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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

12pm       – Vancouver Morris Men Spring Dances
12:30pm  – YYOGA free class (45 min.) – spots are first come first serve, bring your own mat!
1:30pm    – Noriko Kobayashi on Shamisen
1:50pm    – Chinese Fan Dancing by Jessica Yue Dancing Studio
2:10pm    – Ba Gua Health & Happiness Walking Meditation by Bodhi Meditation
2:40pm    – Vancouver Morris Men Spring Dances


TD Bank Group – Life-size Jenga & Connect Four
Bodhi Meditation Vancouver – Meditation demonstrations and free CD giveaways
Costco Warehouse – Handing out free assorted snacks and candies
Evo Car Share
TELUS PureFibre – Submit your best cherry blossom moments to the BC Blossom Photo Watch for your chance to win a 32GB iPad or Instax Share SP-3 Printer!
Tacofino – Food truck
McCafé – Food truck handing out free espresso, hot chocolate and brewed coffee
Disco Cheetah – Food truck
Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services – Fire truck onsite from 1:15pm-3pm
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival – Festival merchandise and $20 raffle tickets for a chance to win one system-wide ticket on Air Canada

More Activities In the Neighbourhood

Sakura Days Japan Fair is ongoing at VanDusen Botanical Garden until 7pm and Spring Lights Illumination is scheduled at QE Park after dusk so stay in the neighbourhood for more fun activities!


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:

  1. At the top of the park, near the conservatory, access off Midlothian Ave.
  2. Near the tennis courts, access off W 37th Ave.
Credit LOBO_2015 Kerrisdale Community Centre Petal Mat Picnic_
“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