The Children’s Festival – Friday, July 19th, 2019

On Friday, July 19th, The Children’s Festival will return to Pioneer Park in Nevada City. The park will be transformed into a lively Renaissance Faire for children with over twenty arts and crafts tables, strolling minstrels, jugglers, magicians, face-painters, a bridge-guarding troll, a bevy of faeries, mermaids, a bubble jester, Pyrate Skool, Pepper the Witch, medieval fencing, garland dancers, catapults, spinning demonstrations, Queen Elizabeth and her court, and Claude, the life-sized mechanical dragon.

The Children’s Festival is one of the premiere summer events for children, with over 2000 children and adults attending. Children are able to make their own tunics, swords, shields, crowns, macaroni necklaces and magic wands. They are able to engage in wood block construction, soapstone carving, Renaissance rubbings, solar art, and clay modeling. The Audubon Society will be returning with their painted wooden birds and bird masks and the very popular Castle will be available to paint.

“Pyrate Skool” will return for the sixth year, with an interactive “edutainment” program about nautical history and seafaring tools, the unique “language” of pirates and sea shanties – and attendees will have the opportunity to shoot stuffed monkeys from cannons.

There is an entertainment stage with performances throughout the morning and evening. Each session will end with the Queen’s Procession and Festival Parade, and all attendees are invited to participate. Costumes are encouraged!

The Children’s Festival has been described as “amazing”, “the highlight of the summer”, and “a local, magical treasure”. With wonderful crafts and fun performances in Nevada City’s beautiful Pioneer Park, it’s an event for families to create wonderful memories.

This year’s Children’s Festival will once again have two sessions, from 9am – noon and from 5pm – 8pm. Admission to each session is $3. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. There will be reusable tote bags available for a suggested donation of $1, as well as free paper bags for all the wonderful things attendees will make at the craft tables.

The festival is sponsored by Gold Country Kiwanis – and is made possible by the more than 200 local volunteers who work throughout the year to bring this unique event to the children of Nevada County.


What:  The Children’s Festival

When: Friday, July 19, 2019: 9am until noon and 5pm until 8pm

Where:  Pioneer Park, Nevada City – Take the Broad St. off-ramp and follow the signs to the park.

Who: This event is put on by local volunteers, is made possible through the generous donations of many local businesses, is supported by The Center for the Arts, and is sponsored by Gold Country Kiwanis.

Admission:  $3 per person for each session

Information:  email Festival Director, Karen Nelson, at