The Richmond Cherry Blossom Festival is returning to the city in April of 2018.
In its second year running, the festival celebrates the arrival of spring and the blooming of cherry blossoms.
In Japan, the blossoms (also called sakura) signify a time of renewal and the cycle of life.
Celebrations often include picnics under the trees while sharing food and drink with friends and family. It’s part of a tradition called “hanami” which means “watching blossoms” and is a hundred-year-old celebration.
This year, the Richmond Cherry Blossom Festival takes place at Garry Point Park, surrounded by 255 Akebono cherry blossom trees.
The festival, situated right beside the Fraser River, includes a day full of traditional Japanese music, dance performances, as well as traditional Japanese food and activities.
Two stages at the festival will be dedicated to traditional Japanese dance, Taiko drumming, and feature a number of talented musicians.
Traditional bento boxes and green tea will be sold on-site, as well as Japanese food trucks, and Pajo’s Fish & Chips. As expected, there will be plenty of space to sit eat by the cherry blossom trees.
The event is free to attend and open to the public.
When: Saturday, April 8, 2018
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Garry Point Park – 12011 Seventh Avenue, Richmond
Admission: Free to attend