5 Upcoming Family Friendly Festivals In North America (End of August Through November)

We’ve been having so much fun this summer visiting some of our favorite local travel destinations and checking out new ones. I visited my local tourism bureau the other day and grabbed a couple of booklets from Ontario Tourism listing some of the upcoming events in our region as well as others and was introduced to a pile of festivals and events that have now made it on our ‘to experience’ list.

In lieu of that, I wanted to share the following 5 festivals that are hot and upcoming. From Alberta to California, these events are a must if you are local to the area or will be visiting in the next couple of months.

1. Edmonton, Alberta

Edmonton International KidsFringe (August 16th – 26th) – This year’s 31st Edmonton International Fringe Festival, North America’s oldest and longest running fringe festival, sets aside an enjoyable, safe and FREE area just for junior Fringers aged 0-12 to roam free and play. Daily activities include: interactive storytelling, puppet shows, arts and crafts, sing-a-longs, preschool hip hop, salsa with your baby and gentle family yoga. For more information, please visit fringetheatreadventures.ca.

2. Costa Mesa, California

Festival of Children (September 1st – 30th) – The 11th annual Festival of Children, a free, community-wide charity outreach event held in conjunction with National Child Awareness Month, shines the light on the amazing work done by more than 75 nonprofits the South Coast Plaza community. Over 100 stage and hands-on activities are planned, including ballet, arts and crafts, jugglers, puppeteers and amazingly talented dancers and singers from our local schools. For more information, please visit festivalofchildren.org.

3. Orange County, California

Children’s Book Festival (September 30th) – Purchase books from a wide array of educational vendors offering the latest in services and new ideas. Newest selections and personally autographed books are great as holiday keepsakes. Enjoy author and illustrator presentations as told by professional storytellers. For more information, please visit kidsbookfestival.com.

4. Chicago, Illinois

Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (October 26th – November 4th) – The 29th annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival is the largest festival of films for children in North America, welcoming 25,000 Chicago-area children, adults, and educators each year, and featuring over 250 films from 40 countries. The Festival screens a wide range of projects, from live-action and animated feature films to shorts, TV series, documentaries, and child-produced works. For more information, please visit cicff.org.

5. Houston, Texas

Children’s Festival at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (November 10th – 11th) – The 17th Annual Children’s Festival transforms the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion into a giant playground of fun for the young and young at heart. Enjoy award-winning children’s performers who educate and entertain thousands of kids during two days of non-stop fun and excitement. Music, dance, comedy, arts and crafts, games, hands-on activities, face painting and more can be found around every corner. For more information, please visit woodlandscenter.org.