Welcome to the Children’s Art & Literacy Festival

The Abilene Cultural Affairs Council is proud to host the 3rd Annual CALF Festival featuring the world of William Joyce.


For June 2014, downtown Abilene will host a William Joyce themed festival in conjunction with the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature whose summer exhibit is "William Joyce: A Guardian of Childhood." Hailed by Newsweek as one of the Top 100 people to watch in the new millennia, William Joyce is an internationally acclaimed book writer, illustrator and Academy award-winning filmmaker.


Come meet Joyce and experience his books, movies and other Joycian inspired activities at the CALF, which is expected to draw 5,000 people!







Registration provides entrance to...

6 different dramatic readings

Exhibits & art activities

Frontier Texas! Easter egg hunts

William Joyce artist’s talk

Movies at the Paramount Theatre

Magical World of Lonnie Chevrie

The Balloon Sculptor Show

the Guardian Express Train

Half price entrance to the Frontier Texas! exhibit.


Registration before May 1, 2014



Ages 2 and under are free.
All children must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Registration after May 1, 2014 is

Festival Map