Oakville Children's Festival: July 8, 2018

Fred Penner to headline 2018 festival!

National treasure and four-time Juno Award winner Fred Penner will headline the 2018 Oakville Children’s Festival on Sunday, July 8.  Families can expect to dance and sing along to hits like The Cat Came Back, Happy Feet and Moonlight Express.

Join us from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC) located at 2302 Bridge Road, where the grounds will be transformed into an arts and culture playground for kids of all ages and abilities.

Festival admission is free and the event will take place rain or shine. Check out the 2018 Oakville Children's Festival Event Map (PDF).

Click on the headings that follow for more information.

Oakville Children's Festival

Oakville Children's Festival

Franklin and Friends!

Franklin and Friends!

Franklin the Turtle and Friends will take the stage!

As well as Fred Penner, iconic Canadian cartoon character Franklin the Turtle will make an appearance in a live musical production of Franklin and Friends Playdate!

Included in the festival line-up are performances by:

Families can also enjoy Oakville Public Library storytimes featuring illustrator Paul Covello and his new book Everyday ABC.

Additional acts and activities will be announced as they are confirmed.

Main Stage Performances

10:45 a.m. - Opening: O Canada

11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. - Franklin and Friends Playdate

Noon and 2 p.m. - Fred Penner

12:50 p.m. - Mayor Rob Burton Welcome

Black Box Theatre Performances

10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. - Oakville Public Library Storytelling

11 a.m. and 1 p.m.- Illustrator Paul Covello: Everyday ABC

*The Black Box Theatre is located inside the QEPCCC

 

Community Stage Performances

10:30 a.m., 12:30 and 2:30 p.m - Hoop Dancer Ryan Runearth

11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. - Kaeja d'Dance Company: Flock Landing

11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. - Enviro Drum

*The Community Stage is located near the festival information booth

Multi-Purpose Room 2

Hourly (10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) - Halton Green Screens Amateur Film Festival Screenings

*Multi-Purpose Room 2 is located inside QEPCCC

Road closures and parking restrictions will be in effect.

Enjoy the free Oakville Transit shuttle service from the Bronte GO Station or cycle and take advantage of the free bike parking on site.

Avoid congestion by taking the free shuttle from Bronte GO station to Queen Elizabeth Park. Buses will depart Bronte GO (west-end bus loop) station approximately every 5 minutes between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to and from the festival.

The last shuttle leaving the festival to return to Bronte GO station will depart Queen Elizabeth Park at 4:30 p.m. All festival events to end by 4 p.m.

All shuttles are accessible, wheelchair and stroller-friendly.

A free bike corral will be available to park your bike safely if you ride the the festival.

Please note: Vehicle parking is not available on site and on-street parking restrictions will be enforced throughout the neighbourhood. Please allow access for emergency vehicles.

We've partnered with the Halton Environmental Network to help protect and sustain our environment!

We have eliminated our printed programs to work towards becoming a zero waste event. We also requested that our vendors provide biodegradable plates and utensils, and banned the sale of water bottles on site. 

Look out for the Halton Environmental Network volunteer waste diversion team at the festival. They're eager to educate you about waste consumption and how you can make a difference!

Here's what you can do to help:

  • Pack a litterless lunch and snacks using reusable storage containers.
  • Bring a reusable water bottle and fill up at our water stations.
  • Help the Green Team by sorting recyclables, organics and garbage into the correct bins. Or take your food packaging home with you.
  • Ride your bike and park in our free, monitored bike corral.
  • Carpool to the Bronte GO Station and take the free Oakville Transit shuttle!

Visit the Halton Environment Network booth on site or http://haltonenvironet.ca/ for more information.

Enjoy the fare on site or bring your own favourite foods!

Food offerings include the Kinsmen Club of Oakville BBQ lunch, plus many of the GTA’s most popular food trucks:

Alternatively, attendees are encouraged to bring a litterless lunch and a reusable bottle for use at the festival water stations.

We've partnered with the Halton Environmental Network to help protect and sustain our environment! This year, we requested that our vendors provide biodegradable plates and utensils, and banned the sale of water bottles on site.

Help the Green Team by sorting recyclables, organics and garbage into the correct bins. Or take your food packaging home with you.

Click on the Zero Waste heading for more information.

There is no parking on site. Residents and out-of-town guests are encouraged to take the free Oakville Transit shuttle service from the Bronte GO Station. Free bike parking is also be available on site. Click on the Free Shuttle link for more information.

Festival Tips

  • Ride your bike! Free bike parking corral on site.
  • Bring sunscreen, a blanket and refillable water bottle for use at our free water stations.
  • Check out our indoor cooling stations and take a break from the sun.
  • Pack a picnic lunch and snacks or purchase food on site. ATM available on site.
  • Take a photo of your child with the Halton Regional Police Service Cruiser when you arrive.
  • Bring your swimsuit and enjoy free swims in the QEP pool. Capacity restrictions apply and wristbands are required. First-come, first-served at the pool starting at 9:30 a.m.
  • We are committed to providing smoke-free outdoor spaces where kids play.
  • We encourage visitors to leave pets at home.
  • There is no parking on site. On-street parking is extremely limited.
  • Please allow access for emergency vehicles and take the free shuttle from Bronte GO.

Questions about the Oakville Children's Festival?

For general inquiries about the Oakville Children's Festival, please email events@oakville.ca.

Local community groups and organizations interested in participating at this year's festival, please email daniel.ridsdale@oakville.ca.

Sponsorship inquiries can be sent to Robin Howarth, Festival Co-Chair at robin.howarth@oakville.ca.

Media and on-site promotional inquiries can be sent to Janine Ivings, Sponsorship and Marketing Supervisor at janine.ivings@oakville.ca.

Advertising inquiries for City Parent Scavenger Hunt and Loot Bag can be sent to Deb Pells, City Parent at dpells@cityparent.com.

Smile!

You may be photographed at this event. To celebrate the Oakville Children's Festival, photographers and videographers will be capturing festival events and activities.

These photos/videos may be used in future Town of Oakville publications, promotional marketing collateral, website, social media, advertising, etc., without compensation. Have fun and share your festival experience.

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2018 Oakville Children's Festival Sponsors

Main stage Sponsor

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Image of Cogeco logo.

Corporate Sponsors

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Image of City Parent logo.

Image of GTAA logo.

Image of GTAA logo.

Festival Partners

Image of Conservation Halton logo.

Image of Conservation Halton logo.

Image of Curbex logo.

Image of Curbex logo.

Image of the Film.ca logo.

Image of the Film.ca logo.

Image of Halton Environmental Network logo.

Image of Halton Environmental Network logo.

Image of Halton Regional Police Service logo.

Image of Halton Regional Police Service logo.

Image of the In-line Chiropractic logo.

Image of the In-line Chiropractic logo.

Image of JVK Seeds logo.

Image of JVK Seeds logo.

Image of Knowledge First Financial logo.

Image of Knowledge First Financial logo.

Image of Oakville Fire Department logo.

Image of Oakville Fire Department logo.

Image of Oakville Public Library logo.

Image of Oakville Public Library logo.

Image of Sylvan Learning logo.

Image of Sylvan Learning logo.

Image of Your TV logo.

Image of Your TV logo.