Kids Euro Fest

United States

Kids Euro Fest Is Back
Activities for the whole family to celebrate European culture

By Christine Vest

Family Days of Arts & Environmentalism, Food & Games
Kids Euro Fest kicks off Saturday, October 9 at the Embassy of France with the first of two Family Days. The celebrations begin at noon with a variety of activities from across the European Union for kids of all ages.

Kids can learn from a Latvian children’s book illustrator, catch an Irish dance performance, and make Portuguese art. A German theatre will transport young minds into a fairy tale and France will get kids thinking about climate change. Throughout the day, kids can get creative at the craft table, take part in some traditional European outdoor games and indulge in food catered by the Embassy’s very own chef.

The second Family Day of Kids Euro Fest takes place on October 16, when families are invited to the scenic Georgetown waterfront grounds of the Swedish Embassy. Highlights include music lessons with Dutch jazz artists, a Swedish performer on stilts and learning to paint with the Austrians. You can catch lively Irish jigs and reels that day as well.

The Kids Euro Fest is a tradition in our nation’s capital. For 14 years it has been one of the largest performing arts festivals for children in America, with more than 80 events typically held each year for the public as well as for local schools. Artists and performers from across the 27 European Union countries have participated, such as puppeteers, dancers, musicians and children’s book writers. Kids Euro Fest activities are always free of charge.

A Finnish Favorite and Hungarian National Day
For families looking for even more fun, on Sundays from October 10 through 24, be sure to check out the Embassy of Finland’s “Moomin” exhibit at the National Children’s Museum and a chance to meet the Moomintroll. In addition, on October 23, join the Embassy of Hungary to celebrate its Hungarian National Day for Kids with folk dance performances and lessons, an exhibition on Hungarian history and painting workshops.

Online Adventures
For those outside of the Washington area and across the US, there will be a wide selection of online activities, starting the first day of the festival on October 9. These include online performances, storytelling, films and workshops. Highlights of the virtual programming include a baking workshop with Slovakia on traditional biscuits, a workshop with Denmark and Italy on green solutions to environmental problems and an adventure film from Romania.

These activities are made possible by the Delegation of the European Union to the US and the 27 Embassies of the European Union Member States in Washington, with the support of the European-American Cultural Foundation. Programs for schools are hosted in cooperation with Washington Performing Arts and the DC Arts and Humanities Collaborative.

Registration for Kids Euro Fest Family Days, plus all event listings, are now available at
Health and safety precautions will be in place at both Family Days. Activities take place both indoors and outdoors with social distancing and limited attendance Be sure to check the latest requirements for entry on the Kids Euro Fest website.

Christine Vest is Senior Cultural Affairs Officer, European Union Delegation to the United States.