For Immediate Release / May 3, 2023

Top Tips for Coming to the Children's Festival

The International Children’s Festival of the Arts is back from June 1-4, transforming downtown St. Albert into a world of wonder for children to laugh and learn in an exciting and educational way. Over four decades of bringing play, creativity and inspirational arts experiences to children, families, schools and the young-at-heart is reflected in this year’s festival programming.

Here are a few things to keep in mind to make the most of your Festival experience:

1. Pack a lunch – With a fun-filled day ahead, it’s important to fuel up! Pack a lunch and some snacks to keep your energy high or take advantage of the delicious food vendors on site. There are a variety of areas around the Festival grounds to sit down and eat.

2. Plan for the weather – Alberta is known for its unreliable temperatures, and many Festival activities are outdoors, come rain or shine. Double-check the weather and make sure you’re prepared with an extra layer and umbrella, or sunscreen and a hat!

3. Buy your show tickets in advance – Avoid the disappointment of your most anticipated show selling out by purchasing your tickets in advance. Consider a weekend Butterfly Pass for the best value which includes one feature performance, unlimited paid activities all weekend long, and access to Daedalum Luminarium for just $30.

4. Make time for free activities/rovers/outdoor stage – With so many exciting feature performances and paid activities, it can be difficult to choose what to do! Don’t forget to schedule time to take in the Outdoor Stage, talented roving artists, and other free things to do! Check out the Festival’s daily schedules to stay up to date on what’s happening and where.

5. Inclusion supports are available – The City of St. Albert is committed to removing barriers to access through inclusion kits, calming zones, social stories, accessible venues and inclusive washrooms in St. Albert Place with adult changing facilities. Feature performances include sensory considerations, and it is expected that attendees will chat, move, squirm and react!

6. Park & Ride – A free shuttle departs every 20 minutes from the St. Albert Bus Exchange (located beside St. Albert Centre Mall) straight to and from the Festival site. Save yourself the parking hassle and use Park & Ride!

For more information about the International Children’s Festival of the Arts, visit

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Last edited: July 6, 2023