend

Summertime in Penticton isn’t over just yet and the return of two beloved festivals this weekend is sure to make the most out of the season’s final days.

The return of the Penticton Vees (Sept. 9)

Though not the regular-season opener, the Penticton Vees will hit the ice Friday night for a pre-season battle with the Vernon Vipers at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

The game marks the first of three exhibition games the Vees will play before their home opener on Sept. 23.

Puck drop for Friday’s affair is at 7 p.m.

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Pentastic Jazz Festival (Sept. 9 to 11)

A total of 45 artists will play across three venues to make up the return of the Pentastic Jazz Festival starting Friday night.

After a two-year hiatus, the festival is back with 22 local artists and returning bands like Tom Rigney and Flambeau, Gator Nation and the Black Swan Classic Jazz Band.

The Orchard House, Penticton Trade and Convention Centre and S.S. Sicamous will play host to the dozens of performers.

The festival’s full schedule can be found here.

READ ALSO: Pentastic Jazz Festival swings back into town Sept. 9 to 11

Penticton Dragonboat Festival (Sept. 10 to 11)

People in the city are reminded to expect extra congestion on the roads this weekend, as more than 1,500 racers from across the Pacific Northwest converge for the 21st annual Penticton Dragonboat Festival.

Festivities at Skaha Lake include action in the water, food trucks and a beverage garden.

The event runs Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Treasure in the Sand (Sept. 10)

More than 100 people from across Western Canada and the U.S. will be at Penticton’s Sudbury Beach on Saturday afternoon for the 13th annual Treasures in the Sand Metal Detecting Hunt.

Organized by the Okanagan Treasures Club, the group is hoping to raise thousands of dollars for various charities while promoting the hobby of metal detecting.