Victoria Symphony Splash fireworks 2018 (Brian Newham via Instagram)

Events are returning to the city, but not all of them look the same this time around.

After being cancelled two summers in a row due to the pandemic, the annual Symphony Splash, produced by the Victoria Symphony, has announced they will return with a new ‘Splash Around Town’ event in July.

The 10-day summer music festival will feature special guests such as Dee Daniels, Steven Page, Craig Northey and more, providing musical performances at some of the city’s most beautiful locations.

Although the event is sure to be a hit, the annual Symphony Splash will be surely missed this year, as it marked one of the largest annual symphony events in North America.

The annual event, held on BC Day,  consisted of performances by the Victoria Symphony, live on a barge, in the middle of Victoria’s Inner Harbour.

The event also featured a large fireworks display as well as live cannon fire, during the 1812 Overture.

The free event is incredibly popular, with approximately 40,000 spectators gathering together around the Victoria waterfront, grounds of the Parliament buildings, the Fairmont Empress and in nearby boats.

It has not been announced whether or not Symphony Splash will return in 2023. According to reports, the barge used for the event was no longer insurable so organizers are now seeking a replacement. 

Organizers promise this year’s event will end with a bang, with a full day of programming on July 31st,  including Steven Page, former lead vocalist for Barenaked, plus the night will finish in style with all-time favourites and dazzling fireworks!‘Splash Around Town’ tickets are available now, you can see a list of musical acts and buy tickets online here.

Victoria Symphony’s ‘Splash Around Town’

  • When: July 22nd to 31st
  • Where: Various locations downtown Victoria
  • Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online here

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