An outdoor performance in Olympic Plaza
Representatives from Parks Canada perform at the Calgary International Children’s Festival | Photo: Kelly Hofer

Calgary International Children’s Festival

Excitement, exploration, and discovery abound at annual celebration

Amy Jo Espetveidt

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Explore, journey, and discover with the Calgary International Children’s Festival featuring the very best in performing arts for young audiences.

From the beloved and local Bach Tots dance company to the return of Doktor Kaboom, there’s so much to check out—you’re sure to find something that piques your fancy! Here’s what we’re hitting up at this year’s Kidsfest:


May 23, 2018
Max Bell Theatre, Arts Commons (240 9th Ave. SE)

Though only a simple wooden fence separates Calvin on his ranch and Speck on her reservation, they may as well live an ocean apart—that is, until a wild horse turns their world upside down. From Toronto’s Red Sky Performance, witness the power of friendship this unforgettable story of reconciliation.

The Path of Dreams / Le sentier des rêves

May 23 – 25, 2018
Martha Cohen Theatre, Arts Commons (215 8th Ave. SE)

The story of a young Innu boy who plunges into the dream-world in search of his grandmother’s lost necklace, The Path of Dreams was developed in collaboration with local school children in Longueuil and Montreal, the Innu community in Mashteuiatsh, and First Nations and American artists. Presented with shows in both English and French, don’t miss this production that connects First Nations and Japanese cultures.

The Bookbinder

May 23 – 26, 2018
Engineered Air Theatre, Arts Commons (234 9th Ave. SE)

Tumble through pages of wonder and adventure in a story of mystery, magic, and mayhem for curious children and adventurous adults. Trick of the Light Theatre is an award-winning company from New Zealand that weaves storytelling, shadow play, and puppetry together to tell the enthralling tale of The Bookbinder. It has a number of performances at this year’s festival including a Friday evening pyjama party where all guests are encouraged to wear their sleepy time best.

The Rainbow Fish

May 24 – 26, 2018
Max Bell Theatre, Arts Commons (240 9th Ave. SE)

Using innovative puppetry and black light effects, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia is known for its entrancing productions that bring children’s classics to life. A brand-new adaptation of Marcus Pfister’s The Rainbow Fish, this award-winning story jumps off the stage and explores beauty, cooperation, and generosity.

The Okee Dokee Brothers

May 25 & 26, 2018
Jack Singer Concert Hall, Arts Commons (205 8th Ave. SE)

Saddle up and embark on an adventure through music with this GRAMMY Award-winning musical group. The Okee Dokee Brothers have been called two of family music’s best songwriters and you can see them live on the Jack Singer stage for two public shows.

The Calgary International Children’s Festival takes place May 23 to 26, 2018 at Arts Commons (205 8th Ave. SE) and Olympic Plaza (228 8th Ave. SE) with both free and ticketed events. Head to for the full schedule.