Vancouver celebrates Spring with the annual month-long Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF). This year, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival runs from April 4 – 30, 2013. And there is something for everyone’s level of activity and interests.

Perhaps more than anywhere, Vancouverites greet Spring with genuine enthusiasm. And the signalling of spring through the delicate and colourful pink blossoms of the Cherry tree is celebrated!

Vancouver Cherry Blossoms Brighten a Rainy Day
Vancouver Cherry Blossoms Brighten a Rainy Day

NEW THIS Year : Sakura Illumination Tours – Check the schedule, changes daily. Evenings from 8:30pm-10:30pm
The Sakura Illumination Tour is a night time installation which will illuminate various cherry blossom sites in public parks and beaches while in full bloom. Stuart Ward of Hfour Design will illuminate a few cherry blossoms at a time with his sensory projection artwork.

Let’s Dance Again – April 13, 2013 – FREE
World Umbrella Dance, imagine hundreds and hundreds of dancing PoP-Art umbrellas, Saturday, April 13, 2013 on the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza.

Bike the Blossoms – Saturday, April 27 11am-4pm 
Join Velopalooza and the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival for a fun, social, free guided bike ride across the city under the spectacular blossoms. The route will tour some of the most spectacular blossoming cherry trees lined streets in Vancouver and include a stops at participating cafes, restaurants, markets, and sites.

Cherry Jam Downtown Concert – 11:30am April 4, 2013 at Burrard SkyTrain Station – FREE
VCBF 2013 kicks off with a free day of fun in downtown Vancouver, where festivities include cooking demos from Tojo’s, Umbrella Dance lessons, and a free outdoor music concert.

SakuraB Bento Box Lunch on Thursday April 4th 11am-1:30pm. Don’t forget to order your Sakura Bento Box Lunch – Master  Japanese chefs Hidekazu Tojo from Tojo’s, Yoshinobu Ando from Shuraku Sake Bar & Bistro, Nobu Och from Zen Japanese Restaurant and Toshi from Toshi Sushi have created a beautiful new SakuraB for 2013. Sells out early, so order soon.

2013 SakuraB bento box lunch
2013 SakuraB bento box lunch (from VCBF site)

Sakura Days Japan Fair – Saturday, April 6, 2013
One of the best and most popular VCBF events happens at Vancouver’s gorgeous VanDusen Botanical Garden: the annual Sakura Days Japan Fair. This two-day festival-within-a-festival celebrates Japanese cultural arts, performances and traditions with an authentic Japanese tea ceremony, festival food, ikebana (flower arranging), premium sake tastings, guided “tree talks and walks,” Haiku Invitational readings, Japanese classical dance, taiko drumming, the Cherry Blossom Dance, martial arts performances, and more.

Haiku Invitational 2013 – Submissions open March 1 2013 until June 3- FREE
One of the most unique and beloved VCBF traditions is its Haiku Invitational, where anyone can submit up to two haikus about their love of cherry blossoms. Winners will be published by Haiku Canada, Ripples and on the VCBF website. Top poems in five main categories (Youth, B.C., Canada, United States, and International) will also appear on TransLink SkyTrains and buses all over Metro Vancouver, receive celebrity readings and be featured in creative ways during the next festival in 2014!

Cherry Blossoms outside Vancouver CIty Hall - March 2013
Cherry Blossoms outside Vancouver CIty Hall – March 2013

Here is Highlight of Events at the 2013 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF)

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2013

April 4-30, 2013