Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is happening! The city is turning pink!

Pink petals are sprouting on cherry trees all over Vancouver.  It's time for Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival!

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Last Tuesday, March 25th, the Vancouver Cherry Jam kicked of the official start of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival at the Burrard Sky Train station. 

The free noon-time
concert  Chibi Taiko and Tera Taiko Drumming and
Dueling, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet with Blossom
Brass, Suzka Gypsy Jazz Violin and was emceed by Bramwell Tovey.

This festival celebrates the blossoming of the city’s 36,000 Japanese
flowering cherry trees and is the brainchild of Linda Poole.  I guess it was a sign of times to come when I first met Linda at a special cherry tree planting at Vancouver City Hall in Novemember 2005.  That was the symbolic planting of a graft from the cherry tree at Joy Kogawa House, the very tree that has now inspired Joy's new children's book “Naomi's Tree”

Check out the many events programmed for Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival.  There are photography workshops, cherry trolley tours, picnic lunches and more!

Key events

April 1/2 Haiku Garden event

April 2 Pink Tie Affair Gala @ Pair Bistro featuring Cherry Blossom martini + tasting menu


April 3 Sakura Tree Planting @ Van Dusen Gardens.  All day events celebrating the planting of a new Sakura Cherry Tree grove.

April 10 7pm Joy Kogawa Reading of “Naomi's Tree” @ Vancouver Kidsbooks

April 19th Bike the Blossoms – meet 9am at Van Dusen Gardens, then bike the city underneath falling cherry blossom petals.

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