Children’s Arts Festival | Mid-September | Riverside Park, Kamloops

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Now in its 18th year, the Kamloops Children’s Arts Festival is a fun-filled, creative day of artistic, musical and theatrical activities and performances for children ages 2 to 12. The entire day is FREE for children and their families.

How does it work?

Children and their families may drop in at any time from 10am to 4pm to take part in the day-long festivities. The Kamloops Arts Council enlists artists and non-profit groups to facilitate interactive workshops in visual art, dance, music, theatre and more. Musicians, storytellers, actors and dancers – both professional headliners and local groups – take to the stage. Workshops include “rock school,” henna art, hip hop dance, printmaking, clay sculpture, theatre games, button-making, magic wand-making, and much more.

Who participates?

Thanks to our supporters, the Children’s Arts Festival is 100% free to the public. This means we see a wide cross-section of the community, including children and families who may not otherwise be able to afford to participate in extracurricular arts activities.

What are the benefits?

Participating in the arts can have a tremendous impact on developmental growth. Learning artistic skills strengthens problem-solving and critical thinking abilities. It’s also a lot of fun – maybe too much fun for some!

Childrens Art Festival Sleeping Kids

Too much fun for some! Photo credit, Jen Dustin Randall Photography

Are you an artist interested in leading a workshop or performing at the Children’s Arts Festival? Please contact Lorel Sternig, Events & Programs Manager, at or 250.372.7323.

Is your business interested in sponsoring Kamloops’ only children’s festival? Contact Kathy Sinclair, executive director, at 250.372.7323.

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