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Vancouver Shows and Entertainment Calendar in 2021

Vancouver Shows & Entertainment

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

 


SHOWS AND COVID-19

Under ordinary circumstances, even when problems arise, “the show (usually) goes on”! These are not, however, ordinary times.

Due to health concerns about the coronavirus, many theatre productions, concerts and other shows have been cancelled until further notice in Vancouver, across Canada and around the world. Starting in mid-June, however, some venues are opening back up.

As of the third weekend of June, FlyOver Canada is open once again. Imagine Van Gogh is also still happening at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Vancouver Movie Cinemas are also opening back up.

For the most up-to-date information about the status of a particular venue or event, see the organization’s official website.


 

What’s Showing in Vancouver?

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.

 

 

July in Vancouver

 


JULY Performances (2021)


 

Theatre

  • Bard on the Beach – Shakespearean Theatre at Vanier Park. Plays taking place this year include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry V, Paradise Lost and Love’s Labour’s Lost (early June until late September). (Online-only in 2021.)
  • Theatre Under the Stars – musicals performed nightly in Stanley Park (early July until late August). (CANCELLED)
  • Arts Club Theatre Productions – live theatre returns this month with I, Claudia on the Newmont Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre (July 22nd to August 15th).
  • Vancouver Theatresports – live comedy improv theatre on various nights of the week at the Improv Centre on Granville Island. (TBD)

 

Music-Specific Events

 

Other Events (Including ones with Live Music)

  • Bastille Day Festival – a French-themed event celebrating the start of the French Revolution. It usually features live French music. (Happening as just a scavenger hunt due to COVID-19 on July 11 in 2021.)
  • Golden Spike Days – a Canada Day-related festival in Port Moody (heavily modified in 2021, July 2 to 4).
  • Nightslide Summer Concerts – water sliding with live music in Cultus Lake (mid-July). (TBD)
  • Port Moody Ribfest – a 3-day event in Port Moody with free live music (mid-July). (TBD)
  • Surrey Fusion Festival – a multicultural event at Holland Park (late July). (TBD)
  • Surrey Greek Food Festival – a cultural event featuring Greek food and live entertainment outside the St. Nicholas & Dimitrios Greek Orthodox Church in Surrey. (Usually in June, tentatively scheduled for August 13-15 and 20-22 in 2021.)
  • Caribbean Days Festival – live music and other live entertainment in North Vancouver (late July). (TBD)
  • Harrison Festival of the Arts – indoor and outdoor concerts at Harrison Hot Springs (mid-July). (TBD)
  • Honda Celebration of Light – fireworks and concerts at English Bay (July 24, 28 and 31, 2021). (Postponed to 2022.)
  • Richmond Maritime Festival – live music and marine-related activities (late July). (TBD)
  • Shipyards Night Market – evening concerts at the North Vancouver market (May until September). (TBD)
  • Da Vinci Experience – an exhibition featuring the art and inventions of Leonardo da Vinci (from June until December).

 

Movies & Films

  • FlyOver Canada – the theatre at Canada Place shows multi-dimensional films every day throughout the day where you get to fly across Canada (and other places sometimes too).
  • Cinema in the Park – evening films at John Lawson Park as part of the Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver (early August). (TBD)
  • Stanley Park Summer Cinema – on Tuesday evenings in July and August at Second Beach (early July until late August). (TBD)
  • Movies in Vancouver – movies show at dozens of cinemas throughout the Lower Mainland. (TBD)
  • Click Vancouver Summer Outdoor Movies for more venues.

 

 

August in Vancouver

 


AUGUST Performances (2021)


 

Theatre

  • Bard on the Beach Festival – Shakespearean Theatre at Vanier Park. Plays taking place this year include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry V, Paradise Lost and Love’s Labour’s Lost (from early June until late September). (TBD)
  • Arts Club Theatre Productions – There are two live shows on offer this month with I, Claudia on the Newmont Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre (July 22nd to August 15th), and Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story on Granville Island Stage (August 5th to 29th).
  • Theatre Under the Stars – musicals performed nightly in Stanley Park (from early July until late August). (CANCELLED)
  • Vancouver Theatresports – live comedy improv theatre on various nights of the week at the Improv Centre on Granville Island. (TBD)

 

Music-Specific Events

 

Other Events That Include Live Music

  • Carnaval del Sol – lots of FREE outdoor Latin music takes place in False Creek at Concord Pacific Place most years, but online and at other venues in 2020 (in early August). (TBD)
  • Harmony Arts Festival – nightly concerts in West Vancouver (in early August). (TBD)
  • Honda Celebration of Light – major fireworks displays and concerts at English Bay and Sunset Beach (on the Saturday just before BC Day). (Postponed to 2022.)
  • Nightslide Summer Concerts – water sliding with live music at Cultus Lake Waterpark (on one or two Friday evenings). (TBD)
  • Shipyard Night Market – live bands on Friday evenings in North Vancouver (from early May until late September). (TBD)
  • Sunset Festival – a festival featuring yoga, live music and post-SeaWheeze Half Marathon celebrations at Stanley Park (in mi-August). (TBD)
  • PNE Summer Night Concerts – Vancouver’s famous end-of-summer fair at the Pacific National Exhibition with nightly concerts (late August). (CANCELLED)

 

Movies & Films

 

Other

  • Chilliwack Fair and Rodeo – the 149th annual Fraser Valley fair with rodeo shows and evening concerts (in early August).(TBD)
  • Da Vinci Experience – an exhibition featuring the art and inventions of Leonardo da Vinci (from June until December).

 

 

September in Vancouver

 


SEPTEMBER Performances (2021)


 

Movies & Film

  • Vancouver International Film Festival – a prestigious film festival (late September until early October). (TBD)
  • FlyOver Canada – the theatre at Canada Place shows multi-dimensional films every day throughout the day where you get to fly across Canada (and other places sometimes too).
  • Movies in Vancouver – movies show at dozens of cinemas throughout the Lower Mainland.

 

Music & Theatre

  • Bard on the Beach – Shakespearean Theatre at Vanier Park. Plays taking place this year include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry V, Paradise Lost and Love’s Labour’s Lost (from early June until late September). (TBD)
  • FVDED in the Park music with R&B, Hip Hop, Rap and Electronic artists in Surrey (usually mid-July, postponed to September 10th and 11th in 2021).
  • BC Culture Days – cultural events and performances at various venues across the Lower Mainland and other parts of the province (late September to late October). (TBD)
  • Vancouver Fringe Festival – a live theatre festival (mid-September). (TBD)
  • Odlum Brown Fort Langley Jazz Festival – an arts and music festival in Fort Langley (September 2 to 5, 2021).
  • Arts Club Theatre Productions – live theatre at a couple of different venues in Vancouver. (TBD)
  • Vancouver Theatresports – live comedy improv theatre on various nights of the week at the Improv Centre on Granville Island. (TBD)
  • Summer Night Concerts at the PNE – evening concerts by various famous artists from late August to early September. (CANCELLED)
  • Friday Night Live – live entertainment on Friday evenings at North Vancouver’s Lynn Valley United Church with different guest artists each week. Performers are usually musicians, but occasionally comedians, magicians or other entertainers too. (TBC)
  • Kaleidoscope Arts Festival – free concerts in Coquitlam (late September). (TBD)
  • Shipyard Night Market – Friday evening concerts at the Lower Lonsdale waterfront in North Vancouver (from early May until late September). (TBD)
  • Roedde House Concerts – live Jazz music takes place on a Thursday evening once a month at the Roedde House Museum in Vancouver’s West End. (TBD)
  • Westward Music Festival – multiple concerts by a variety of both local and international artists in Vancouver (mid-September, but to be confirmed).
  • Jazz Vespers – free Jazz concerts take place at a number of churches around the Lower Mainland including ones in Vancouver, North Vancouver, West Vancouver and Surrey. (TBD)
  • Live Music at Guilt & Co. – a different band or musician performs every night at the popular venue in Gastown.

 

Other

  • Da Vinci Experience – an exhibition featuring the art and inventions of Leonardo da Vinci (from June until December).

 

 

October in Vancouver

 


OCTOBER Performances (2021)


 

Movies, Film & Theatre

 

Music

  • James Taylor & His All-Star Band with Bonnie Raitt – originally supposed to happen in the spring of 2020, this concert tour was postponed until the fall of 2021 (October 2 at Rogers Arena).
  • Dead Can Dance & Agnes Obel – a rock duo and pop artist combine at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre for a show that will pull on some older records (October 23, 2021).
  • Eric Church: The Gather Again Tour – another Rogers Arena show, this one starring the very successful country singer Eric Church (October 29, 2021). 
  • Friday Night Live – live entertainment on Friday evenings at North Vancouver’s Lynn Valley United Church with different guest artists each week. Performers are usually musicians, but occasionally comedians, magicians or other entertainers too. (TBD).
  • Roedde House Concerts – live Jazz music takes place on a Thursday evening once a month at the Roedde House Museum in Vancouver’s West End. (TBD)
  • Jazz Vespers – free Jazz concerts take place at a number of churches around the Lower Mainland including ones in Vancouver, North Vancouver, West Vancouver and Surrey. (TBD)
  • Live Music at Guilt & Co. – a different band or musician performs every night at the popular venue in Gastown.

 

Other

 

 

November in Vancouver

 


NOVEMBER Performances (2021)


 

Music, Film, Art & Theatre

  • Masters of Illusion – one of the best illusion shows around with some stunning visuals and sleight of hand (November 8, 2021 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre).
  • DTES Heart of the City Festival – a festival featuring film, music, theatre, poetry, dance and other activities in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (from late October until early November).
  • Da Vinci Experience – an exhibition featuring the art and inventions of Leonardo da Vinci (from June until December).
  • Surrey Tree Lighting Festival – live entertainment with a major headline band at Surrey City Hall (in late November).
  • FlyOver Canada – the theatre at Canada Place shows multi-dimensional films every day throughout the day where you get to fly across Canada (and other places sometimes too).
  • Roedde House Concerts – live Jazz music takes place on a Thursday evening once a month at the Roedde House Museum in Vancouver’s West End. (TBD)
  • Friday Night Live – live entertainment on Friday evenings at North Vancouver’s Lynn Valley United Church with different guest artists each week. Performers are usually musicians, but occasionally comedians, magicians or other entertainers too. (TBD)
  • Live Music at Guilt & Co. – a different band or musician performs every night at the popular venue in Gastown.
  • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a Christmas-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place (late November to early January).
  • Chutzpah Festival – the Jewish Performing Arts Festival featuring comedy, music, theatre and dance (from late October to late November).
  • Vancouver Theatresports – live comedy improv theatre on various nights of the week at the Improv Centre on Granville Island. (TBD)
  • Jazz Vespers – free Jazz concerts take place at a number of churches around the Lower Mainland including ones in Vancouver, North Vancouver, West Vancouver and Surrey. (TBD).
  • Movies in Vancouver – movies show at dozens of cinemas throughout the Lower Mainland.
  • Arts Club Theatre Productions – live theatre at the Granville Island Stage, Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage and Goldcorp Stage in Vancouver.

 

 

December in Vancouver

 


DECEMBER Performances (2021)


 

Movies, Film and Theatre

  • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a Christmas-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place (from late November to early January).
  • Nutcracker – presented by Goh Ballet, performances are at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (mid to late December). (TBD)
  • Arts Club Theatre Productions – live theatre at the Granville Island Stage, Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage and Goldcorp Stage in Vancouver.
  • Vancouver Theatresports – live comedy improv theatre on various nights of the week at the Improv Centre on Granville Island. (To be confirmed.)
  • Movies in Vancouver – movies show at dozens of cinemas throughout the Lower Mainland.

 

Art & Music

 

 

January

 


JANUARY Performances (2022)


 

Theatre, Dance & Music

  • PuSh Festival – numerous performances of all kinds during the International Performing Arts Festival (mid-January to early February).
  • Friday Night Live – live entertainment on Friday evenings at North Vancouver’s Lynn Valley United Church with different guest artists each week. Performers are usually musicians, but occasionally comedians, magicians or other entertainers too. (To be confirmed.)
  • Arts Club Theatre Productions – various live theatre performances at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, Granville Island Stage, and Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre in Vancouver.
  • Vancouver Theatresports – live comedy improv theatre on various nights of the week at the Improv Centre on Granville Island. (TBD)
  • Roedde House Concerts – live Jazz music takes place on a Thursday evening once a month at the Roedde House Museum in Vancouver’s West End. (TBD)
  • Live Music at Guilt & Co. – a different band or musician performs every night at the popular venue in Gastown.

 

Movies and Films

  • FlyOver Canada – the theatre at Canada Place shows multi-dimensional films every day throughout the day where you get to fly across Canada (and other places sometimes too).
  • Movies in Vancouver – movies show at dozens of cinemas throughout the Lower Mainland.

 

 

February

 


FEBRUARY Performances (2022)


 

* February is Black History Month. Consequently, films, concerts and other events celebrating the culture and contributions of African Americans take place at various venues throughout the month.

 

Dance and Performing Arts Festivals

  • Hoobiyee – free Indigenous dance performances at the PNE Forum in celebration of the Nisga’a New Year (early February).
  • PuSh Festival – numerous performances of all kinds during the International Performing Arts Festival (from late January to early February).
  • Talking Stick Festival – an arts festival featuring indigenous art and performances at various venues around Vancouver (mid to late February).
  • Coastal First Nations Dance Festival – by the Dancers of Damelahamid at the Anvil Centre and/or Museum of Anthropology (in late February or early March).
  • Northwest Comedy Fest – a festival celebrating stand-up, improv and other forms of comedy (mid to late February).
  • Windsor Entertainment Night – a high school fundraising event in North Vancouver (in late February).

 

Music

  • Friday Night Live – live entertainment on Friday evenings at North Vancouver’s Lynn Valley United Church with different guest artists each week. Performers are usually musicians, but occasionally comedians, magicians or other entertainers too.
  • Vancouver Bach Choir – the choir performs a special Valentine’s Day concert.
  • Roedde House Concerts – live Jazz music takes place on a Thursday evening once a month at the Roedde House Museum in Vancouver’s West End.
  • Jazz Vespers – free Jazz concerts take place at a number of churches around the Lower Mainland including ones in Vancouver, North Vancouver, West Vancouver and Surrey.
  • Live Music at Guilt & Co. – a different band or musician performs every night at the popular venue in Gastown.

 

Movies & Theatre

  • Arts Club Theatre Productions – live theatre at the Granville Island Stage, Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage and Goldcorp Stage in Vancouver. (TBD)
  • Vancouver Theatresports – live comedy improv theatre on various nights of the week at the Improv Centre on Granville Island. (TBD)
  • FlyOver Canada – the theatre at Canada Place shows multi-dimensional films every day throughout the day where you get to fly across Canada (and other places sometimes too).
  • Movies in Vancouver – movies show at dozens of cinemas throughout the Lower Mainland.

 

 

March

 


MARCH Performances (2022)


 

Music, Art & Film

  • Festival du Bois – BC’s largest francophone festival with a variety of French live music performances (early March). (TBD)
  • Roedde House Concerts – live music takes place at the Roedde House Museum on a Thursday evening (mid-March). (TBD)
  • Jazz in the Vine – a series of once-a-month live music events at wineries in Langley. (TBD)
  • CelticFest – festival entertainment including live music (mid-March). (TBD)
  • Sonic Boom Festival – a celebration of contemporary classical music by BC composers (mid-March). (TBD)
  • Jazz Vespers – free Jazz concerts take place at a number of churches around the Lower Mainland including ones in Vancouver, North Vancouver, West Vancouver and Surrey. (TBD)
  • Live Music at Guilt & Co. – a different band or musician performs every night at the popular venue in Gastown.
  • Imagine Van Gogh – an exhibition showcasing the art of Vincent Van Gogh. (Happened from March to September in 2021.)
  • Friday Night Live – live entertainment on Friday evenings at North Vancouver’s Lynn Valley United Church with different guest artists each week. Performers are usually musicians, but occasionally comedians, magicians or other entertainers too. (TBD)
  • FlyOver Canada – the theatre at Canada Place shows multi-dimensional films every day throughout the day where you get to fly across Canada (and other places sometimes too).
  • Movies in Vancouver – movies show at dozens of cinemas throughout the Lower Mainland.
  • Shen Yun – the New York-based Chinese performing arts company performs at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre. (March 22 to 27 in 2022.)

 

Dance

  • Coastal First Nations Dance Festival – by the Dancers of Damelahamid at the Anvil Centre and/or Museum of Anthropology. (Late February or early March).
  • Vancouver International Dance Festival – dance performances by artists from around the world from early to late March.

 

Theatre

  • Arts Club Theatre Productions – live theatre at the Granville Island Stage, Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage and Goldcorp Stage in Vancouver. (TBD)
  • Vancouver Theatresports – live comedy improv theatre on various nights of the week at the Improv Centre on Granville Island. (TBD)

 

 

April

 


APRIL Performances (2022)


 

Music & Other Entertainment

  • Cherry Jam Downtown Concert – a lunch hour concert celebrating the Cherry Blossom season at Burrard Station (early April). (TBD)
  • Roedde House Concerts – live music takes place at the Roedde House Museum on a Thursday evening (mid-April). (TBD)
  • Jazz in the Vine – a series of once-a-month live music events at wineries in Langley. (TBD)
  • Shen Yun – the New York-based Chinese performing arts company performs at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre. (March 22 to 27 in 2022.)
  • Whistler World Ski & Snowboard Festival – free concerts most afternoons at Whistler (mid to late April). (TBD)
  • Friday Night Live – live entertainment on Friday evenings at North Vancouver’s Lynn Valley United Church with different guest artists each week. Performers are usually musicians, but occasionally comedians, magicians or other entertainers too. (TBD, but likely cancelled.)
  • Party for the Planet – free live music at the Earth Day celebrations in Surrey (mid-April). (TBD)
  • Vancouver Opera Festival – two weeks of opera productions (late April to early May). (TBD)
  • Jazz Vespers – free Jazz concerts take place at a number of churches around the Lower Mainland including ones in Vancouver, North Vancouver, West Vancouver and Surrey. (TBD)
  • Live Music at Guilt & Co. – a different band or musician performs every night at the popular venue in Gastown. (TBD)

 

Movies & Theatre

  • Arts Club Theatre Productions – live theatre at the Granville Island Stage, Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage and Goldcorp Stage in Vancouver. (TBD)
  • Vancouver Theatresports – live comedy improv theatre on various nights of the week at the Improv Centre on Granville Island. (TBD)
  • FlyOver Canada – the theatre at Canada Place shows multi-dimensional films every day throughout the day where you get to fly across Canada (and other places sometimes too). (TBD)
  • Movies in Vancouver – movies show at dozens of cinemas throughout the Lower Mainland. (TBD)

 

Other

    • TED – 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 (late April). (TBD)
    • Imagine Van Gogh – an exhibition showcasing the art of Vincent Van Gogh. (TBD)

 

 

May

 


MAY Performances (2022)


 

Music

  • Shipyard Night Market – Friday evening concerts at the Lower Lonsdale waterfront in North Vancouver (May to September). (TBD)
  • Roedde House Concerts – live Jazz music takes place on a Thursday evening once a month at the Roedde House Museum in Vancouver’s West End. (TBD)
  • Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair – the annual event features both large and small concerts during a weekend in late May. (TBD)
  • Whistler Go Fest – a “Great Outdoor Festival” featuring a number of free concerts. (TBD)
  • Jazz in the Vine – a series of once-a-month live music events at wineries in Langley. (TBD)
  • Friday Night Live – live entertainment on Friday evenings at North Vancouver’s Lynn Valley United Church with different guest artists each week. Performers are usually musicians, but occasionally comedians, magicians or other entertainers too. (TBD)
  • 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. (TBD)
  • Jazz Vespers – free Jazz concerts take place at a number of churches around the Lower Mainland including ones in Vancouver, North Vancouver, West Vancouver and Surrey. (TBD)
  • Live Music at Guilt & Co. – a different band or musician performs every night at the popular venue in Gastown. (TBD)

 

Movies & Films

  • DOXA Film Festival – a documentary film festival in Vancouver in early May. (TBD)
  • FlyOver Canada – the theatre at Canada Place shows multi-dimensional films every day throughout the day where you get to fly across Canada (and other places sometimes too). (TBD)
  • Movies in Vancouver – movies show at dozens of cinemas throughout the Lower Mainland. (TBD)

 

Theatre & Other

 

 

June in Vancouver

 


JUNE Performances (2022)


 

Music

  • Jazz at Roedde House – “Summer Jazz on the Porch” takes place at the Roedde House Museum in Vancouver’s West End with admission by donation (on a Thursday evening in June). (TBD)
  • Surrey Greek Food Festival – a cultural event featuring Greek food and live entertainment outside the St. Nicholas & Dimitrios Greek Orthodox Church in Surrey in the first half of June. (TBD)
  • Jazz in the Vine – a series of once-a-month live music events at wineries in Langley (mid-June). (TBD)
  • Vancouver International Jazz Festival – a major music festival with both free and ticketed events. (TBD)
  • Shipyard Night Market – Friday evening concerts at the Lower Lonsdale waterfront in North Vancouver (early May to late September). (TBD)
  • Red Truck Concert Series – multiple performances at Red Truck Brewery at 295 East 1st Avenue in Vancouver (mid-June). (TBD)
  • 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. (TBD)
  • Golden Spike Days – a 4-day Canada Day-related festival in Port Moody (on the Canada Day weekend). (TBD)
  • Jazz Vespers – free Jazz concerts take place at a number of churches around the Lower Mainland including ones in Vancouver, North Vancouver, West Vancouver and Surrey. (TBD)
  • Live Music at Guilt & Co. – a different band or musician performs every night at the popular venue in Gastown. (TBD)

 

Imagine Van Gogh

 

Movies, Theatre & Other

  • Bard on the Beach – Shakespearean Theatre at Vanier Park. Plays taking place this year include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry V, Paradise Lost and Love’s Labour’s Lost (mid-June until late September). (TBD)
  • Arts Club Theatre Productions – live theatre at a couple of different venues in Vancouver. (TBD)
  • Vancouver Theatresports – live comedy improv theatre on various nights of the week at the Improv Centre on Granville Island. (TBD)
  • FlyOver Canada – the theatre at Canada Place shows multi-dimensional films every day throughout the day where you get to fly across Canada (and other places sometimes too).
  • Movies in Vancouver – movies show at dozens of cinemas throughout the Lower Mainland.
  • Royal Canadian Family Circus – performances under the Big Top on various dates between mid-May and early June. (TBD)
  • Da Vinci Experience – an exhibition featuring the art and inventions of Leonardo da Vinci (from June until December). (TBD)

 

 

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