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“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

Join the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival’s spring celebration by picnicking under Queen Elizabeth Park’s iconic cherry blossom canopy! When you zip up on the Festival’s free, interconnecting Petal Mats seating surrounded by some of the city’s most beautiful cherry blossoms you’re sure to make some new friends.

Join the Alliance Française in the French Quarter and its members for a Picnic à la française. For a moment, travel in France and take part in traditional French animations such as “pétanque”, “haiku in French workshop” or “storytelling” for the youngest. In a Parisian ambiance, enjoy the most beautiful and popular French music and dance on Edith Piaf, Charles Aznavour or Charles Trénet songs. Learn a few words of the most romantic language and amaze your friends by greeting them in a perfect French.

Our East Indian friends will share some signature Bollywood moves; Urban Sketchers will be capturing the scene and more! Make yours the pinkest and most fun party –  the possibilities are endless!
Please find download link here for The Big Picnic 2017 pictures and please photo credit Artona:


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.


There are parking lots on the top of the park, near the conservatory. Access is from the east side of the park.
Please be considerate of the park’s neighbours and don’t block their parking spaces.

Credit LOBO_2015 Kerrisdale Community Centre Petal Mat Picnic_

If you can’t make it to The Big Picnic, Pop-Up with your own Petal Picnic throughout the Festival month!