National treasure and four-time Juno Award winner Fred Penner wowed the crowd at the 2018 Oakville Children’s Festival! Thousands attended the festival at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC), where the grounds were transformed into an arts and culture playground for kids of all ages and abilities!
The sun and smiles were both shining at this year’s Oakville Children’s Festival. We hope you had as much fun as we did! Please take a few moments to complete our Festival Survey for a chance to win a signed Fred Penner print. What did you enjoy and what can we enhance for next year? Survey closes August 10.
Visit our Facebook page to see photos from the event!
Thanks and see you next year!
As well as Fred Penner, iconic Canadian cartoon character Franklin the Turtle performed in a live musical production of Franklin and Friends Playdate!
Included in the festival line-up were performances by:
Visitors enjoyed 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 was also 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
The free Oakville Transit shuttle service picked up visitors from the Bronte GO Station bringing them to the Oakville Children's Festival.
The shuttle service helped visitors avoid traffic congestion by taking the free shuttle from Bronte GO station to Queen Elizabeth Park which departed approximately every five minutes depending on the line.
All shuttles are accessible, wheelchair and stroller-friendly.
A free bike corral was available to park bikes safely.
Please note: Vehicle parking was not available on site and on-street parking restrictions was enforced throughout the neighbourhood. This allows easy access for emergency vehicles.
We 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.
We had the Halton Environmental Network volunteer waste diversion team at the festival! They educated visitors about waste consumption and how everyone 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.
The Kinsmen Club of Oakville BBQ lunch, plus many of the GTA’s most popular food trucks:
Alternatively, attendees were 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.
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 Deb Pells, City Parent at email@example.com.
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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