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Burnaby’s Symphony in the Park Concert

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Symphony in the Park is a free outdoor concert with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at Deer Lake Park in Burnaby on a Sunday evening in early July.

Vancouver Symphony at Deer Lake Park

Each year the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra offers a free outdoor performance at Deer Lake Park.

In 2018 the event is on Sunday, July 8th, from 7 to 9 pm.

Symphony Crowds at Deer Lake Park
Concert Crowds in Front of the Shadbolt Centre

The Symphony Venue

Symphony in the Park takes place on the Festival Lawn at Deer Lake Park which is located at 6450 Deer Lake Avenue in Burnaby. The lawn is in front of the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and a special outdoor stage is set up for the day at the far end of the field, not far from the water. It’s a beautiful venue.

What to Expect

Weather permitting, at the Symphony in the Park event you can expect a beautiful evening of classical music outdoors in the fresh air. You can also expect to see several thousand orchestra-lovers in lawn chairs and sitting on the grass spread out over the field at Deer Lake Park.

Symphony Audience at Deer Lake
Crowds on the Deer Lake Park Lawns

Tips & Advice

Below are some suggestions and important things to know to help make your experience at Symphony in the Park as enjoyable as possible.

  • Take a lawn chair, blanket and your picnic or other (non-alcoholic) refreshments.
  • Arrive early! If you hope to get parking anywhere remotely near the venue, get to Deer Lake Park by 5 pm, so at least a couple of hours before the show. There will be thousands of people and parking is limited.
  • If you can’t arrive early then get someone to drop you and your friends off at the park and then go find parking. Wish the driver luck, remind them in advance to wear good walking shoes, and then hope that if they do find parking somewhere that you’ll be able to find them later amongst the crowds. If the driver has a car with a bike rack, then taking a bicycle for the ride back to the park can be a great idea.
  • If you do arrive early, then explore the park!

Other Things to Do

While at Deer Lake Park there are plenty of other things to do before the concert begins at 7 o’clock.

There are some beautiful gardens between the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and the Burnaby Art Gallery just steps from the concert venue.

The walk around Deer Lake itself is exceptional. You can stroll along the trails and wooden boardwalks for as long as you like in one direction and then turn back when you’re done, or walk the whole way round. At the east end of the lake there’s a small sandy beach.

The Burnaby Art Gallery houses a small and fairly simple collection of art, but in a beautiful heritage building. It’s open from noon until 5 pm on Sundays.

Burnaby Village Museum is just a 10-minute or so walk from the Festival Lawn at Deer Lake. It’s an exceptional museum with free admission and open from 11 am until 4:30 pm.

Free Outdoor Concerts

Other Information

For more information about the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s free outdoor concert, click Symphony in the Park.

For details about the City of Burnaby, click Burnaby.

For a list of other free concerts taking place in the Lower Mainland, click Free Summer Concerts.

And for a list of other free things to do this month, click Free Events in July.