The Festival of Trees

Event Date(s): 
Friday, May 12, 2017 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Do you love to read? Are you ready to make some noise for books? Do you want to meet your favourite authors and illustrators? Have you ever been to a “rock concert” for reading?

This is your chance – be part of the largest literary event for young readers in Canada, the Festival of Trees!

Progress Building • May 12th, 2017 @ 10AM - 2PM

Red Maple and Silver Birch Programs




The Festival of Trees is a ticketed event that requires wristbands to be purchased. Everyone onsite at all the Festivals of Trees requires a wristband – this is your ticket that you buy through the Forest of Reading website or Harbourfront Box Office.

With your Festival of Trees wristband, you can:

Be onsite at the Festival of Trees, attend an award ceremony, take part in author/illustrator workshops, meet your favourite authors and illustrators at autographing sessions, win prizes, and take part in the fun activities that happen throughout the Festival!

Tickets are $11 + HST

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Please note: The wristbands are specific for a particular ceremony. If a ceremony is sold out, this does not mean that all Festival wristbands are sold out. We suggest purchasing wristbands for another ceremony.



What You Can Do At The Festival?

  • Attend Award Ceremonies for the Forest of Reading®
  • Get involved in Author/Illustrator Workshops
  • Have Authors and Illustrators sign your favourite Forest book!
  • Take part in exciting activities and games
  • Get excited for roving entertainment and vendors
  • Win free prizes and books!
  • Meet fellow young readers!
  • Buy Forest of Reading books and merchandise

To read more about other activities happening at the Festival, visit the Schedule webpage.

About The Festival of Trees

The Festival of Trees is Canada’s largest literary event for young readers and is continuing to grow. It culminates in a two-day awards celebration for the school-aged and French-language programs of the Forest of Reading in Toronto, with satellite Festivals taking place across Ontario. Almost 10,000 people attend the Festival in Toronto, which is co-presented by International Festival of Authors (IFOA), at the Harbourfront Centre.

In 2012, the OLA began its Festival expansion and now each year satellite locations are put on in additional cities. Satellite Festivals have been held in Thunder Bay, North Bay, Parry Sound, Ottawa, and London. The first French Festival of Trees was also held in 2014 in Toronto. It is the first and only French literary festival of its kind in Canada.



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