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.
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:
Additional acts and activities will be announced as they are confirmed.
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
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
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
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
Visitors will enjoy the City Parent Scavenger Hunt, Friends of Oakville Public Library Book Sale, Halton Green Screens Amateur Film Festival screenings, Sport Oakville Zone, Touch-A-Truck, face painting, free swimming, and more! Check out the 2018 Oakville Children's Festival Event Map (PDF).
There will also be fun hands-on activities and demos with groups including:
Adventure Running Kids
Allegro School of Dance
Aspects of Dance
Bricks 4 Kidz
Burl-Oak Theatre Group
Canadian Dance Company
Crock A Doodle Oakville
Faith Baptist Church
GEMS Learning Institute
Girl Guides of Canada
Halton Breast Feeding Initiative
Halton Environment Network
Hopedale Community Nursery School
In-Line Family Chiropractic
Knowledge First Financial
Landmark Sport Group
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Mitara Toys & Stuff
My Gym Oakville
Oakville Arts Council
Oakville Hornets Girls Hockey
Oakville Parent-Child Centre
Oakville Soccer Club
Our Kids Network
Professional Engineers of Ontario
Right to Play
Scouts of Oakville
Speckles Art Studio
Sylvan Learning of Oakville
Toraguchi Martial Arts
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 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:
Visit the Halton Environment Network booth on site or http://haltonenvironet.ca/ for more information.
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.
For general inquiries about the Oakville Children's Festival, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local community groups and organizations interested in participating at this year's festival, please email email@example.com.
Sponsorship inquiries can be sent to Robin Howarth, Festival Co-Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Media and on-site promotional inquiries can be sent to Janine Ivings, Sponsorship and Marketing Supervisor at email@example.com.
Advertising inquiries for City Parent Scavenger Hunt and Loot Bag can be sent to Deb Pells, City Parent at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Check out our Facebook page for Oakville Children’s Festival photos.