Free outdoor concerts take place in Shipbuilders’ Square in North Vancouver‘s Lower Lonsdale district on Saturday evenings in July and August most years.
The Saturday concerts didn’t happen in 2020, 2021 or 2022. In 2023 Long Summer Nights took place in the Shipyards on Saturdays between July 22nd and August 26th. Also in 2023, there’s the Shipyards Night Market on Fridays throughout the summer until mid-September. It too has evening concerts.
Shipyards Night Market
Shipyards Live was a new event for 2021. Instead of there being the Shipyards Night Market on Friday evenings at Shipbuilders’ Square, and the Summer Sessions series of concerts on Saturdays, Shipyards Live happened in 2021 and 2022 in their place.
In 2023, however, Shipyards Live isn’t happening. Instead, the Shipyards Night Market returns on Friday nights between May 12th and September 15th. The weekly event runs from 3:00 to 10:00 pm at Shipbuilders’ Square and features live music, food vendors and a beer garden.
Another series of summer events in 2023 is Long Summer Nights at the Shipyards. The events ran on Saturdays between June 22nd and August 26th. There was themed entertainment, workshops and more to enjoy.
North Vancouver Saturday Concerts
In 2019 the Summer Sessions series of concerts took place every Saturday from July 6th to August 10th. The series hasn’t returned since then. However, in 2023, Long Summer Nights at the Shipyards took place on Saturdays from July 22nd until August 26th.
If you like live music and entertainment, then Shipbuilders’ Square was a great place to be on Saturday evenings. Most of the Long Summer Nights events ran from around 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm.
2023 Live Music Lineup
Below is the lineup of performers for the Long Summer Nights events from 2023.
- 22nd of July – Rumba Calzada, Abalaê Capoeira, Sambacouver
- 29th of July – Scott Verbeek Trio, Teresa Marie Quartet, Colin Sankey Quartet
- 5th of August – Ginalina Music, Ava Music, Method of Modern Movement, Karima Essa, Kel Modern Magic, DJ Em Reese Music, DJ Sage
- 12th of August – Danielle Ryan, Silver Diamond Country Dancers, West Coast Slackers, Dave Hartney Band
- 19th of August – Diamonds in the Rough Dance Crew, Side One, DJ A-SLAM
- 26th of August – DJ A-SLAM, Karima Essa, Shao Line Hung Gar Lion Dance Team, Brazilian Swag, Gabriel Dubreuil, Ache Brasil, Bitterly Divine
Note: Exact details were subject to change.
Where is Shipbuilders’ Square?
Shipbuilders’ Square is located at 138 Victory Ship Way. It’s 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. It’s on the waterfront side of the large white Pinnacle Hotel.
To learn more about Long Summer Nights, see the City of North Vancouver’s website.
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. It 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.
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.
To learn about other free live music venues throughout Metro Vancouver, click Free Summer Concerts.