On Sunday, August 4, 2019, tens of thousands of people will take to Victoria’s Inner Harbour for the 30th annual Victoria Symphony Splash. From a floating stage in the Inner Harbour, the VS orchestra and special guests will perform, ending with a grand finale performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture – with fireworks of course!
TD Family Zone
The TD Splash Family Zone will feature plenty of activities for the entire family! It’s on the lawns of the Empress Hotel from 1 pm – 4 pm.
- Face painting
- Instrument petting zoo
- An activity with the Royal BC Museum
- Bouncy Castle from Richardson Sports
- Victoria Symphony Craft
- Musical performances
Thank you to TD for sponsoring the 2019 Splash Family Zone
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.
1:00 – 4:00 pm – The TD Family Zone is open on the Fairmont Empress lawn.
3:00 pm – The Beverage Garden and Culinary Corner open.
4:00 pm – The opening act performs on the barge in the Inner Harbour.
6:20 pm – The orchestra parade.
7:30 pm – Maestro Kluxen and the Victoria Symphony.
10:00 pm – Splash concludes.
What is the admission?
Victoria Symphony Splash is a “by donation” event produced entirely by the Victoria Symphony. While we do receive support from generous sponsors and “heroes,” we 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 our donation barrels. All proceeds go to support the Victoria Symphony’s artistic and education programs.
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. Please be advised that sunscreen and hats are recommended for sun protection and water to keep you hydrated! Chairs will not be allowed to be set up before 8:00 am 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 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 (bleacher-style seating) are available for purchase in advance through the Victoria Symphony Box Office (250.385.6515) starting in June 2017. Grandstand seats remaining on Splash Day can be purchased through the Information and Merchandise tent on site. Blankets, t-shirts, water bottles, 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 with disabilities and their families/friends on the northwest corner of the Empress lawns. The area opens late in the afternoon and is first come, first seated. We also have a wheelchair-accessible portable toilet on Belleville St.
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.
Get to the Splash with BC Transit
BC Transit provides a number of options to get downtown and to the Victoria Symphony Splash. Leave your car behind, forget about the stress of parking and simply enjoy the music.
Single trip fares are $2.50 or a DayPASS can be purchased onboard for $5.00 for unlimited daily use. Familiarize yourself with BC Transit routes and schedules by visiting bctransit.com. Plan your trip to Splash by using BC Transit’s Trip Planner.
Check out the Splash 2014 video!