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Join us at The Big Picnic. We were inspired by the long-time Japanese cultural tradition of Hanami, which literally translates to “flower (hana-) viewing (mi)”. We want to share this experience with everyone under Queen Elizabeth Park’s iconic cherry blossom canopy.

Bring your picnic mat, or purchase one of the Festival’s connecting Petal Mats, prepare a picnic basket, and get ready to have lots of fun and meet new people. We have lots of family-friendly activities and performances planned, see you at The Big Picnic!

“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!

Activities & Performances Schedule

2019 Artist Bios
Laura Yu Wu
Guzheng (Chinese harp) & vocal music

Graduated from the Music School of Shanghai Philharmonic. Participated in many performances with Shanghai Philharmonic directed by famous conductors Tuhan Si and Yufeng Zheng in China.  Since arriving to Canada in 1990, Laura has also performed many shows on guzheng and vocal music for various occasions. 




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.