It might not feel like it right now, but Raincouver will soon transform into a vibrant sea of pinks, purples, yellows, and golds as spring bulbs and blossoms pop up around the city. And across BC, there are several returning flower festivals to look forward to. So if you’re looking for an excuse to dress up and take some nice photos with your loved ones, consider this list a great place to start.

Here are 6 vibrant flower festivals to check out in BC this spring.

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

Every spring, the iconic Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF) returns to celebrate one of the most beautiful times of the year. Tens of thousands of cherry blossom trees bloom around the end of March, bringing Raincouver some much-needed colour and vitality.

Go on a guided tree walk, take part in an international-wide Haiku contest, check out a Japanese fair and traditional tea ceremony, and sample Japanese food and premium sake at the Sakura Days Japan Fair. The sky is the limit.

When: Friday, March 29th to Thursday, April 25th
Where: Locations around Vancouver

Abbotsford Tulip Festival

 

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What better place to go to next than the largest tulip festival in Canada? Presented by Lakeland Flowers, the Abbotsford Tulip Festival marks the first of six months’ worth of flower festivals to come. And with over 70 stunning tulip varieties lined across 27+ acres, this fest is poised to be quite the kick-off.

Visitors can expect to roam kilometres of scenic walking trails, complete with rotating food trucks and live music nights!

Stay tuned for more info as it comes, including an official season start date.

When: April 2024
Where: 39171 No 4 Road, Abbotsford
Cost: Available in April

Harrison Tulip Festival

Speaking of tulips, the beloved Harrison Tulip Festival (formerly the Chilliwack Tulip Fest) returns this April with over 20 acres of stunning tulips, double daffodils, and hyacinths in bloom. If you’re looking to take in the spring colours and maybe get in a few family photos for the season, this is the perfect opportunity to do both.

When: Spring 2024, TBA
Where: 5039 Lougheed Highway, Agassiz
Cost: TBA

Bloom’s Tulip Festival 

Bloom is bringing its second annual tulip fest to north Okanagan with four acres and over tulip varieties to check out this year. So if you’re looking for a smaller, lesser-known spot to enjoy the spring blooms, this is a great option. While limited info is available for the 2024 instalment of the festival on their website, their socials hint at a 2024 return, so stay tuned!

When: Spring 2024, TBA
Where: 5050 Knob Hill Road, Armstrong
Cost: TBA

Vancouver Rose Show

Organized by the Vancouver Rose Society, the 69th biennial Rose Show will feature hundreds of stunning home-grown rose varieties from 1 pm to 4 pm in the Floral Hall at VanDusen. Best of all? This flower fest is completely free to attend!

When: June 29th
Where: 5251 Oak Street

See what’s happening at VanDusen 

While there might not be an official festival to mark the occasion, VanDusen Botanical Garden has plenty of horticulture shows & events going on this season. In April, the garden fully comes to life, with blooming magnolias, Japanese Cherry Blossoms, Pacific Dogwood, and much more.

Where: 5251 Oak Street

So there you have it, flower lovers! Spring is just around the corner!