Vancouver's Cherry Blossom Festival is in full bloom
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Vancouver's Cherry Blossom Festival is in full bloom

Add some spring to your step as you explore this year's Cherry Blossom Festival. This annual event celebrates the rejuvenation of Vancouver's cherry trees, whose beauty dominates city sidewalks and parks for the first leg of the new season. Enjoy everything the festival has to offer at these 10 local community events.

Sakura Night – March 30
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Sakura Night – March 30

The buds on the trees aren't the only gift to the senses this time of year. Treat your taste buds to delicious Japanese cuisine at Sakura Night, a special evening hosted by Tojo's Restaurant, featuring top chef creations by RarBar at Farimont Pacific Rim, Zen Japanese Restaurant, Miku, Zakkushi and more. 

Cherry Jam Downtown – April 3
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Cherry Jam Downtown – April 3

The annual Cherry Jam Downtown is the official kick-off party to the festival. Enjoy performances by Yayoi Movement Theatre, VanCity Soran, Hariku Bard by Bard on the Beach's Christopher Gaze and the Tetsu Taiko Japanese drumming group. The event will be emceed by CTV's weekend co-anchor Norma Reid and is free to everyone! So there's no need to worry if you haven't botany (wink, wink) tickets.

Sakura Illuminations - April 4
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Sakura Illuminations - April 4

Experimental designer Stuart Ward will illuminate cherry trees on Granville Island and outside the Museum of Vancouver at the peak of their bloom. Using video projection art, Ward celebrates the fleeting beauty of cherry blossoms by blending their natural allure with his own art. Watch online for event details.

Sakura Days Japan Fair – April 5-6
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Sakura Days Japan Fair – April 5-6

This weekend-long family friendly event celebrates Japanese heritage, tradition and cultural arts. Learn how to Ikebana (flower arrangement) or take part in calligraphy, martial arts and more. New additions to the event includes a fun photo booth and a Cherry Rush tent with helpful information on how to blossom into a true cherry tree and festival expert.

World Green City Lecture – April 7
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World Green City Lecture – April 7

Sustainable living seems to by synonymous with Vancouver. Now more than ever, the impact of our carbon footprint and the goal of going green are being discussed at depth. The Cherry Blossom Festival is proud to continue such discussion with their presentation of World Green City Lecture, a series featuring speakers from the UN and UBC who aim to provide their vision of Vancouver as a World-leading Green City. 

Blossom Bollywood – April 12
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Blossom Bollywood – April 12

A fusion of cultures takes place during Blossom Bollywood. Bring friends and family to the Vancouver Art Gallery and learn some new Bollywood moves taught by the Shiamak Vancouver Dance Team. No previous dance experience or background is required, just an open mind and willing feet.

Bike the Blossoms – April 26
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Bike the Blossoms – April 26

In partnership with Velopalooza, a festival of bike fun in Vancouver, Bike the Blossoms offers a fun, free guided tour of the city. Take in the sights of pink-petaled streets and as you pedal around East Vancouver. Bike the Blossoms is a great way to branch out of the ordinary and enjoy a day outdoors.

Cherry Blossom Picnic - Ongoing in April
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Cherry Blossom Picnic - Ongoing in April

Throughout the month of April, pack a lunch and lay out under the blossoming trees at some of your favourite parks in Vancouver. Soak up all that our city's urban natural beauty has to offer and enjoy a meal alongside the blossoms. Or, take part in YVR's Airport Authority's picnic in Richmond's Flight Path Park and celebrate their cherry tree's ninth birthday with a park tour. 

Tree Talks & Walks - Ongoing in April
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Tree Talks & Walks - Ongoing in April

Vancouver's parks are at the heart of the Cherry Blossom Festival, providing the setting for some of the city's greatest trees. During April, take advantage of free guided walks and tours of areas like Coal Harbour, Oppenheimer Park, Stanley Park, the VanDusen Botanical Garden, UBC and Queen Elizabeth Park. Learn more about our cherry tree heritage and the nature of its beauty.

Ornamental Cherries in Vancouver - Ongoing in April
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Ornamental Cherries in Vancouver - Ongoing in April

Did you know Vancouver has 54 varieties of cherry trees? Ornamental Cherries in Vancouver is the ultimate field guide for learning more about the cherry trees in our blooming landscape. Written by Douglas Justice, associate director and curator at UBC's Botanical Garden, Ornamental Cherries will help you navigate Vancouver's 40,000 cherry trees with photos and locations included. The book is available to purchase online.