While the big draw for the annual Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival at Vanier Park is the Shakespeare, the festival also plays host to a whole slew of special events over the summer. Here are five special events worth considering.
1Bard-B-Q & Fireworks
Combining Shakespeare with the Celebration of Lights, Bard-B-Q & Fireworks (July 29, Aug 2 &5) evenings include either performances of Much Ado About Nothing or The Two Gentlemen of Verona, plus a salmon barbecue, entertainment and a private view of the fireworks.
2Operas & Arias: The Barber of Seville
UBC Opera Ensemble and accompanied by Vancouver Opera Orchestra perform one of the world’s most popular operas, Rossini’s masterpiece, The Barber of Seville (Aug 28 & Sep 4).
It’s never too early to introduce the young ones to Shakespeare. Family-friendly activities before Much Ado About Nothing, a food truck and a pre-show talk designed just for the kids are all part of Family Night (Aug 7 & 22).
What could be better than Shakespeare under a tent with a gorgeous view? Wine Wednesdays (Aug 9 & 23, Sep 6) are designed as intimate pre-show wine tastings from a selection of winemakers and wineries before the show.
The Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival continues at Vancouver’s Vanier Park until September 23. Visit https://bardonthebeach.org for more information.