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2017 Vancouver International Children's Festival

  • May 28 - June 04
  • Granville Island
  • Vancouver, BC V6H 3S3
  • Admission: $25.10 per adult, $15.13 per child, or $6 for an activity zone (only) wristband
  • Phone: 604-708-5655
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May 29 - June 4, 2017

Granville Island, Vancouver BC 

Come help us celebrate our 40th festival! When the Vancouver International Children’s Festival arrives, Granville Island comes to life! With six fantastic indoor theatre venues and a bustling arts activity village, our Festival site becomes your family’s playground! From toddlers to tweens, we have shows and activities for everyone.

Catch some of the best of the Festival at our special evening performances, including the ultimate bedtime stories in our Pyjama Night series.

Featured performance tickets are $25.10 per adult and $15.13 per child/senior. Special pricing for Pulse, The Variety Show and Films. Your show ticket includes access to all our arts activities or come enjoy the activity village for just $6.


Children must be accompanied into the activity village by an adult.

PLEASE NOTE: In-person ticket sales through Tickets Tonight stop at closing time the day before the performance, as do phone sales. Online sales cut off at 8:00 a.m. on the day of the performance. There is an on site box office on Granville Island for same-day sales. 

Birthday Party - Sold Out
May 28
Age Group: All Ages
Price: $8.30
You're invited to a party! Get your face painted, dance, play games, sing "Happy Birthday" and join us for birthday cake. It's sure to be a great party! Come help us celebrate the Vancouver International Children's Festival's 40th birthday.
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Aché Brasil - May 29 Sold Out
May 29 - June 4
Age Group: All Ages
Price: $25.10/$15.13

There’s going to be a dance party and you’re invited! Get ready for an explosion of colour, energy and music that embodies the lively culture and rhythms of Brazil.
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Afrique en Cirque - First available show is June 2 7:00pm
May 29 - June 4
Age Group: All Ages 
Price: $25.10/$15.13

You’ll be blown away by Afrique en Cirque’s breathtaking display of daring acrobatics and death-defying feats! Kalabanté will have you gasping in amazement. Please note the language as some performances are in French
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The Canada Show - May 29 Sold Out
May 26 - June 3
Age Group: Ages 7 and up 
Price: $25.10/$15.13

In an action-packed sixty minutes, The Canada Show takes you on a hysterically historical joy-ride through 50,000 years of Canada.
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Charlotte Diamond - Sold Out
June 4
Age Group: Ages 1 -7 (Babes in arms welcome)
Price: $25.10/$15.13

For 30 years, this multi-award winning musician and Order of Canada recipient has inspired children to sing, dance, care for each other, and celebrate Canada’s cultures.
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Fred Penner - Sold out except Pyjama Night on May 30
May 30 - June 2
Age Group: Ages 1 - 7 (Babes in arms welcome)
Price: $25.10/$15.13

Sing along with one of Canada’s best-loved children’s singers and Canadian music icon Fred Penner at this year’s Festival! Fred has been charming audiences for over 35 years with catchy songs such as “The Cat Came Back."
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Fred and Friends - Sold Out
June 3
Age Group: Ages 1 -7 (Babes in arms welcome)
Price: $25.10/$15.13 

Don’t miss the best of the Festival musical extravaganza with Fred Penner and his friends, Charlotte Diamond, Norman Foote and Rick Scott all on stage for one great show!
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Grug and the Rainbow - May 30 10:30am show Sold Out
May 30 - June 4
Age Group: ages 3 - 7
Price: $25.10/$15.13 

Get ready to fall in love with the most adorable character from down under! Bursting with curiosity and joy, Grug loves a good adventure! No latecomers, no babes in arms
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A Heart in Winter - May 31 and June 1 sold out
May 30 - June 4
Age Group: Ages 5 and up
Price: $25.10/$15.13 

With humour and simplicity, actors and puppets tell the story of Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved tale The Snow Queen. A Heart in Winter revisits and adapts this classic tale creating a beautiful and stunning production not to be missed. No latecomers, no babes in arms. Please note the language as some performances are in French.
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The Itch of the Golden Nit - May 29 - June 1 Sold Out
May 29 - June 4
Age Group: ages 4 and up
Price: $9.35 / if added to another show $6.20

More than 34,000 children created the artwork and the story for this delightfully funny animated film. Will 11-year-old Beanie save the universe and return the Golden Nit to its rightful place? 
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National Film Board - Animated Shorts - June 1 Sold Out
May 29 - June 4 
Age group: ages 5 and up
Price: $9.35 / if added to another show $6.20
We’ve compiled the best NFB films from classics like The Sweater to modern takes on what it’s like to experience being new to Canada. A fun exploration of what it means to be Canadian. Please note the language as some showings are in French.
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May 29 - June 4
Age Group: ages 0 to 3
Price: $25.10 Adults / $7.25 Babies (ages 0 - 3) 

Share a special moment with your little one in a world filled with play, exploration, and discovery. A joyous and stimulating experience for the youngest of audiences.
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The Variety Show - Sold Out
June 3 @ 6:30 pm
Age Group: all ages
Price: $25.10 Adult /$21.95 Child 

Watch Festival performers cut loose at our annual Variety Show! This year’s tour de force, hosted by none other than Fred Penner, features the daring acrobatics and death-defying feats of Afrique en Cirque, the high energy and uplifting beats of RupLoops, a dance extravaganza from a Wild Moccasin Dancer, a hysterical joy-ride through Canada’s history with The Canada Show, plus for a special treat, sing along with one of Canada’s best-loved children’s singers, as host Fred Penner will also be performing! This fun-filled evening is always a highlight for kids and adults alike.
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Ruploops - May 30 - 31 Sold Out
May 29 - June 3
Age Group: All ages
Price: $25.10/$15.13 

Don’t miss this fun, interactive and dynamic performance. Through body percussion and beatboxing, Rup demonstrates and teaches how the body is indeed a musical instrument.
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Le groupe Swing 
May 29 - June 2
Age Group: All ages
Price: $25.10/$15.13
Are you ready to be swept up in a tornado of music and dancing? This energetic urban folk band will get kids off their feet and dancing up a storm. Please note the language as some showings are in French.
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Clancy and the Wild Moccassins
May 29 - June 3
Age Group: All ages
Price: $25.10/$15.13
Wild Moccasin Dancers are a dynamic troupe that showcase the stunning vibrancy of pow wow culture through dance. You’ll be mesmerized by the dramatic dancing, spectacular regalia and thrilling drumming.
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In-person sales:

Tickets Tonight
200 Burrard Street, Plaza level
inside the Tourism Vancouver Visitor Centre
North entrance off Canada Place Way
open 9:00am-5:00pm daily

Please note that sales at the Festival Box Office on Granville Island are CASH or CREDIT CARD only.
Door sales (starting one hour prior to each performance) are CASH ONLY.
Activity wristband sales are CASH ONLY. 

Order by phone:
604.684.2787 x2 or toll-free 1.877.840.0457
Call Centre Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm
Additional $5 per order

For School and Group sales, please call VICF directly: 604.708.5655

The Vancouver International Children's Festival needs your support to remain one of the most enriching cultural events for young audiences in the world. Please consider making a donation to the Children's Festival!   

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