Every spring, Vancouver transforms into a beautiful sea of pink, and the 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.
The festival not only commemorates the beauty of the trees themselves, but the art and culture they inspire. And best of all? Everyone is encouraged to participate.
New presenting sponsor
Over the next three years, the presenting sponsor of the city’s beloved Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival will be TD Bank Group, according to the festival.
On the heels of this announcement comes the opportunity for festival organizers to expand their programming like never before, starting with what will be one of the festival’s “most memorable seasons yet.”
“Our board and staff team are thrilled to announce our festival events schedule and are extremely grateful to TD for supporting us in this significant way,” says VCBF Executive Director Andrea Arnot. “We have been busy planning our events with even more avenues to bring community members together with meaningful, interactive and fun activities and performances.”
From “The Big Picnic” to an evening under illuminated cherry blossoms, here are some of the events you can check out this year:
- Blossoms After Dark (March 29th to 31st): A magical evening experience under the illuminated cherry blossoms
- The Big Picnic (March 30th): An outdoor event that unites our diverse community in a cultural celebration
- Sakura Days Japan Fair (April 13th and 14th): A celebration of Japanese arts and culture amidst the breathtaking cherry blossoms at VanDusen Botanical Garden
Through guided tree walks, an international-wide Haiku contest, a Japanese fair, and more – the festival has something for everyone. Guests can sample Japanese food and premium sake at the Sakura Days Japan Fair, as well as experience a traditional tea ceremony, Japanese theatre and crafts, and taiko drumming performances.
And if you’re more of a cyclist – get ready for the return of the festival’s “Bike the Blossoms” event!
Dates & info
The festival will return from Friday, March 29th to Thursday, April 25th. Stay tuned for more info as it comes, including more details on this year’s events.
So there you have it, springtime lovers! The most vibrant time of year is just around the corner.
When: Friday, March 29th to Thursday, April 25th
Where: Locations around Vancouver