5 Kids Euro Festival Events You Don’t Want To Miss This Fall

Your #KidsEUFest Guide

ids Euro Festival is returning for its 11th edition with two weeks of fun activities for every member of your family. With more than 80 unique performances, storytelling, workshops, and films, we’ve selected some events you don’t want to miss this year. All events are free, but most require a reservation.

Check out Paddington 2 on 10/20 at the Embassy of the United Kingdom

Film Screenings | Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg, Romania and United Kingdom

Take your family for a trip around Europe — through film! Enter the magical world of The Smurfs, an experience to share with family and friends! Continue your journey through the medieval fantasy world full of Super Powers, Dragons and Witchcraft together with Dina, The Shamer’s daughter. Depart for another adventure in Africa with Richard The Stork and see the spectacular Romanian outdoors in Strajerii & The Sentries. And don’t miss the second part of Paddington’s adventures in London. Here are 5 film screenings not to miss at this year’s #KidsEUFest:

1. BELGIUM: Saturday with the Smurfs (10/27)

2. DENMARK: The Shamer’s Daughter / Skammerees datter (10/27 &10/28)

3. LUXEMBOURG: Richard The Stork (10/27)

4. ROMANIA: Strajerii & The Sentries (10/20 & 11/4)

5. UNITED KINGDOM: Paddington 2 (10/20)

Workshops | Czech Republic, France, Germany, Poland, Sweden

Learn how to make your own Oddsockeater, creatures who live alongside us and are responsible for socks that go missing. Play together on the music of a trumpet and tombak. Polish your cooking skills and prepare delicious specialities at the French Cuisine Atelier. Get a spot in the chemistry workshop or have a fun day of arts and crafts. Here are 5 workshops your family should not miss at #KidsEUFest this fall:

1. CZECH REPUBLIC: Make Your Own Oddsockeater (10/21)

2. FRANCE: Atelier Cuisine with Alliance Française (10/28)

3. GERMANY: Twosome / Zweieinander (10/28)

4. POLAND: Chemistry Workshop with Maria Skłodowska-Curie (10/28)

5. SWEDEN: Family fun: Children’s Arts & Crafts Workshops (10/20 & 11/3)

Performances | Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Latvia, Sweden

Rediscover the story of the Little Red Riding Hood and hear the Bulgarian tale about Mother’s boundless love. Participate in an unique Czech music performance at Children’s National Hospital and listen to Latvian rhythms by the extraordinary youth choir, ‘Alias.’ Dance and take part in a soft circus expressed performance in a polyphonic and imaginary world. Here are 5 performances we think you should bring your family to this fall at #KidsEUFest:

1. AUSTRIA: Wolf (11/3)

2. BULGARIA: A Mother’s Tear (10/21 & 11/4)

3. CZECH REPUBLIC: Czech Singer-Songwriter Martina Fišerová (10/23)

4. LATVIA: United in Music (10/26 & 10/27 & 10/30)

5. SWEDEN: And Then… (11/2 & 11/3)

Storytelling | France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain

It’s story time! Reserve your seats for a French story or a Spanish tale. Bring your family on a journey across the sea to the magic and wonder of Ireland’s rich heritage of stories. Celebrate Germany with pretzels and the Grimm Brothers’ stories and enter the magic musical world of Cinderella. We have selected 5 stories that you and your family can’t miss this year at #KidsEUFest:

  1. FRANCE: French Storytime (10/24)

2. GERMANY: Celebrate Germany (10/21)

3. IRELAND: Stories from the Enchanted Island (11/3)

4. ITALY: Angelina, A Contemporary Cinderella (10/26)

5. SPAIN: Celebrate Spain (10/23)

Belgian children entertainers performing in a DC-area school

Special Events

KEEN Day (10/20)

Every year, Kids Euro Festival also offers programming designed for children with special needs. Seven years ago, Kids Euro Festival teamed up with Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN), a non-profit volunteer-led organization that provides one-to-one recreational opportunities for children and young adults with disabilities. This year’s KEEN day exclusively for children with special needs will feature a full day of performances, films, workshops, puppetry, and most importantly, fun!

EU Shorts: MALTA/PORTUGAL/SLOVENIA (10/21 & 10/28)

Do you have kids of various ages? Can’t decide which films to see? Then bring your whole family and come explore short films from across the EU!

Family Day at Dumbarton Oaks (10/27)

Learn about the Middle Ages! Family Day is a great opportunity for children of all ages to learn about the Middle Ages through hands-on activities, live performances including juggling!

Bringing Kids Euro Festival to DC Schools

We’ve partnered with Washington Performing Arts to bring our visiting European artists into DC-area schools. It is our goal that all youth have equitable access to Kids Euro Festival, and sometimes that means bringing Kids Euro Festival directly to schools.

Now in its 11th year, Kids Euro Festival brings Europe’s most talented children’s entertainers to the DC metro area each fall for two weeks of free performances, concerts, workshops, films, storytelling, puppetry, dance, magic, and cinema. With programs both for the general public and for school groups, more than 10,000 DC-area children and their families enjoy Kids Euro Festival programs each year. For more information, visit kidseurofestival.org or follow EUintheUS on Facebook .

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Writing from European Union staff on issues of interest to the EU in the United States, with occasional guest posts