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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.

 

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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.

 


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September in Vancouver

 


SEPTEMBER Performances (2021)


 

Movies & Film

  • Vancouver International Film Festival – a prestigious film festival (online-only from September 30 to October 10, 2021).
  • 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.

 

Shipyards Festival

 

Music & Theatre

  • Bard on the Beach Festival – Shakespearean Theatre at Vanier Park. (Online-only in 2021).
  • 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).
  • Music in the Courtyard – a series of outdoor concerts at the Firehall Arts Centre, many of them on weekends (from late July to early September, 2021).
  • Sounds of Summer Music Series – free outdoor concerts in different Surrey parks (every Thursday evening from August 12 to September 9, 2021).
  • Monstercat Compound – a free day of music, live performances, art and video games in Vancouver (on September 18, 2021).
  • BC Culture Days – cultural events and performances at various venues across the Lower Mainland and other parts of the province (September 24 to October 24, 2021).
  • Vancouver Fringe Festival – a live theatre festival (from September 8th to 19th, 2021).
  • 5X (City of Bhangra) Festival – live South Asian music at The Beaumont Studios in Vancouver (September 17 to 18, 2021).
  • Odlum Brown Fort Langley Jazz Festival – an arts and music festival in Fort Langley (September 2 to 5, 2021).
  • Arts Club Theatre Productions – the new audio play Mala is available from September 1 to 28, 2021.
  • Vancouver Theatresports – live comedy improv theatre on various nights of the week at the Improv Centre on Granville Island. (TBD)
  • Vancouver International Flamenco Festival – a performing arts festival featuring Spanish flamenco dance performances (from September 4 to 26, 2021).
  • Summer Night Concerts at the PNE – evening concerts by various artists (from August 21 to September 6, 2021).
  • Kaleidoscope Arts Festival – free concerts in Coquitlam (normally in late September but on August 28 and 29 in 2021).
  • Recovery Day BC – a street party with live music in New Westminster (on September 11, 2021).
  • Shipyard Night Market – Friday evening concerts at the Lower Lonsdale waterfront in North Vancouver (from early May until late September). (CANCELLED)
  • 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 (September 8 to 13, 2021).
  • 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. (This month is September 5, 2021)
  • 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).
  • Imagine Van Gogh – an art exhibition featuring the works of Vincent Van Gogh with a modern twist at the Vancouver Convention Centre (until October 15, 2021).
  • TEDxWhistler – an online event featuring ten inspirational speakers (on September 12, 2021).

 

 

October in Vancouver

 


OCTOBER Performances (2021)


 

Movies, Film & Theatre

  • Vancouver International Film Festival – a prestigious film festival (online-only from September 30 to October 10, 2021).
  • Chutzpah Festival – the Jewish Performing Arts Festival featuring comedy, music, theatre and dance (late October until late November, 2021 dates TBC).
  • Vancouver International Improv Festival – a festival featuring theatre-sports-style performances at Granville Island (October 12 to 17, 2021).
  • Arts Club Theatre Productions – various audio productions are available to listen to online.
  • Vancouver Horrors Show – a mini film festival featuring horror flicks from a variety of different countries (2021 dates TBC).
  • 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.

 

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). 
  • 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. (This month is October 3, 2021.)
  • Live Music at Guilt & Co. – a different band or musician performs every night at the popular venue in Gastown.

 

Other

  • Iliza Shlesinger: Back in Action Tour – the successful stand-up comedian continues her return to the stage at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (October 1st, 2021).
  • Ricky Gervais: SuperNature – another stand-up performance at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre starring the well-known Ricky Gervais (October 17 and 18, 2021).
  • The Stars on Ice tour: “Journey” – the top figure skating show in the country, featuring multiple World Champions and Olympic medalists (October 27, 2021 at Rogers Arena).
  • DTES Heart of the City Festival – a festival featuring film, music, theatre, poetry, dance and other activities in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (between October 27 and November 7 in 2021).
  • Da Vinci Experience – an exhibition featuring the art and inventions of Leonardo da Vinci (from June until December).
  • Imagine Van Gogh – an art exhibition featuring the works of Vincent Van Gogh with a modern twist at the Vancouver Convention Centre (until October 15, 2021).
  • Imagine Picasso – an art exhibition showcasing the works of Pablo Picasso at the Vancouver Convention Centre (with exact dates to be confirmed).

 

 

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 (between October 27 and November 7 in 2021).
  • 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, 2021 status TBC).
  • 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)
  • 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, 2021 dates TBC).
  • Imagine Picasso – an art exhibition showcasing the works of Pablo Picasso at the Vancouver Convention Centre (with exact dates to be confirmed).
  • 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. (November 7, 2021).
  • Movies in Vancouver – movies show at dozens of cinemas throughout the Lower Mainland.
  • Arts Club Theatre Productions – the musical Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol runs on the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage from November 18, 2021 to January 2, 2022.

 

 

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. (TBD)
  • 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).
  • The Weeknd: The After Hours Tour – one of the biggest music artists in the world plays in Vancouver at Rogers Arena (January 14 and 15, 2022).
  • 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

  • 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)
  • Celine Dion: Courage World Tour – also at Rogers Arena, one of the biggest Canadian artists today returns to Vancouver (March 28 and 29, 2021).
  • 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.)
  • 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)
  • 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). (CANCELLED)
  • 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)
  • 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). (CANCELLED)
  • 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)

 

 

July in Vancouver

 


JULY Performances (2022)


 

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). (TBD)
  • Theatre Under the Stars – musicals performed nightly in Stanley Park (early July until late August). (TBD)
  • Arts Club Theatre Productions – live theatre returns this month with I, Claudia on the Newmont Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre (from late July to mid-August). (TBD)
  • 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)

 

Movies & Films

 

 

August in Vancouver

 


AUGUST Performances (2022)


 

Theatre

  • Bard on the Beach Festival – Shakespearean Theatre at Vanier Park. (TBD)
  • Arts Club Theatre Productions – There were two live shows on offer in August 2021 with I, Claudia on the Newmont Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre, and Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story on Granville Island Stage. (TBD)
  • Theatre Under the Stars – musicals performed nightly in Stanley Park (from early July until late August). (TBD)
  • 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. (TBD)
  • Flamenco, Tango and Wine in One Night – flamenco and tango dance workshops and performances as part of the Carnaval del Sol festival. (TBD)
  • Harmony Arts Festival – nightly concerts in West Vancouver from late July to 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). (TBD)
  • Monsoon Arts Festival – a series of East Indian-themed music and arts events. (TBD)
  • 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 end-of-summer fair at the Pacific National Exhibition with nightly concerts from late August until early September. (TBD)
  • Kaleidoscope Arts Festival – free concerts and activities in Coquitlam. (TBD)

 

Movies & Films

 

Other

  • Chilliwack Fair and Rodeo – the 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). (TBD)