“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!
2) Sakura Illumination Tour on April 11th | info here
This will be a beautiful and colourful light show, projected on a canopy of cherry blossoms so go take a walk under the projection artwork on this warm night.
3) Plein-Air Blossom Painting on April 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th | info here
Are you an artist or interested in being one once in a while? The Plein-Air Blossom Painting event occurs on every Saturday of this month and anyone can participate. The idea is to sit underneath the canopy of cherry blossoms and let nature’s beauty be your artistic muse.
And finally, something anyone can participate in, regardless of where they are in Metro Vancouver, the BC Blossom Watch Photo Contest! There are so many great prizes to be won. Click here to read the contest rules.