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9 Things To Do at the Vancouver CHERRY BLOSSOM Festival

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The annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival has once again blossomed upon us. The festival celebrates the iconic Cherry Blossom and looks to renew Vancouver’s cherry tree heritage. The arts & cultural festivities kicked off with the Cherry Jam Downtown Concert and Sakura Night Gala. Here’s 9 more things you can do at the 2017 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival:

Sakura Days Japan Fair
April 8-9, 2017
VanDusen Botanical Garden

The two-day Japanese cherry blossom fair celebrates culture through art, cuisine and more. So taste some sake, read some haiku, go on a guided tree talk walk and enjoy the Lantern Parade. VanDusen members receive a reduced rate for the fair.

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Photo/Sakura Days

Haiku Invitational
Until June 1, 2017

The theme for this year’s online Haiku Invitational is “freedom” to coincide with Canada’s 150th birthday. Top cherry blossom haiku poems will be published.

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Photo/VCBF

Spring Lights Illumination
Date TBA
Queen Elizabeth Park
FREE

A free evening of illumination and inter-arts performances and displays features local artists in different mediums. There’s also lantern making workshops plus cocktails and canapes for order.

Photo/Evan Chen Photography
Photo/Evan Chen Photography

The Big Picnic
Date PENDING BLOOM
Queen Elizabeth Park

Pre-order your very own cherry blossom (including one vegetarian and gluten free) and cocktail for your picnic experience under the cherry blossom canopy. There’s also bollywood dancing, urban sketchers and more.

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Photo/Lobo Photography

Tree Talks & Walks
Vancouver Parks & Green Spaces

Cherry Blossom Viewing is a real thing. You can talk, or walk, or talk & walk. You can show up to any of the planned workshops (registration required for evening ones) which include locations like VanDusen Botanical Garden, UBC, West End, Coal Harbour, Queen Elizabeth Park and Stanley Park.

Painting by Anne Carten
Painting by Anne Carten

Plein Air Exhibition
April 6-23, 2017
VanDusen Botanical Garden

A number of local plein air artists will be working in studio and at blossom locations which you can observe in person or live on Facebook. In addition to the artist exhibition there’s also an informal ‘plein air paint out and picnic’ scheduled for April 20th, anywhere at the Garden – all skill levels welcome, just bring your own materials.

Photo Credit/Joseph Lin
Photo Credit/Joseph Lin

BC Blossom Photo Watch Contest
Until April 23, 2017

But first, let me take a #selfie. Capture your own blossom and share it on Instagram with #vancherryblossomfest to be featured on the official @cherryblossomfestyvr feed.

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Bike The Blossoms
Date TBA
South side of John Hendry Park (Trout Lake)
FREE

Once the date is announced, show up with your signed waiver and bike with fellow blossom lovers along the official Vancouver Cherry Blossom route.

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Photo/VCBF

Blossom Workshops
Various locations and dates

It’s time to get hands-on. There’s something for everyone at these workshops: Haiku Koinobori Scale Painting, Spring Lights Lanterns and How to Haiku.

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By Amar Mirchandani @amarmirch

Amar enjoys writing for online publications and working with film festivals. He also likes his beer chilled and ranch sauce with pizza.

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