Our Story

The Calgary International Children’s Festival (Kidsfest) celebrates its 31st anniversary this season. From its humble beginning in 1987, Kidsfest has grown to become one of the most prominent arts festivals of its kind in Canada and the largest presenter of performing arts for young people in Calgary.

As a vital contributor to the cultural landscape of our community, Kidsfest offers children, parents, and teachers an experiential and educational environment for imagination, growth, and creative expression.

Along with the support of our fantastic audience, Kidsfest has been gifted with the support of government, corporate, and personal donations recognizing the importance of arts exposure for young minds. We also benefit from the support of over 500 generous volunteers each year.

With an over 30-year legacy, Kidsfest has started to reach its next generation of patrons. It’s exciting to see adults who had their first exposure to performing arts through the Calgary International Children’s Festival share that same magic with their children today.


To provide young people with a performing arts experience that sparks imagination, inspires creative thought, encourages cultural understanding, and fosters a lifelong passion for the arts.


Developing creative thinkers conscious of the world and their place in it.

Board Members

Carri Clarke, Chair
Chris Wolfenberg, Treasurer
Natasha Dhillon-Penner, Secretary
Julie Barton
Roxanne Dunlop
Dale Henshaw
Penny Hume
Julie McDonald
Peter John McFarlane
Ken Schmaltz
Iona Sentes