What You Need to Know for Victoria Symphony Splash on Sunday

Sunday, August 4 marks the 30th anniversary of Victoria Symphony Splash. Enjoy this 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 tens of thousands of people.

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 4

TD Family Zone on Fairmont Empress Lawn: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Lighthouse Beverage Garden on Belleville Street: Opens at 3 p.m.
Culinary Corner on Government Street next to Royal BC Museum: Opens at 3 p.m.
Naden Band performs on the barge in Inner Harbour: 4 p.m.
Canadian Scottish Regiment & Drum Band will be parading at the intermission
Maestro Kluxen and the Victoria Symphony Featuring 2019 Young Soloist Carey Wang: 7:30 p.m.
Finale including 1812 Overture and Fireworks: 9:30 p.m. approximately

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

  • Instrument petting zoo
  • Aztec-themed activity with the Royal BC Museum
  • Bouncy Castle from Richardson Sports
  • Tickles the Clown
  • TD Booth with games and prizes

What to Bring
You may want to bring a folding chair or a blanket if you plan to sit on the Legislature lawn. If you do bring a chair, please observe all posted signs and roped-off areas. The wind off the water can be chilly after sunset, so bring a sweater or wrap. Please be advised that sunscreen and hats are recommended for sun protection and water to keep you hydrated! 

NOTE: 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 4 at 8 a.m.

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 4 from 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Greater Victoria Harbour Authority will install fencing to protect the “Welcome to Victoria” flower bed again this year.

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

Road Closures

  • On Sunday, August 4 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 Douglas Streets will close to accommodate event set-up.
  • By 2 p.m. Government Street from Superior to Humboldt will be closed. (Note: Belleville Street will be closed at 1pm.); Government Street from Humboldt to Belleville may close later depending on crowds and at the discretion of VicPD.
  • Roads will open as soon as possible after the event on Sunday, August 4 between 10:30 p.m. and 1 a.m. on Monday, August 5.

Parking
Parking will be free at City parkades on Sunday, August 4. Pay parking at on-street meters will be in effect on Sunday from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Please note it will be busy downtown for Symphony Splash, so consider walking, taking transit or cycling to the event. Learn more about parking downtown. (Note: Parking will be free at City parkades and at on-street meters on Monday, August 5 for BC Day.)

Transit 
Take the bus to and from the event. View BC Transit’s routes and schedules.

Accessibility
Victoria Symphony Splash has reserved a special area for people with disabilities and their families/friends on the northwest corner of the Fairmont Empress lawns. The area opens late in the afternoon and is first come, first seated. There is also a wheelchair-accessible portable toilet on Belleville Street.

Donations
Victoria Symphony Splash is a “by donation” event produced entirely by the Victoria Symphony. They ask that you donate $5 per person to make this event a reality. Every $5 donation will receive a Splash Button which you can wear proudly to show your support for the Symphony. You’ll find volunteers with donation buckets roaming the crowds or you can track down one of their donation barrels. All proceeds go to support the Victoria Symphony’s artistic and education programs.