Cherry Jam Downtown
Burrard Skytrain station
The official festival kick-off is a culturally rockin’ good time with performances that honour Vancouver’s multicultural heritage — all amid a sea of cherry blossoms, of course.
Plein-Air Blossom Painting
Plein-air instructors lead watercolour, pastel, oil and acrylic painters in art-making sessions right inside the garden, helping them to capture its cherry trees, rhododendrons, crocuses and many other plants in their work.
Tree Talks & Walks
Six walks through some of Vancouver’s spectacular spring gardens are led by notable tree enthusiasts who help visitors find the city’s most beautiful blooms, talk about their origins and help identify different varieties.
Sakura Days Japan Fair
Vancouver’s original 500 cherry trees were a gift from the mayors of Kobe and Yokohama in the 1930s, thanking the city for honoring Japanese Canadians who served in WWI. Celebrating the city’s long friendship with Japan, this family-friendly festival-within-a-festival includes tea ceremonies, ikebana (flower-arranging classes), sake tasting, geisha dances, taiko drumming, kimono demonstrations, Japanese cuisine and much more.
Bike the Blossoms
Visitors are invited to view the cherry trees from atop two wheels with Velopalooza, enjoying a guided ride that weaves through Vancouver’s most blossom-laden neighbourhoods.
The cherry trees are sure to spark a creative sensation in all who witness them, and poets and non-poets alike are invited to submit haikus on the subject to festival organizers. The winning poets’ works will be published on the festival’s website.