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Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

  • March 30 - April 23
  • Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival
  • Parks & Neighbourhoods around Vancouver
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 604.257.8120
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March 30-April 23, 2017
Presented by Vancouver Board of Parks & Recreation

The Festival unites Vancouver's citizens—a citizenry with a richly diverse cultural heritage—in happy celebration of this unique seasonal phenomenon. The Festival inspires participants to express their response to these extraordinary trees in music, poetry, photography, art, design, craft and cuisine.

The underlying purpose of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is a simple one embracing all citizens of all ages: we are blessed to have these trees and the more closely we look at them and the more we learn about them, the more enjoyment they give us. And, likewise, the more we are motivated to care for and nurture them. Vancouverites, who already enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle, now, through the efforts of the Festival have even more choices. They can 'bike the blossoms' or enjoy guided walking tours of 'Festival favourites' or participate even more actively as Cherry Scouts: locating, identifying, photographing, recording and sharing their favourites. The result of these activities is an online, up-to-date Cherry Blossom Viewing Map covering the 23 neighbourhoods of Vancouver.

Cherry Jam Downtown Concert
Thursday, March 30, 12:00pm-1:30pm
Burrard Skytrain station indoor concourse

Spring Lights Illumination
Friday, March 31 - Saturday, April 1, after sunset
Queen Elizabeth Park

The Big Picnic
Saturday, April 1, 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Queen Elizabeth Park

Sakura Night Gala
Sunday, April 2 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Stanley Park Pavilion

Thursday April 20 10:00am - 3:00pm, Artist Reception at 4:00pm
VanDusen Botanical Garden

Tree Talks & Walks
Nine walks and two talks, beginning Thursday, March 30

Sakura Days Japan Fair
Saturday & Sunday, April 8 11:00am - 7:00pm & April 9 11:00am-5:00pm
VanDusen Botanical Garden

Haiku Invitational
March 1 – June 1, 2017

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