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. This year we’re going to be doing all of this virtually!

Families, children and teachers will find out presentations have been curated into three stages by age/grade level, making it easy to find content that kids will love!

Our School House Stage will run on Tuesday September 21 starting at 10am. This stage will focus on presentations geared to children/students from Pre-School to Grade 2.

Our Bandstand Stage will run on Wednesday September 22 starting at 10am. This stage will focus on presentations geared to children/students from Grades 3 – 6.

Our Jerseyville Stage will run on Thursday September 23 starting at 10am. This stage will focus on presentations geared to tweens and young adults from Grade 7 and up.

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

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. 

Three Days of Festival Fun… Three Virtual Stages

Visit Our School House Stage
Visit Our Bandstand Stage
Visit our Jerseyville Stage
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.

In 2021 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.


The Main Event is usually held at Westfield Heritage Village, a beautiful 130-hectare site which is bordered by beautiful woodlands, meadows and trails. We look forward to returning to an in-person festival at Westfield in 2022 (if possible)