Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2017

Cherry Blossom Festival

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2017.

Sonsoles Perez de Tagle
Apr. 03, 2017


Shrug off the winter blues, and usher in Spring by attending the annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival! Unlike 2016's early bloom, this year's Festival starts right on time, running from March 30th to April 23rd, 2017. Numerous events are held in the Festival, and you can see all of them by checking out the official website.


The very first cherry blossom trees were generously donated in the early 1930s by the mayors of Kobe and Yokohama in Japan to the Vancouver Park Board. To honour the Japanese-Canadians who served in the First World War, these same trees were planted at the Japanese cenotaph in Stanley Park.

Japanese Canadian War Memorial in Stanley Park



Listed below are a couple of the festival's highlight events:

Tree Talks & Walks

Tree Talks & Walks

Fee: Free!

When: Starts March 30th

Where: Vancouver Parks & Green Spaces (The venue varies depending on the event.)

View the Cherry Blossoms with a group of avid Cherry Blossom enthusiasts, while listening to talks from some of the city's foremost experts on the Cherry Blossoms. Check out the official page for the full schedule!

Sakura Days Japan Fair

Fee: Ranges from $6.50 to $27.00. Buy tickets here, or in-person at the VanDusen Botanical Gardens. Take note that lines may be long.

When: Saturday, April 8th, 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM & Sunday, April 9th, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

WhereVanDusen Botanical Gardens at 5251 Oak Street at 37th, Vancouver, BC V6M 4H1. (Google Maps location)

Experience various aspects of Japanese culture, such as the tea ceremony, culinary demonstrations, haiku readings, calligraphy, and more.

Special Feature: This year, the Festival is holding a Lantern Parade from at 6:30 PM, so don't miss out!

The Sakura Days Japan Fair is presented by the Japan Fair Association of Vancouver (JFAV) as part of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, and hosted by the VanDusen Botanical Gardens.

How to Get There: 

If traveling via SkyTrain, get off at Oakridge-41st Avenue Station.

If traveling via bus: take either the 17, 41, or 43. Plan your trip by using the official TransLink Trip Planner.


Image Credits: 

Scott Fowler @stepsitake via Instagram.

Fujita Ryuji via Flickr.

Claire via ClairefromYVR.

Japan Fair Association of Vancouver via Japan Fair Vancouver.