Festival of Children® Brings the Magic of Childhood to South Coast Plaza

September 01 through September 30, 2018

Now in its 17th year, Festival of Children® returns this September to South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, California, celebrating the magic of childhood and the charities that work tirelessly to improve the lives of children across Southern California. The month-long, high-energy event features a host of free, family-fun entertainment including more than 100 activities and performances ranging from face painting and arts and crafts to karate demonstrations, live dance and singing performances, animal shows, and much more. The event also showcases the important work of 70 local children’s charities, which receive free display space to help raise awareness for their individual causes among the 2 million people that visit the center each September.

For more information about Festival of Children, including a list of the participating charities, activities and entertainment, please visit for most current schedule.

Among the many featured activities at this year’s Festival are:

Opening Ceremonies
Saturday, Sept. 1, 12:00pm
Welcome by FOC Founder and Executive Director Sandy Segerstrom Daniels and featuring Kodi Lee and The Hi-Tops

Every Saturday, 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Free mini LEGO build activities.

Back-to-School Fashions
Sunday, Sept. 2, 11:30am
A classic fashion show featuring local children of all ages modeling the latest fashions from South Coast Plaza retailers.

Coffee, Tea, Mommy & Me
Each Friday in September at 11:00am
Free educational presentations about home safety, vehicle seat safety, nutrition, water and safety, followed by arts and crafts or music. Coffee and tea hosted by Corner Bakery Cafe.

Each Saturday and Sunday in September, various times 
Ballet, Hip-Hop, Classical Korean, Chinese, Flamenco, Irish, Hawaiian, Contemporary, and more.

Arts & Crafts
Every Saturday and Sunday in September, Noon to 4:00pm
Free crafts for kids courtesy of: Art4Kids, Child Creativity Lab, and Paint For A Purpose.

CanstructionOC returns to the Festival with nine extraordinary sculptures made entirely of canned food items. Designed and constructed by several local companies, the sculptures are disassembled at the close of the festival and more than 56,000 cans of food are donated to the Orange County Food Bank to help feed the county’s estimated 350,000 people of all ages, who struggle with hunger each day. This year’s teams include: Architects Orange, CDPC | BergmanKPRS| raSmith, Disneyland Resort | Design & Engineering, Little, OCJ Stars, Perkins Eastman | Dougherty, PJHM Architects, SoCalGas, and SVA Architects.