Free outdoor concerts take place in Shipbuilders’ Square in North Vancouver‘s Lower Lonsdale district on Saturday evenings in July and August most years.
North Vancouver Saturday Concerts
In 2019 the Summer Sessions series of concerts took place every Saturday from July 6th to August 10th. The concerts were cancelled in 2020 because of COVID-19, but 2021 dates will likely be similar.
If you like live music, then Shipbuilders’ Square is a great place to be on Saturday evenings in the summer. There is toe-tapping music between around 5 and 10 pm.
At the event there is usually a band, dancing, food trucks, artisan vendors and a beer garden. Admission is free and the venue is open to folk of all ages.
2019 Live Music Lineup
Below is the lineup of performing bands for the summer of 2019. Bands in future years will likely be comparable.
- July 6 – March Hare
- July 13 – The Fab Fourever
- July 20 – The Divas & Arrival
- July 27 – Rain City 6 Band
- August 3 – Big Easy Funk Ensemble
- August 10 – Mike Henry
Note: concert details are subject to change. See the City of North Vancouver website for more information on the Summer Sessions concert series.
Where is Shipbuilders’ Square?
Shipbuilders’ Square is located at 138 Victory Ship Way, which is at the bottom of Lonsdale Avenue in North Vancouver just a 5-minute walk east of the SeaBus terminal at Lonsdale Quay.
Look for the giant building with “The Shipyards” written in large white letters on the roof and the popular Tap & Barrel restaurant inside. On the other side of the building you’ll find Shipbuilders’ Square.
If coming from downtown Vancouver or anywhere by SkyTrain, the easiest way to get to Lonsdale Quay and Shipbuilders’ Square by public transit is via the SeaBus from Vancouver’s Waterfront Station.
If coming by car, Shipbuilders’ Square is in North Vancouver at the very bottom of Lonsdale Avenue by the large white Pinnacle Hotel. There is some street parking in the area, but also free parking on evenings and weekends close by in the ICBC parkade halfway up the one block of Rogers Avenue between Carrie Cates Court and Esplanade Avenue.
Other Things to Do
If you’re ever on the North Shore in the summer on a Friday evening and you like outdoor concerts, then also check out the Shipyard Night Market which takes place at the same venue on Fridays and features dozens of fresh produce vendors, artisans, food trucks and a beer garden. It’s highly recommended (although also not happening in 2020 due to COVID-19).
For other ideas on things to do in the area, see Vancouver’s North Shore.
For a list of major events taking place in the Lower Mainland at different times of the year, see Vancouver’s Festivals & Events Calendar.
For other free live music venues throughout Metro Vancouver, click Free Summer Concerts.