Optimism, Imagination and Possibility

For nearly 40 years, the Festival has exposed countless youngsters to the arts in an entertaining and educational way. But more than that, it has introduced them to a bigger, more exciting world, and jump-started their curiosity, creativity and confidence. After all, someone will become the future of space travel, make the next medical breakthrough or create priceless pieces of art – why not them? Through world-class programming in music, dance and theatre, as well as literary, visual and circus arts, kids learn they are only bound by their imagination, and imagination is limitless!

A rich history.

A signature cultural event in our region, 2020 marks the 39th year for the Festival in northern Alberta and the 26th year it has been hosted in St. Albert. So, take a moment to grow, develop and nurture our community, ourselves and most importantly, our children.


Wonder and awe awaits!

Learn more about the featured programming of this year's International Children's Festival including the Canadian premiere of Dodecalis Luminarium, an immersive sculpture of light, colour and air.


Family walking through Dodecalis Luminarium

Canadian Premiere ›

Enter a world of wonder with Architects of Air! A first for Canada, Dodecalis Luminarium is a monumental inflatable walk-in structure that is a stimulating enviornment of light, colour and sound

Youth volunteers waving

Volunteer with us

It takes over 500 unique and talented volunteers 12 years of age and over to make the Children's Festival come to life. Volunteer information coming soon, stay tuned

Child talking with a roving artist

When do tickets go on sale?

Public on sale date is Wednesday, April 1

Happy family waving

FREE Park & Ride

A free shuttle departs every 15 minutes from the St. Albert Centre Bus Exchange. Tuesday – Thursday & Sunday: 8 AM to 5:30 PM Friday & Saturday: 8 AM to 9:30 PM