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Telling Tales Festival


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Hendrie Park, Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Road West

Halton County, ON

Directions: The Royal Botanical Gardens will be transit accessible for the full weekend of Telling Entry into the Royal Botanical Gardens is completely free with registration for the entire weekend! Take advantage of this chance to explore the gardens free of charge.



Offered in English and French.

Will have a sign language interpreter, is a relaxed performance, and wheelchair accessible.


Join us for the 16th annual Telling Tales Festival at the Royal Botanical Gardens. We are excited to share a full schedule of over 40 of Canada’s leading children’s authors, illustrators, and storytellers presenting on five vibrant stages! Come to the festival for:

Free access to the Royal Botanical Gardens! Register for the opportunity to see these amazing gardens at no cost.

Book Swap! Bring your old books and trade them in for new-to-you stories.

Author Signings! Meet your favorite authors in person!

Wandering Characters! Did you know that the Paper Bag Princess comes to Telling Tales every year? Meet her and your other favorite storybook characters as they come to life!

Performers! Catch musicians, puppet shows, and drag queen storytime, all at Telling Tales!

Interactive walks and activities! Join RBG ambassadors on guided story walks, play games at our vendor tents, or sing a song with our musicians.

Local artisans and vendors! Visit our Exhibitor Grove to peruse local talent and support local artists.




Telling Tales

Telling Tales believes that fostering a love of reading is the first step to developing the literacy skills that can change lives.

Reading opens new worlds for young people: empowering them to make informed choices, enabling them to imagine a better and hopeful future, and equipping them with the ability to make that future a reality.

Research shows that children who read have better educational, health, and social outcomes. Literacy is the first step on the pathway to broader social inclusion and fully engaged participation in society.

For over 15 years, Telling Tales has encouraged a love of reading by directly connecting youth and families with Canadian storytellers. Our signature festival and year-round interactive programming invite children to read, write, and imagine. Every time we light the spark that inspires greater love of reading in a child, we are one step closer to fulfilling our mission.

Our mission is to deliver outstanding literary programming for children and youth that raises awareness of the importance of literacy in our communities.

Our vision is to inspire a love of reading and improve literacy in children and youth.

This event is part of a hub:

Burlington Culture Days

The Corporation of the City of Burlington Burlington, ON

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