Expect to see dragons, centaurs, and sorcerers too once you hop off the Sorcery Express into the Wicked Woods at this year’s Halloween Steam Train. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Expect to see dragons, centaurs, and sorcerers too once you hop off the Sorcery Express into the Wicked Woods at this year’s Halloween Steam Train. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

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

Spooky train rides, return of a zombie walk and a country-music superstar at the SOEC all coming up

Halloween is still 10 days away but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any Oct. 31-related events happening this weekend across the South Okanagan.

Summerland Sorcery Express (Oct. 21 to 23)

Always family-friendly, the rides on the Summerland KVR Steam Train this weekend are promised to be extra spooky and magical.

The Queen of Halloween Heather Pescada brings her Halloween magic to the train, with Harry Potter-inspired tours and activities featured along the route.

Local high school students will appear at the event, with a fortune teller even expected to tag along on the train.

Tickets can be purchased here.

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Country-music superstar comes to the SOEC (Oct. 21)

Platinum-selling country music artist Brett Young takes to the South Okanagan Events Centre stage Friday night.

Named Country Songwriter Artist of the Year for 2018, Young has collected more than 5.5 billion streams of his music.

After the Anaheim, Calif. musician wraps in Penticton, he’ll bring his voice and guitar to Abbotsford on Saturday night.

VIDEO: Platinum-selling country music artist headlines Penticton show in October

‘Brew Haha’ at the Lakeside Resort (Oct. 22)

The fourth annual Penticton Beer Week wraps up Saturday night with an Oktoberfest-themed event at the Lakeside Resort in Penticton.

‘Brew Haha’ features live music from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., a Jagermeister cocktail garden, backyard games and costume prizes.

Tickets can be purchased here or in person at the resort’s front desk. Must be 19 years of age or older for entry.

PHOTOS: Penticton Beer Week kicks off with 10-km run along KVR Trail

2022 Penticton Business Excellence Awards (Oct. 22)

The annual Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce 2022 Business Excellence Awards go on Saturday night, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Winners will be celebrated at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre. Finalists in each category can be found here.

READ ALSO: Penticton Chamber announces 2022 finalists for business excellence awards

Penti-Con packs Trade and Convention Centre (Oct. 22 to 23)

The Penti-Con, along with the annual Zombie Walk, returns to Penticton this weekend.

From Oct. 22 to 23, the fourth annual pop-culture convention takes over the centre with costume events, zombie games and a Dungeons and Dragons area and more.

More than 50 vendors from across the province will be featured. The free Zombie Walk and games are scheduled for Sunday from 11 a.m. to noon, outside the convention centre.

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Penticton River Channel Clean-Up (Oct. 23)

JCI Penticton brings back its river channel cleanup this Sunday.

The group — who has a long history in revitalization work on the channel — is looking for volunteers, with interested residents asked to sign up ahead of time here.

More than 60 volunteers participated in the cleanup in 2020.

READ ALSO: Volunteers needed for Penticton River Channel Clean-Up