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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.

 


 

July in Vancouver

JULY Performances (2018)

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Music

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August in Vancouver

AUGUST Performances (2018)

Theatre

  • Bard on the Beach Festival – showing As You Like It, MacBeth, Timon  of Athens, and the adaption of the Greek classic Lysistrata (from June 6 until September 22, 2018).
  • Theatre Under the Stars – musicals performed nightly in Stanley Park (early July until mid to late August).
  • Steve Martin and Martin ShortAn Evening You will not Forget at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (August 1 & 2, 2018).

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 (July 30 to August 10. 2018).
  • 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 28 and August 1 & 4, 2018).
  • 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 Mondays in August).
  • Trout Lake Summer Concert Series – free live music at the Trout Lake Community Centre on Wednesday evenings (including on August 29th with the VOC Sweet Soul Gospel Choir from 6:30 to 8:30 pm).
  • North Vancouver Summer Concert Series – free outdoor concerts every Friday evening 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 from 7 to 10 pm.
  • Shipyard Night Market – live bands on Friday evenings in North Vancouver.
  • Sounds of Summer Music Series – FREE outdoor concerts in different Surrey parks on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8 pm 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 (August 11, 2018).
  • Red Truck Concert Series – multiple bands perform at Red Truck Brewery at 295 East 1st Avenue in Vancouver. Bands include Lee Fields & the Expressions, Vince Vaccaro and Real Ponchos (August 11, 2018).
  • Shipped Waterfront Festival – a free music festival in North Vancouver. Bands include Humans, Tonye Aganaba, Sam the Astronaut and others (August 11, 2018).
  • Safe & Sound Music Fest – an R&B music festival at the waterfront in New Westminster (August 24-25, 2018).
  • PNE Summer Night Concerts – Vancouver’s famous end-of-summer fair at the PNE with nightly concerts (late August). Concerts in 2018 include the following:
    • August 18thBoyz II Men
    • August 19thAir Supply
    • August 21stDean Brody
    • August 22ndGoo Goo Dolls
    • August 23rdI love the 90’s Tour
    • August 24thWilson Phillips
    • August 25thMarianas Trench
    • August 26thLost 80’s Live
    • August 28th112 Featuring Slim
    • August 29thKool & the Gang
    • August 30thJann Arden
    • August 31stBurton Cummings & Band
    • September 1stChicago
    • September 2ndThe Village People
    • September 3rdCyndi Lauper
  • Deep Cove Daze a small community festival with free live music featuring local artists in North Vancouver’s Deep Cove (late August).

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Other

  • Chilliwack Fair and Rodeo – the 146th annual Fraser Valley fair with rodeo shows and evening concerts (August 10-12, 2018).

 


 

September in Vancouver

SEPTEMBER Performances (2018)

Film

Theatre

Concert Music at Glades Garden

Music

  • Skookum Festival – a festival about music, food and art in Stanley Park. Bands performing include The Killers, Florence + The Machine, Delhi 2 Dublin, Dear Rouge and numerous other groups (September 7-9, 2018).
  • Game Of Thrones – the Live Concert Experience at Rogers Arena (September 5, 2018).
  • Sam Smith – in concert at Rogers Arena (September 10, 2018).
  • Summer Night Concerts at the PNE – evening concerts by various famous artists from late August to early September.
  • Shipyard Night Market – Friday evening concerts at the Lower Lonsdale waterfront in North Vancouver.

Other

  • TEDxEastVan – an independently-organized mini version of TED featuring local inspirational speakers (mid-September).

 


 

October in Vancouver

OCTOBER Performances (2018)

Music

Film

Theatre & Comedy

 


 

November in Vancouver

NOVEMBER Performances (2018)

Music

Theatre

 


 

December in Vancouver

DECEMBER Performances (2018)

Theatre

  • Nutcracker – performed by Alberta Ballet at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (late December).
  • Nutcracker – presented by Goh Ballet, performances are at the Centre in Vancouver at 777 Homer Street (late December).

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January

JANUARY Performances (2019)

Theatre, Dance & Music

  • PuSh Festival – numerous performances of all kinds during the International Performing Arts Festival (mid-January to mid-February).
  • The Illusionists – a Broadway Across Canada production at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre at 630 Hamilton Street (January 15-20, 2019).

 


 

February

FEBRUARY Performances (2019)

Dance and Performing Arts Festivals

  • Hoobiyee – free Indigenous dance performances at the PNE Forum in celebration of the Nisga’a New Year (February 1 & 2, 2019).
  • Chutzpah Festival – the Jewish Performing Arts Festival featuring comedy, music, theatre and dance (mid-February to mid-March).
  • 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).

 


 

March

MARCH Performances (2019)

Dance, Music & Theatre

  • Northwest Comedy Fest – a festival celebrating stand-up, improv and other forms of comedy (early March).
  • Coastal First Nations Dance Festival – by the Dancers of Damelahamid at the Museum of Anthropology (end of February until the beginning of March).
  • Festival du Bois – BC’s largest francophone festival with a variety of French live music performances (2019 dates to be confirmed).
  • CelticFest – festival entertainment including live music (mid-March).
  • Chutzpah Festival – the Jewish Performing Arts Festival featuring comedy, music, theatre and dance (mid February to 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 (2019)

Music, Theatre and Dance

  • Cherry Jam Downtown Concert – a lunch hour concert celebrating the Cherry Blossom season at Burrard Station (early April).
  • Sound of Dragon Music Festival – performances by Canadian, Taiwanese and Chinese artists at the Annex Theatre and Roundhouse Community Centre (early April, but to be confirmed).
  • Whistler World Ski & Snowboard Festival – free concerts most afternoons at Whistler (mid-April).
  • Party for the Planet – free Earth Day concerts in Surrey. This year’s headliner band is Sam Roberts (mid-April).
  • World Music Fest – a music festival featuring popular Vancouver bands like Mazacote, The Boom Booms, MNGWA and Locarno (late April).
  • Vancouver Opera Festival – two weeks of opera productions (late April until mid-May).
  • Pink – in concert on her Beautiful Trauma World Tour at Rogers Arena (April 5, 2019).

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 (April 15-14, 2019).

 


 

May

MAY Performances (2019)

Music

  • Shipyard Night Market – Friday evening concerts at the Lower Lonsdale waterfront in North Vancouver.
  • Whistler Go Fest – a “Great Outdoor Festival” featuring a number of free concerts (May 18-21, 2018).
  • 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 (2019)

Music

  • TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival – a major music festival with both free and ticketed events (late June until July 1, 2019).
  • Shipyard Night Market – Friday evening concerts at the Lower Lonsdale waterfront in North Vancouver.
  • 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

  • Bard on the Beach – Shakespearean Theatre at Vanier Park (from early June until the third week of September).

 


 

July in Vancouver

JULY Performances (2019)

Theatre

Music

 

 

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