Welcome to the official page for Kootenay Children’s Festival! 2019 is our 34th year, and we are so excited to show you what we have planned!

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Headlining The Stage: Will Stroet!

He's a Juno-nominated singer-songwriter, CBC Kids TV star, educator and dad who creates multilingual music that ignites imagination and motivates movement for the young and young-at-heart. Through witty wordplay and catchy choruses, Will inspires kids to be active, healthy, creative and engaged in the world through educational music in English and French.

Will first discovered his talent for writing kids music while completing his education degree at the University of B.C. After releasing his first album in 2005 and playing hundreds of shows around Vancouver, Will knew he had found his calling. In 2009, he took leave from teaching to pursue music full time and has never looked back. Over the years, Will has performed more than 1,800 shows at major festivals, schools and theatres across Canada and in China. He has garnered national recognition for his nine albums in English and French including  a 2017 JUNO nomination for his latest album, “Wordplay,” six WCMA nominations, two from the CFMA and two from the Sirius XM Indies. In 2015, UBC’s Faculty of Education honoured Will in their top 100 Alumni awards. In addition to being a devoted dad of two girls, Will is passionate about his work as an artist, educator and board member with Art in Schools, which supports art and creativity amongst BC’s young people.


Keep the Fun Going for Years!

Kootenay Children’s Festival is one of the last remaining FREE children’s festivals in British Columbia. Free admission and entertainment is one of the ways Kootenay Children’s Festival makes the event accessible to so many.

To donate to this year’s Kootenay Children’s Festival campaign, click the “Donate” button and ensure that the 2019 Kootenay Children’s Festival campaign is selected.


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Featured at This Year’s Festival

The stage this year will be headlined by Will Stroet, with performances from the Ktunaxa Dancers and Adrumnik.

Entertainment for the day includes new and old favourite attractions and activities graciously sponsored by Cranbrook businesses.

Local emergency responder representatives and construction companies will be onsite with some of their heavy equipment for the kids to see. Sit on the steps of a fire truck, or in the driver’s seat of a city snowplow!

Enjoy refreshments and snacks available from local and regional food vendors. The Happy Cow Ice Cream Truck, Ice Box, and The Candy Man will be there, ready to satisfy any sweet tooth, or if you are looking for a quick meal, Mama’s Dumplings and Street Dogs are sure to impress!