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Vancouver Shows and Entertainment 2019 Calendar

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Metro Vancouver has music, theatre and concerts happening all year. Here is the calendar 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 (2019)

Music

  • Shipyard Night Market – Friday evening concerts at the Lower Lonsdale waterfront in North Vancouver (May 3 to September 27, 2019).
  • Whistler Go Fest – a “Great Outdoor Festival” featuring a number of free concerts (May 17-20, 2019).
  • Alan Matheson Septet – the 7-member jazz group performs at Pyatt Hall at 843 Seymour Street (May 18, 2019).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Alessia Cara – with her The Pains of Growing tour at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (May 27, 2019).
  • Cher Here We Go Again Tour – in concert with Nile Rodgers & Chic at Rogers Arena (May 30, 2019).

Film

  • DOXA Film Festival – a documentary film festival taking place at various venues in Vancouver (May 2-12, 2019).

Theatre & Other

 


 

June in Vancouver

JUNE Performances (2019)

Music

  • TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival – a major music festival with both free and ticketed events (June 21 until July 1, 2019).
  • Shipyard Night Market – Friday evening concerts at the Lower Lonsdale waterfront in North Vancouver (May 3 to September 27, 2019).
  • Red Truck Concert Series – multiple performances at Red Truck Brewery at 295 East 1st Avenue in Vancouver (June 15, 2019).
  • 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.
  • Golden Spike Days – a 4-day Canada Day-related festival in Port Moody (on the Canada Day weekend).

Theatre & Other

  • Royal Canadian Family Circus – performances under the big top at Guilford Centre in Surrey (May 31st to June 9th, 2019). (TIP: Use promo code VANSBESTPLACES and get 2-for-1 general admission tickets.)
  • Bard on the Beach – Shakespearean Theatre at Vanier Park. Plays include The Taming of the Shrew, All’s Well That Ends Well, Coriolanus and Shakespeare in Love (June 5 to September 21, 2019).

 


 

July in Vancouver

JULY Performances (2019)

Theatre

  • Bard on the Beach Shakespearean Theatre at Vanier Park. Plays include The Taming of the Shrew, All’s Well That Ends Well, Coriolanus and Shakespeare in Love (June 5 to September 21, 2019).
  • Theatre Under the Stars – musicals performed nightly in Stanley Park (July 5 to August 17, 2019).

Music

Free Outdoor Movies

  • Cinema in the Park – evening films at John Lawson Park as part of the Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver (August 2-11, 2019).
  • Stanley Park Summer Cinema – on Tuesday evenings in July and August at Second Beach (July 2 until August 27, 2019).

 


 

August in Vancouver

AUGUST Performances (2019)

Theatre

  • Bard on the Beach Festival – Shakespearean Theatre at Vanier Park. Plays include The Taming of the Shrew, All’s Well That Ends Well, Coriolanus and Shakespeare in Love (June 5 to September 21, 2019).
  • Theatre Under the Stars – musicals performed nightly in Stanley Park (July 5 to August 17, 2019, but likely to be extended).

Music

  • CBC Musical Nooners – free concerts at noon every weekday from early July to mid-August outside the CBC Building at 700 Hamilton Street.
  • Vancouver Bach Festival – a series of concerts at Christ Church Cathedral and other venues (end of July 30 until early August).
  • Mumford & Sons – in concert at BC Place Stadium (August 7, 2019).
  • Harmony Arts Festival – nightly concerts in West Vancouver (early August).
  • Honda Celebration of Light – major fireworks displays and concerts at English Bay and Sunset Beach (July 27, July 31 and August 3, 2019).
  • Kaleidoscope Arts Festival – free concerts in Coquitlam (mid-August).
  • Summer Sundays Concert Series – free live music outside the Bob Prittie Library – Metrotown Branch in Burnaby on Sunday evenings in July and August.
  • Summer Sundays – free live music at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody at 2 pm.
  • Music on the Wharf – outdoor concerts on the Port Haney Wharf in Maple Ridge (on a couple of evenings in August).
  • Trout Lake Summer Concert Series – free live music at the Trout Lake Community Centre (on a number of evenings in the summer).
  • North Vancouver Summer Concert Series – free outdoor concerts on Friday evenings in Lynn Valley and Edgemont Village (July and/or August).
  • Saturday Summer Sessions Concert Series – free weekly concerts at Shipbuilders’ Square in North Vancouver on Saturdays in July and August.
  • Shipyard Night Market – live bands on Friday evenings in North Vancouver (May 3 to September 27, 2019).
  • Sounds of Summer Music Series – FREE outdoor concerts in different Surrey parks on Wednesday evenings from the beginning of July until the end of August.
  • TD Concerts at the Pier – evening concerts at the pier in White Rock on a number of Thursdays and Saturdays in July and August.
  • Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival – a music festival at Deer Lake in Burnaby. 2019 performers include Dan ManganFeist, Lord Huron, Southern Avenue and The War & Treaty,
  • William Prince. (August 10, 2019).
  • Red Truck Concert Series – multiple bands perform at Red Truck Brewery at 295 East 1st Avenue in Vancouver (mid-August).
  • Rock Ambleside – a music festival featuring multiple bands at West Vancouver’s Ambleside Park. Featured bands include Tom Cochrane with Red Rider, Honeymoon Suite, Quiet Riot, the Headpins, Sass Jordan and others (August 16-18, 2019).
  • Shipped Waterfront FestivalShipped Waterfront Festival – a free music festival in North Vancouver (mid-August).
  • Safe & Sound Music Fest – an R&B music festival at the waterfront in New Westminster (late August).
  • PNE Summer Night Concerts – Vancouver’s famous end-of-summer fair at the PNE with nightly concerts (late August).
  • Deep Cove Daze a small community festival with free live music featuring local artists in North Vancouver’s Deep Cove (late August).

Free Outdoor Movies

Other

 


 

September in Vancouver

SEPTEMBER Performances (2019)

Film

Theatre

Music

  • Skookum Festival – a festival about music, food and art in Stanley Park (early September). (Next taking place in 2020, so not 2019.)
  • Summer Night Concerts at the PNE – evening concerts by various famous artists from late August to early September.
  • 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.
  • Shipyard Night Market – Friday evening concerts at the Lower Lonsdale waterfront in North Vancouver (May 3 to September 27, 2019).

 


 

October in Vancouver

OCTOBER Performances (2019)

Film & Theatre

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.

 


 

November in Vancouver

NOVEMBER Performances (2019)

Music, Film & Theatre

  • Surrey Tree Lighting Festival – live entertainment with a major headline band at Surrey City Hall (in late November).
  • FlyOver America – the multi-dimensional theatre attraction at Canada Place offers its regular FlyOver Canada films throughout the year, but also the opportunity to soar over the United States for the first three weeks of the month (to be confirmed).
  • 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.
  • 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 (mid-October to mid-November).

DECEMBER Performances (2019)

Theatre

  • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a Christmas-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place (late November to early January).
  • Bah! Humbug! – a musical based on the Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” tale but set in modern times in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside ( early to mid-December).
  • Nutcracker – presented by Goh Ballet, performances are at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (mid to late December).

Music

 


 

January

JANUARY Performances (2020)

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.

 


 

February

FEBRUARY Performances (2020)

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 (mid-January to early February).
  • Talking Stick Festival – an arts festival featuring indigenous art and performances at various venues around Vancouver (mid-February to early March).
  • Coastal First Nations Dance Festival – by the Dancers of Damelahamid at the Museum of Anthropology (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.

 


 

March

MARCH Performances (2020)

Dance, Music & Theatre

  • Northwest Comedy Fest – a festival celebrating stand-up, improv and other forms of comedy (early March).
  • Festival du Bois – BC’s largest francophone festival with a variety of French live music performances (mid to late March).
  • CelticFest – festival entertainment including live music (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 (2020)

Music, Theatre and Dance

  • Cherry Jam Downtown Concert – a lunch hour concert celebrating the Cherry Blossom season at Burrard Station (early April).
  • Whistler World Ski & Snowboard Festival – free concerts most afternoons at Whistler (mid-April).
  • 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.
  • Party for the Planet – free live music at the Earth Day celebrations in Surrey (mid-April).
  • World Music Fest – a music festival with concerts at the Imperial and Guilt & Co. (late April).
  • Vancouver Opera Festival – two weeks of opera productions (late April to early May).

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 (mid-April).

 

 

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