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Alegria at Cirque du Soleil

Alegria is the Cirque du Soleil circus and acrobatics show at Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Place between late March and early June in 2022.

The Cirque du Soleil shows might be over, but there is another circus visiting the Lower Mainland in 2022. Las Vegas-based Circo Osorio visits Abbotsford, Surrey, Tsawwassen, Richmond and Coquitlam between September 8th and October 17th. It’s a fun circus, and very affordable! Up to two children get free admission per paying adult!


Information in this article includes the following topics:

Big Top Location | Admission Details | What to Expect | Alegria Video | Tips & Advice | About Cirque du Soleil


Circo Osorio Circus


Cirque du Soleil’s Alegria at Concord Pacific Place in 2022

Each year Cirque du Soleil brings one of its world-famous circus shows to Vancouver. From opening day until the end of the season, Vancouver audiences are entertained by amazing acts. Performances include acrobatics shows, music, dance and all kinds of amazing and jaw-dropping entertainment.

In 2022, Cirque du Soleil’s Alegria performances run from March 25th until June 5th.

Another very good circus is the Royal Canadian International Circus. In 2022 this other circus has shows in Surrey from June 23rd to 26th. It’s also in Richmond from June 30th to July 3rd. The shows are both kid-friendly and affordable! Tickets start at around $35 or so instead of $65. Also, if you use the promo code VANSBESTPLACES you can get 2-for-1 general admission.


Big Top Location

Cirque du Soleil often sets up its trademark “Grand Chapiteau” big top tent in Concord Pacific Place. The venue is between the eastern tip of False Creek and BC Place Stadium at 88 Pacific Boulevard. The fall of 2019 was no exception, and the tent returns to the same location in the spring of 2022.

The Grand Chapiteau is a massive big-top-style structure with castle-like points supported by masts. All seats are comfortably cushioned with backs (or at least that’s been the case in past years). The venue itself is a spectacle to be seen!

Note: A few years ago the venue was in a giant blue and yellow big top at the eastern end of Concord Pacific Place (so closer to Science World). In 2019, however, the Grand Chapiteau was white and located at the western end of the site, so closer to BC Place Stadium. In 2022 it’s a blue and white tent at the same western location as it was three years ago.


Cirque du Soleil at Concord Pacific Place
Cirque du Soleil in 2022


Admission Details

General admission tickets to Alegria in 2022 start at $65 or $75 or so depending on the day. However, tickets go up to around $240 for those who want to be very close to the stage. They are also as much as $350 for VIP seats at premium times.

Discount rates are available including under the following situations:

(Note: Details are subject to change. See the official Cirque du Soleil website for exact details.)

  • Children’s rates apply to folk ages 12 and under.
  • Family Packs include a discount for families purchasing 4 to 8 tickets.
  • lnfants under 2 years of age are free, provided that they share the same seat as a parent.

VIP packages include premium seats with the best views of the stage, along with an open bar and appetizers both before the performance and at the intermission. They also include a complimentary program to take home, in addition to free parking and access to an extra-nice restroom and special VIP areas.


Cirque du Soleil Fire Performance
Fire Performers at Alegria


What to Expect at Alegria

Alegria is a classic Cirque du Soleil show that debuted in a slightly different version in 1994. The show’s name in Spanish translates to joy and happiness in English, which are two elements at the centre of the show’s production. Alegria depicts a kingdom without a king, and the power struggle that follows between the old and new movements.

In the show there are all kinds of innovative circus and acrobatic elements. There is fire juggling, trapeze tricks and more. The costumes are beautiful and the sets are full of colour. Expect to hear a reworked soundtrack with talented singers and a genre-blending production.

Alegria is a 135-minute show with a 20-minute break in the middle.


More Details

Below is other information from previous years that’s good to know about Cirque du Soleil’s productions in Vancouver. 2022 details may be similar.

  • The venue is heated.
  • There is no coat check area most years.
  • Due to space restrictions, strollers have not been allowed in the facility in past years.
  • Except for service dogs for people with disabilities, animals are not permitted.
  • Backpacks and other packages bigger than a briefcase or handbag are usually not permitted in the facility.


Special Effects at Cirque du Soleil
Alegria at Cirque du Soleil


Tips and Advice

The following is a list of suggestions to help you make the most out of your circus experience.

TIP #1: If you can’t afford Cirque du Soleil, or can but want to see another really good circus anyway, be sure to check out the Royal Canadian International Circus. That circus is in Metro Vancouver from late June until early July in 2022. Also, if buying tickets for that circus, don’t forget to use the promo code VANSBESTPLACES so you can get 2-for-1 pricing on general admission!

TIP #2: Arrive well in advance of show time as it can take a while to find parking and get through security. The Entrance Tent and vendors open about 45 minutes before each show and guests can enter the main Grand Chapiteau area starting around 30 minutes before the performance.

TIP #3: The show starts on time and latecomers can only enter during specific short breaks. Because of logistical issues, latecomers in wheelchairs are admitted only at half time during the 25-minute intermission (or at least that’s been the case in the past). So don’t be late!

TIP #4: Make an evening (or afternoon) out of your visit and explore the area. If attending an afternoon show and the weather is good, go for a pre-performance stroll along the nearby False Creek Seawall.

TIP #5: Tickets to Cirque du Soleil shows make great gifts, especially when the performances are close to special occasions. Tickets to the Royal Canadian International Circus make exceptional gifts too!


Alegria Video

To get even more of an idea about what to expect at the show, check out the following official Cirque du Soleil video. As you’ll see, Alegria is quite the spectacle and something you really need to see!



About Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil is a world-famous circus and acrobatics theatre group. It offers shows under a big top tent in Vancouver’s Pacific Concord Place each year as well as at other venues across the globe.

The Montreal-based company tours the world with its shows and often visits Vancouver for a multi-week stay at some point during the year.


History of Vancouver Shows

Cirque du Soleil didn’t visit the Lower Mainland in 2020 or 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It visited every year for a number of years before then though, and will likely continue to tour here in the years ahead.

In 2019, Luzia was a fantasy story set in a fictitious Mexico. The name was a combination of the Spanish words light (“luz”) and rain (“lluvia”). Cirque du Soleil’s Luzia shows ran from October 3rd until December 29th.

In 2018, Cirque du Soleil was in Vancouver for only a very brief time. The production was Corteo and it showed at the Pacific Coliseum at the PNE for just five days in mid-October.

In 2017 Kurios was Cirque du Soleil’s Vancouver production. It was a science-fantasy story about a fictitious 19th-century inventor who builds a machine that defies the laws of space and time.

In December 2016 Cirque du Soleil brought Toruk – a performance based on James Cameron’s movie Avatar – to Vancouver’s Pacific Coliseum for just under a week.

In 2015 Vancouver’s Cirque du Soleil production was Kooza which took place at Concord Pacific Place from the end of October until late December.

TOTEM, a story about the evolution of mankind, was Cirque du Soleil’s show in 2014 and it played starting in mid-May under the big top at Concord Pacific Place. The performance followed the mystical evolution of the human race from amphibian form to its desire to fly.


Alegria at Cirque du Soleil
Alegria at Cirque du Soleil


Other Information

To buy tickets or for more information check out the Cirque du Soleil website.

For a list of other shows and events in the Lower Mainland, click any of the following:

For a list of what’s happening on different days of the month while Cirque du Soleil is in town, check out Vancouver’s March, April or May event calendars.