What You Need to Know for Victoria Symphony Splash

Victoria Symphony Splash presented by Quality Foods, is an annual musical extravaganza that takes place on a floating stage in Victoria’s Inner Harbour. The event is one of North America’s largest annual outdoor concerts, drawing close to 45,000 Victoria residents and visitors from around the world. Given its popularity, here are some things you need to know to make sure you have a safe and splashing good time.

Schedule of Events - Sunday, August 5
TD Family Zone: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Beverage Garden and Culinary Corner: 3 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Pre-show entertainment: 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Dock Side Drive
Maestro Kluxen and the Victoria Symphony: 7:30 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.
Finale including 1812 Overture and Fireworks: 9:45 p.m. – 10 p.m.

TD Family Zone
The TD Family Zone located on the Fairmont Empress Lawn will feature plenty of activities for the entire family from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Activities will include:

  • Face painting
  • Instrument petting zoo
  • TD MySpend Challenge
  • An activity with the Royal BC Museum
  • Sportball bouncy castle
  • Victoria Symphony craft
  • Clowns and drumming workshops
  • World Cup Youth Soccer Shootout

Getting There

  • The event can be viewed by land or sea. Kayakers and canoeists can moor near the floating stage. Please ensure you have proper lights for your paddle home!
  • A passenger drop-off zone will be available on Government Street, located across the road from the Fairmont Empress Hotel on Sunday, August 5 from 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • There will be a special viewing area for people with disabilities and their families and friends on the northwest corner of the Fairmont Empress lawns.
  • Greater Victoria Harbour Authority will install fencing to protect the“Welcome to Victoria” flower bed again this year.
  • To maintain pedestrian access along walkways on days leading up to the event, lawn chairs must not be set up on the Upper or Lower Causeways until Sunday, August 5 at 8 a.m.
  • Parking will be free at City parkades and on-street meters on Sunday, August 5 and Monday, August 6.

Live Streaming
The Victoria Symphony Splash will be live streamed on the Victoria Symphony Facebook page!

Road Closures
On Sunday, August 5 the north lane of Belleville Street, between Government and Menzies Streets, will close at 5 a.m. At noon, both lanes on Belleville Street between Menzies and Government Streets will close to accommodate event set-up. By 2 p.m., the following roads will be closed: Government Street from Superior to Humboldt; Belleville Street from Menzies to Douglas; and Wharf Street from Government to Broughton. (Note: Belleville Street will be closed at 1pm.)

Roads will open as soon as possible after the event on Sunday, August 5 between 10:30 p.m. and 1 a.m. on Monday, August 6.

Parking
Parking is free at City parkades and on-street meters today and Monday for BC Day. Please note it will be busy downtown today, so consider walking, taking transit or cycling to the event. Learn more about parking downtown.

Transit 
Take the bus to and from the event. View BC Transit's alert info and helpful Trip Planner.

Bicycle Parking
Victoria Symphony Splash will be providing bicycle parking at the Tourism Victoria visitor centre starting at 3pm.

Donations
Everyone who donates $5 or more will receive a Splash button which they can wear proudly to show their support for the event. Watch for volunteers roaming the event with buttons and donation barrels on site.

For more information about Victoria Symphony Splash, click here.