Flint Hills International Children's Festival

Thank you for joining us at the Flint Hills 2016 International Children's Festival!

Mark your calendars for next year's festival:

  • May 30-June 2, 2017 | Festival School Days
  • June 3 & 4, 2017 | Family Weekend

2016 Children's Festival Highlights


71,433 children and adults descended upon Saint Paul and the Ordway to enjoy indoor and outdoor performances, outdoor art activities, and live music and dance during the Festival School Week and Family Weekend.

More than 500 school buses were needed to bring 20,839 students and educators face-to-face with the wonder of live performances, cultural arts & crafts, and arts workshops led by international touring artists.


This year's festival featured artists and performers who immersed us in cultural and artistic traditions from around the world.

Indoor Performances

  • 41 performances by the Acrobuffos (Air Play), Viento de Agua Unplugged, Presentation House Theatre (Where The Wild Things Are), and Marionetas de la Esquina (Sleeping Beauty Dreams). 
    • 2 of the 6 Sleeping Beauty Dreams performances were done in Spanish
    • 1 of the 5 Where The Wild Things Are performances was sensory-friendly

Free Outdoor Performances & Activities

Thank you to our festival partners and to the 26 Twin Cities-based arts, cultural, and educational organizations who hosted activity tents in Rice Park and Landmark Plaza over the Festival School Week and Family Weekend at no cost to the public! Your generous support and commitment to the arts are an integral part of the Children's Festival's success.

  • Squonk Opera performed their show, Pneumatica, 12 times (unlucky #13 was cancelled due to rain)
  • 600 local and regional artists performed and provided cultural art activities & education opportunities 

Global Arts Workshops

324 children and adults took part in 12 art workshops where this year's festival performers taught them the various skills and techniques behind clowning, Native American Fancy Dance, taiko drumming, Mexihca Danza, Stomp dance, and Latin Social Dance.


This year's Clear Channel Outdoor ARTwalk was able to feature 450 youth artists aged 2-19 from 25 schools, homeschools, and education organizations. They submitted 515 pieces of art that were displayed in the windows and storefronts of 25 Downtown Saint Paul businesses.

Thank You To Our Sponsors









Additional Festival and Arts Education Support Provided By

Fred. C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation, Carlson Family Foundation, Hugh J. Andersen Foundation, Best Buy, BNSF Railway Foundation, Margaret H. and James E. Kelley Foundation, Inc., Kopp Family Foundation, Pentair, Inc., RBC Foundation – USA, Robins, Kaplan, LLP, Saint Paul Garden Club, Target, Thomson Reuters, Archie D. and Bertha H. Walker Foundation, Lillian Wright & C. Emil Berglund Foundation, Consulate General of Canada in Minneapolis

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