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Vancouver Shows and Entertainment 2020 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.


VANCOUVER 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, theatre productions, concerts and other shows have been cancelled until further notice in Vancouver, across Canada and around the world.

Hopefully the world will return to normal soon, or at least normal enough for cultural and performing arts productions to resume operations and once again entertain the world in ways that aren’t restricted to digital and online formats.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, as you will see below, most up-coming events in our lists have been cancelled or postponed. Many events have also been marked as TBD, or “to be determined.” In those cases either the event hasn’t yet been cancelled, we haven’t had confirmation of the cancellation, or the event may possibly become cancelled, but we’re not yet sure.

Note that the situation with the current health crisis is changing. Government restrictions on public gatherings may increase or become more relaxed. Events that are cancelled now may still take place at a later date. Events that aren’t yet cancelled, may be so soon.

At Vancouver’s Best Places we are doing our best to keep our website as up-to-date as possible. As an organization with limited resources, however, and given the number of events and attractions to keep track of, the status of events in our listings may not always be 100% accurate. For the most up-to-date information about a particular venue or event, see the organization’s official website.

Stay healthy Vancouver! Stay safe! Be careful not to spread the virus. Until things get better, stay home as much as you can!


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.

 


 

August in Vancouver

AUGUST Performances (2020)

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 (June 10 until September 26, 2020). (CANCELLED)
  • Theatre Under the Stars – musicals performed nightly in Stanley Park. Shows this year are Hello Dolly and Beauty & the Beast (July 4 to August 29, 2020). (CANCELLED)
  • Vancouver Theatresports League – live comedy improv theatre on various nights of the week at the Improv Centre on Granville Island. (CANCELLED)

Music

  • CBC Musical Nooners – free concerts at noon every weekday from early July to mid-August outside the CBC Building at 700 Hamilton Street. (CANCELLED)
  • Vancouver Bach Festival – a series of concerts at Christ Church Cathedral and other venues (July 27 until August 8, 2020).  (CANCELLED)
  • Nightslide Summer Concerts – water sliding with live music at Cultus Lake Waterpark (August 7 & 21, 2020). (TBD)
  • 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 August). (CANCELLED)
  • 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 (from July 15 until the weekend of August 7-9, 2020).
  • Harmony Arts Festival – nightly concerts in West Vancouver (July 31 to August 9, 2020). (CANCELLED)
  • Honda Celebration of Light – major fireworks displays and concerts at English Bay and Sunset Beach (August 1, 2020). (CANCELLED)
  • Summer Sundays Concert Series – free live music outside the Bob Prittie Library – Metrotown Branch in Burnaby on Sunday evenings in July and August. (CANCELLED)
  • Summer Sundays – free live music at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody (on Sunday afternoons). (CANCELLED)
  • Music on the Wharf – outdoor concerts on the Port Haney Wharf in Maple Ridge (August 10 and 24, 2020). (TBD)
  • Trout Lake Summer Concert Series – free live music at the Trout Lake Community Centre (on a number of evenings in the summer). (CANCELLED)
  • North Vancouver Summer Concert Series – free outdoor concerts on Friday evenings in Lynn Valley and Edgemont Village (July and/or August). (CANCELLED)
  • Saturday Summer Sessions Concert Series – free weekly concerts at Shipbuilders’ Square in North Vancouver on Saturdays in July and August. (CANCELLED)
  • Shipyard Night Market – live bands on Friday evenings in North Vancouver (May 1 to September 25, 2020). (CANCELLED)
  • 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. (CANCELLED)
  • Sunset Festival – a festival featuring yoga, live music and post-SeaWheeze Half Marathon celebrations at Stanley Park. (CANCELLED)
  • TD Concerts at the Pier – evening concerts at the pier in White Rock on a number of Thursdays and Saturdays in July and August. (CANCELLED)
  • Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival – a music festival at Deer Lake in Burnaby (August 7 and 8). (CANCELLED)
  • Rock Ambleside – a music festival featuring multiple bands at West Vancouver’s Ambleside Park (August 14 to 16). (CANCELLED)
  • PNE Summer Night Concerts – Vancouver’s famous end-of-summer fair at the Pacific National Exhibition with nightly concerts (late August). (CANCELLED)
  • Jazz Vespers – free Jazz concerts take place at a number of churches around the Lower Mainland. (CANCELLED)
  • Live Music at Guilt & Co. – a different band or musician performs every night at the popular venue in Gastown.

Movies & Films

Other

  • Chilliwack Fair and Rodeo – the 147th annual Fraser Valley fair with rodeo shows and evening concerts (August 7 to 9, 2020). (CANCELLED)

 


 

September in Vancouver

SEPTEMBER Performances (2020)

Movies & Film

  • Vancouver International Film Festival – a prestigious film festival (September 24 until October 9, 2020). (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.

Theatre

Music

  • Fort Langley Jazz Festival – “Jazz at Home” features free online performances. A couple of live concerts also take place. Headliner bands include Laila Biali, Mimosa, Siobahn Walsh, Taylor James, Dalannah Gail Bowen, and Tom Lavalin & the Legendary Powder Blues (September 4th and 5th, 2020).
  • 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. (CANCELLED)
  • Kaleidoscope Arts Festival – free concerts in Coquitlam (September 25-27, 2020). (TBD)
  • Shipyard Night Market – Friday evening concerts at the Lower Lonsdale waterfront in North Vancouver (May 1 until September 25, 2020). (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, but likely cancelled.)
  • Westward Music Festival – multiple concerts by a variety of both local and international artists in Vancouver (September 10 to 13, 2020). (TBD, but likely cancelled.)
  • 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. (CANCELLED)
  • Live Music at Guilt & Co. – a different band or musician performs every night at the popular venue in Gastown.

 


 

October in Vancouver

OCTOBER Performances (2020)

Movies, Film & Theatre

  • Vancouver International Film Festival – a prestigious film festival in Vancouver (late September until mid-October). (TBD)
  • Chutzpah Festival – the Jewish Performing Arts Festival featuring comedy, music, theatre and dance (late October until late November). (TBD)
  • Vancouver International Improv Festival – a festival featuring theatre-sports-style performances at Granville Island (October 6 to 12, 2020). (TBD)
  • Arts Club Theatre Productions – various shows at different locations throughout the month. (TBD)
  • Vancouver Horrors Show – a mini film festival featuring horror flicks from a variety of different countries (late October, but to be confirmed).
  • Vancouver Theatresports League – 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

  • 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 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

  • DTES Heart of the City Festival – a festival featuring film, music, theatre, poetry, dance and other activities in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (October 28 to November 8, 2020).

 


 

November in Vancouver

NOVEMBER Performances (2020)

Music, Film & Theatre

  • DTES Heart of the City Festival – a festival featuring film, music, theatre, poetry, dance and other activities in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (October 28 to November 8, 2020).
  • Surrey Tree Lighting Festival – live entertainment with a major headline band at Surrey City Hall (in late November). (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).
  • 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). (TBD)
  • Chutzpah Festival – the Jewish Performing Arts Festival featuring comedy, music, theatre and dance (late October to late November). (TBD)
  • Arts Club Theatre Productions – live theatre at the Granville Island Stage,  Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage and Goldcorp Stage in Vancouver. (TBD)
  • Vancouver Theatresports League – 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.

Other

 


 

December in Vancouver

DECEMBER Performances (2020)

Movies, Film and Theatre

  • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a Christmas-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place (late November to early January). (TBD)
  • 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. (TBD)
  • Vancouver Theatresports League – 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.

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 on various nights of the week at the Improv Centre on Granville Island.
  • 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.
  • 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 (2021)

* 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 (January 20 to February 7, 2021).
  • 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 Museum of Anthropology (late February).
  • Northwest Comedy Fest – a festival celebrating stand-up, improv and other forms of comedy (mid to 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 (with 2021 details to be confirmed).
  • 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.
  • Vancouver Theatresports League – live comedy improv theatre on various nights of the week at the Improv Centre on Granville Island.
  • 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 (2021)

Dance, Music, Film & Other

  • Festival du Bois – BC’s largest francophone festival with a variety of French live music performances (early March).
  • Roedde House Concerts – live music takes place at the Roedde House Museum on a Thursday evening (mid-March).
  • Jazz in the Vine – a series of once-a-month live music events at wineries in Langley.
  • CelticFest – festival entertainment including live music (mid-March).
  • Sonic Boom Festival a celebration of contemporary classical music by BC composers (mid-March).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Theatre

 


 

April

APRIL Performances (2021)

Music & Other Entertainment

  • Cherry Jam Downtown Concert – a lunch hour concert celebrating the Cherry Blossom season at Burrard Station (early April).
  • Roedde House Concerts – live music takes place at the Roedde House Museum on a Thursday evening (mid-April).
  • Jazz in the Vine – a series of once-a-month live music events at wineries in Langley.
  • Shen Yun – the New York-based Chinese performing arts company performs at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre (April 6 to 11, 2021).
  • Whistler World Ski & Snowboard Festival – free concerts most afternoons at Whistler (mid to late 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).
  • Vancouver Opera Festival – two weeks of opera productions (late April to early May).
  • 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.
  • Vancouver Theatresports League – live comedy improv theatre on various nights of the week at the Improv Centre on Granville Island.
  • 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.

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).

 


 

May

MAY Performances (2021)

Music

  • Shipyard Night Market – Friday evening concerts at the Lower Lonsdale waterfront in North Vancouver (May to September).
  • 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.
  • Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair – the annual event features both large and small concerts throughout the weekend (May 21 to 24, 2021).
  • Whistler Go Fest – a “Great Outdoor Festival” featuring a number of free concerts (May 21 to 24, 2021, but to be confirmed).
  • Jazz in the Vine – a series of once-a-month live music events at wineries in Langley.
  • 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.
  • 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 & Films

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

Theatre & Other

 


 

June in Vancouver

JUNE Performances (2021)

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).
  • 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.
  • 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 (mid-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).
  • 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 & Other

  • Royal Canadian Family Circus – performances under the Big Top (on various dates between mid-May and early June).
  • 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).
  • Arts Club Theatre Productions – live theatre at a couple of different venues in Vancouver.
  • Vancouver Theatresports League – live comedy improv theatre on various nights of the week at the Improv Centre on Granville Island.
  • 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.

 

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).
  • Theatre Under the Stars – musicals performed nightly in Stanley Park (early July until late August).
  • Arts Club Theatre Productions – live theatre at a couple of different venues in Vancouver.
  • Vancouver Theatresports League – live comedy improv theatre on various nights of the week at the Improv Centre on Granville Island.

Music

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).
  • Stanley Park Summer Cinema – on Tuesday evenings in July and August at Second Beach (early July until late August).
  • Movies in Vancouver – movies show at dozens of cinemas throughout the Lower Mainland.
  • Click Vancouver Summer Outdoor Movies for more venues.

 

 

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