Metro Vancouver’s series of outdoor live music performances is back on Thursdays and Saturdays in July and August in White Rock, with a new name, TD Concerts For the Pier.
Concerts For the Pier was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 because of COVID-19. The event did take place in 2022, however, and it happens again in 2023. Exact details about this year’s dates and artists are to be confirmed.
TD Concerts For the Pier
Concerts at the Pier have been taking place in the summer since 2017. In the winter of 2018, a devastating storm destroyed the White Rock pier. So for the 2019 concerts, all proceeds went to rebuilding the beloved White Rock pier. Hence, the name change from Concerts at the Pier to Concerts For the Pier.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, concerts did not take place in 2020. 2021 was the same. The concerts were back in 2022 and ran on various Thursdays from June 23rd to August 25th.
The evening events usually run from around 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm and they typically feature a headliner band as well as one or two opening groups. The concerts are free and highly recommended.
Interestingly, the concerts don’t always take place near the pier in White Rock. A couple of them take place in the Five Corners neighbourhood of the town, with others take place at West Beach and East Beach.
2022 Concerts For the Pier Details
The White Rock evening concerts that took place on Thursdays in 2022 included the following:
- 23rd of June – Harlequin at West Beach at 7:00 pm.
- 7th of July – The Paperboys at East Beach at 7:00 pm.
- 14th of July – Arrivals & Dreams at Five Corners at 7:00 pm.
- 21st of July – Wide Mouth Mason at West Beach at 7:00 pm.
- 18th of August – Barracuda at Five Corners at 7:00 pm.
- 25th of August – Kadooh at East Beach at 7:00 pm.
White Rock Concert Locations
The Thursday events used to take place on the Main Stage by the pier at the waterfront in the 15000 block of Marine Drive. As of the last couple editions, some concerts take place at East Beach by the strip of restaurants which include Moby Dick’s at 15479 Marine Drive.
A couple of concerts still take place at West Beach, which is located near the pier and not far from the museum. Others take place at the “Five Corners” intersection of Pacific Avenue, Buena Vista Avenue and Johnston Road.
Tips and Advice
Below are some tips to help you make the most of your Concerts at the Pier experience.
TIP #1: Arrive early if you hope to have a chance to find parking anywhere near the beach. It can get busy in the area even on days without free concerts.
TIP #2: If you like live music and beautiful beaches then go at least once to a Concerts For the Pier event. They are really worth it!
TIP #3: Try to visit White Rock at least once at low tide. The exposed sandy beach is amazing! Click White Rock Tide Schedule to see where the water will be at different times and dates.
About White Rock
White Rock is an exceptional resort town in the south-central region of the Lower Mainland not far from the US border. It features a long beautiful sandy beach and numerous restaurants.
The town also hosts a number of interesting events in addition to the Concerts on the Pier series including the following:
- White Rock Farmers Market – a large weekly market running from May until October.
- Canada Day Celebrations – on July 1st each year.
- Tour de White Rock – a major cycling race in mid-July.
- White Rock Sea Festival – a large festival over the BC Day Long Weekend in early August.
- Picnic on the Pier – a fundraising event for the Peace Arch Hospital Foundation where participants enjoy a fancy dinner on the Pier in August.
For more details about the summer concert series, see the White Rock BIA website.
To learn more about the town itself, click White Rock.
For a list of other free concerts in the Lower Mainland in summer, click Free Outdoor Concerts.
For a list of other major events in the region, see Vancouver’s Events Calendar or click Festivals & Events.