Festival of Fools, March 29-30, 2013

Free Spring Break Fun!

Enjoy some free family foolishness during the 13th Annual Scotiabank Festival of Fools at The Forks Market from Saturday March 23 to Sunday March 31. There’s crafts, clowns, face painting and much more from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

Free Circus Workshops

Festival of Fools will feature something a little different this year. Not only will there be new Circus Workshops happening Monday to Friday at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30, there will also be Trapeze Workshops every Saturday and Sunday during the Festival. Space is limited, so please register at the Kidsfest General Store or information tables. And because this year’s Festival coincides with the holiday, expect visits by the candy-happy Easter Bunny!

Magician Ron Pearson wows the crowd with knives and lemons

“The Festival of Fools Celebrates Lucky 13 This Year!

An odd assortment of characters are assembling their props at The Forks Market: rabbits, stilts, face paint, balloons, bowling pins, red noses and aerial hoops.  It’s all in preparation for full nine days of FREE family foolishness during the 13th Annual Festival of Fools presented by Scotiabank at The Forks Market fromSaturday March 23 to Sunday March 31, 2013.

The Festival of Fools presented by Scotiabank features crafts, clowns, face painting and much more from 11am to 3pm daily. Join in the fun with circus acts like Ontario aerial dancer Aerial Ana, Alberta’s Flyin’ Bob and Gustavo the Impossibilist, and B.C.’s Mike “so, like totally” Battie. It’s a great way to keep the kids entertained this Spring Break!

This year’s Festival of Fools coincides with Easter weekend – and to ramp up the fun, the Easter Bunny will be making appearances on March 29, 30 and 31.

New hands-on Circus Workshops are happening weekdays at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30 and
2:30. Kids can learn how to hula hoop, juggle and balance a “diabolo.”

Back by popular demand: recently introduced Trapeze Workshops on Saturdays and
Sundays. Kids will learn the fine art of trapeze in The Forks Market Atrium. Register at
the Festival of Fools General Store or information tables.

Face-painting, crafts and clowning around kicks off daily at 11 a.m. with performances taking place between 12 noon and 3 p.m. Magicians, jugglers, clowns and variety performers from across Canada will converge for the Festival of Fools, with Manitoba talent including The Majake Show, magician Ryan Price and zany entertainer Mr. Mark.

The Festival of Fools is a yearly event presented by Scotiabank held by the Winnipeg International Children’s Festival, in partnership with The Forks Market, the Winnipeg Arts Council, Canadian Heritage and Scotiabank. Many of the performers will re-appear in Winnipeg later this summer during the Winnipeg International Children’s Festival June 6-9 at The Forks.”


The kids are entertained at The Forks!


Festival of Fools at the Forks, Winnipeg, Ron Pearson Magician




Fresh Cinnamon Buns



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Festival of Fools, at The Forks, presented by Scotiabank


Happy Kids with Balloon Animals and Face Paint at the Forks



Devil Sticks Circus Workshop


Phil from the Silly People makes the crowd laugh!



The Silly People are Phil LeConte and Colin Franks, two creative and talented international variety performers and producers from Kitchener/Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.


Phil and Colin are “The Silly People”


Not only is Phil LeConte a balloon animal/object master, but also a yo-yo champ


Festival of Fools at The Forks Market, Winnipeg


Aerial Ana from Ontario wows the crowds on the Aerial Silks






Kids love Face Painting!


Kids learn to juggle silks


Trapeze workshop for kids at The Forks



a clown on stilts!



Daniel Craig, Winnipeg, juggler, raconteur, fire breather, gymnast.



Happy Families at the Forks!






See some more photos of Daniel (and Kimberly) here;


(I took some of them.)

“Daniel Craig” THE STREET CIRCUS: A show that embodies the amazement of going to a modern circus and everything fun and spontaneous about street performing!



The Easter Bunny!





Kids love the trapeze!








Award Winning Manitoba Juggler Robin Chestnut


“Two time Canadian Juggling Champion Robin Chestnut has been wowing audiences, and making them laugh all at the same time for more than 20 years. Robin’s skills and affable sense of humour have taken him from cruise ships in the Bahamas to capital of Saudi Arabia, to Shanghai, China, and all over Canada, just for following what he loved to do.”

Robin Chestnut can juggle anything!



Mr Mark percussion specialist



Mr Mark makes the kids dance!


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