Vibrant, fun, and exciting, summer in Vancouver is an exceptional time to experience the city. Here are a few not-to-miss art and culture events that will truly immerse you in the Vancouver experience.

Vancouver International Jazz Festival | June 22 - July 2

Taking place at venues throughout the city from public parks to glamorous stages, this world renowned jazz festival will feature artists including Antibalas, Ziggy Marley, and Kandace Springs. 

Bard on the Beach | June - September

Celebrating its 28th Season in 2017, Bard on the Beach is Western Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare Festival. Presented in a magnificent setting on the waterfront in Vancouver’s Vanier Park, the Festival offers Shakespeare plays, related dramas, and several special events in two performance tents from June through September. Productions this year include Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter's Take, The Merchant of Venice, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Shylock,

Theatre Under the Stars | July and August

Nestled among awe-inspiring Douglas Firs, the company is uniquely suited to Vancouver and reflects some of the city’s most collectively embraced values: exuberance, expression, nature, and youth. This year's productions are Mary Poppins and The Drowsy Charperone. 

Vancouver Street Dance Festival | August 4 - 6

Celebrating the street dance culture, hip-hop, break dancing, locking and popping, and more, the Vancouver Street Dance Festival is a free, family-friendly event that will highlight some of Canada's best talent. With authentic dance battles taking place at the central location of Robson Square, pick a favourite dancer and take it all in.

Vancouver Mural Festival | August 7 - 12

After a hugely successful first year, the Vancouver Mural Festival is back. Through the creation of permanent large scale public murals, they provide a platform for our vibrant young art scene to contribute to the city’s cultural legacy for years to come. This summer we will be presenting two separate community events in the Mount Pleasant and Strathcona neighbourhoods as part of our festival. Close to 100,000 people are expected to celebrate the creation of more than 50 new large scale murals in East Vancouver.