***Important Notice Re: Cancellation.  Please read our Press Release.***

March 23, 2020

Dear Friends,

We are all aware of the current situation with respect to the Coronavirus Pandemic. And as a community we are doing our utmost to ensure the safety and well-being of those most vulnerable – our elderly and our children. So, it is with great sadness that I am announcing the cancellation of the Ottawa Children’s Festival 35th anniversary edition for 2020.

You know as I do, that the Festival is the jewel in the crown of this community’s cultural events. It is the only place for educators, children and their families to go to spread their wings and feel their creative hearts and minds soar! I do not take this decision lightly.

Nick Masciantonio, Board President, commented:  "I want to express the Board's appreciation for the work and support of our staff, government funders, sponsors, schools, local media and families preparing for this year's Festival.  

We look forward to sharing great Canadian and International performing arts with schoolkids and families in 2021."

All ticket purchases will be reimbursed.

We thank everyone who has been involved in the building of this anniversary project to date. It was shaping up to be one of the best events we have ever presented! I am going to miss it very much.

Please put us on the calendar for next year when the Ottawa Children’s Festival will take place from May 5 – 9, 2021.

Be well, stay safe.

Catherine O’Grady, Artistic Producer



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May 5 - 9, 2021

LeBreton Flats Park



COMING SOON! 36th Anniversary Programming is underway! Let yourself be inspired by 2021's featured international presentations. Crazy acrobatic stunts, playful theatre, amazing puppetry and much, much, more!


Join us on the Festival grounds before and after performances for a variety of fun and interactive extra features that will let you unleash your creative side!



Bring a class or group to the 2021 Festival and take advantage of ticket discounts, free on-site extras, workshops, complementary tickets for adults and more! Bring a picnic, see a show, get your face painted and enjoy all the Festival has to offer. Let us help you plan an unforgettable day! Contact us now for more information.


The Ottawa Children's Festival site is located at LeBreton Flats Park in Ottawa, Ontario, with shows presented in outdoor tents and in the Canadian War Museum. Parking is available in the Museum, alongside the Park, as well as in the surrounding neighborhoods.

Support the Festival!

As a not-for-profit charitable organization, the Ottawa Children's Festival needs the support of partners to continue to present high quality programming and offer attendees an unforgettable magical experience. Help us make the magic happen.

2020 Partners

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