All you need to know for tonight's Symphony at Sunset at Sunset Beach

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      The sun is out and 7,000 people are expected to head out tonight (July 14) to the free Symphony at Sunset concert at Sunset Beach.

      Copresented by the Vancouver park board, the concert officially kicks off the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra's 100th-anniversary season.

      It's a semi-rare occasion; the last time the VSO played a free outdoor concert in town was in 2011.

      Here's all you need to know, care of the park board and VSO:


      The 23 Beach bus takes you directly to the event site at Beach Avenue. Its bus route starts at Main Street Skytrain station and passes through both Stadium and Yaletown stations. Other routes that will get you close to the event include both the 6 Davie Street Bus, as well as stops on routes 2, 44, and 5.


      Get there in time for a preconcert performance by ensembles from the VSO School of Music at 7:15 p.m. From 8:30 to 10 p.m., the sunset concert takes place.


      The VSO is promising a broad selection of symphonic hits, including music by Bizet, Strauss, Rossini, excerpts from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and John Williams’ scores to Star Wars.

      Who's playing:

      About 70 members of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra will take the stage, under assistant conductor William Rowson

      Ground rules:
      The concert is meant to be family-friendly, and it will be smoke- and alcohol-free.

      Food and refreshments:

      Food trucks and concessions will be available onsite forfood and beverages. 


      There will be an information booth located on the south-west side of the event site.

      What to bring:

      You may want to grab a picnic, a blanket, and, if necessary, low chairs so as not to obstruct the view of other audience members.

      Drop-off zone:

      The south side of Beach Avenue will be designated as a drop-off zone. Accessible drop-off is available inside the Sunset Beach Parking lot, with parking attendants and volunteers will be onsite to help direct drivers.