Spring has sprung across most of the United States.
Flowers are blooming, temperatures are creeping up the thermometer and kites are beginning to fill the sky. Whether you fly a Dragon, an Arch kite, Bag or Balloon, chances are that if you are a kite enthusiast you are gearing up for the kite-flying season. Here are a couple of places in the United States where you can gather with other enthusiasts.
Kite Fest Louisiana: West Baton Rouge, LO
This annual festival attracts over 10,000 people each year. It features kite design, kite making, night kite flying, and events especially catered to children. Dates and details available online at westbatonrouge.net/main-events.
Kids and Kites Festival: Chicago, IL
This annual event at Chicago’s Montrose Harbor attracts enthusiasts from over 100 countries worldwide. The event is marketed as a day for children and their families to come together and explore and discover a love for kite flying. There are special demonstrations, face painting, crafts, and entertainment. Kids that attend receive free kits to design and create their own kite. Information available at chicagokite.com/madakiandkim.htm.
Great Lakes Kite Festival: Grand Haven, MI
This beach town, which sits on Lake Michigan on the western side of the state, knows how to throw good parties. This festival features everything from night flying on the beach with illuminating kites to indoor activities. Unique to this location is the world’s largest outdoor kite store that stocks some of the best kite gear available. Dates and additional information available at mackit.com/glskc.htm.
San Francisco Family Day Kite Festival: San Francisco, CA
Held in early June against the backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge, this festival is one of the most popular free summer events in San Francisco. Kids get to make their own kites with free kit and there are awards for the best designs. More information at fdkf.org.
Summer Kite Festival: Lincoln City, OR
Each year the city selects a theme for this weekend-long beach festival. Expert flyers from around the world come to demonstrate their skills, kids receive free kite-making kits, and it culminates with a must-see mass ascension of kites. More information is available at oregoncoast.org/summer-kite-festival.
There are much more great festivals for you and your family to explore. Get out there, get some slack on your line and go fly a kite!