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Vancouver Shows and Entertainment 2020 Calendar

Shows and Entertainment

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

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.

 


 

February

FEBRUARY Performances (2020)

* 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

  • Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo – the world-famous and hillariously funny company of all-male ballerinas performs at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (February 1, 2020).
  • 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 (February February 18 to 29, 2020).
  • 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.
  • Vancouver Bach Choir – the choir performs a special Valentine’s Day concert at the Orpheum Theatre at UBC (February 14, 2020).

Theatre

  • Arts Club Theatre Productions
  • Vancouver Theatresports League – live comedy improv theatre every night of the week at the Improv Centre on Granville Island.
  • Anywhere But Here – a play at the Vancouver Playhouse by the Electric Company Theatre Society about displacement, home and the Mexican-American border in the United States (February 4 to 15, 2020).
  • Dinner & A Show – live theatre takes place at the Havana Theatre at 1212 Commercial Drive. Special 3-course dinners are available both before and after for just $30 on Sundays and Mondays in February and March.

Vancouver TheatreSports

 


 

March

MARCH Performances (2020)

Dance, Music & Film

  • 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).

Theatre

 


 

April

APRIL Performances (2020)

Music & Other Entertainment

  • 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).

Theatre

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).

 

May

MAY Performances (2020)

Music

  • Shipyard Night Market – Friday evening concerts at the Lower Lonsdale waterfront in North Vancouver (early May to early September).
  • Vancouver Bach Choir – the choir performs their Summersing! concert at the Chan Centre of the Performing Arts. (May 10, 2020.)
  • Whistler Go Fest – a “Great Outdoor Festival” featuring a number of free concerts (midMay).
  • 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.

Film

  • DOXA Film Festival – a documentary film festival taking place at various venues in Vancouver (early May).

Theatre & Other


 

June in Vancouver

JUNE Performances (2020)

Music

  • Classical Concert Series – live music at Vancouver’s Roedde House Museum (2020 details to be confirmed).
  • Summer Jazz on the Porch – live Jazz with admission by donation at the Roedde House Museum (mid-June).
  • TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival – a major music festival with both free and ticketed events (late June until the beginning of July).
  • Shipyard Night Market – Friday evening concerts at the Lower Lonsdale waterfront in North Vancouver (early May to late September).
  • Red Truck Concert Series – multiple performances at Red Truck Brewery at 295 East 1st Avenue in Vancouver (mid-June).
  • 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


 

July in Vancouver

JULY Performances (2020)

Theatre

Music

Free Outdoor Movies

 


 

August in Vancouver

AUGUST Performances (2020)

Theatre

Music

Free Outdoor Movies

Other

 


 

September in Vancouver

SEPTEMBER Performances (2020)

Film

Theatre

Music

  • Skookum Festival – a festival about music, food and art in Stanley Park (early September).
  • 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 (early May until the end of September).
  • Roedde House Concerts – live music takes place twice a month at the Roedde House Museum. Jazz happens on a Thursday evening and a classical concert is on a Sunday afternoon.
  • Westward Music Festival – multiple concerts by a variety of both local and international artists in Vancouver (mid-September).

 


 

October in Vancouver

OCTOBER Performances (2020)

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.
  • Roedde House Concerts – live music takes place twice a month at the Roedde House Museum. Jazz happens on a Thursday evening and a classical concert is on a Sunday afternoon (mid-October).

 


 

November in Vancouver

NOVEMBER Performances (2020)

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 (to be confirmed).
  • Roedde House Concerts – live music takes place twice a month at the Roedde House Museum. Jazz happens on a Thursday evening and a classical concert is on a Sunday afternoon.
  • 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 (late October to late November).
  • Arts Club Theatre Productions – live theatre at the Granville Island Stage,  Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage and Goldcorp Stage in Vancouver.
  • Vancouver Theatresports League – live comedy improv theatre every night of the week at the Improv Centre on Granville Island.

 


 

December in Vancouver

DECEMBER Performances (2020)

Theatre

  • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a Christmas-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place (late November to early January).
  • Nutcracker – presented by Goh Ballet, performances are at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (mid to late December).
  • Arts Club Theatre Productions – live theatre at the Granville Island Stage,  Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage and Goldcorp Stage in Vancouver.
  • Vancouver Theatresports League – live comedy improv theatre every night of the week at the Improv Centre on Granville Island.

Vancouver Christmas Concerts

Music

 


 

January

JANUARY Performances (2021)

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.
  • 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 League – live comedy improv theatre every night of the week at the Improv Centre on Granville Island.

 


 

 

 

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