Every summer for the past 34 years, the Whistler Children’s Festival has been taking place. This annual event is Arts Whistler’s longest-running program. It’s goal is to help integrate art into the community and it’s success is obvious. Year after year, the festival grows in size, bringing more laughter, fun and imagination to the Great Lawn in the Olympic Plaza than ever before. Over the course of three days, performances, workshops and activities will get your child’s creative juices flowing. Here is an inside look into why you and your family should mark the calendar for July 7th-9th to visit the Whistler Children’s Festival!


There are a number of creative workshops and they are categorized by appropriate age. The workshops are an additional fee starting at $10 and space is limited so it is suggested that you sign up in advance. Here are a few of the workshops you can expect to find at this years festival:

Silly Monster Puppets: Age 3-5

Design your own monster hand puppet by stitching felt together and adding all the facial features!

Just Bead It, Bead It: Age 8+

In this workshop, you will make a beautiful necklace by selecting beads from a beard

Art-Bots: Age 8+

Join the makers from MakerMobile and learn to make your very own wobbly robot that draws as it moves.

Bird House Builders: Age 8+

With the help of tools, wood and paint, you can create your very own birdhouse.


Circus acts, magicians, and music will take over Whistler during the festival. Don’t miss the following acts:

Circus Fungus

This circus entertainment features costumed characters, stilt walkers, fire dancers, storytellers, puppeteers, interactive art installations, lantern processions, workshops and more!

Magician Leif David

This award winning magician will leave you mystified!

Norman Foote

Norman Foote is a juno-award winning musician and comedian. His concerts have been known to be highly engaging and have appearances by human-sized puppets!

Musical Playground

Public Secrets creates installations that allow for people (not just kids!) to play music from recycled objects.

Free Activities

Over the festival weekend, free activities can be found not only in Whistler but all over the Sea To Sky Corridor. Here’s what is happening:

Face Painting with Creekside Dental

Interactive Museum with the Whistler Museum

Learn about Whistler by playing with old artifacts.


Rock Petting Zoo by the Britannia Mine Museum

Teddy Bear Hospital by Whistler Quilters

Bring your teddy bear and have him/her fixed up by the Whistler Quilters.

The Whistler Children’s Festival isn’t just for the kids- teenagers and adults alike will have a blast at the performances, workshops and free activities! Festivals in Whistler happen all throughout the year are part of the lifestyle. Own your own piece of Whistler Real Estate and make this part of your dream life in the mountains!