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Spring has sprung! And in Vancouver that means beautiful trees. Every year, Vancouver streets come alive with the first buds of 40,000 cherry blossom trees. Fragrant and oh-so-photogenic, this annual wonder is showcased through the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (April 4-April 30). All activiites are of course inspired by and and related to the wonderful cherry blossom season.
Haiku Invitational: This traditional and disciplined form of poetry requires some careful thought and time. People are invited to read past winners and submit their very own ode to the cherry blossom.
Plein-Air Blossom Painting: “Budding”artists are invited to bring an easel, paint and brushes and set up at Queen Elizabeth Park for an artist-guided tutorial on how to paint a perfectly unique rendition of a cherry tree.
Bike the Blossoms: On Saturday, April 27, this guided and free event will show participants the most gorgeous and noteworthy cherry blossom sites in the city – all on 2 wheels.
Tree Talks & Walks: There are over 10 guided walks in different areas of the city (and in different languages), all hosted by notable cherry blossom experts including arborists, garden club members and researchers. Informative, interactive and a gorgeous way to spend an afternoon, tree talks and walks are also free.
August in Vancouver is full of festivals and events. Here are a few of this month’s highlights:
Pride Festival. Vancouver celebrates its gay community with a colorful multiday Pride Fest in early August, which features the city’s biggest parade.
Celebration of Light. On three summer nights in late July and early August, this annual fireworks competition draws crowds who ooh and ahh at the pyrotechnics over English Bay.
MusicFest Vancouver. Classic music fans enjoy two weeks of orchestra and chamber music concerts during this annual August music series.
Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival. There’s more music on offer at this annual day-long concert outdoors at Deer Lake Park in suburban Burnaby. Performers hail from across Canada and farther afield.
Powell Street Festival. Vancouver’s Japanese community hosts this annual weekend event celebrating Japanese culture with dance, tea ceremonies, and food.