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Mar 30, 2024 09:30 - 16:00
David Lam Park, 1300 Pacific Blvd

Join us for Hanami (花見) – flower viewing – as we gather under 100, breathtaking, Akebono cherry trees in full blossom at David Lam Park. Everyone is welcome to picnic, play and celebrate our beautiful city during this stunning start of Spring. We have art activities for all ages like origami, felt crafts, block printing, and more.

Enjoy live music from 11AM-4PM 🎶 (see the lineup here.), art activities, explore our Haiku Exhibition, Poetry in Motion booth, workshops, yoga in the park, and more. Grab a bite from our food trucks and food vendors or visit our sponsor booths for delicious surprises.

This year, dive into BreakOUT, a free interactive activity! Grab headphones at the BreakOut tent and let your Cherry Blossom Guide lead you through a movement activity with a story to spark your imagination.

We have our celebrated Haiku Exhibition featuring a partnership between art and poetry. A Poetry in Motion booth, Paper Fan Decorating, a Wishing Tree, Drum Workshops, Yoga in the park, workshops and so much more. Discover our Pink Bench Conversation Corner, where new friendships blossom.

Bring your friends and family to the heart of Yaletown, celebrate this spectacular time of year together with the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival.

This is a FREE outdoor event, no ticket is required.

“there is no stranger under the cherry tree”

Tag Us On Social Media!

We would love to see your photos and posts of you at The Big Picnic! Please remember to tag us @vancherryblossomfest on your social media posts, and use the hashtag #VanCherryBlossomFest to help us find and share your content. We can’t wait to see your experiences at the event!


The Big Picnic takes place at David Lam Park (1300 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2Y1).

Parking is limited at David Lam Park. We strongly encourage using public transit, walking, or biking to reach the park. Here’s how to get there:

  1. Exit Yaletown-Roundhouse Station and head southeast on Davie St toward Mainland St.
  2. Turn left onto Pacific Blvd.
  3. Continue straight on Pacific Blvd until you reach David Lam Park.

It’s a short walk, approximately 4-7 minutes, from Yaletown-Roundhouse Station to David Lam Park.

Event Schedule

Locations: Cherry Jam Stage (Upper Stage) | Cherry Down Stage (Lower Stage) | Cherry Field (Lower Grass Field)

Yoga in the Park with Carolyn Anne Budgell

9:30AM-10:30AM @ Cherry Field

Meditation, Yoga, and Breath Guide

Kagami-biraki (Sake Breaking Ceremony)

10:30AM-11:00AM @ Cherry Jam Stage


11:00AM-11:45AM @ Cherry Jam Stage

Vancouver’s Hottest Rhythm Section!

Uzume Taiko

11:45AM-12:15PM @ Cherry Down Stage

Bold and theatrical Canadian taiko group fusing ancient drumming with contemporary flair

Desirée Dawson

12:15PM-1:00PM @ Cherry Jam Stage

Award-winning singer and songwriter with powerful and soothing vocals

Eagle Song Dancers

1:00PM-1:30PM @ Cherry Down Stage

The rhythmic heartbeat of the Squamish Nation echoes through the songs and movement of Spakwus Slolem, translated as “Eagle Song Dancers.”


1:30PM-2:15PM @ Cherry Jam Stage

JUNO-nominated Canadian band blending world and Latin influences

Southern Wave

2:30PM-2:45PM @ Cherry Down Stage

Okinawan Music and Dance Society


2:45PM-3:30PM @ Cherry Jam Stage

Celebrating Afrobeat and Traditional African Music in British Columbia

ROOTS Peruvian Dance

3:30PM-4:00PM @ Cherry Down Stage

Peruvian Folklore Dance Ensemble

Activities & Workshops

Experience an array of engaging activities at The Big Picnic! Our event boasts an exciting lineup of community partners offering interactive workshops, art classes, and musical play spaces. Dive into a world of creativity where you can play games, unleash your inner artist, learn captivating dances, and drum to the rhythm of your heart!


BreakOUT is an immersive audio-enhanced 20-minute movement piece transmitted through headphones as a live event. It is a fun group movement experience, or communal dance, while you focus on listening to the gentle prompts of choreographer Kat Single-Dain’s scripted score with additional audio elements. Free and fun for all ages!

Start Times: 11:00AM, 12:00PM, 1:00PM, 2:00PM.

Drum Workshops

Red Fox Healthy Living Society: Join us for a vibrant cultural experience with the Red Fox Living Society: Drum & Pow Wow Dance Group. From 11AM-2PM, immerse yourself in the rhythms of the Red Fox as young participants discover the rich history of drumming and singing.

Daughters of the Drum: From 2PM-4PM, don’t miss the enchanting beats of the Daughters of the Drum, an Aboriginal women’s hand drum group. Engage in their workshop and embrace the opportunity for audience participation with hand drums.

All Activities

  • A Wishing Tree
  • Artfully Yours. Discover distinctive pyrography art and crafts, hand-burned to perfection, ideal as unique gifts or for enhancing your home decor. Visit www.SameenMian.com and Instagram to learn more.
  • BC Parks Foundation
  • Cardstock Paper Flower. Paper flower making.
  • Cedar Bark Bracelets. Cedar bark friendship bracelet making.
  • Chinatown Storytelling Centre
  • City Farmer
  • Consulate General of Japan in Vancouver. Explore Japanese culture and tourism at our information booth, featuring an origami activity table for visitors of all ages. Visit https://www.vancouver.ca.emb-japan.go.jp/itprtop_en/index.html to learn more.
  • Cursive and Prints. A small business specializing in charmingly printed products and handcrafted crochet plushies and flowers. Visit Instagram to learn more.
  • Korea Tourism Organization
  • Men in Hats (Plein Air Painting)
  • Petit Architect Design for Kids Ltd. Craft a model of ABLOOM, Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival’s Pop-Up Blossom Charrette. Model making for kids and youth. Visit www.petitarchitect.com to learn more.
  • Pheonix Art Workshop
  • Serena Chu. Paint intricate designs on paper fans. Visit www.chuchu.ca to learn more.
  • Sleepless Kao. Furoshiki, origami, felt flower broach, kimono friendship bracelet. Visit https://kaorikasai.com to learn more.
  • Tonari Gumi. Providing Support for the Japanese Canadian Community since 1974. Visit https://www.tonarigumi.ca to learn more.

Food Vendors

Coffee Bike

Introducing Coffee Bike: Zero emissions, delicious coffee on the go!

Disco Cheetah

Disco Cheetah offers authentic, creative Korean dishes in Vancouver.

Gary’s Kettle Corn

Sweet, savoury popcorn (pretty in pink)!

House of Yee Fine Foods

Gluten-free premium dumplings and noodle bowls.

Jerk Shack

Simple, delicious, authentic Caribbean food.

La Glace Ice Cream

Serving a delightful selection of 4 different flavours of ice-cream (including a limited edition Sakura flavour!)

Planted Love

Fully plant-based, middle eastern street food.

Taco Nori

Experience the perfect fusion: Taco Nori—where sushi meets crunch.

How to Prepare Yourself for The Big Picnic

Here are some tips to prepare yourself for a wonderful day at the event:

  • The event is rain or shine. Please dress appropriately for the weather.
  • We encourage everyone to bring a blanket to picnic on. There is limited outdoor seating.
  • Parking is limited. We strongly encourage using public transit, walking, or biking.
  • All pets, including working guide and service dogs, must be leashed.
  • This event is wheelchair accessible. Please be aware that the vendor tents are situated on the flat grassy field.
  • Have fun & snap some photos – don’t forget to use #VanCherryBlossomFest and tag @vancherryblossomfest in your posts!

If you have any event-specific inquiries, please email us at [email protected]. If you have other inquiries, please contact [email protected] or connect with us through social media.

Thank You to Our Sponsors, Funders, and Community Partners!

Programs subject to change. All event titles are protected trademarks of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival.