Whistler Children’s Festival

May 2024

The Whistler Children's Festival is Whistler’s longest running festival. It engages children and families in arts and culture with two weekends filled to the brim with adventure. Free your imagination and enjoy dance parties, face painting, roving street entertainment, science shows, circus acts and internationally-acclaimed children's performers.

Please check back for updates on the 2024 event.

2023 Festival Schedule

The Whistler Children's Festival offers two weekends of adventures along the Cultural Connector. The Maury Young Arts Centre also hosts back-to-back performances and workshops to unlock your creativity with the likes of Fred Penner and Kelly Haines – just two of the great acts they’ve got lined up.

There are also many free activities to enjoy every day of the festival – from arts and crafts to scavenger hunts and entertainment along the Village Stroll. Get your walking (or dancing) shoes on and prepare for a jam-packed family adventure all weekend long on two separate weekends!

The festival has now concluded. Here's a look at what happened in 2023. Check back for more information on 2024 programming.

View May 19 – 21 Weekend Schedule

May 19, 20 & 21, 2023 Daily Events and Activities*

Time Event Location
11 AM – 5 PM Free Activities
Enjoy arts, crafts and entertainment on the Village Stroll with surprise activations along the Cultural Connector.
Various

Friday, May 19, 2023

Time Event Location
4 – 6 PM Festival Kick-Off Party featuring music from DJ Foxy Moron and performance by three-time world hoop dance champion Alex Wells.
2-hour party
Whistler Olympic Plaza

Saturday, May 20, 2023

Time Event Location
11 AMScience World on the Road!
theatre show
Maury Young Arts Centre
1 PMScience World: Ozobot Dance Off!
workshop
Maury Young Arts Centre
2 PMFred Penner
theatre show
Maury Young Arts Centre
2 PMWorking Your Emotion Muscles with Ryan Avola
workshop
Maury Young Arts Centre
3:30 PMDiscover Your Animal Spirit
workshop
Maury Young Arts Centre
5 PMKellie Haines: Laughing Out Loud
theatre show
Maury Young Arts Centre
8 PMFred Penner: After Dark Grown-Up Sing-Along 19+
(big kids only)
Maury Young Arts Centre

Sunday, May 21, 2023

Time Event Location
11 AMHand Puppetry Workshop with Ventriloquist Kellie Haines
workshop
Maury Young Arts Centre
12 PMFinding Your Inner Voice with Rachel Lewis
workshop
Maury Young Arts Centre
1 PMHand Puppetry Workshop with Ventriloquist Kellie Haines
workshop
Maury Young Arts Centre
2 PMWorking Your Emotion Muscles with Ryan Avola
workshop
Maury Young Arts Centre
3:30 PMDiscover Your Animal Spirit
workshop
Maury Young Arts Centre

View May 27 – 28 Weekend Schedule

May 27 & 28, 2023 Daily Events and Activities*

Time Event Location
11 AM – 5 PM Free Activities
Enjoy arts, crafts and entertainment on the Village Stroll with surprise activations along the Cultural Connector.
Various

Saturday, May 27, 2023

Time Event Location
11 AMOrbax and Pepper Do Science!
theatre show
Maury Young Arts Centre
11 AMDiscover Your Inner DJ with Shanique Kelly
workshop
Maury Young Arts Centre
12 PMFinding Your Inner Voice with Rachel Lewis
workshop
Maury Young Arts Centre
1 PMDiscover Your Inner DJ with Shanique Kelly
workshop
Maury Young Arts Centre
2 PMA Little Bit: Live!
theatre show
Maury Young Arts Centre
5 PMCircus of Thrills
theatre show
Maury Young Arts Centre
8 PMThe Monsters of Schlock: After Dark 2-Person Circus Sideshow Comedy Magic Extravaganza 19+
(big kids only)
Maury Young Arts Centre

Sunday, May 28, 2023

Time Event Location
12 PMLearn to Juggle and Walk on Stilts
workshop
Maury Young Arts Centre
1 PMOrbax and Pepper Present: Rocket Science!
workshop
Maury Young Arts Centre
2 PMLearn to Juggle and Walk on Stilts
workshop
Maury Young Arts Centre
3 PMOrbax and Pepper Present: Critical Thinking in Science Media
workshop
Maury Young Arts Centre
4 PMClosing Dance Party with DJ Ira
party
Whistler Olympic Plaza

*Everything on the schedule subject to change.

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Ticket sales have now closed. Please check back in Spring 2024 for more information.

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