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.
Create colourful tarp markers, handprint hugs, and cupcake butterflies! Sculpt a masterpiece at the clay station. Learn the art of origami. Artist Central has it all and is right across from Chickadee Bigtop stage. Let the music inspire you as you let your imagination run wild!
Be your own Folk Fest Hero! Join Art City to make your own costume to match your favourite musical act or folk hero. Fashion facial hair, hats, accessories and instruments and then get your photo taken to be put up on the "Virtual Wall of Fame". On Sunday, strut your stuff in the parade and channel your inner folk star!
Bigger the games, bigger the fun! Play Big Block (Jenga) and Big Four (Connect Four) with family and friends.
Get wild with the Birds Hill Park Interpreters as we discover the animals that call Birds Hill Park their home. Make an animal mask, ears, nose or tail to show off your favourite park animal!
Festival goers of all ages and skill levels are invited to join Jennie O and her friends in creating personalized Folk Fest sketchbooks. This workshop will cover some traditional stitch bindings and non-sew techniques with upcycled materials. Make an awesome souvenir and personal book to help unleash your creativity throughout the fest!
Experience the wonder of the world from the sea and help the snail save the whale during this puppetry workshop by Castlemoon Theatre. You can make a snail puppet so you can join in on the tail of the whale!
Add some colour and sparkle to your festival! Activate your imagination and transform into something spectacular. Surprise your friends and family with your face fully painted or add a little design to your arms or legs.
The field is bustling with activities throughout the day! Play games, hula hoop, or just soak up some sun. And, be sure to join the finale parade on Sunday!
Worms are our friends: did you know that you can compost with worms? They eat your food scraps and make fertilizer for plants to help them grow. Come by and visit our Green Action Centre worm bin, then design your very own worm bookmark to take home! Got compost questions? Our trained Master Composters will be helping guide this activity.
Make some tunes of your own! Instructors from the West End Cultural Centre’s Tune In Music Mentorship Program will be facilitating this year’s Instrument Petting Zoo! Tune In is a free after-school drop-in program that offers free group music instruction for youth aged 9-18.
It’s Circus Arts fun with the Kidsfest crew! Put on a colourful cape and try walking on stilts, hula hooping, juggling, plate spinning or even challenge the gravity-defying two-foot high tight wire!
Whether you are a Hooper or a Hooper-to-be, join Kurrent Motion for some fun in the beloved Hula Hoop! Hoopist, Karrie, will be sharing the awesomeness of the hoop for all ages, genders and skill levels. Expect to master waist hooping plus learn other captivating, yet simply, movements. Come fall in love with Hooping!
Take a break from the sun to relax with a book. Also, check out activities like Castlemoon Theatre Puppets, Grant Anderson & Sheldon Dawson’s storytelling, or the Instrument Petting Zoo presenting by West End Cultural Centre.
Fixtures in Manitoba classrooms, Métis author, Grant Anderson and renowned illustrator Sheldon Dawson have created dozens of pieces of children’s literature. Join them in the reading tent as they tell tales of Manitoba’s past or try your hand at writing a child-appropriate limerick in their limerick workshop. Grant and Sheldon will also be bringing back the very popular and environmentally sustainable Folk Festival colouring tarp for a little fun out of the sun.
Pablo Picasso liked to paint guitars. He is at the WAG this summer and the WAG is at Folk Fest! Visit our table this summer to create your own Picasso inspired decorative guitar that will wow the Festival’s musicians. Paper, string, coloured markers, a dash of sparkles and your imagination are all the ingredients you will need to create a dazzling instrument of your own!