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Metro Vancouver has music, theatre and concerts happening all year. Here is a listing of top upcoming performances throughout the Lower Mainland.

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Click Vancouver Festivals & Events for a listing of the best festivals and events to check out in and around Metro Vancouver, but see below for the list of concerts, sporting events, theatre offerings and special performances.

 


 

May

MAY Performances (2018)

Music

  • Shipyard Night Market – Friday evening concerts at the Lower Lonsdale waterfront in North Vancouver.
  • Cinco de Mayo Fiesta – a Mexican party with Mariachi music and Luchador wrestlers at Robson Square (around May 5, but to be confirmed for 2018).
  • Tom Cochrane & Red Rider – in concert at Coquitlam’s Hard Rock Casino (May 4, 2018).
  • Shania Twain – NOW Tour concert at Rogers Arena (May 5 & 6, 2018).
  • Ballet BC – performing at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (May 10-12, 2018).
  • Paul Simon: Homeward Bound – in concert on his Farewell Tour at Rogers Arena (May 16, 2018).
  • Stars on Ice – including performances by world-famous Canadian Olympians Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue (May 17, 2018).
  • Whistler Go Fest – a “Great Outdoor Festival” featuring a number of free concerts (May 18-21, 2018).
  • The Eagles – live in concert at Rogers Arena (May 10 & 11, 2018).
  • Rogue Folk Series – live Folk, Roots & Celtic music on various days of the week (usually, but not always) at St. James Hall at 3214 West 10th Avenue.

Film

  • DOXA Film Festival – a documentary film festival taking place at various venues in Vancouver (May 3-13, 2018).

Theatre & Other

  • Vancouver Opera Festival – two weeks of opera productions (from the end of April until mid-May).
  • Royal Canadian Family Circus – a family-friendly circus with international performers and stops in Surrey, Tsawwassen, Richmond and Abbotsford (May 17 to June 10, 2018).

 


 

June in Vancouver

JUNE Performances (2018)

Music

  • TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival – a major music festival with both free and ticketed events (June 22 to July 1, 2018).
  • Tom Jones – in concert at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (June 2, 2018).
  • Bryan Adams – the Ultimate Tour concert at Rogers Arena (June 6, 2018).
  • Shipyard Night Market – Friday evening concerts at the Lower Lonsdale waterfront in North Vancouver.
  • Red Truck Concert Series – multiple performances at Red Truck Brewery at 295 East 1st Avenue in Vancouver (mid-June).
  • Jazz Meets Gospel – the Good Noise Gospel Choir with Canadian fiddler Daniel Lapp and Senior Choir from Holy Cross Regional High School at Christ Church Cathedral (June 2, 2018).
  • Rogue Folk Series – live Folk, Roots & Celtic music on various days of the week (usually, but not always) at St. James Hall at 3214 West 10th Avenue.

Theatre & Other

  • Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival – showing As You Like It, MacBeth, Timon  of Athens, and the adaption of the Greek classic Lysistrata at Vanier Park (from June 6 until September 22, 2018).
  • Royal Canadian Family Circus – a family-friendly circus with international performers and stops in Surrey, Tsawwassen, Richmond and Abbotsford (May 17 to June 10, 2018).

 


 

July in Vancouver

JULY Performances (2018)

Theatre

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August in Vancouver

AUGUST Performances (2018)

Theatre

  • Bard on the Beach Colour LOGOBard on the Beach Festival – showing As You Like It, MacBeth, Timon  of Athens, and the adaption of the Greek classic Lysistrata (from June 6 until September 22, 2018).
  • Theatre Under the Stars – musicals performed nightly in Stanley Park (early July until mid to late August).
  • Steve Martin and Martin ShortAn Evening You will not Forget at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (August 1 & 2, 2018).

Music

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September in Vancouver

SEPTEMBER Performances (2018)

Film

Theatre

Music

  • Skookum Festival – a festival about music, food and art in Stanley Park. Bands performing include The Killers, Florence + The Machine, Delhi 2 Dublin, Dear Rouge and numerous other groups (September 7-9, 2018).
  • Safe & Sound Music Fest – an R&B music festival at the pier in New Westminster (early September but to be confirmed for 2018).
  • Game Of Thrones – the Live Concert Experience at Rogers Arena (September 5, 2018).
  • Sam Smith – in concert at Rogers Arena (September 10, 2018).
  • Summer Night Concerts at the PNE – evening concerts by various famous artists from late August to early September.
  • Shipyard Night Market – Friday evening concerts at the Lower Lonsdale waterfront in North Vancouver.

Other

  • TEDxEastVan – an independently-organized mini version of TED featuring local inspirational speakers (mid-September).

 


 

October in Vancouver

OCTOBER Performances (2018)

Music

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November in Vancouver

NOVEMBER Performances (2018)

Music

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December in Vancouver

DECEMBER Performances (2018)

Theatre

  • Nutcracker – performed by Alberta Ballet at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (late December).
  • Nutcracker – presented by Goh Ballet, performances are at the Centre in Vancouver at 777 Homer Street (late December).

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January

JANUARY Performances (2019)

Theatre, Dance & Music

  • PuSh Festival – numerous performances of all kinds during the International Performing Arts Festival (mid-January to mid-February).
  • The Illusionists – a Broadway Across Canada production at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre at 630 Hamilton Street (January 15-20, 2019).

 


 

February

FEBRUARY Performances (2019)

Dance and Performing Arts Festivals

  • Hoobiyee – free Indigenous dance performances at the PNE Forum in celebration of the Nisga’a New Year (February 1 & 2, 2019).
  • Chutzpah Festival – the Jewish Performing Arts Festival featuring comedy, music, theatre and dance (mid-February to mid-March).
  • PuSh Festival – numerous performances of all kinds during the International Performing Arts Festival (mid-January to early February).
  • Talking Stick Festival – an arts festival featuring indigenous art and performances at various venues around Vancouver (mid-February).

 


 

March

MARCH Performances (2019)

Dance, Music & Theatre

  • Northwest Comedy Fest – a festival celebrating stand-up, improv and other forms of comedy (early March).
  • Coastal First Nations Dance Festival – by the Dancers of Damelahamid at the Museum of Anthropology (end of February until the beginning of March).
  • Festival du Bois – BC’s largest francophone festival with a variety of French live music performances (2019 dates to be confirmed).
  • CelticFest – festival entertainment including live music (mid-March).
  • Chutzpah Festival – the Jewish Performing Arts Festival featuring comedy, music, theatre and dance (mid February to mid-March).
  • Sonic Boom Festival – a celebration of contemporary classical music by BC composers (mid to late March).
  • Festival of BC Film – a showcasing of BC films at the ACT Arts Theatre in Maple Ridge (mid to late March).

 


 

April

APRIL Performances (2019)

Music, Theatre and Dance

  • Cherry Jam Downtown Concert – a lunch hour concert celebrating the Cherry Blossom season at Burrard Station (early April).
  • Sound of Dragon Music Festival – performances by Canadian, Taiwanese and Chinese artists at the Annex Theatre and Roundhouse Community Centre (early April, but to be confirmed).
  • Whistler World Ski & Snowboard Festival – free concerts most afternoons at Whistler (mid-April).
  • Party for the Planet – free Earth Day concerts in Surrey. This year’s headliner band is Sam Roberts (mid-April).
  • World Music Fest – a music festival featuring popular Vancouver bands like Mazacote, The Boom Booms, MNGWA and Locarno (late April).
  • Vancouver Opera Festival – two weeks of opera productions (late April until mid-May).
  • Pink – in concert on her Beautiful Trauma World Tour at Rogers Arena (April 5, 2019).

Other

  • TED2019 – the annual world TED Conference takes place live in Vancouver for those that can afford it, and for free or cheap at venues via live streaming at various venues around town (April 15-14, 2019).

 

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