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 (VCBF) which in 2019 runs from April 4th until the 28th.
SPRING LIGHTS CANCELLED FOR 2019
Note: the Spring Lights Illumination event was cancelled for 2019. Hopefully it will take place again next year instead. Other VCBF events though will still be taking place as planned including the all new Nights of Light (which will be similar to the Spring Lights event as it also involves lights and music, and at the cancelled event’s former venue).
Cherry Blossom Festival Spring Lights Illumination
Previously known as the Sakura Illumination Night, in 2019 the Spring Lights Illumination Night takes place by the Japanese War Memorial in Stanley Park on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday of April 11th to 13th. This is different from in previous years. Last year, in comparison, the event happened at Queen Elizabeth Park after sunset on Saturday, April 14th, so at a different venue and for just one evening.
A couple of years ago the venue was also at Queen Elizabeth Park, 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 multi-sensory show and people with their picnics.
The event starts at dusk and continues until about 10 pm.
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. Stanley Park is beautiful this time of year.
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: Bring your picnic, something to sit on, your camera and warm clothing.
TIP #4: 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.
See the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival for other cherry tree-related events taking place from late March to mid-April.