Vancouver local event, Cherry blossom festival
Each spring Vancouver wakes up to an explosion of pink and white cherry blossoms. City sidewalks are dotted with billions of tiny petals, like confetti thrown in celebration of the season.

And this year, the sixth annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is planning quite the party to bring so much joy to the city April 5-28.

Thursday, April 5 from 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. the free concert, Cherry Jam Downtown inside Burrard Skytrain Station, kicks off a month-long celebration of the cherry blossom with Sakura Days Japan Fair, Cherry Blossom Viewing Goggle Maps to create your own tour, the Haiku Invitational, BC Blossom Watch Photo Contest, Tree Talks & Walks, Plein-Air Blossom Painting, Bike the Blossoms and more!

Here are three of this year's highlights:

SakuraB Spring Bento Box

Japanese Chef - Tojo, Vancouver What better way to celebrate the Festival launch than with a very special lunch - the SakuraB Bento Box lunch - created by a team of the city's top Japanese chefs headed by world-renowned master chef Hidekazu Tojo along with chefs from Shuraku, Zest, Miku, Zen, and Toshi Sushi.

This limited-edition culinary treat is only available for pick-up on April 5 so you don't want to miss out. Pre-order now at


Cherry Jam

Love music, dance and Japanese food? How about all together? Kick-starting the Festival on April 5, Cherry Jam Downtown is offering a free outdoor concert, dance performance and culinary showcase.

Held at the Burrard Street SkyTrain Station, chef Tojo, along with Nobu Ochi of Zen, Masahiro Omori of Shuraku Bistro & Sake Bar, and Yoshiaki Maniwa of Zest, will present onsite demonstrations of how they make items in the SakuraB Bento Box lunch between 11 a.m. and noon.

Next up is a concert featuring an upbeat performance of the Cherry Blossom Umbrella Dance as well as Chibi Taiko in collaboration with Yuaikai Ryukyu Taiko and Jou Tou, who will add their global sound to this multicultural event.


Cherry Blossom Umbrella Dance

On April 14, the city's first ever Umbrella Dance Flash Mob will take place outside the Vancouver Art Gallery. Choreographed by international superstar Shiamak Davar, this pseudo-spontaneous dance routine moves to a contagious Bollywood (read: Brollywood) beat, and anyone can take part. Performances are scheduled for 1:30, 2:00 and 2:30 p.m.  To take part in the flash mob, sign up at and receive your pink umbrella and gift pack.

The blossoms are coming soon. Catch the show in your neighborhood by viewing the Cherry Blossom Viewing Map and plan your personal springtime celebration.