Plenty of February fun to be had in Penticton

Find some fun in February

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The arts and culture scene in Penticton is revving up for February with the return of several favourite festivals and a laugh-out-loud comedy performance, and an adventurous culinary experience to get you in the mood the return of Cupid.

“Go out to eat, see a film, get a snack, and then come back!” suggest Carls Meadows of the Snakebite Film Festival. “The response has been overwhelming, (and) the support is amazing,” he continues.

Snakebite begins on Feb. 2 and runs until Feb. 5 at Landmark Cinemas in downtown Penticton; tickets can be purchased online. It started in 2017 with the goal to have a film festival that showcases all of the stories that exist in the South Okanagan, and highlight the rich diversity that may be perceived as invisible.

“There is a demand for film, and people are coming here because we have amazing arts,” says Meadows. “With each film, we ask if it will change at least one person.”

With more than 100 countries and territories represented in the South Okanagan, the annual OneWorld Multicultural Festival presented by South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services on Saturday, Feb. 25, this 10th annual multicultural celebration will also celebrate diversity and connection. More than 35 countries will be represented at the festival, so you can take a journey around the world In one afternoon.

Taking place at the Penticton Lakeside Resort & Conference Centre, attendees will see visual displays of diverse traditions, dance, food, arts, and entertainment. Learn about immigrant success stories, enjoy international cuisines from local businesses.

You can relive the 2022 festival on the SOICS YouTube channel.

For a night out, grab a bit at your favourite eatery, then head to Many Hats Theatre Co. in the Cannery Trade Centre for an evening of laughs.

Many Hats brings Norm Foster’s Screwball Comedy to the Cannery Stage from Feb. 9 to March 5, including Sunday matinees.

“The characters are over the top, and the audience will enjoy the old-style newspaper lingo,” describes publicist Ed Schneider. The play has snappy dialogue and is set in the world of 1938 journalism, as two competing writers vie for a job at the local paper.

“We’ve been laughing at rehearsals,” adds Ed.

Speaking of exercising your lungs, get in a cardio experience with a side of romance with Hoodoo Adventures at their signature Snowshoe and Three-course dinner, available on Jan. 28 and Feb. 25.

This tour starts at sunset and finishes around a warm bonfire where you’ll have dinner paired with fine local wines and spirits. The experience starts at Apex Mountain Resort, a shuttle is available to book, and equipment is provided.

You’ll be with an experienced guide before you relax fireside under the starry Okanagan, and you may even beat the rush to book something romantic – and unique – for Valentine’s Day.

For more things to do this month, check out the Visit Penticton events calendar

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