Top 5 Event Highlights Scheduled for the 2017 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

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After this dark, wet and unexpectedly snowy winter, cherry blossoms are one of the first cheerful signs of the fast approaching spring season. Unlike last year’s early bloom, the stars of the 2017 Cherry Blossom Festival should be arriving on time at the beginning of April.

Vancouver’s signature springtime event wakes the city up from winter hibernation with an explosion of around 41,000 blossoming cherry trees around the city. April marks the month of the blossom and will features over 20 public, mostly free, arts and cultural community events. So stuff your winter coat into the back of the closet and get out your camera because the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is here again!

While there are several events to choose from (check out the full list on the VCBF website), below is a list of a few of the highlight events for this year’s cherry blossom festival.

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Top 5 Event Highlights Scheduled for the 2017 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

Vancouver Cherry Blossoms

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Below is a short 30 second video we put together showcasing some of Vancouver’s cherry blossoms. Enjoy!

5 Can’t-Miss Events at the 2016 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

Photo sourced from vcbf.ca | Credit: Cynthia Wong

Photo sourced from vcbf.ca | Credit: Cynthia Wong

Days are getting longer. Rains are giving way to blue skies. On city streets, pink and white buds are starting to appear on branches that have been bare all winter.

All of which can only mean one thing: the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is right around the corner. Each spring, some 40,000 ornamental cherry trees planted along the streets of Vancouver burst into vivid colour. This year, the seasonal spectacle is being commemorated with more than three weeks of cherry-themed concerts, fairs, bike rides and even barges, March 24-April 17.

Here’s a look at 5 can’t-miss events for the 2016 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival:

Get down at the Cherry Jam Downtown ConcertThe festival kicks off with a free lunchtime concert in the heart of downtown at the Burrard SkyTrain station. Find a spot under the blossoms and watch as an international lineup offers an ode to the season. Performers include the taiko drumming troupe Vancouver Okinawa Taiko, as well as the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra String Quartet and the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble. March 24 from noon-1:30 p.m. at the Burrard SkyTrain Station indoor concourse; free Continue reading:
5 Can’t-Miss Events at the 2016 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

Searching for Spring in Vancouver

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Spring blossoms at Queen Elizabeth Park Photo: Rob Weiss

They say patience is a virtue.  It may be a virtue, but it is definitely not one of my strong suits.  Like many Vancouverites, I am running out of patience waiting for winter to end.  In anticipation of the clocks “springing forward” this month and the arrival of Daylight Savings Time, it seemed prudent to venture out to Queen Elizabeth Park and search for spring.  Much has been written in the news these past days of an early spring.  Naturally, I thought I would investigate for myself and Vancouver’s iconic Queen Elizabeth Park seemed a logical place to start.

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Searching for Spring in Vancouver

5 Impressive Displays of the Seasons in Vancouver

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For some time it seemed that Vancouver only had one season: rain. However, in recent years we’ve experienced high tides, low temperatures, downpours and heat waves. Mother Nature serves up a smorgasbord of natural phenomena that dazzle the senses.

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5 Impressive Displays of the Seasons in Vancouver

5 Can’t-Miss Events at the 2015 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Fest

Photo sourced from Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

Photo sourced from Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

If you’ve walked down Vancouver streets lately, you may have noticed something – the cherry blossoms are out, already.

In the West End, Mt. Pleasant, Burnaby, Kensington and elsewhere brilliant pink blossoms have been popping out since February, thanks to an exceptionally warm winter. Each day, more trees erupt in pink, white and lavender.

All of which should make for a very interesting Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival this year – if there are any blossoms left. This year’s festival, which celebrates the city’s more than 40,000 ornamental cherry trees, runs April 2-April 29.  The month-long celebration is packed with cherry-themed concerts and dances, gala dinners, traditional fairs and more.

Here are five can’t-miss (mostly free) events at the 2015 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (Note: Dates may be subject to change – Check the official website for updates):

Rock out under the cherry treesThe festival kicks off with an afternoon concert in one of downtown’s cherry hotspots, the entrance to the Burrard SkyTrain Station. At the Cherry Jam Downtown Concert, enjoy a taiko drum and electric guitar duo, a 19-member ukulele ensemble, a string quartet from the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra and more.  Free; April 2 from noon-1:20 p.m. at the Burrard SkyTrain Station Continue reading:
5 Can’t-Miss Events at the 2015 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Fest

Eat Your Way Through the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, April 4 -30

Takoyaki - savory octopus scallion balls - at Sakura Days Japan Fair. Photo credit: MartialArtsNomad.com

Takoyaki – savory octopus scallion balls – at Sakura Days Japan Fair. Photo credit: MartialArtsNomad.com

There’s a Japanese proverb “hana yori dango” that translates as “dumplings rather than flowers,” meaning people are more interested in food than blossoms during sakura festivals. Given the all star line-up of food events at Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2013, taking place April 4-30, you may feel the same way, even though the blossoms sure are pretty.

From Sakura Westcoast Afternoon Tea Service to Cherry Jam SakuraB bento boxes, ramen, chirashizushi and enticing Japanese street eats by Mogu and Japadog, here are the top food events at Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2013. Continue reading:
Eat Your Way Through the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, April 4 -30