Fred Penner to headline 2018 Oakville Children’s Festival

Wed, 16 May 2018

Franklin and Friends Playdate will take the stage in a live musical production

National treasure and four-time Juno Award winner Fred Penner will headline the 2018 Oakville Children’s Festival on Sunday, July 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC). Families can expect to dance and sing along to hits like The Cat Came Back, Happy Feet and Moonlight Express.

“The Oakville Children’s Festival continues to draw some of the biggest names in children’s entertainment, and this year is no exception,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “We’re excited to welcome Fred Penner to Oakville as we celebrate arts and culture in our community.”

Iconic Canadian cartoon character Franklin the Turtle will make an appearance in a live musical production of Franklin and Friends Playdate. Also included in the festival line-up are performances by world-record holder Hoop Dancer Ryan Runearth, award-winning Kaeja d’Dance Company and musicians and environmentalists Enviro Drum. Families can also enjoy Oakville Public Library storytimes featuring illustrator Paul Covello and his new book Everyday ABC.

Visitors will enjoy fun hands-on activities and interactive shows including Touch-A-Truck, City Parent Scavenger Hunt, Friends of Library Book Sale, Halton Green Screens Amateur Film Festival screenings, Sport Oakville Zone, face painting and free swimming.

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.

The Oakville Children’s Festival will once again take place on the grounds of QEPCCC at 2302 Bridge Road. Attendees are encouraged to take the free Oakville Transit shuttle service from the Bronte GO Station or cycle and take advantage of the free bike parking onsite. Vehicle parking is not available onsite and on-street parking restrictions will be enforced throughout the neighbourhood.

Festival admission is free and the event will take place rain or shine. Additional acts and activities will be announced as they are confirmed. Visit our Oakville Children's Festival page for event updates.

The town is recruiting enthusiastic volunteers to help with the festival. Apply online from our Volunteer Opportunities page or email

The Town of Oakville thanks this year’s generous sponsors: Cogeco, City Parent, Toronto Pearson, Conservation Halton, Curbex, Halton Environmental Network,, In-Line Family Chiropractic, JVK Seeds, Knowledge First Financial and Sylvan Learning Oakville.