Welcome to the Children’s Art & Literacy Festival

The Abilene Cultural Affairs Council is proud to host the CALF, a beloved summer tradition since 2012. The festival draws people from all over Texas and beyond. It’s an opportunity to showcase our arts groups, beautiful historic downtown and to promote art and literacy. The theme each year is inspired by the summer artist on exhibit at the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, also located in downtown Abilene.


This year, we celebrate the work of author and illustrator David Shannon. David was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Spokane, Wash. He graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., and then moved to New York. His awards include the Caldecott Honor for “No, David!” and The New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year for “How Georgie Radbourn Saved Baseball.” David is a passionate baseball fan and softball player. He and his wife live in Los Angeles with Fergus, their 18-year-old Westie.



Festival Registration

Save money and register before May 15 and receive ONE FREE CHILD’S PASS per family!


Registration until May 15, 2015


Children 2 and under are free (no festival lanyard provided). All children must be accompanied by a paying adult. Discount prices available for nonprofit groups of 10 or more.


Registration after May 15, 2015 is

Costume Contest

Register online or download the flyer(PDF) for details.


Check out our Pinterest page at 
www.pinterest.com/abilenearts for costume ideas!


The CALF parade starts at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 11 downtown. Click here to register your Westie dog to participate.


Select hotels are offering discounted rates for saying you are with the festival. Click here for the list of hotels.