World Children's Festival

World Children's Festival

After hosting the very-first national children's art festival in U.S. history (held on the National Mall in Washington in September 1998), the ICAF has successfully produced the World Children's Festival every four years as the "Olympics" of children's imagination and co-creation. The ICAF also organized the European Children's Festival at the Olympia Park in Munich in 2006, and has arranged children's panels and art exhibitions at major international venues.

The World Children's Festival (WCF) is a national and global showcase for STEAMS Education℠ which integrates Art and Sport with STEM disciplines for children's holistic development.

Eminent educators and field experts, Olympians and artists, and scientists and technologists host activities and workshops to nurture children's creativity and develop their empathy in a global community setting. The children help produce a complete synesthetic experience, a total work of art, by their dazzling performances, amazing art creations and displays, and their own workshops on issues they are most passionate about.

The WCF is a transformative experience where creativity and co-creation become building blocks for collaborative innovation and positive social change. The WCF empowers the children to shape the future and change the world.

6th World Children's Festival

July 30th – August 1st, 2021

The National Mall across from the Smithsonian Castle

5th World Children's Festival (2015)

June 30 – July 4, 2015

The Ellipse (across from The White House)


ChildArt Magazine

Press Stories

4th World Children's Festival

June 17-19, 2011 (9th Street to 12th Street)


3rd World Children's Festival

June 23-25, 2007

The National Mall (4th Street to 7th Street)


ChildArt Magazine

Digital stories

Fox News/LEGO at the WCF

Fox News/Children Creating Murals for World Leaders

2nd World Children's Festival

September 9 -11, 2003

The National Mall (4th Street to 7th Street)


1st World Children's Festival

September 3-5, 1999

The National Mall (4th Street to 7th Street)


National Art Festival (ChildArt USA)

September 20-22, 1998

WCF2015: Watchmaking Workshop 2 minutes

WCF2011 4:00 minutes music clip

WCF2003 2:20 minutes

ChildArt USA 10:15 minutes