Vancouver celebrates Spring with the annual month-long Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF).

This year, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival runs from April 3 – 28, 2014. This spring festival offers something fun for everyone’s level of activity and interests.

View My Vancouver’s Cherry Blossoms – Photo Gallery

Cherry Blossom Picnic – Sunday, April 13, 2014 – Larry Berg Flight Path Park, Richmond
Celebrate this spring with a cherry blossom picnic in your neighbourhood using our Cherry Blossom Viewing Google Maps, or be a part of YVR Airport Authority’s picnic in Richmond’s Flight Path Park on Sunday, April 13th for a picnic and tour of our Birthday Blossoms cherry trees on their ninth birthday! Time: 11:30 to 12:30pm: Picnic in the park – bring your own picnic and sit on the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival’s (VCBF) new Petal Mats! A good time to walk around & take some photos.

Bike the Blossoms – 11 am-3 pm, Saturday, April 26, 2014 – Meet at China Creek South Park
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.

Sakura Illumination Tour Updated – 7:30 pm-9:00 pm, Friday, April 11, 2014 – Sunset Beach Park at Beach and Thurlow near the outdoor hockey rinks – FREE
Sunset Beach Park this Friday, April 11th! Featuring hulahoop and poi performances.
The Sakura Illumination Tour is a night time installation which will illuminate various cherry blossoms in public parks and beaches while in full bloom. Stuart Ward uses LED and patterned video lights to illuminate a canopy of cherry blossoms with his sensory projection artwork. The single night quality reflects the tempo of the blossoms, and their varying bloom times. The unique experience will create an intangible memory of a time and place never to be duplicated.

Falling Cherry Blossom Petals at Burrard Station Skytrain, Vancouver
Falling Cherry Blossom Petals at Burrard Station Skytrain, Vancouver

Blossom Bollywood – Saturday, April 12, 2014 – Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza
Learn hip new Bollywood moves this spring with SHIAMAK dancers! Moves will be so easy to learn that no prior rehearsals are required. Get ready to prepare for this Blossom Bollywood Dance Party outdoors with the SHIAMAK Vancouver Dance Team! Performances, contests and much more! All ages are welcome!

Tree Talks and Walks – Eight walks and one talk. Beginning Thursday, April 3, 2014.
Cherry & heritage walk in Mandarin in Downtown Coal Harbour – April 3, 2014, Thursday, 10:00am to noon
Tree Talks and Walks West End and Stanley Park – April 5, 2014, Saturday, 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Tree Talks and Walks – Oppenheimer Park – April 6, 2014, Sunday, 10:00am to 11:30am
Tree Talks and Walks – VanDusen Botanical Garden – April 6, 2014, Sunday, 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Tree Talk (not a Walk) VanDusen Botanical Garden: Blossom Biology Workshop – April 10, 2014, Thursday, 7:30pm to 9pm
Tree Talks and Walks UBC – April 12, 2014, Saturday, 10:00am to 11:30am
Tree Talks and Walks Stanley Park – April 12, 2014, Saturday, 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Tree Talks and Walks Queen Elizabeth Park – April 13, 2014, Sunday, 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Tree Talks and Walks in Mandarin at Larry Berg Flight Path Park, Richmond – April 13, 2014, Sunday, TBC
Tree Talks and Walks Easter Parade – April 20, 2014, Sunday, 1:30pm to 3:00pm – This is Easter Sunday

Haiku Invitational 2014 – Submissions open March 1 2014 – June 2, 2014 – FREE
The 2014 Haiku Invitational will accept up to 2 unpublished poem submissions (in English only) from each individual, online from March 1 to June 2, 2014. The theme is “Meet your neighbours.” Haiku poet Kobayashi Issa wrote: “Under the cherry tree there is no stranger” and we’d like you to tell us, in your haiku, the many ways cherry blossoms bring you closer to your family, your friends, your community and co-workers. Celebrate with a Cherry Blossom Picnic (or a hanami, which means “flower viewing” in Japanese) to really find out the meaning of our festival motto “there is no stranger under the cherry tree” and write haiku with your friends! Top poems in six main categories (Vancouver, BC, Canada, United States, International and Youth) will be judged by Marco Fraticelli, receive celebrity readings and be featured in creative ways during the 2015 festival including publication in the Vancouver Courier community newspaper, The Bulletin magazine, Haiku Canada newsletter, online publication in Ripples, the newsletter of the Haiku Society of America, printing in a chapbook hand-folded and bound by Victoria-based Leaf Press and publication on the VCBF website. Winning poems will be read by Christopher Gaze at the VSO’s Tea & Trumpets Concert, at our media-kickoff event, Cherry Jam Downtown concert by media celebrity emcee (past years have been CTV’s Norma Reid) and celebrated at Sakura Days Japan Fair (attended by 12,000 people over two days).

Sakura Night – 6:30-9 pm, Sunday, March 30, 2014 – Tojo’s Restaurant
An extraordinary dining experience to celebrate Spring, hosted by Tojo’s Restaurant, featuring sensational Japanese cuisine created by Tojo’s Restaurant, Zen Japanese Restaurant, RawBar at Fairmont Pacific Rim, Seventeen89, Miku Restaurant and Zakkushi! Guests will be welcomed with taiko and walk into the elegant Japanese ambience of Tojo’s, illuminated with cherry blossom video projection.

Cherry Jam Downtown Concert – 12noon-1:30 pm, Thursday, April 3, 2014 – Burrard SkyTrain Station – FREE
Cherry Jam will showcase performances by the Yayoi Movement Theatre, Folk artist Michael Averill, 2013 Haiku Invitational celebrity readings and Haiku Bard by Christopher Gaze of Bard on the Beach, an energetic dance performance by VanCity Soran and the thunderous sounds of Richmond’s Tetsu Taiko to warm up the scenes of Cherry Jam.

Sakura Days Japan Fair – 10 am-5 pm, Saturday & Sunday, April 5 & 6, 2014 – VanDusen Botanical Garden
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. Ticket Prices from $5.50-12.00.

Programs subject to change.

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2014
April 3-28, 2014