The Richmond Cherry Blossom Festival is returning to the city for April 2019.
In its third 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 Japanese music, as well as traditional Japanese food and activities.
Attendees can also expect traditional Japanese dance, Taiko drumming, and a number of talented musicians.
Public transit and carpooling are advised for anyone who plans to attend. Parking at the festival is limited and there will be no onsite parking at Garry Point Park on the day of the event.
The event is free to attend and open to the public.
When: Sunday, April 7, 2019
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Garry Point Park – 12011 Seventh Avenue, Richmond
Admission: Free to attend