Tired of living in Portland’s shadow, proud Vancouverites have worked hard to establish a lively arts and entertainment scene of their own. Skip the bridge, and check out some of these local venues.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Homes, the 60-seat Slocum House Theater (360/696-2497, www.slocumhouse.com ) was built in 1867. The theater stages productions year-round.
Music lovers need not venture south to enjoy a quality performance. The unique Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (360/735-7278, www.vancouversymphony.org ) attracts talented local musicians and a roster of traveling professionals to its full season of classical performances. Its venue, Skyview Concert Hall (1300 NW 139th St.), is wonderfully intimate and acoustically striking. The season runs September–May annually.
The city’s well-attended Six to Sunset (360/619-1111, www.cityofvancouver.us/concerts , free) concert series in central Esther Short Park sets out to offer something for everyone. These weekly summertime concerts range from orchestral music to Beatles cover bands to contemporary rock. Food vendors and blanket seating complete the town carnival atmosphere.