Your Guide to the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

Posted on April 13, 2017 - Vancouver, it’s time for our city to get covered in pink!

The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is happening from March 30th to April 23rd. And while the cherry blossom trees are the obvious highlight, there are lots of other events to take part in to celebrate the festival.

It’s hard to believe after the winter we’ve had that there could be a sunny day filled with cherry blossoms. But we promise, those days are coming! Here are some ways for you to celebrate the beautiful cherry blossoms that are going to be covering our city:


In the weeks leading up to the festival, organizers have hosted a number of workshops where you can learn how to paint, build lanterns and write haiku poems.

Happy Valentine's from Vancouver's sweetheart tree! Photo Credit: windylife

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Cherry Jam Downtown Concert

This free concert is happening on March 30th at the Burrard Station concourse. Local talent like Uzume Taiko, South Asian Arts, Lions Gate Sinfonia Brass Sextet, West End Chamber Choir and Son de Maple will perform.

SPOTTED: We see you pink blossoms! We're ready for you ?❤ A beautiful snowy bloom in the Westend. Photo credit: Shirley Willard

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Spring Lights Illumination

Head to Queen Elizabeth Park on March 31st after sunset for Spring Lights Illumination. Watch the park get lit up with projections and multicoloured lanterns to celebrate the history, culture and communities of Queen Elizabeth Park.

Throwback to last year's Blossom Bus event! Thanks to TRAMS for an awesome cherry blossom tour!

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The Big Picnic

What could be better than picnicking under the cherry blossoms? Absolutely nothing! Join fellow picnic-ers at Queen Elizabeth Park on April 1st where you can sit on a petal mat and enjoy your pre-ordered lunch box by Cocktails & Canapés.

Sakura Night Gala

The annual Sakura Night Gala is being hosted on April 2nd at the Stanley Park Pavilion. Enjoy Japanese flavours and Asian fusion dishes, champagne and a fashion collection. The dress code for the night is, of course, pink tie!

Haiku Invitational

Are you a poet and you don’t even know it? Potential poets can submit cherry blossom haikus to the VCBF Haiku Invitational under this year’s theme: freedom. Haiku submissions are due by June 1st.

Found some cherry blossom latte art to celebrate National Coffee Day! #vcbf #coffee #latteart

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Tree Talks & Walks

Join the experts for a guided walk through the beautiful cherry blossoms on multiple dates throughout April to enjoy the blossoms and learn more about their history in Vancouver. Walks will be happening in Coal Harbour, VanDusen Botanical Garden, Oppenheimer Park, the West End, UBC, Queen Elizabeth Park and Stanley Park.

Sakura Days Japan Fair

On April 8th and 9th, VanDusen Botanical Garden will be hosting Sakura Days Japan Fair. Experience the culture of Japan with traditional tea ceremonies, culinary demonstrations, haiku readings, a lantern parade, sake samplings and delicious festival food. You can also try your hand at calligraphy, origami and other arts and crafts.

So much fun to be had at the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival! Which events will you be heading to?

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