FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: What is the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF)?
A: 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.

Q: How do I get there / Where does it take place?
A: Festival events are in Vancouver, BC and easily accessible by public transit, bicycle or car. Please see individual community events page for exact location for each event.

Q: Are tickets required to attend?
A: Most of our events are FREE and are marked on each respective events. The only 2 events that require tickets: Sakura Days Japan Fair and Sakura Night Gala.

Q: What happens if it rains on an event day?
A: Events such as Vancouver Sings One Song, Cherry Jam Downtown and Sakura Days Japan Fair will proceed rain-or-shine.

Events like Spring Lights Illumination, The Big Picnic, Bike the Blossom, Tree Talks and Walks are “bloom dependant” so will be a chance for it to re-scheduled to catch the bloom.

Check our website and social media platforms for the latest updates.

Q: Where can I buy cherry blossom trees?

A: 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.

About Cherry Blossoms

Q: When is the best time to visit Vancouver to catch the blossoms?
A: 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 Neighbourhood Maps and What’s Blooming Now pages for real-time.

Q: Where are the best areas to see blossoms?
A: Click here to see the best 21 spots.

Q: How many cherry cultivars are there in Vancouver?
A: 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:https://www.vcbf.ca/education/cherry-cultivars

Q: How long does the blossom last?
A: On average, each tree blossoms for about 2 weeks long.