Family Area

Families are vital to our folk community, so much so that we have dedicated an entire field of fun for parents and children, grandparents and grandkids to enjoy together.

Our family programming is award-winning! In 2016, we were awarded 'Best Family Program at a Festival' by Canadian Music Week.

Under the Chickadee Big Top you’ll find top-notch children’s performers and tables upon tables of arts and crafts. Out in the field, you’ll find many activities to participate in and a reading tent for when you want to wind down and enjoy story time.

Artist Central

Let your imagination run wild while crafting a unique tarp marker, colouring flags, building a blue bird nest and more. Throughout the day, we have a variety of craft stations with projects for all ages.

Birds Hill Park Tent

Sing, play and discover with the Birds Hill Provincial Park Interpreters. Explore our natural world through interactive songs and games for the young and the young-at-heart.

Chickadee Big Top

Under the Chickadee Big Top you’ll find top-notch children’s performers and on Sunday at 4:30 PM you'll find the starting point for the Finale Parade! 

Craft Tent

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s swirling and twirling whirligigs! Join Art City for crafts and sustainability activities with Green Action Centre.  


Join other folk families in the field for stilt walkers, fit kids' activities, hoop dancing with Shanley Spence and MORE!

Reading Tent

The Reading Tent is a place to relax and enjoy an enchanting tale. You can also enjoy the Castlemoon Theatre puppet show, reading and illustrations with Métis author Grant Anderson and even an instrument petting zoo presented by West End Cultural Centre!

Loud music can be harmful to the ears so make sure any children you're with have proper ear protection at any of our stages throughout the Festival.  

Kids 12 and under get in for free but you can ask for a paper wristband to write your cellphone number on it so a Safety volunteer knows who to contact in case of separation. 

The Festival tower is a great meeting place! If you and your kids get separated make plans to meet at the Festival tower, located in the centre of the site between the Food Village, Big Rock Tavern and Audience Services. 

Take a photo of your child every day in case you are separated. You can then show a safety volunteer what your child looks like and what they're wearing that day. 

Make sure your children know to talk to a safety volunteer in a blue vest in case of an emergency or if they've been separated from their parent or guardian.