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Photo inspiration … 

We are busy planning and organizing and sometimes it's great to check out pics from previous years to inspire us and keep us motivated because seeing these happy kids, knowing they are learning and growing so much because of the expereriences being offered ... well, that's what we do it for!  

Check out some of our favourite moments from 2010-2013 captured by photographers Melissa Johnson and E. Litti Birker.  

And if you can, come out and join us this year - as a festival goer, a community partner in the parade or hosting and activity station, a sponsor, or as a volunteer.  Check out how you can get involved here





Community - help to build it ...

at the Interior Savings Fat Cat Children's Festival. Join our dedicated Board of Directors in producing this incredible festival for our region's families.  For 23 years, the Children's Festival Society has been providing enriching and empowering creative experiences. You can make a difference by joining our team as a Director on the Board or as a Committee member.  Your enthusiasm will be rewarded in the best way: the smiles and laughter of thousands of kids!

Check out below how you can get involved and contact Dorothee at 250-860-4911 to discuss the opportunities further.  Or come meet us at the AGM on Thursday, February 13th at 6:30 pm at NOW Canada (2970 Tutt Street) to find out more. 

Directors and/or Committee Members Needed for the following portfolios: 




Here is Job Description for these and other roles. 






Fat Cat Children's Festival a Roaring Success

For Immediate Release:

June 9, 2013 (Kelowna, BC)   The Interior Savings Fat Cat Children's Festival, held on June 7 & 8 at Waterfront Park, was a roaring success with thousands of families coming out to celebrate creativity, culture and community over the two days.

"We had amazing turn-outs to for the three core components of the Festival: the School Day, the Parade and the Community Day," said Dorothee Birker, artistic director for the Festival. "Certainly the weather cooperated this year but more importantly the community really showed its support and love of this festival by coming out in droves!"

The Friday School Day had a record turnout with over 1,300 students registered and hundreds more families from the community joining in the fun.  The new parade route offered a shorter but scenic route along the Cawston Corridor and seemed to be well received by the parade participants as well as the thousands of people that lined the streets.  The Community Day offered a packed day of great performances, interactive activities and incredible family fun that focused on engaging the community in celebrating creativity and culture and how integral these things are to our everyday lives.

"The feedback from families and participants has been overwhelmingly positive," says Marlene Fenton, chair of the Children's Festival Society of Kelowna, the volunteer board, that produces the annual festival. "It is truly amazing to be a part of a festival that brings so much joy and happiness to the children and families of our region.  The year-long planning and the long hours during the Festival make it all worthwhile when you see the impact we are making."

Highlights of this year's Festival included the sukanaqin sa?xip or Okanagan Roots program celebrating Westbank First Nation and thanking them for hosting the festival on their traditional territory.  The program included an opening and closing celebration with a Blessing from Okanagan Elder Wilfred Barnes and traditional dances by Crystal Prince and her children, as well as interactive workshops on storytelling, tule mat making, fishing and flint knapping.  Other highlights included William Butler, the 5-year old boy who was so excited by last year's Fat Cat Festival Parade that he decorated his bike and not only joined Fat Cat in leading the parade this year, but also inspired other children to decorate their bikes and join in as well.

"It is amazing to see the performances and the activities and excitement all come together," continued Marlene Fenton.  "But what truly makes this festival shine is the volunteers and community partners and we want to extend a great, big Fat Cat thank you to our Festival Crew - almost 200 people strong this year - and the many sponsors and participating organizations for being the heart of this Festival."

Once this year's festival is fully wrapped up, organizers will start planning the 2014 edition of the Festival which takes place June 6 & 7 at Waterfront Park. Community members interested in being part of the planning committee and Board are welcome and should get in touch with Dorothee Birker at or by calling 250-860-4911.


For more information contact:       

Dorothee Birker

Artistic Director    Ph: 250-860-4911     


'Cat'egorically a great day at the Festival ...

This year's School Day was the cat's meow with over 1300 school kids registered and hundreds of families making their way to the Festival as well. Join us at 10 am Saturday, June 8 for the Parade and follow it all along Cawston Avenue and then up Richter to the Festival at Waterfront Park.  It's a day not to be missed.  Check ou the schedule here.


Schedule and maps as jpgs

Just in case anyone has trouble with a pdf document, here are the schedule and map as jpgs.