Attention, Vancouver! The season of outdoor concerts is nearly upon us, and jazz lovers have no shortage of shows to check out at this year’s Vancouver Jazz Festival. Best of all? Tons of them are completely free to attend, and they’re scheduled to take place at venues across the city.

About the festival

Every year, Coastal Jazz hosts a slew of local and international talent at venues across the city. This year, Grammy-winning rapper, advocate, and entrepreneur Killer Mike is headlining the festival, followed by a mix of free and ticketed performances. This includes the return of Downtown Jazz – a free concert series outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on šxwƛənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square on June 22nd and 23rd.

Free shows will begin at noon on both days, with the last performances of the evening scheduled for 7:30 pm.

As for the majority of the festival, Granville Island will act as its official hub, with free and ticketed shows scheduled at Performance Works, Ocean Artworks, and the Revue Stage.

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Here are all the free performances you can check out at the 2024 Vancouver Jazz Festival:

At 750 Hornby Street (12 pm to 7:30 pm on June 22nd and 23rd):

  • Kassa Overall, Odario, Jason Winikoff Hot 5, Parlour Panther, Itamar Erez Quartet, Juana Molina, Peggy Lee Band, Blue Moon
    Marquee, George, Y La Bamba (Georgia Street Stage)

At 1218 Cartwright, Granville Island (1:30 to 3:30 pm from June 26th to 29th, 1 pm on June 30th):

  • Kjetil Mulelid Trio, Konrad Agnas Rite of Passage, Dan Gaucher Quartet, Vancouver Youth Jazz Orchestra
  • Late Night Innovation Series at the Revue Stage

At 1601 Johnston Street, Granville Island (11:30 pm from June 28th to 30th)

  • Brian Horswill, Karlis Silins, Gard Nilssen; Sakina Abdou, Shahzad Ismaily, Dan Gaucher; Earth Ball

Looking for even more live jazz to check out during the festival? The North Shore Jazz Series will offer free and ticketed shows from June 21st to 30th, including the following free performances:

  • Mary Ancheta Quartet at West Vancouver Memorial Library (June 21st)
  • Lamia Yared at Civic Plaza (June 22nd)
  • Terminal City Brass Band at Lynn Valley Village (June 23rd)
  • Mimosa at Civic Plaza (June 29th)
  • Scott Smith and the Midnight Riders: Allman Brothers Celebration at The Shipyards (June 30th)

So there you have it, jazz lovers! If you’re looking to enjoy some free concerts this spring and summer, consider checking out a couple of the shows above!