This coming Sunday, July 31st, make sure you stick around Victoria’ Inner Harbour for a truly unique musical experience! The Victoria Symphony will be hosting its 27th Symphony Splash this summer over the August Long Weekend. Every year the Victoria Symphony puts on a classical music concert set on a floating stage in the harbour starting at 7:30 pm. Each year the concert ends with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, complete with cannons and fireworks! The concert itself typically features a mix of classical and popular music, as well as Youth Soloists who play along with the Victoria Symphony, a program supported by the Kelsie and Murray Glazier Young Musicians Fund.

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While the concert portion of Symphony Splash does not start until the evening, the event itself lasts all day. True enthusiasts start setting up chairs on the lawn of the legislature as early as 8:00 in the morning. There are events for the whole family from 1-4 pm when the Family Zone sets up on the grounds of the Empress Hotel. The Family Zone features face painting, a bouncy castle, loads of fun activities and its own musical entertainment!

Because of road closures and significant traffic (including pedestrians all over the place), biking downtown may be your best option. Use the money you save on parking to support the event instead! Admission to Victoria Symphony Splash is by donation – any donation of $5 or more will receive a 2016 Splash Button for audience members to wear in order to show support.