The quintessential sign of spring in Vancouver has to be the abundant blooms of cherry blossoms in and around the city. The West End is particularly blessed to have so many of these lovely pink pretties lining the streets, making that morning walk to work a real treat. Since 2005, Vancouver has been fortunate enough to have a Cherry Blossom Festival run by a non-profit group of appreciative individuals. The idea is take time and stop to smell the roses — er, blossoms — and soak up the floral beauty.
There are a few happenings around town to celebrate the festival. On March 31, from 12:00pm-1:30pm at the indoor concourse of Burrard Skytain station, they will be kicking off with the Cherry Jam, hosted by CBC Radio 3′s Lisa Christiansen and the hour and a half will be filled with various types of music. It’s open to everyone and you’re encouraged to join in the jam.
Then, on April 9th you have the opportunity to listen to VIOLINPOWER, a group of young students and their mentors that play in a string orchestra. The show is at the CBC Studio (700 Hamilton St) and you can reserve your seats by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and they’re $10 each. The show runs from 5:00pm to 6:45pm.
This weekend at VanDusen Botanical Gardens is the Sakura Days Japan Fair and you can purchase tickets at Van Dusen on the day of. From 10:00am – 5:00pm you can enjoy some tasty Japanese food and wash it down with traditional sake. Throughout the day you can also learn about Japanese culture, watch performances, learn about origami, participate in a tea ceremony, and more. I can’t think of a better way to spend a sunny spring day in Vancouver. It should also be noted that they will be donating the profits from the day to the Japanese Red Cross in light of the tragedies that have been happening in Japan.