Wellington Word Fest

Celebrate a summer of reading with a fabulous family-friendly festival on Saturday, August 17 at our Hillsburgh Branch, 12:00 - 4:00 pm! Join us at this free event, where you can:

  • Make your own 'ancient emojis' with our hieroglyphic stamps.
  • Craft a quill pen to take home.
  • Try a typewriter, talk on a rotary phone, or send a message in Morse code in our Retro Tech area.
  • Fish for a prize in Alphabet Pond.
  • Step into the story at our green screen photo booth.
  • Take in performances on our outdoor stage.
  • Enjoy free popcorn, and more!


Plus, appearing on our Festival Stage between 1:00 and 4:00 pm:

  • The Making-Box. A talented comedy improv troupe who will invite you to step into the story and find the funny.  
  • TorQ Percussion Quartet. One of Canada's premiere percussion ensembles, TorQ makes music that spans generations and geography.
  • Author Jess Keating. A zoologist, illustrator, and award-winning author, Jess Keating has been sprayed by skunks, bitten by crocodiles, and fallen victim to the dreaded paper cut. She will be taking us on a Creativity Safari with stories about curiosity, bravery, and fascinating creatures.

Head to the Hillsburgh Spirit of the Hills Family Fun Day starting at 10:00 am and then walk the Fairy Tale Trail over to the Word Fest! Please note that parking will be in high demand so we encourage you to carpool or get out for a family walk or bike ride along the Cataract Trail!

Don't forget your water bottle and blanket!

 The Word Fest will run from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm. See you there!


Promo images from all 3 performers



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