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Sakura Illumination Silhouettes

The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival’s Spring Lights Illumination is a free evening event that features cherry blossoms, light displays and entertainment.

The event is part of the annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival which in 2018 runs from April 5th until the 29th.

Cherry Blossom Festival Spring Lights Illumination

Previously known as the Sakura Illumination Night, in 2018 the Spring Lights Illumination Night took place at Queen Elizabeth Park at 4600 Cambie Street after sunset on Saturday, April 14th.

In 2017 the venue and date was the same, but it took place over two days instead of just the one. Every year the event happens at around the same time, although it does vary based on the state of each year’s cherry blossom season.

Spring Lights Illumination Night is a free family-friendly event that involves impressive light illuminations, cherry blossoms, music, a multisensory show and people with their picnics.

The event starts at dusk and continues until about 10 pm.

Night Blossoms by Bloedel Conservatory
Blossoms at the Bloedel Conservatory

Tips and Advice

Below is a list of tips and suggestions to help you make the most out of your cherry blossom-viewing experience.

TIP #1: While at the Spring Lights Illumination event wander around the park a bit, especially up around the Bloedel Conservatory to see the lights of Vancouver. There aren’t festival activities up in that area, but likely lots of people admiring the view.

TIP #2: If the weather is good, get there early to find convenient parking, admire the views and explore the park while it’s still light out.

TIP #3: If you hope to have dinner at Seasons restaurant at the top of the park before the show, or perhaps a round of pitch n’ putt golf, be sure to make reservations well in advance.

TIP #4: Bring your picnic, something to sit on, your camera and warm clothing.

TIP #5: The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival has a habit of changing its schedule at the last minute, especially in cases of potentially bad weather. Before heading out for the event, check the official website for exact details.

TIP #6: There is free parking along Cambie Street (except for between 3 and 6 pm). If you find a spot this can be the best place to park. Not only is it free, but you also avoid the traffic congestion and masses of pedestrians inside the park.

Spring Lights People at Night
Lights near the entrance to Queen Elizabeth Park

For more information, check out Spring Lights Illumination on the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival website, or see the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival for other cherry tree-related events taking place from late March to mid-April.