Two Days of Festival Fun

Telling Tales believes in creating meaningful connections with the natural world. Finding the “awe” in nature—like discovering a story that speaks to you—can encourage creativity and emotional growth. Telling Tales’ partnership with Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) provides the perfect opportunity to connect children and their families with stories, nature, and art. 

The 14th Annual Telling Tales Festival returns to in-person programming over 2 days at RBG’s world-renowned Hendrie Park. Join Canada’s finest children’s authors & illustrators, along with local artists, performers, and RBG Ambassadors who will engage with families in story readings, nature walks, creative workshops, music, and more. The natural surroundings of RBG, beautifully accented by the Dan Lawrie International Sculpture Collection is the ideal setting to open a book and open a world

We gratefully acknowledge the Government of Canada, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture, Ontario Arts Council, City of Hamilton, City of Burlington, Hamilton Community Foundation and the Dan Lawrie International Sculpture Collection at RBG for helping to bring these talented Canadian artists to our community. 

Around the Gardens

Follow your ears on Saturday morning and you’ll find Hamilton Children’s Choir performers in surprise locations as you arrive at the festival.

Keep your eyes and ears open on Sunday afternoon and you’ll find Hamilton You Poet performers presenting original spoken word pieces, inspired by the Hendrie Park landscape and the Dan Lawrie International Sculpture Collection.

Wander behind the Tea House to explore the storytimetrail.ca bookwalk, featuring Outside, You Notice. Each page of the story includes a QR codes which takes you to a short video message from the author, Erin Alladin, who will be presenting  on Saturday at the Nature Tales Stage. Guests will also receive a fun children’s activity booklet.

We are also thrilled to welcome Burlington Student Theatre who will inhabit classic storybook characters for your enjoyment. Over the years, Telling Tales’ guests have been delighted to make the acquaintance of Alice (in Wonderland), Captain Hook, Harry Potter, and many more. Stay on the lookout! You never know who you’ll meet throughout your visit.

Visit our stage pages for details and presentations


Be sure to check out our 2020-2021 presentations on demand.

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Looking for your next great read? Visit our reading list for amazing books for everyone from tots to teens!

View our Telling Tales Reading List
Kevin Sylvester cartoon portrait

 “…holy moly did the gang at Telling Tales rise to the challenge! They offered the same amazing list of creators, and pulled it together in a unique and satisfying package. -best kids festival in Canada, if not the world.
-Kevin Sylvester, CBC Broadcaster, bestselling Children’s author and illustrator. 2020.