Official events that celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival take place in multiple areas and communities in Vancouver. The event’s website says that Vancouver contains 43,000 flowering cherry trees and 54 cultivars. The public greatly admires them.
Some examples of community events that are often part of the festival include informational tours of blooming cherry trees, a group walk or a group bicycle ride through an area with blossoms, a social media photo event which enables people to share their photographs of cherry blossoms, a Haiku competition, musical performances, events with illumination, and picnics and/or other meals emphasizing Japanese food.
There’s usually a special event or events at John Hendry Park, Queen Elizabeth Park, the VanDusen Botanical Garden, and Stanley Park, which are all located in Vancouver. Other parks and the downtown area of Vancouver may also hold special events. Christ Church Cathedral was involved in the 2018 celebration.
A highlight of each year’s festival is the Sakura Days Japan Fair. The event celebrates many aspects of Japanese culture, including food, music, dance, haiku, art, and crafts. A popular lantern parade is part of the fair. A ticket must be purchased to see the event, which is generally held at the VanDusen Botanical Garden.