The organizers of the Cherry Blossom Festival are very creative individuals. Recognizing that the large-attendee events needed to be 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, 2020
BC Blossom Photo Watch (Online):
Submit photos of cherry blossoms. Entry submissions must be received by 11:59pm on April 26, 2020. Entrants must submit their own photo of cherry blossoms on Instagram. Around May 30th a judging panel will review all eligible entries submitted.
Dates: April 2 – 26, 2020
Virtual Tree Walks (Online):
The Cherry Blossom Festival is hosting virtual cherry blossom walks – the walks are based on routes that had been planned for 2020. The site contains loads of pictures of the various trees that line the various walks.
Dates: April 2 – 26, 2020
The following events have been cancelled due to COVID-19.
CANCELLED: Cherry Jam Downtown Concert
The 14th annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off the season with a FREE noon-hour concert in the downtown core featuring local talent and memorable performances.
April 2 & 3, 2020
Time: noon – 1:30pm
Where: Burrard SkyTrain Station, indoor concourse
Address: 635 Burrard Street, Vancouver
CANCELLED: The Big Picnic
Well if this isn’t plucked out of a movie script I don’t know what is! The Cherry Blossom Festival is organizing a picnic under the cherry blossoms in Queen Elizabeth Park. You can pack your own lunch or take advantage of the food trucks that will be onsite. Grab a FREE zip-up Petal Mat and make new friends at this truly magical event.
April 11, 2020
Time: noon – 4pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Park
Address: West 33rd & Cambie Street, Vancouver
CANCELLED: Sakura Days Japan Fair
Bring your friends and family to this fun two-day Japanese festival celebrating cultural arts, traditions and performances. Escape the stresses of everyday life by treating yourself to the tranquility of an authentic Japanese tea ceremony, eat festival food, try ikebana (flower arranging), premium sake tastings, guided tree talks and walks, and culinary demonstrations. Experience Japan with hands-on workshops and festivities including cultural performances of Japanese classical dance, taiko drumming, the Cherry Blossom Dance, soothing tones of shakuhachi (bamboo flute), martial arts performances, anime, kid’s tent and more! Admission: $12 (adults, advance); $9.50 (youths & seniors, advance); $4.25 (children aged 3-12, advance). There are also discounted prices for VanDusen Garden Club members.
April 18 & 19, 2020
Time: 11am – 7pm (Sat) & 11am – 5pm (Sun)
Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden
Address: 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
Cherry Blossom Festival:
When: April 2 – 26, 2020
Where: various venues across Vancouver
Although we do our best to provide you with accurate information, all event details are subject to change. Please contact the facility to avoid disappointment.