What is Victoria Symphony Splash?
Victoria Symphony Splash is an annual Victoria Symphony event that takes place on a floating stage moored in Victoria’s Inner Harbour. It includes musical entertainment, food, souvenirs and the evening’s highlight: a live performance by the Victoria Symphony. Splash is now one of the largest annual symphony events in North America, attracting up to 40,000 Victoria residents and visitors. Over 400 volunteers help to bring the event to the community.
What kind of music does the orchestra play?
The music performed is a mix of classical and popular selections and a talented young soloist is featured each year. The concert concludes with a performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, complete with bells, cannons, and fireworks.
What time does Splash begin?
Many people arrive early to ensure they have a good view of the barge for the orchestra performance at 7:30 pm. The Family Zone opens from 1:00pm – 5:00pm, and the opening act (2012 opening act features The Midnights) begins at 4:00pm. Splash concludes at approximately 10:00pm.
What is the admission?
This year everyone who donates $5 or more will receive a Splash Button which they can wear proudly to show their support for the Symphony Splash. You’ll find volunteers with donation buckets roaming the crowds or you can track down one of our donation barrels. All proceeds go to support the Victoria Symphony. Please be as generous as you can- the event depends on your dona
What should I 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. Chairs will not be allowed to be set up before 8AM on August 5.
What amenities are available?
Food and beverage vendors are located on Government Street next to The Royal BC Museum. A percentage of the sales is donated to the Victoria Symphony. Portable washrooms are located in easily identified areas and St. John’s Ambulance staff several first-aid stations. Seats on the Grandstand are available for purchase in advance through the Victoria Symphony Box Office (250.385.6515). Grandstand seats remaining on Splash Day can be purchased through the Information and Merchandise tent on site. Blankets, sweatshirts, cooler bags, and other items are also available for purchase at the merchandise tent on site.
What should I do if I have a physical disability?
We’ve reserved a special area for people using wheelchairs. Call 250.385.6515 for more information.
Is it possible to come by boat?
Yes! Small craft owners (kayakers, canoeists) can moor their craft near the barge to listen to the music from the water. The Harbour Master will let you know if your watercraft is too close to the barge.