We’re going virtual in 2020!

Due to the current social distancing measures, we are taking our festival online for 2020. Join us for the virtual Main Event coming this fall. We will be sharing the schedule and details of this and our Telling Tales @Home presentations shortly.

Telling Tales Main Event is a fun-filled family festival that brings together the best in Canadian authors, illustrators, musicians and storytellers to inspire, engage and entertain. 

Children from toddlers to teens will find something to capture their imagination and connect them to stories at the festival and beyond.  The festival features presentations, performances and workshops tailored to different ages and interests.  Visit our online schedule or download the PDF (coming soon) to plan your day. 

In 2020 we will be a virtual festival so the book swap will not be happening but our friends at A Different Drummer Books are always a great source for your favourite titles from our reading list.

Of course no literary festival is complete without books! Under normal circumstances we would host a giant book swap as well as having A Different Drummer Books on hand selling copies of featured books from the festival.

Here are some of the highlights of the 2019 festival – this year we are virtual so watch for updates on scheduling and what we will be doing online.

  • 10 performance stages—each designed to appeal to different audiences, with music and puppet stages for the very young, storytelling, stages designed for tweens and teens, illustration, talks, lots of workshops and our imagination station.
  • Forest of Reading Stage featuring authors whose works are part of the Ontario Library Association’s Forest of Reading program
  • Meet-and-greets with wandering literary and historical characters (great photo ops!)
  • Literacy activities
  • Free access to Westfield’s 35 historic buildings
  • Different Drummer Books—this independent bookseller will be on-site with new titles by Telling Tales presenters
  • Giant Book Swap and Shop—Bring a book to trade. Buy a bunch for your library.

The Main Event is usually held at Westfield Heritage Village, a beautiful 130-hectare site which is bordered by beautiful woodlands, meadows and trails. Due to the number of visitors expected to this event, there is no on-site parking. To make it easy for you, we offer free parking at Rockton Fairgrounds and free return shuttle service, courtesy of Hillfield-Strathallan College, running between Rockton and Westfield. No car? No problem! We have courtesy bus service from four community hubs to ensure all families have a chance to enjoy the festival.