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Important Information about Forest of Reading Festival Ticket Sales


We are aware that for some school boards, there may be limitations in place to attend field trips. If you are unsure that you or your readers will able to attend, we recommend holding off on purchasing your tickets.

  • Tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis.
  • Forest of Reading Festival tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE (due to financial commitments).

*All Festival days run from 10am-2pm

The Forest of Reading® Festival is a ticketed event that requires wristbands to be purchased. Everyone onsite at all of the Festivals require a wristband – this is your “ticket” that you buy through the Festival website (Waterloo Region & London) or Harbourfront Box Office (Toronto).

With your Festival admission, you can:

Be onsite at the Festival, attend an award ceremony, take part in author/illustrator workshops, meet your favourite nominees at autographing sessions, win prizes, and take part in the fun activities that happen throughout the Festival!

Please note: The wristbands for TORONTO are specific for a particular ceremony. If a ceremony is sold out, this does not mean that all Festival wristbands are sold out.

CityDatesPrograms LocationTicket Price
WATERLOO REGIONMay 6Silver Birch Express, Silver Birch Fiction & Red Maple

TO PURCHASE through Box Office (phone or in person only) – 519-741-2699 (Monday-Friday 10am-4pm)

The Aud
400 East Ave., Kitchener, ON
$11 incl. HST
through Box Office (phone only) – 519-741-2699 (Monday-Friday 10am-4pm) 
LONDONMay 8Silver Birch Express, Silver Birch Fiction & Red MapleMetroland Media Agriplex, Western Fair District (845 Florence St., London, ON)$11 plus HST


TORONTOMay 12White Pine (10:00 am)

Red Maple (11:30 am)

Blue Spruce (1:00 pm)

Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay W., Toronto, ON
$15.50 incl. HST
TORONTOMay 13Yellow Cedar (10:00am)

Silver Birch Fiction (11:30 am)  

Silver Birch Express (1:00 pm)

Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay W., Toronto, ON

$15.50 incl. HST

TORONTO (Français)le 14 maiTamarac (10:00 am)

Mélèze (11:30 am)

Peuplier (1:00 pm)

Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay W., Toronto, ON
$15.50 incl. HST

As a condition of sale, the purchaser consents to all participants being filmed, photographed and recorded for the sole purpose of Forest of Reading promotion. Please note that when issuing child permission forms from the library or school that this information is conveyed to the parent/guardian for this under 18 years old. 

Payment Information for Toronto (English and Français) Forest of Reading Festival:

Wristbands for the Toronto Festival (English and Français) are purchasing through Harbourfront Box Office. You have two options to pay for your wristbands for the Toronto Festival:

  1. By credit card: with this option, you must pay in full online or by telephone. Contact Harbourfront Box Office directly.
  2. By invoice: with this option, the Harbourfront Box Office will send you an invoice for the full amount. The full amount is required to be paid 30 days after the date the order was placed and no later than May 1, 2021. This can be paid by credit card or by cheque.

* Please note: all wristbands/tickets are non-refundable.