International Children's Festival


Winchester's International Children’s Festival was created in 2009 to celebrate the area’s diverse youth population and to expose families to the world around them. This fun and educational festival includes a long list of cultural entertainers, interactive exhibits representing countries from around the world, and an international food court. The festival welcomes thousands of people annually and offers an experience that is not easily forgotten.  Held rain or shine, the International Children’s Festival is moved inside the Winchester Active Living & Recreation Center in Jim Barnett Park in inclement weather.  THANK YOU to our dedicated country representatives, entertainers, food vendors and generous sponsors: Blue Ridge Kiwanis, T.D. Clayton State Farm Insurance, Winchester Public Schools, Coalition for Racial Unity, Kohl’s, Food Maxx International Foods, and Piccadilly Printers.

A portion of the net proceeds will be donated to the Winchester Parks Foundation for the park scholarship fund (Over $4,700
since 2009)

ICF LogoOctober 6, 2012
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Jim Barnett Park Gymnasium
Winchester, Virginia

Take a Trip Around the World

Grab your passport at the door and take a trip around the world.  Visit many enchanting countries and experience them through fun, educational and interactive exhibits!

Countries featured in 2012 (as of July 25, 2012)

  • France
  • Germany
  • China
  • India
  • Pakistan
  • South Korea
  • Colombia
  • Thailand
  • USA
  • Peru
  • Ecuador
  • Ghana
  • Puerto Rico
  • Canada
  • Scotland
  • Egypt
  • Russia

Get involved and represent your country of origin or favorite international destination.  Contact us for more information about becoming an educational country exhibitor.


Activities Book

Live Cultural Entertainment

Every great event includes a great entertainment!  And the International Children’s Festival is no exception.  Enjoy a wide variety of live cultural entertainment all day such as Celtic dancing, African drumming, traditional Indian dancing, Greek dancing, international music, much more!  Keep checking back for the list of entertainment as it is scheduled.

A demo area will also be available in the gym for children of all ages to try out instruments or learn a traditional dance from our featured entertainers.


International Food Court

  • Jamaican - Island Delights
  • Chinese - Chop Stick Cafe
  • Tha - Thunwa Thai Cuisine
  • Mexican - Los Toltecos
  • Italian - Catsiglia's
  • Russian treats
  • Itailian Ice - Rita's
  • Kettle Corn - Fun Country Kettle Corn



There will be many opportunities for youth and adults to volunteer during the festival.  Be a part of something fun and worthwhile.

Volunteer Duties - Friday Evening

  • Friday Set Up: tables, table cloths, banners, signs and decorations
  • Friday Evening: Carry materials – help countries unload car, carry materials to their spot

Volunteer Duties - Saturday

  • Carry materials – help countries unload car, carry materials to their spot while parking car
  • Decorate festival area
  • Help countries set up
  • Passports and maps distribution
  • Backstage management
  • Run errands for booths
  • Traffic, parking control
  • Video entertainment
  • Assist country booths
  • Pick up trash
  • Set up and take down parquet floor (stage)
  • General information



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Contact Us

Amy Simmons
Phone: 540-662-4946 ext.1830
Fax: 540-678-8791

Leslie Bowery
Phone: 540-662-4946 ext. 1816
Fax: 540-678-8791

Charlotte Fritts (Spanish-speaking)
Phone: 540-678-3965 ext 32304
Fax: 540-535-7825

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