The 2017 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival takes bloom March 30th to April 23rd, filling the city with vibrant colour and entertainment.
With this year’s prolonged winter, we might be a bit behind on the main attraction but with the onset of spring, the city’s Cherry trees should be in full bloom during the Festival’s run.
Once again the Festival kicks off with the Cherry Jam, a free concert downtown at the Burrard Station concourse. Emceed by CTV’s Coleen Christie the event features music by Uzume Taiko, South Asian Arts, Lions Gate Sinfonia Brass Sextet with West End Chamber Choir and Son de Maple.
Sakura Days Japanese Fair at Van Dusen Botanical Gardens returns April 8th and 9th. Enjoy Japanese Traditional Tea Ceremonies, Food, Sake, Haiku readings and Tree Talks and Walks through the gardens, and wrap up the day with a Lantern Walk at 6:30pm.
Other events happening during the Cherry Blossom Festival include; Haiku Invitational writing competition, The Big Picnic in Queen Elizabeth Park, Spring Lights Illuminations celebrating Canada 150 in Queen Elizabeth Park, Photo Competitions, Bike Tours, Lantern Workshops.
Another highlight is the Sakura Night Gala at Stanley Park Pavilion. The gala fundraiser celebrates asian inspired menus from eight of Vancouver’s top restaurants. Urbanity presents the Oleana Spring Collection a line of Norwegian knitwear featuring a Cherry Blossom theme.
The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival runs all over the city from March 30th to April 23rd, 2017 visit the website for the full line-up of activities. Follow the Festival on Twitter @OfficiaVCBF, on Instagram @cherryblossomfestyvr and on Facebook.com/VancouverCherryBlossomFestival