2019 Vancouver International Children's Festival

  • May 27, 2019 - June 2, 2019
  • Recurring daily
  • Location: Granville Island
  • Admission: $22.00 per adult*, $12.50 per child*, or $6 for an activity zone (only) wristband
  • Phone: 604-708-5655

When the Vancouver International Children's Festival arrives, Granville Island comes to life! With six fantastic indoor theatre venues and a bustling arts activity village, our Festival site becomes your family's playground! From toddlers to tweens, we have shows and activities for everyone.

Catch some of the best of the Festival at our special evening performances, including the ultimate bedtime stories in our Pyjama Night series.

Featured performance tickets are $22 per adult* and $12.50 per child/senior*. Special pricing for Paper Playground and The Variety Show. Your show ticket includes access to all our arts activities or come enjoy the activity village for just $6.

*All show tickets are subject to tax & service charges.


Children must be accompanied into the activity village by an adult.

David Bouchard: Métis – des histoires, des flûtes, et plus...
May 30
Age Group: 5 and up
Finaliste de prix littéraires, auteur et conteur fabuleux, David Bouchard partage son propre héritage Métis en racontant des histoires fascinantes et en y ajoutant une dimension musicale à l'aide de sa flûte. In French only.
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Élage Diouf - Melokáane
May 27 - June 1
Age Group: All Ages
Élage Diouf is sure to capture your heart and move your soul with his irresistible joyous energy. His uplifting blend of pop, world, blues, folk and asiko will have kids singing and dancing in their seats. French and English Performances.
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Fred Penner
May 28 - June 1
Age Group: 1 - 7 (Babes in arms welcome)
Sing along with one of Canada's best-loved children's singers and Canadian music icon Fred Penner at this year's Festival!
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Immigrant Lessons - 101
May 28 - June 2
Age Group: All Ages
Ka-Boom! Hold on to your seat and get ready for an explosion as Immigrant Lessons hit the stage! They'll blow you away their fabulous high energy moves and dizzyingly fast footwork. This dance troupe is on fire!
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Iron Peggy
May 28 - May 31
Age Group: 10 and up
Peg is struggling for survival at her boarding school. She wants to disappear, but then a gift arrives. Hope returns when magically the gift, three Indigenous Canadian WW1 toy soldiers, comes to life and wages an epic battle to defend her.
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Is This A Dagger? The Story of Macbeth
May 27- June 1
Age Group: 7 and up
Andy Cannon, one of Scotland's finest storytellers, takes audiences on a thousand-year journey from fact to fiction in his retelling of Shakespeare's classic tale. The perfect introduction to Shakespeare and a wickedly funny ride you won't forget!
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Le village de Jacky (bilingual)
May 29 - May 31
Age Group: All Ages
There's going to be a dance party and you're invited! Feel the rhythm as you take a trip to Jacky's Village, featuring music, dance and storytelling from the African countries of Cameroon, Guinea, and Zimbabwe. Bilingual: English & French.
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Jamie Adkins: A Fool's Errand (Espièglerie)
May 27 - June 2
Age Group: All Ages
Tubas, ping pong balls and underpants?! This show has it all! Cirque du Soleil veteran, Adkins delights with his unique blend of circus arts, acrobatic skills and physical comedy. French and English Performances.
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One of a Kind
May 28 - June 2
Age Group: Ages 5 and up
Unique! Exceptional! One-of -a-Kind! There really is no one quite like you! The world is a marvelous kaleidoscope of people with stories that are as unique as each and every one of us.
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Paper Playground
May 27 - June 2
Age Group: 0 - 3
A joyous and stimulating experience for the youngest of audiences, Paper Playground is a rare opportunity for the very young to experience live theatre created with and just for them.
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Parents are a Drag
June 1 - June 2
Age Group: 3 and up
Join local drag queens Peach Cobblah & Isolde N. Barron for a drag dress-up spectacular! Add some rainbow to your day at this fun and inclusive event which reminds young ones, their parents, caregivers and everyone in between that it's never too early (or too late!) to get silly and dress-up!
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The Polar Bears Go Up
May 29 - June 2
Age Group: Ages 2-6; Relaxed Performance: All ages welcome
Get ready to fall in love with these two adorable polar bears! They've lost their prized balloon and they need to get it back. One thing is for sure, the only way is up!
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Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch
May 27 - June 2
Age Group: 3 - 8
Mr. Hatch cannot smile, he leads a colourless life, until one Valentine's Day, he receives the note "somebody loves you." Mr. Hatch's world (and his frown) is turned upside down and then he does something he has never done before...he laughs!
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Will's Jams
June 1 - June 2
Age Group: 2 - 8 (Babes in arms welcome)
Get ready to boogie with Will's Jams, award-winning children's musician and CBC Kids TV star Will Stroet.  Jam along with Will as he performs his high energy, sing-a-long tunes with fun actions that kids love!
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Variety Show
June 1
Age Group: All Ages
Watch Festival performers cut loose at our annual Variety Show! This fun-filled evening is always a highlight for kids and adults alike.
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PLEASE NOTE: Phone sales through Tickets Tonight stop at closing time the day before the performance. Online sales cut off at 8:00 a.m. on the day of the performance. There is an on site box office on Granville Island for same-day sales.

Please note that sales at the Festival Box Office on Granville Island are CREDIT CARD or CASH only.
Door sales (starting one hour prior to each performance) are CASH ONLY.
Activity wristband sales are CASH ONLY.

Order by phone:
604.684.2787 x2 or toll-free 1.877.840.0457
Call Centre Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm
Additional $5 per order

For School and Group sales, please call VICF directly: 604.708.5655

The Vancouver International Children's Festival needs your support to remain one of the most enriching cultural events for young audiences in the world. Please consider making a donation to the Children's Festival!

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2019 Vancouver International Children's Festival