Event Bookings

Join Bard on the Beach this summer for a unique event in the Marquee Tent—our exclusive hospitality space with a private entrance, reception area and bar. Set against the stunning backdrop of the North Shore mountains and English Bay, your guests will enjoy a unique reception before attending one of Bard’s entertaining plays.

To book the Marquee Tent for groups or events, please contact Operations Coordinator Angie Jaimes.
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What does the Marquee Tent offer?
  • A 1000 sq. ft. hexagon tent with three open sides, two window walls and one zipper wall for catering access 
  • Seven teak tables and chairs are available upon request.  
  • Room for 80 standing guests or 30 seated – fully covered, and additional opportunity for 30 seated – not covered 

Can increase ability to include the lawn area. Subject to PHO guidelines and permitting approval by City/Park Board/Liquor Board. 

  • The Bard Events Team to assist in coordinating all on-site logistics. 
  • Early site access for your guests, 90 minutes prior to the performance.
  • Emelle’s Catering, Bard’s Preferred Caterer, has menus to fit any style of event, from passed canapes, carvery, specialty stations and barbeques to elegant sit-down dinners.  
  • Your guests will be welcomed at the private VIP entrance and registration desk.  

What is the cost to rent the Marquee Tent?

Marquee rental costs $1,000 + additional $250 for use during intermission (includes set up, bar staff and Bard staff events rep). 

Non-profit rates available on request.

What is the cost of each show ticket, and are there discounts offered for group purchases?

Group discount: 15% off each Regular price ticket for groups of 10 or more.

Who does the catering?

Emelle’s Catering is Bard’s official caterer. They have a variety of options for you to choose from, passed canapes to individual boxes to popular chefs’ stations. We will connect you with a team member at Emelles directly so that you can get exactly what best suits your budget and goals. 

How is the bar handled? Can I do a host bar?

Bard staff will handle all your beverage requests and service during your event. We offer a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. We can accommodate requests such as a host bar or drink tickets for your guests. A non-hosted bar is also available upon request.  

Can I bring my own alcohol/drinks?

No. Alcohol that has not been purchased by Bard on the Beach is not permitted on our site.

Do you accept Cash?

We accept credit (Visa/Mastercard) and debit cards only.

What is the event flow?

Guests arrive 1 ½ hour prior to the performance for private reception 

They will enter through a separate VIP path and will be checked in by our experienced event volunteers and staff.  

First half of show: 1 hour and 5 minutes approximately 

Typically, our shows run 2hrs and 30 minutes 

Intermission: 20min 

You can include intermission service as an add-on, you can also provide your guests with drink tickets so that they can purchase directly from the concession in our Bard Village. An intermission coffee, tea and dessert service can be a great added experience for your guests.

Second half of show: 1 hour and 5 minutes approximately  

Is there parking available?

Yes, there is ample parking in the area. We are located directly behind the Museum of Vancouver/Space Centre and they have a very large parking lot. There are 3 parking lots located close to the Bard Festival site. Please note that these are all paid lots.  

What happens if it rains the day of our performance?

The Marquee Tent will provide enough coverage for your guests and most public spaces at Bard are covered (Village/lobby space, washrooms, theatres). 

Can guests sit together in block seating?

 Yes, we will book your tickets however you prefer but typically we keep you together in a specific section of the theatre in our premium area. A Bard staff member will facilitate all your ticket needs and requests.  

Would it only be our group in the Marquee Tent?

Only your group will have exclusive access to this space when you book a private event.