The town is now in Stage 2 of the province’s reopening framework. More town amenities, programs and services are becoming available. Provincial orders remain in effect and we must all follow public health guidelines.
Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the town’s commitment to slowing the spread of the virus, the Oakville Children’s Festival originally scheduled for August 8 at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. We look forward to bringing the festival back in 2021.
Treehouse TV royalty and Juno Award winners Splash’N Boots headlined the 2019 Oakville Children’s Festival on Saturday, August 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC). Families danceed and sang along to hits like Tilly the Tadpole, Who Put the Beat in my Shoes and Antelopes Love Cantaloupes. Splash'N Boots won the 2019 Juno for Children's Album of the Year.
Juno Award-winning singer songwriter Norman Foote also hit the stage with his unique blend of music that has be entertaining crowds for almost 30 years.
Visit our Facebook page to see photos from the event.
Other popular festival performances included the Twisted Ones Balloon Show, the Lumberjack Show, Zoosemobile, stunt ventriloquist Tim Holland, the Ben Show with Ben Burland, CanSpin Awards Hooper of the Year Isabella Hoops, and Ascension Harjo, Junior World Champion Indigenous Hoop Dancer. Families also enjoyed Oakville Public Library storytimes and the Friends of the Oakville Public Library Book Sale.
Guests experienced hands-on activities and interactive shows including the City Parent Scavenger Hunt, art and building workshops, Fire Safety Zone, seedling plantings, sports zone, summer camp experience, face painting, indoor swimming, free samples, and more!
Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the town’s commitment to slowing the spread of the virus, the Oakville Children’s Festival originally scheduled for August 8 at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. We look forward to bringing back the festival in 2021.
Visitors enjoyed fun hands-on activities and interactive shows including Fire Safety Zone, City Parent Scavenger Hunt, Friends of Oakville Public Library Book Sale, art and building workshops, seedling plantings, dance groups, recreation, sports and science activities, face painting, free indoor swimming, and more.
Following is a list of participating groups from the 2019 Oakville Children's Festival:
Academy of Music
Allegro School of Dance
Allstate Insurance Oakville Agency
Aspects of Dance
Centre for Education & Training
Community Living Burlington
ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development
E2 Young Engineers of Oakville
Halton Baby-Friendly Initiative
Halton Environmental Network
Idea Lab Kids East Oakville
Knowledge First Financial
Mitara Toys & Stuff
My Gym Oakville
Oakvillegreen Conservation Association
Optimist Club of Oakville
Oakville Parent-Child Centre
Oakville Soccer Club
Revera Retirement Living Churchill Place
Scouts of Oakville
SickKids Caliper Project
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 will leave the festival at 4:30 p.m. Schedule subject to change.
All shuttles are accessible, wheelchair and stroller-friendly.
A free bike corral will be available to park your bike safely if you choose to ride to 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, requested that our vendors provide biodegradable plates and utensils, and banned the sale of water bottles and distribution of unsustainable products on site.
A special thanks to the Halton Environmental Network (HEN) volunteer waste diversion team. At the 2019 festival, HEN diverted 15 properly sorted carts of recycling and compost from landfill. Blue Box and Green Cart collection is generously provided by Halton Region.
Here's what you can do to help:
For our cash-only vendors, there is an ATM on site.
We've partnered with the Halton Environmental Network and Halton Region to help protect and sustain our environment! We request that vendors provide biodegradable plates and utensils, and banned the sale of water bottles on site.
Guests are encouraged to bring a litterless lunch and a reusable bottle for use at the festival water stations.
Click on the Zero Waste heading for more information.
For general inquiries about the Oakville Children's Festival, please email email@example.com
Local community groups and organizations interested in participating at this year's festival, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsorship inquiries can be sent to Robin Howarth, Festival Co-Chair at email@example.com
Media and on-site promotional inquiries can be sent to Janine Ivings, Sponsorship and Marketing Supervisor at firstname.lastname@example.org
Advertising inquiries for City Parent Scavenger Hunt and Loot Bag can be sent to Nancy Gibson, City Parent at email@example.com
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.
Visit our Facebook page to see photos from the event!