It’s that time of year again when gorgeous cherry blossoms bloom all around Vancouver. These lovely oriental trees remind us that spring is finally here, and that we can finally start shedding our heavy winter coats. What better way to celebrate Spring than to join in on the festivities of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2013, taking place from April 4 to 30, 2013.
Throughout the month of April, Vancouverites can celebrate the blooming of cherry blossoms through various activities and Japanese tradition. There will be plenty of events to take part in, such as the Umbrella dance that takes place at the Vancouver Art Gallery on April 13. All of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival events dates and times can be found on the website, but here is a basic breakdown of some of the major events coming up.
World Umbrella Dance:
April 13, 2013 at the Vancouver Art Gallery
Sakura Days Japan FairSaturday April 6 & Sunday April 7, 2013 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. VanDusen Botanical Garden
Plein Air Blossom PaintingEvery Saturday, from April 6 to 27, 2013 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. VanDusen Botanical Garden
Cherry Jam DowntownThursday, April 4, 2013 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tojo kicks off Culinary Demonstrations 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. SakuraB bento box lunch pick-up 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Upper Canopy): Free Umbrella Dance Lessons 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Concert At the indoor concourse of Burrard Skytain station.
Sakura Illumination TourThroughout April 4 to 30, 2013
Evenings from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Bike the Blossoms
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival and Velopalooza* present: Bike the Blossoms 2013 Saturday, April 27, 2012 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meeting at China Creek South
Free guided bike ride. The ride will tour the blossom cherry trees in Vancouver and include a talk by Parks Board Arborist, Bill Stephen. More information can be found on www.velopalooza.ca
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2013:
When: April 4 to 30, 2013
Where: Various locations, please refer to website
How: Bring friends and family and celebrate Springtime
Photo credit: Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival