The organizers of the Cherry Blossom Festival are very creative individuals. Recognizing that the large-attendee events must remain cancelled due to COVID, they have put together many events that we can all enjoy while following the social distancing orders. “Now, more than ever, people need positive messaging and ways to take their minds off of the current situation, and the Festival is committed to sharing cherry blossom joy online and continue “connecting our communities” safely during these times. Celebrate and enjoy our cherry blossoms as they continue to uplift us all as they come into bloom across all neighbourhoods!”

The pink and white cherry blossoms are a quintessential image of Vancouver in the Spring. It is only fitting that an entire month-long festival is dedicated to the beautiful blossoms and their Japanese heritage.

Haiku Invitational (Online):

You are invited to submit up to two poems on the theme of cherry blossoms. There are six categories: Vancouver, BC, Canada, United States, International, Youth)
Dates: March 1 – June 1, 2021
Website: www.vcbf.ca

Sakura Days Japan Fair (Online):

Vancouver’s annual family-friendly Japanese cultural festival, will go virtual this year on Saturday April 17 & Sunday April 18. Enjoy online presentations of performances and workshops by familiar Japan Fair artists, presented in partnership with the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival and with the support of the Consulate General of Japan in Vancouver.

2021 Virtual Presentations:

  • Singing Workshop and Performance by Vocal Coach Ko (Banana Bread) – Registration begins March 20!
  • Calligraphy Workshop and Life of Sakura Performance by Kisyuu – Registration begins March 20!
  • Wagashi: Art of Japanese Sweets by Misae Ogishima
  • Shaku Ra: Music for Spring by Shaku Ra
  • Dub Zakura by poet Soramaru Takayama
  • Spring dance performance by Tomoe Arts
  • Japanese Tea Ceremony by Vancouver Urasenke Chapter

Dates: April 17 & 18, 2021
Website: www.vcbf.ca

BC Blossom Photo Watch (Online):

Submit photos of cherry blossoms. In previous years there has been a competition for the best photo; this year the organizers are forgoing the contest and, instead, creating an online virtual mosaic photo collage.
Dates: ongoing
Website: www.vcbf.ca

Virtual Tree Walks (Online):

The Cherry Blossom Festival is hosting virtual cherry blossom walks – the walks are based on routes that were shared virtually in 2020. The site contains loads of pictures of the various trees that line the various walks.
Dates: ongoing
Website: www.vcbf.ca

Cherry Blossom Festival:

Dates: March 1 – June 1, 2021
Website: www..vcbf.ca