The Festival celebrates spring and when 43,000 cherry trees burst into bloom across the city, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates Spring with over 20+ cherry blossom themed community events every year during March and April.
Festival events* are located in Vancouver, British Columbia and easily accessible by public transit, bicycle or car. Please see the individual events pages under What's On for the exact location for each event. *VCBF offices and events take place on the unceded and traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) and kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) Nations.
Most of our events are FREE and are marked on each respective events. The only event that requires tickets is Sakura Days Japan Fair.
Events such as Sakura Days Japan Fair will proceed rain-or-shine. Events like Spring Lights, The Big Picnic, Bike the Blossom, Tree Walks are “bloom dependant” so there will be a chance for it to re-scheduled to catch the bloom. Check our website and social media platforms for the latest updates.
You may check out: Specimen Trees Nurseries Wholesale or Dykhof Nurseries & Florist to see if they have any in-stock for sale. The Festival no longer sells any cherry blossom trees.
Around early March on a typical warm year, the early cultivars bloom first, followed by the popular light pink, Akebono, variety in late March and a dark pink, Kanzan, following a couple weeks after in April. Check out our Blossoms Maps for real-time.
Festival Cherry Scouts have discovered 54 cultivars of the ornamental cherry tree in Vancouver. To learn more about these different varieties check this page for more info: Cherry Cultivars.
On average, each tree blossoms for about 2 weeks long.