“It’s my favourite time of the year!”- Douglas Dohms, Vancouver Extended Stay Guest Services Manager.
It’s that time of the year when Spring Fever hits everyone in Vancouver and pulls them outside to join each other in celebration of the beautiful weather. Full-bloomed cherry blossom trees are a definite symbol of springtime in this city and you will catch locals and travelers snapping photos of the the pink trees that line up almost every street. Even though we all complain about the rain here on the west coast, we also love to celebrate the sunshine when we get the chance. What could be a better way to celebrate the season than to attend Vancouver’s Cherry Blossom Festival events?
To access all the events during the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, visit their official website. You will find a variety of community events throughout different areas of the city. We will highlight a few that you will surely enjoy with friends and family.
Some notable events include:
1) Sakura Days Japan Fair on April 5th and 6th | info here
For anyone wishing to experience Japanese lifestyle and culture, this event will be perfect for you. Here, you will get the chance to experience the ritual of the Japanese tea ceremony, enjoy Japanese festival food, sample premium sake, watch classical Japanese dance, and listen to Haikus being read out loud. If you enjoy Richmond’s night market, then you will not want to miss out on this fun and festive weekend!
Vancouver’s Winter Farmers Market: Prepare to meet your maker.
Every Saturday from 10am – 2pm
November 2, 2013 – April 26, 2014
Why do we love farmers markets? It’s fun, it’s fresh, and it’s interactive. Get your ingredients for your next dish directly from the hands of the people who grow them! The prices of the farmers’ produces are also unbeatable. Paying one a visit is a must during your stay in Vancouver.
The battle for coffee supremacy in Vancouver continues between big names such as Tim Hortons, Starbucks, and even McDonalds but there is now more competition than ever. Coffee lovers in Vancouver are immigrating to new, independent cafes such as JJ Bean, Cafe Medina, and Revolver Cafe, to name a few. Without much further ado, here is our list of:
The Top 10 Cafes in Vancouver.
Read more to learn about what makes them so special.
1. 49th Parallel
What makes this cafe so special? Just take a look at their Tiffany blue cups and try to resist the temptation to hold one in your hands. At this cafe’s Main Street location, their wonderful staff serves you top-notch coffee and patisseries. Their flaky butter croissants are out-of-this-world. This cafe attracts the most unique coffee-lovers in Vancouver so you will likely find yourself sitting there for hours, just people-watching.
Travelling can be stressful sometimes, especially when you are on a budget but would like to get the most out of experiencing a new city. What would be a better way to see Vancouver than to explore the city’s most popular gathering place for festivities, flash mobs, and lunches? The steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery is known to be the gathering hot spot for Vancouverites. Continue reading
Dine Out Vancouver is back and ready to serve all of your palates in Vancouver and Metro Vancouver. If you love to dine out but are also on a budget, then this festival is perfect for you. For an extended period of time, high-end restaurants all around Vancouver are offering affordable, 3-course menus at a fixed price of either $18, $28, or $38! Restaurants participating include many talks-of-the-town such as Mosaic Bar & Grille, Minami Restaurant, Cloud 9 Revolving Restaurant & Lounge, The Italian Kitchen, L’Abattoir, Salt Tasting Room, Twisted Fork Bistro, Hapa Izakaya, just to name a few! Continue reading
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The mid of March is about to get very busy for Vancouver! As many of us are aware, Vancouver is home to the upcoming TED2014 conference. 2014 is a special year for TED because it marks the event’s 30th anniversary. For those who do not know, TED conferences bring together the world’s greatest innovators, thinkers, and doers, to speak about a topic of their choice (under 18 minutes or less). These range from talks about science and technology to performing arts and music. One of my favourite speakers was Amy Cuddy, who spoke about how “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are“.
(Photographer: Lisa Bettany)
A downtown Vancouver tradition is on the verge of opening for the season! The Robson Square Ice Rink is set to open on Friday, November 15th at 1pm.
Found right in the heart of Vancouver, the ice rink provides a classic winter downtown experience. Bring your own skates and it’s free!
Looking for something to do in Vancouver on Halloween?
Here are some famous events that Vancouver is known for!
1. Fright Nights at Playland
This is a classic Halloween event in Vancouver.
Prepare for a spooky night of touring 6 haunted houses, 12 rides and so much more .
Open from 7pm to 1am Continue reading
Vancouver’s biggest event of the summer kicks off this weekend with the start of the Honda Celebration of Light festival. With 400,000 spectators flocking to English Bay every night, this 23rd annual celebration features spectacular light shows from the United Kingdom, Canada and Thailand, a daring Red Bull Air Show, and over a dozen incredible musical acts at the free SHOREfest concert series. Continue reading
Car Free Day is Vancouver’s biggest street party and it’s happening this Sunday June, 16.
The Car Free Day events showcase some of Vancouver’s most vibrant neighbourhoods as they open the streets to pedestrians, vendors and entertainers for a day of community celebrations.
The event is in its ninth year and many Vancouverites have made the day a Father’s Day tradition. There over a quarter of a million people expected to come out to Car Free Day this year. Everyone is encouraged to use an alternate form of transportation to get to the event such as a bicycle, skateboard, or public transit. Continue reading