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Summer is the season for spending time outdoors – and who would want to sit at home on gorgeous summer days like these? One of our summer favourites are the various outdoor concerts that pop up all over town! There’s a great variety of good music in the Lower Mainland and lots of it can be enjoyed by the whole family, We’ve rounded up some great events for the entire family to relax on a picnic blanket, or dance if you feel like it instead. There are afternoon concerts that even the littlest ones can enjoy, as well as evening ones for the bigger kiddos – since school’s out and there’s really no need to wake up that early, right? Check websites for information about performances, as well as possible weather cancellations.

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Shipyard Summer Concert Series
Saturdays until August 29th, 5 pm – 10 pm, The Shipyards, Carrie Cates Court & Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Bring your chairs and get ready to chill and dance on Saturday nights. The summer’s line-up includes great performers from various styles of music so there’s something for every taste.

SummerFest 2015 Concert Series
Sundays and Holidays until Sunday, September 6th, 1 pm – 3pm, on Holiday Mondays also 3:30 pm – 5 pm, Lonsdale Quay Market, 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
Sunday afternoons just got a little bit better, with live music at Lonsdale Quay all summer long! The line-up includes musicians and performers with many musical styles, from blues, folk to kid favourites, so bring the whole family over!

Plaza of Nations Summer Concert Series
Saturdays until September 12th, 5 pm – 10 pm, Plaza of Nations, 750 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Summer Saturdays will transform the Plaza of Nations into an outdoor market! Sit back and enjoy live music and pick up your dinner from one of the food trucks on site.

Park Royal Presents: The Summer Music Lounge
Saturdays and holidays, July 1st – September 6th, 1 pm – 5 pm, Park Royal, West Vancouver
Enjoy cool live music at Park Royal throughout the summer. The performances take place both at The Village and The Plaza outside Park Royal South.

Summer Concert Series at Trout Lake
Wednesdays, July 8th – August 26th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Trout Lake Community Centre, 3350 Victoria Drive, Vancouver, Cost: Free
Come by for fun summer concerts at Trout Lake Park, on the east side of the community centre. The BBQ will be hot and there will be fun activities for the kiddos to keep them busy. On rainy days the concerts will be indoors!

North Vancouver Summer Concert Series
Fridays, July 10th – August 28th, 7 pm – 9 pm, Edgemont Village, 3000 block Highland Boulevard; Lynn Valley Plaza, 1277 Lynn Valley Road & Panorama Park, 2200 block Panorama Drive, North Vancouver
Enjoy evenings of good music under the sky this summer. Check the website for a line-up and concert dates for each location, then come down to listen and maybe even dance!

Farther afield:

Summer in the City 2015
Various dates and times through the summer, Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam
Leigh Square is alive this summer with live music, dance, outdoor movies and many other great happenings. Check the website to see what’s going on and come join the fun!

Fresh Air Fridays
Fridays until July 24th, 5 pm – 7 pm, Highstreet Shopping Centre, 3122 Mt. Lehman Road, Abbotsford
Drop by Highstreet’s Central Plaza for some live music by local performers. Why not pick up your dinner from one of the restaurants and enjoy delicious food with great music?

Envision Concerts in the Park 2015
Saturdays until September 12th, 4 pm – 5:30 pm & 6 pm – 7:30 pm, Mill Lake Park, Abbotsford
Mill Lake Park is full of music on summer Saturdays. Come and enjoy the outdoor concerts full of jazz, blues, indie rock, and more.

Concerts in the Park
Tuesday, June 23rd – Tuesday, August 18th, 7 pm, various locations, Delta
Enjoy warm summer evenings outdoors, while listening to good music. Check the website for dates and locations, as well as the line-up. Please bring your own blankets and lawn chairs.

Whistler Presents Outdoor Concert Series
Wednesday, July 1st – Saturday, September 12th, see website for exact dates and times, Whistler Olympic Plaza, Whistler
The summer concerts are kicked off by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Other great performers are in the line-up as well so come and enjoy great music with the mountains as your view. Check the website for dates, times and performers.

Music at the Cannery
Fridays, July 3rd – August 28th, 6:30 pm, Gulf of Georgia Cannery, 12138 4th Avenue, Richmond, Cost: By donation
The annual summertime concert series returns to the Cannery. Come on over for some good music under the evening sky!

PCT Summer Sunday Concerts
Sundays, July 5th – August 30th, 2 pm, Rocky Point Park, 2800 block Murray Street, Port Moody, Cost: Free
Easy tunes of blues, reggae and more will sound over the waters on Sunday afternoons. Bring a blanket, pick your spot on the grass and enjoy lazy afternoons in the park.

Jam in Jubilee
Thursdays, July 9th – July 30th, 6 pm, Jubilee Park, 32315 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford
Enjoy good music and other great performances under the sky in Jubilee Park. Check out the artisans’ market then settle down on the grass for an evening of entertainment. Bring your own blanket or lawn chair!

Sunset Music Series
Fridays, July 17th – September 11th, 6 pm – 9 pm, Summit Lodge, Sea to Sky Gondola, Squamish
Take the gondola up to the mountaintop to see the sunset and to enjoy great music in the darkening night. Local performers of various music styles will provide the tunes.

Music on the Wharf
Mondays, July 13th; July 27th; August 10th & August 24th, 7:30 pm, Port Haney Wharf, River Road, just east of Port Haney Station, Maple Ridge
Enjoy Monday night concerts by the river. Bring your chair, take your seat, and listen to the tunes of local artists, playing jazz, blues, bluegrass or other styles of music.

By: Elina Singh 

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