The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival returns with in-person events from April 1 – 23, 2022.

As cherry blossoms slowly begin to come out across the city signalling the arrival of Spring, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival returns with in-person events from April 1 – 23, 2022.

Credit: Al Harvey

The annual celebration of Vancouver’s iconic natural phenomenon will see the return of several of its signature events in 2022, with The Big Picnic taking place at David Lam Park, April 2nd and Sakura  Days returning to VanDusen Botanical Garden, April 9 – 10. 

The Big Picnic will serve as the official kick-off for the Festival with a full day of free events, including the Cherry Jam Concert and cultural activities for the whole family to enjoy while picnicking amidst the cherry blossoms. 

Credit: Greg Descantes

Other activities at The Big Picnic include an outdoor yoga class, food trucks, live dance performances, participatory crafts, guided nature walks, and a special bento box lunch that has been curated for the event that you can order in advance to pick up on the day.

The event will also include a special opening ceremony and cherry tree planting and art installation.

“This year, we’re delighted to welcome the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations to our team to help us celebrate the blossoms,” says Founding Artistic Creative Director Linda Poole. “As well as the winning 2021 Haiku Invitational poems submitted last year by cherry blossom lovers the world over displayed in a very unique way.” 

At the Big Picnic, the six winning poems will be displayed as part of an installation designed by commissioned First Nations artists that will connect the poetry to the cherry trees around the park.

The Festival will also include a free outdoor movement class to encourage wellness and a deeper connection to nature (April 1st Steps For Sakura featuring Gabby Villasenor of @fuelledbyfeeling), the return of the Sakura  Days Japan Fair at VanDusen Botanical Garden on April 9 – 10, as well as an online “Discover Haiku” workshop on April 19th led by Michael Dylan Welch (founder of National Haiku Writing Month and cofounder of the American Haiku Archives), as well as expert-led Tree Talks and Walks occurring all over the city and throughout the festival.

Learn more at www.vcbf.ca