"2020 Vancouver International Children's Festival" on Granville Island - Monday May 25 - Sunday May 31, 2020

Last updated on
Tuesday, December 17th, 2019
Program Description

A world-renowned weeklong festival of performing and visual arts for young audiences. The Vancouver International Children's Festival has been educating, entertaining and inspiring educators, students and families since 1978. 2020 Festival School Tickets are on sale now. Book early to avoid disappointment, some shows are already sold out!


Big Ideas
  • Creative expression develops our unique identity and voice.
  • Dance, drama, music, and visual arts are each unique languages for creating and communicating.
  • People connect to the hearts and minds of others in a variety of places and times through the arts.
  • Artists experiment in a variety of ways to discover new possibilities.
  • Exploring works of art exposes us to diverse values, knowledge, and perspectives.
  • Engaging in creative expression and experiences expands people’s sense of identity and belonging.
  • Everyone has a unique story to share.
  • Language and story can be a source of creativity and joy.
  • Playing with language helps us discover how language works.
  • Stories and other texts help us learn about ourselves, our families, and our communities.
  • Using language in creative and playful ways helps us understand how language works.
  • Questioning what we hear, read, and view contributes to our ability to be educated and engaged citizens.
  • Awareness of other cultures helps us discover our own culture and build our own identity.
  • The form of a text plays as important a role as its content in conveying a message and creating a desired effect.
  • Francophone creative works are an expression of Francophone culture.
  • Listening and viewing with intent strengthens our understanding and acquisition of French.
  • Appreciation of Francophone culture allows us to understand and explore global issues with greater awareness.
  • Trip Details
    For Grades: 
    K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
    Months Available: 
    55 minutes unless otherwise stated.
    Maximum Students: 
    Offered In French: 
    Fee Details
    Cost Per Student: 
    Cost Per Adult: 
    Fee Notes: 

    Come for a show and stay for the day! Show Ticket Price includes Site Activities! Early Bird Prices (available until April 10, 2020) One show $11 + GST; Two shows (same day) $20 + GST One free ticket for each 20 tickets ordered 2018.

    School Tickets are on sale now!

    Additional Notes

    2020 Festival Dates: May 25 - May 31, 2020. Weekday activity zone hours: 9:30 - 2:30. Shows are all about 45-55 minutes long and can accommodate between 50 and 434 students, depending on the venue. Show ticket includes access to all arts-based site activities (15-20 each year).

    We also offer Pyjama Nights evening shows at 6:30pm on Thursday May 28, 2020 and Friday May 29, 2020.

    We have Study Guides available on our website to help you explore activities and discussions with your students before or after they see a performances. Please check www.childrensfestival.ca to access materials relevant to the each show.