The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (“VCBF”) presented by Coromandel Properties returns April 1 to 23, 2022 to celebrate one of the most beautiful times of year in our city. From ticketed events to free outdoor fun for the family, and directions to all the best blossom photo ops, it’s a highlight of the calendar year for me! Here’s what’s in store:
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2022
First and foremost, check out the Neighbourhood Map which includes what’s in bloom right now. From there, take your cherry blossom experience to a whole other level with these events:
Cherry Blossom Tree Talks and Walks
Pre-register for guided Tree Talks and Walks in the West End, Stanley Park, VanDusen, UBC Botanical Garden, and David Lam Park.
There are also Virtual Tree Walks from Joy Kogawa House in Marpole, around Strathcona, Stanley Park, and more. If you’re not inclined to join the guided walks, you can find featured sights from of some of the walk locations online here.
Sakura Days Japan Fair
- When: Saturday, April 9 & Sunday, April 10, 2022 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
- Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden (5251 Oak St, Vancouver)
- Admission: Purchase online in advance $5-$25
Sakura Days Japan Fair celebrates all things Japan, from Japanese food, performances, to arts and culture. Most activities will take place out of doors, with selected vendors, tea ceremony, and experiences to take place indoors. Look forward to taiko drumming, theatre performances, woodworking demonstrations, and a renewed Japanese Garden display, just to name a few!
Now accepting volunteer applications until March 18, 2022
The BIG PICNIC in David Lam Park
- When: Saturday, April 2, 2022 from 11:30am to 4:00pm
- Where: David Lam Park (1300 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver)
- Admission: Free
While you take in the Spring air, the local food vendors, and of course, the blossoming cherry trees around the park, the VCBF has curated a lineup of local musical acts for the Cherry Jam Concert for you to enjoy. Whether you want to relax with family and friends on a blanket (or one of the Petal Mats) or you want to get up and dance, the Big Picnic has got something for everyone. Musical performers include Chibi Taiko, MNGWA, Now or Never, Tom Landa, DJ ICE B, and more to be added.
The event also includes a morning outdoor yoga class, a special opening featuring performances from Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh performers, interactive crafts, a special screening of the film In Full Bloom, and more.
keeping her secret…
a whisper of wind
among the blossoms
– Susan Constable, Parksville, BC
And don’t forget about the Haiku Invitational, on from March until June! The Haiku Invitational presented by Leith Wheeler Investment Counsel is an international online contest that attracts submissions from all over the world. The top poems in six main categories (Vancouver, BC, Canada, the United States, International, and Youth (age 17 and under)) will be featured in the Haiku Canada newsletter, an online publication in the newsletter of the Haiku Society of America, and published on the VCBF website.
Find the full list of events here, and follow the festival on Facebook for the latest updates.