The Festival was inspired by the long-time Japanese cultural tradition of Hanami, which literally translates to “flower (hana-) viewing (mi)”. We wish to share this experience with everyone under Queen Elizabeth Park’s iconic cherry blossom canopy.
Hanami dates back to more than a thousand years ago, when aristocrats sat under the beautiful cherry blossoms and wrote poems inspired by the blossoms. Nowadays in Japan, friends and families gather under the cherry blossoms in the local parks eating homemade food or convenience store “bento” lunch boxes, singing songs and partaking in simple, fun, outdoor activities such as photo-taking and haiku writing!
We invite you to bring your friends and families and come celebrate with us at our second annual Big Picnic! Bring your picnic mat, or purchase one of the Festival’s interconnecting Petal Mats, prepare a picnic basket, and get ready to have lots of fun and meet new friends! We have family-friendly activities planned including face-painting, walking meditation, life-size jenga and connect four and performances by local artists! YYoga is offering a free 45-minute yoga class – spots are first come first serve and you need to bring your own mat! The Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services will also be coming with a fire truck for a fun family photo-op!
Don’t forget to take photos of your Big Picnic cherry blossom experience to submit to the BC Blossom Photo Watch #TELUSPureFibre AND #vancherryblossomfest for your chance to win a 32 GB iPadgrand prize or an Instax Share SP-3 Printer runner-up prize! You can submit as many entries as you wish but each entry must have both hashtags otherwise it won’t count!
Activities & Performances Schedule
More Activities In the Neighbourhood
The closest Skytrain Station is King Edward, about 5 blocks away.
Bus 15 stops on Cambie just outside the park.
Bus 33 stops on Midlothian just on the other side of the park.
The Festival will be closing off the parking lot closest to the venue for event vendors. Please be considerate of the park’s neighbours and don’t block their parking spaces. There are two paid parking lots:
- At the top of the park, near the conservatory, access off Midlothian Ave.
- Near the tennis courts, access off W 37th Ave.
“The whole idea of this event is to get us all to pause and appreciate the ethereal, ephemeral, delicate beauty of cherry blossoms…and by so doing, to realize the importance of living in the moment and not taking life for granted.” – Steve Whysall