What: The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF) brings spring to Granville Island and Vancouver’s blueways this April, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the annual celebration of the city’s iconic cherry blossom.
On April 16 & 17, join in the fun when the Blossom Barge – an innovative floating installation of 36 flowering cherry trees – parades Vancouver’s waterways before mooring at Dock 7 by Granville Island Public Market Courtyard. Celebrate spring with a mini festival of free performances at Granville Island Market, including Tetsu Taiku & Tzo’kam collaboration, Langley Ukulele Ensemble, Kutapira, Chibi Taiko, and the international yoyo superstar – Harrison Lee.
When: Saturday, April 16
• 8:30am – Blossom Barge departs Tymac Launch Service near Crab Park, parading past Canada Place, Stanley Park, English Bay, Granville Island to Science World, returning to Granville Island Market
• 10:45am – Granville Island Dock 7
• 12:00-2:00pm – Free performances from the Blossom Barge Stage with viewing from Granville Island Public Market Courtyard
Sunday, April 17
• 12:00-2:00pm – Free performances from the Blossom Barge Stage with viewing from Granville Island Market Courtyard
• 3:00pm-5:00pm – Blossom Barge Flotilla departs Granville Island Market down False Creek to Science World on its return voyage back to Tymac Launch and Crab Park
Where: The barge will be moored at Dock 7 by Granville Island Market (on the Arts Club side). Audiences can get a great view of Blossom Barge parading past Stanley Park, English Bay, The Pier at Canada Place, Harbour Green Park, Jack Poole Plaza, Granville Bridge, and all along False Creek and Granville Island.
Why: The Blossom Barge is an accessible, fun and memorable way for more Vancouverites to embrace the cherry blossom and celebrate the excitement of a new spring together with collective joy. This Festival landmark event helps build civic pride, understanding and appreciation of our beautiful seaport city and our talented arts and cultural sector, branding Vancouver internationally as a fun, friendly, creative city.
How: Participation in the festivities is free to the general public.