About the OCF

The arts are an essential part of public education. From dance and music to theater and the visual arts, the arts give children a unique means of expression, capturing their passions and emotions, and allowing them to explore new ideas, subject matter, and cultures. They bring us joy in every aspect of our lives.

~ Dr. Terry Bergeson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Washington State


Since 1985, the Ottawa Children’s Festival (OCF) has hosted an annual celebration of the best in live performing arts for children. Creating programs for children, the Festival focuses on enriching school curriculum and promoting the arts as an integral part of children’s education; strives to present work that excites and challenges audiences of all ages; and prides itself on developing and producing award winning programming that comes from across Canada and around the world. Schools, community groups, caregivers and families of children age 2 to 15 are the target audience of the OCF.

We had such a great time at the Festival this year…The volunteers and staff were very welcoming and friendly…all the workshops were great…all in all it was a terrific day!

~ Teacher, Ottawa Carleton District School Board

OCF Overview

For over three decades, the OCF has presented a 5-7 day extravaganza of the finest quality theatre, dance and music for young audiences. The OCF has staged an abundance of award-winning artists from around the globe and made wide-eyed children out of attendees of all ages.

As one of the only festivals of its kind in Ontario to offer international, live performing arts for families and young people, we know our presence in the community is valued by all – audiences, local business and media, government funders, community partners and corporate supporters.

Aside from presenting world class performance art, the Festival prides itself on offering a variety of on-site extras.

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