An exciting lineup of summer festivals awaits Vancouver's culture seekers this season. As the temperature rises, the artistic and cultural focus of the city shifts to a spectacular outdoor setting with festivals and events happening almost every week from May through September. Audiences can experience everything from waterfront performances of Shakespeare and dragon boat racing, to jazz, folk music and fireworks.

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Vancouver International Children's Festival
May 27 - June 2, 2013
A world-renowned festival of performing arts for young audiences, the Vancouver International Children's Festival has been educating, entertaining and inspiring young audiences since 1978. Be sure to check out all the fun - The 36th annual festival takes place May 27 - June 2, 2013, on Granville Island. Tickets on sale April 2 via Tickets Tonightwww.childrensfestival.ca

HSBC City of Bhangra Festival
May 30 - June 8, 2013
VIBC will host its ninth annual City of Bhangra Festival from May 30 to June 8 and welcomes back HSBC Bank Canada as the title sponsor of the festival for the second time. The HSBC City of Bhangra Festival is set to be one of the biggest must-see spring events in Metro Vancouver. This year’s festival line-up includes various independent events, hundreds of performers, and international artists from the UK, U.S. and India. The festival will include free outdoor concerts and dance performances, workshops, conferences, and percussion events. The HSBC City of Bhangra Festival is a feast for the senses and appealing to diverse audiences from all over the community.Ticketed events on sale now from Tickets Tonight.

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
June 11 - September 20, 2014
Celebrating 25 years of bringing Shakespeare to life in Vancouver, Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival runs June 11 to September 20, 2014. This year sees the return of two audience favourites: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Dean Paul Gibson and The Tempest, staged by Meg Roe. Presented on the BMO Mainstage, they will be re-imaginings of Gibson and Roe’s hugely successful 2006 and 2008 productions and. On the Howard Family Stage, Bard presents a bold adaptation of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline, directed by Anita Rochon and Equivocation, written by contemporary playwright Bill Cain and directed by Michael Shamata. Tickets and information: www.bardonthebeach.org, 604-739-0559 or Toll Free: 1-877-739-0559.


Rio Tintin Alcan Dragon Boat Festival
June 21 - 23, 2013
Creekside Community Centre, Creekside Olympic Village and the waters of False Creek will come alive with the 25th Anniversary of the Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival, June 21, 22 & 23, 2013. Created 25 years ago as a showcase of Vancouver’s growing cultural diversity, this first-of-its-kind event has grown to become a grand celebration of Canada’s unique multicultural heritage with exciting programs and professional performances by well- known entertainers. Visual arts displays and activities from local community groups, and of course, the world-class dragon boat races makes Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival Vancouver’s most anticipated and prestigious summer event. http://dragonboatbc.ca/


TD Canada Trust Vancouver International Jazz Festival
June 21 - July 1, 2013 
For 10 musical days, the TD Canada Trust Vancouver International Jazz Festival brings the sounds of the music's edge-pushers, mainstayers and international ambassadors in a city sweep that keeps the focus on the music and vitality of Canada's West Coast. Each day from noon to the wee hours, jazz of all styles and stripes resonates from venues across the city. http://www.coastaljazz.ca/


Vancouver Folk Music Festival
July 19 - 21, 2013
The Vancouver Folk Music Festival characterizes the laid back attitude and style of the West Coast. Now in its 36th year, the festival brings some of the finest folk and roots musicians from around the world to Jericho Beach - a stunning outdoor venue complete with sunsets, food vendors and an art market. A full schedule of performers will be available in June, but tickets are on sale now. http://thefestival.bc.ca/


Honda Celebration of Light Fireworks Competition
July 27 and 31, August 3, 2013
JULY 27: UK | JULY 31: CANADA | AUGUST 3: THAILAND
The Honda Celebration of Light is Vancouver's annual international fireworks competition and brings together talented pyro-technicians from three countries. These teams light up the sky over Vancouver's downtown core and English Bay with an amazing show choreographed to music. These incredible displays draw crowds of more than 1.5 million people over the four-night celebration. Be sure to get to the beach early to reserve your plot of sand, pull up a blanket and enjoy a picnic dinner during this free show. Best viewing locations are at English Bay, Kitsilano Beach, Vanier Park, Jericho Beach and West Vancouver. Tickets are on sale now via Tickets Tonight for the General Admission YVR Observation Deck bleacher seating in English Bay. All performances begin at 10pm. http://hondacelebrationoflight.com/


Theatre Under the Stars
July 11 - August 23, 2014
Theatre Under the Stars presents a pair of toe-tapping, laugh-inducing productions this summer with Shrek: The Musical and Legally Blonde: The Musical, running July 11 – August 23, 2014 (performances alternate evenings) at Stanley Park’s picturesque Malkin Bowl. A beloved Vancouver tradition since 1940, Theatre Under the Stars promises a blonde-tastic, ogre-ific season filled with surprise, delight, and non-stop fun for the whole family. http://www.tuts.ca/