Featured Events

Storybook Parade

5:30p Thursday

See all the characters who live in the Storybook Capital reunite for a festive, music-filled parade down Cypress Street from N. 1st to the Abilene Convention Center! The parade includes Peter Brown costumed characters, the costume contest participants and Mini Moo the official CALF mascot.

SPONSOR: St. John’s Episcopal School

Wild Robot Room

9a-4p Friday & Saturday

Center for Contemporary Arts, 220 Cypress St.

Robot demonstrations in the Photo Gallery. On Friday, learn how PEAK Learning Center students programmed their robots to tackle challenges inspired by “The Wild Robot” books. On Saturday, meet the ATEMS robotics team from Abilene ISD.

SPONSOR: Jud Powell/Edward Jones

Enchanted Storybook Café

11a-12p and 12:30-1:30p Friday & Saturday

The Hotel Wooten, 1102 N. 3rd St.

Dine with royalty and storybook characters in a beautiful ballroom with exciting entertainment planned. Picture opportunities with fairytale princes and princesses and other characters. Table sponsorships available. Limited seating. Contact Diane at 677-1161. Proceeds benefit Young Audiences of Abilene.

CHARACTERS SPONSOR: Dr. Laura Bennett / Image Sculptors Plastic Surgery

Geppetto’s Marionette Theater

9a, 10:30a, 12p, 1:30p, 3p, 4:15p
Elks Arts Center, 1174 N. 1st St.

Gepetto’s Marionette Theater of Dallas is pure fun – with a few strings attached! The 25-minute show features music and a variety of hilarious characters dancing and interacting with the audience. After the show, make your own finger puppet!

SPONSORS: Don and Rudith Drennan, James McCoy’s Drug Stores and the Texas Commission on the Arts

Penguin’s Keep It Cool Mister

Thursday night, Friday & Saturday

Abilene Convention Center, 1100 N. 6th St.

Escape the heat by walking through our colorful, cooling mist experience.

SPONSOR: Telemundo Abilene

Joe McDermott Music

Joe McDermott Music 6:30 p Thursday, 9:50a, 12p, 1:50p Friday & Saturday

Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden, 1100 N. 6th St.

Get ready to laugh, sing and be wacky with singer/songwriter Joe McDermott, who specializes in music for children. Enjoy his high-energy, Austin-style pop sound.

SPONSOR: Suddenlink by Altice

Nancy & Her Friends

10:15a, 1p, 2:30p Friday & Saturday
Paramount Theatre, 352 Cypress St.

Meet Nancy and Her Friends, an entertaining show with talking puppets, music and props. Nancy Burks Worcester is a much sought-after ventriloquist and storyteller who has performed all over the U.S.

SPONSORS: Atmos Energy & Enprotec/Hibbs & Todd, Inc. (eHT)

Train Rides

9a-12 p.m. & 1-4:30p Friday & Saturday

Everman Park

Hop aboard the Storybook Capital Express to tour Everman Park. Show your festival pass to reserve a spot. Spots fill up quickly, so reserve one early! Because of limited seats, one adult per family please. The park is closed during the train rides.

SPONSORS: First Financial Bank and First Financial Trust and Asset Management Co.

Instrument Petting Zoo

9a-4p Friday & Saturday

Abilene Philharmonic, 1102 North 3rd St., Suite C

Let your kids discover the magic and inspiration of music. Children can touch and play real musical instruments. There will also be special demonstrations and live performances. No zoo animals allowed!

SPONSOR: Andrews Furniture

Meet the Storybook Characters

10:20a Friday - Dr. Seuss Characters
10:20a Saturday – Wilbur the pig & Friends
12:30p Friday – Marcel the moose & Friends
12:30p Saturday – Good Night Dinosaur & Friends
2:20p Friday – Guardians of Childhood
2:20p Saturday – Duck on a Bike & Friends

Fun photo opportunities with many of the Storybook Capital residents in the picturesque Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden. Remember to bring your autograph book for sale in the Storybook Store!

SPONSOR: Sam's Club

Storytime with Mini Neigh

11:45a-12p & 12:30-12:45p Friday & Saturday

Abilene Convention Center lawn, 1100 N. 6th St.

If you love horses, settle down in the shade for a story with Mini Neigh, the miniature horse that loves books.

SPONSOR: First Abilene Federal Credit Union

Kornpop Balloon Shows

9a, 11a, 1p, 3p

Abilene Convention Center foyer, 1100 N. 6th St.

Kornpop delights festival goers with his imaginary Peter Brown balloon characters and ceiling high creations! Enjoy his tricks and comedy.

SPONSOR: Rentech Boilers Systems

My Teacher is a Monster: LIVE!

9:45a, 10:30a, 11:15a, 12:45p, 1:30p, 2:15p, 3p, 3:45p Friday & Saturday
Abilene Public Library, 202 Cedar St.

Abilene Christian University Theatre presents a 20-minute production on the auditorium stage featuring characters from the best-selling book. Directed by Gary Varner.

SPONSOR: Abilene Christian University

Festival Music

All day Friday & Saturday

Enjoy live music from talented local musicians at various downtown locations. Street festival music provided by eMotion Entertainment.

SPONSORS: Abilene Regional Medical Center and Wisteria Place Retirement Living

May Farm

9a-4p Friday & Saturday

Frontier Texas! 625 N. 1st St.

Pet and feed a variety of farm animals in the grassy parade grounds just outside the world-class, interactive western heritage museum.

SPONSOR: Capital Farm Credit

Professor QB

9a, 11a, 1p, 3p Friday & Saturday
Minter Park

Pirate. Clown. Magician. Mad scientist. You never know what character Professor QB is going to bring to the show. Professor QB is a premier family entertainer in Texas who has performed for thousands of people. Stop by his show for a laugh in shady Minter Park.

SPONSOR: The Barber Foundation

Movie Festival

Friday & Saturday afternoon

Paramount Theatre, 352 Cypress St.

Enjoy cold drinks, popcorn and movies at a historic theater! Vote for your favorite short film from the New York International Children’s Film Festival. At 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, watch two different one-hour programs featuring the best of the fest. The films are 2-10 minutes each. Friday’s Kid Flicks One program is for ages 3-7. Saturday’s Kid Flicks Two is for ages 8 and older. Stay for feature-length animated hit movies both nights starting at 6 p.m.

SPONSOR: Steve Arthur Family Foundation

Mini Moo

Thursday parade; all day Friday & Saturday

T&P Depot, 1101 N. 1st St.

The official mascot of the festival is Mini Moo, a miniature Zebu cow that never grows larger than the size of a calf! Mini Moo helps promote the CALF as our four-legged ambassador.

SPONSOR: The Goetz Family

Bird of Prey

Birds of Prey Display

9a, 10:30a, 12p, 1:30p, 3p Friday & Saturday

Frontier Texas! 625 N. 1st St.

Learn about native Texas birds of prey such as hawks and vultures from Wildlife Rehab Lorena. All of the featured birds were rescued and now tour the state for educational purposes.

SPONSOR: Family Vision Associates

Book Signings

Peter Brown will sign books following his 7 p.m. Thursday talk at the Paramount Theatre. NCCIL books will be for sale in the lobby. He will also sign books 9-11 a.m. Friday and Saturday at the NCCIL. Books are for sale in the NCCIL bookstore. Please bring only books purchased from the NCCIL. Become a NCCIL member and avoid long book signing lines! No posed or flash photography during the signings.


Sign up for workshops when you register for the festival. Each workshop has limited seating. Please limit workshops to no more than two per child.

SPONSOR: Wash This Way Laundry Center

The Curious Poet

10-11 a.m. Friday

Create and illustrate your own book of poems! Poetry workshop taught by master teacher Cynthia Ladyman. Calypso Gallery, 1133 N. 2nd St., Suite 102. Ages 8 and up. Class size: 12.

Cost is $5

Make Your Own Storybook Sculpture

2-3p Friday & Saturday

Create a clay tiger sculpture so much like Mr. Tiger that he’ll roar! Taught by Storybook Sculpture cre- ator Steve Neves on Friday. Taught by artist Justin Wallace on Saturday. Calypso Gallery, 1133 N. 2nd St., Suite 102. Ages 8 and up. Class size: 12.

Cost is $15 (SOLD OUT)

Blooming Fun

2-3p Friday & Saturday

Using Peter Brown's "The Curious Garden," students will create tissue paper flowers and plants. Learn about the power of flora to enhance your home and community. Taught by artist Marianne Wood. The Cockerell, 1133 N. 2nd St., upstairs in Studio 209. Ages 8 and up. Class size: 12.

Cost is $10

Purple Kangaroo’s Pet Rock Painting

3:30-4:30p Friday & Saturday

Are you ready to rock? Create an amazing rock friend and an inspirational piece of rock art with acrylic paints. Taught by Charity Sylvest with “Kindness Rocks - Abilene.” Calypso Gallery, 1133 N. 2nd St., Suite 102. Ages 7 and up. Class size: 12.

Cost is $10 (SOLD OUT)

Mr. Tiger’s Jungle Collage

3:30-4:30p Friday & Saturday.

Make collage art of Mr. Tiger’s jungle using different papers and stencils. Taught by Taylor Beam. The Cockerell, 1133 N. 2nd St., upstairs in Studio 209. Ages 5 and up. Class size: 12.

Cost is $5 (SOLD OUT)

Write & Illustrate Your Own Storybook

Write & Illustrate Your Own Storybook

You will leave this workshop with your very own book created by you! Taught by Abilene riters Guild members and art teachers. The Grace Museum Loggia. Ages 7 and up. Class size: 40.

Cost is $5

Wild About Mixed Media

10-11a Saturday

Create a fun collage and multi-media tiger inspired by the book “Mr. Tiger Goes Wild.” Taught by Summer Walters with @ArtHouseCreates. Calypso Gallery, 1133 N. 2nd St., Suite 102. Ages 7 and up. Class size: 12.

Cost is $10 (SOLD OUT)

Dramatic Readings

Enjoy theatrical readings of popular Peter Brown books at various locations. The books are read aloud dramatically while the illustrations are projected onto a big screen for visual and auditory learners. The readings are about 15 minutes each followed by an art activity. Readings include a costumed character and a button for your lanyard. Readers provided by Young Audiences of Abilene.

Readings Sponsor:

Art Activities Sponsor:

“The Curious Garden” &
“Creepy Carrots!”

National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, 102 Cedar St.

12, 12:45, 1:30, 2:15, 3, 3:45p

Notes: Bathrooms, stroller parking outside. No morning readings because of the Peter Brown book signing taking place at that time.

“Children Make Terrible Pets” &
“You Will Be My Friend”

The Grace Museum, 102 Cypress St

9, 9:45, 10:30, 11:15a, 12, 12:45, 1:30, 2:15, 3, 3:45p

Notes: Bathrooms, stroller parking inside, readings on first floor, art activity on third floor, accessible by stairs & elevator. No cost to tour museum for CALF registrants.

“Mr. Tiger Goes Wild” &
“The Purple Kangaroo”

The Center for Contemporary Arts, 220 Cypress

9, 9:45, 10:30, 11:15a, 12, 12:45, 1:30, 2:15, 3, 3:45p

Notes: The Center’s CALF Theatre is an incredible immerse experience limited to 40 people per reading on the second floor. Bathrooms available. If CALF Theatre is full, you can go next door to The Well for the same book readings and art activity.

“Mr. Tiger Goes Wild”&
“The Purple Kangaroo”

The Well, 202 Cypress St

9, 9:45, 10:30, 11:15a, 12, 12:45, 1:30, 2:15, 3, 3:45p

Notes: The same books and art activity as the Center. Bathrooms, stroller parking inside.

“Flight of the Dodo” &
“Creepy Pair of Underwear”

Community Foundation of Abilene, 850 N. 1st St.

9, 9:45, 10:30, 11:15a, 12, 12:45, 1:30, 2:15, 3, 3:45p

Notes: Bathrooms, stroller parking inside

“Chowder” &
“The Fabulous Bouncing Chowder”

Frontier Texas! 625 N. 1st St

9, 9:45, 10:30, 11:15a, 12, 12:45, 1:30, 2:15, 3, 3:45p

Notes: Bathrooms, stroller parking outside. Tour exhibits for a discounted price by showing CALF pas

Contact us at 325.677.1161 | Address: 1101 North 1st Street, Abilene, Texas 79601 Hours: 8:30 – 5 p.m., closed for lunch from 12 – 1 p.m.

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