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Upcoming Event: Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, March 29 – April 25, 2024

March 8, 2024 |
Wendy Underwood
Cherry blossom tree in Vancouver against skyline

If it’s spring in Vancouver, it must be time for cherry blossoms! The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is a vibrant celebration that marks the arrival of spring each year as thousands of trees burst into bloom across the city. Inspired by the long-standing Japanese tradition of hanami (cherry blossom viewing), the festival invites everyone to experience the magic of these fleeting flowers. From tree-lined streets to public parks, Vancouver becomes a canvas of pink petals from mid-March through until early May, with the 2024 festival’s events held between March 29 and April 25.  

The festival includes lots of events, from the most casual, drop-in and self-guided options, through to big evening events, fairs and workshops. The 2024 festival kicks off with Blossoms After Dark at Yaletown’s David Lam Park during the evening on March 29, 30 and 31. A walking path takes visitors through an illumination of the park’s many Akebono cherry trees, interspersed with performers, photo opps, interactive experiences and food trucks. During the day on March 30 is the Big Picnic, featuring the Cherry Jam Stage as well as art activities and workshops.

A perennial favourite of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is the series of Tree Talks & Walks. Local experts lead groups through the city’s neighbourhoods, not just talking about the cherry blossoms, but also the other trees that contribute to the local ecosystem and the area’s history. This year, a Pop-Up Pavilion will move through multiple locations during the festival, hosting performances, and activities connecting visitors with the community partners. For those embracing a more DIY approach, check out the festival’s website for the Blooming Now blog, as well as the Blossom Map.  

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