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

Celebrate Japanese Heritage in Vancouver: Sakura Days fair, April 7-8

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The word sakura refers to the Japanese cherry blossom.  Every April in Vancouver, nearly 40,000 cherry trees – originally gifts from Japan in the 1930s – burst into full bloom.  To commemorate the occasion, the city comes alive with a host of blossom-themed events, including a unique two-day celebration of Japanese food, culture and crafts under the cherry trees: Sakura Days.

This year, Sakura Days (April 7-8) is set inside the lush VanDusen Botanical Garden,  a 55-acre sanctuary of rolling lawns, woodlands and lakes in the heart of the city.  Amid a sea of cherry blossoms, enjoy sushi from some of the city’s top Japanese chefs.  Sample artisan-made sake while taking in performances of Japanese taiko drumming and koto harp.

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Celebrate Japanese Heritage in Vancouver: Sakura Days fair, April 7-8