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California Kite Festivals

NATIONAL KITE MONTH  Mar 29-May 4, 2014  nationalkitemonth.org

The reason people fly kites recreationally today is plain and simple. It's pure fun. But the earliest record of kite flying around 200 B.C. may have been for war.  Chinese General Han Hsin of the Han Dynasty flew a kite over the walls of a city he was attacking to measure how far his army would have to tunnel to reach past the defenses. Knowing this distance his troops reached the inside of the city, surprised their enemy, and were victorious. The history of kites if fascinating but the main thing to consider at kite festivals is the fun.  Access to kites, the right amount of wind and plenty of space for everyone to fly are key ingredients to happiness and success.

SAN DIEGO - OCEAN BEACH Kite Festival  Saturday, March 1, 2014,  9 am to 4 pm
oceanbeachkiwanis.org
Dusty Rhodes Park, on Sunset Cliffs Blvd. at the corner of Nimitz, across from Robb Field.
Ocean Beach Kiwanis 65th Annual Kite Festival is Bigger and Better than Ever in a New Location! The Ocean Beach Kiwanis Kite Festival celebrates its 65th anniversary. In addition to the traditional free kite making for children, this year’s festival will include demonstrations of kite flying and kite stunts by kite professionals and dedicated amateurs; more carnival rides; more food options, and a brand new location. To make room for the new attractions, the Kite Festival is moving. Craft fair and carnival rides; 9 am to 12 noon for kite making; 1 pm for prize judging; and 1:30 pm for awarding of prizes. Kite flying demonstrations will be intermittent during the late morning and/or early afternoon – depending on wind conditions. Free admission charge, and kite making and instruction are free for children of all ages. Children are taught how to make a simple kite, a unique design that is guaranteed to fly. Prizes are awarded for the best decorated kites. The event is put on the by the Kiwanis Club of Ocean Beach as a service to the community, in cooperation with the Ocean Beach Recreation Center and Ocean Beach Elementary School.

REDONDO BEACH March 9, 2014, 12 Noon- 5 p.m.  redondopier.com
40th Annual Festival of the Kite. The Redondo Pier Association is committed to providing FREE community events throughout the year including one of Southern California's longest-running kite festivals, an outdoor summer concert series, chalk art festival, classic car show and the new Taste of the Pier!One of Southern California’s longest-running kite festivals is fun for all-ages with prizes awarded in various categories from the youngest kite flyer to the youngest at heart. The 10th Annual Yo-Yo competition kicks-off the festival on the pier and the winner of the 6th Annual Hot Dog on a Stick Eating Contest takes home a cash prize.
Redondo Pier, 100 Fishermans Wharf Redondo Beach 90277

HUNTINGTON BEACH Kite Party March 8-9, 2014   kiteparty.com hosted by Kite Connection

MARTINEZ Sport Kite Competition June 15, 2013, 10 a.m.
Joe DiMaggio Field
Martinez Marina
Martinez, CA US
AKA Sanctioned sport kite event with BBQ cookoff at the same time as the kite event so food is available. $20 to compete. baskl.org

CHICO - Chico Kite Day   Sunday March 23, 2014, Community Park
Bring the entire family for this free family event. Experience the color and excitement of kite flying during the Annual Chico Kite Day. Watch the sky dance with fun and imaginative kites. An afternoon of fun is in the air! There will be prizes for the best homemade kites!  Celebrate spring at the end of a string! For more information, please call Bird in Hand at (530) 893-0545. Time: 12:00-4:00 PM Site: Community Park, chicorec.com

 

MORRO BAY Morro Bay Kite Festival April 26-27, 2014, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
805-772-0113  morrobay.org or morrobaykitefestival.org
Once a year, the sky over Morro Bay comes to life as hundreds of colorful kites take flight during the annual Morro Bay Parade and Kite Festival.  The events begin Saturday with a 10 a.m. parade on Morro Bay Boulevard, and move at 11:30 a.m., to the waterfront parking lot at iconic Morro Rock. Members of the Salinan Tribe will offer the “Blessing of the Wind,” followed immediately by the launch of the kites. Throughout the weekend, professional kite wranglers and pilots will demonstrate their aerial acrobatics to music, flying kite trains and spinning turbines. Lessons on proper kite handling will also be offered. The first 400 children in attendance at the kite festival will be given a free kite to decorate at the Central Coast Funds for Children Tent. Morro Bay is the gateway to Highway 1, located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Its famed Morro Rock attracts visitors from around the world.  Large, colorful kites take flight near Morro Rock. Enjoy food, arts and crafts vendors and professional kiters' aerial acrobatics at the Annual Morro Bay Parade and Kite Festival Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29. Parade kicks it off at 10 a.m. on Saturday on Morro Bay Blvd. Free event hosted by the Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce. Cost: Free, Parking: Free

LIVINGSTON April 6, 2014  livingstonkitefestival.com
Time to Fly Annual Kite Festival (Livingston Kite Festival)
Livingston Middle School
101 F Street
Livingston, CA US
Fun For All Ages
Kids Fly
Kids Kitemaking
Workshops
Kite Art Exhibit
Education
National Kite Month
Kite Vendors
Food Vendors

In 2014: The Merced County Sherriff will be present showcasing its arsenal of crime-fighting tools including their 1973 UH-1H Vietnam-era Huey Helicopter, Sheriff's S.W.A.T. Armored Vehicle, Bearcat, and The Sheriff's Water Rescue Boat. Come meet and thank some of the dedicated officers including the pilots and SWAT and Dive Operators.

The Kite Festival will be free to the public and will have many activities such as Pie Eating Contests, Face Painting, Bounce Houses, Candy Drop, Gigantic Kite Flying Demonstrations, and Crafts and Vendor booths, plus various cultural performances. There will be safety demonstration from PG&E, Livingston Police and Fire, Merced County Sheriff, and the the California Highway Patrol Helicopter.
A crowd of over 5,000 is expected. Attendees will have the opportunity to enter kite flying and building competitions to win a variety of wonderful prizes. Don't have a kite? Don't worry; the first 500 kids get a free kite and we will have kite making workshops for children to build their own kites.
There will be plenty of space for Free Flying Kite Lovers or those who prefer to stroll around and just enjoy the magnificent view and entertainment. Contact: (209) 394-8830, livingstonkitefestival.com
The middle school is on the corner of Robin and F Street, Livingston, CA
Livingston Kite Festival
Livingston Middle School
101 F Street
Livingston CA US

SANTA BARBARA  Annual Santa Barbara Kite Festival April 13, 2014, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
sbkitefest.com
805-637-6202 or 805-963-2964
Great Meadown, West Campus, Santa Barbara City College
791 Cliff Drive
Santa Barbara, CA US
(AKA Region 11)
Activities:
Fun Fly
Fun For All Ages
Kids Fly
Kids Kitemaking
Kite Vendors
Food Vendors
Kite Demos
Sport Kite Competition
Fighter Kite Competition
National Kite Month
The festival takes place in the  Great Meadow on the west campus of Santa Barbara City College. The blufftop lawn overlooks the beautiful Santa Barbara harbor and breakwater and is a perfect location for kite flying. Parking is plentiful on campus and admission to the festival is free. The Santa Barbara Kite Festival is always a fun-filled family-style affair featuring kites of all sizes, shapes and colors. Flyers of all abilities are welcome. Competitions range from kite fighting and sport flying for skilled flyers to the more accessible categories such as most beautiful, highest flying, and largest kites. One of the most popular events held throughout the day is the “tail chase” for children. Children in various age groups try to catch the tail of a kite as it dips and dives through the air. Prizes will be awarded in most categories. Kites will be available for purchase at the festival. 

MENLO PARK Kite Day May 3, 2014, Noon- 3 p.m.

For $6 you receive a kite, hot dog and soda. All ages welcome! Location: Bedwell Bayfront Park (Marsh Road & Bayfront Expressway), Menlo Park, CA menlopark.org

SAN RAMON Art and Wind 2013  May 25-26, 2014, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
San Ramon Central Park
ci.sanramon.ca.us/Parks/events/windfest/default.htm
San Ramon Central Park
12501 Alcosta Blvd
The festival includes over 200 arts & crafts booths, entertainment on 3 stages, kite-flying demos, free kite making workshops, kids' activities, a non-profit info alley, displays and more!

BERKELEY Berkeley Kite Festival Saturday & Sunday, July 26-27, 2014, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cesar E. Chavez Park at the Berkeley Marina
BerkeleyKiteFestival.com
Cesar E. Chavez Park at the Berkeley Marina
A Free Event for the whole family - Kites aren't just for kids any more. Free Kite Making - Free Candy Drop - Team Kite Flying - Giant Creature Kite Expo Stunt Kite Flying - Kite Team of Japan - Rokkaku Battles - Great Food & Music, Bounce Houses - Petting Zoo - Pony Rides - Arts & Crafts - Face Painting, The Dylan Platt Band - Taiko Drummers Experience the excitement and artistry of modern kite flying. You'll find something for everyone, from the Giant Creature Kites as big as houses to the free Kite Making and Candy Drops for kids. FREE SHUTTLES FROM GOLDEN GATE FIELDS. Free Kite Making Free Candy Drop Team Kite Flying Giant Creature Kite Expo, Stunt Kite Flying Kite Team of Japan Rokkaku Battles Great Food & Music. Kids Zone:
Bounce Houses / Petting Zoo / Pony Rides / Arts & Crafts / Face Painting  The largest Sport Kite/Kite festival in the California. Pre- registration is required, baskl.org

MEET UPS
kiteclub.org
Almost every Sunday someone is flying kites in Seal Beach & having fun. Up Up & Away Kite Club meets every 2nd Sunday of the month north of Seal Beach Pier.

San Diego Kite Club Meets - 2nd Saturday of Every Month - Tecolote Shores -  sandiegokiteclub.com

SANTA MARIA - Family Kite Festival April 21, 2013, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Cost: Free
Rotary Centennial Park
2625 S. College Drive
Santa Maria, CA
(805) 928-8414
smvdiscoverymuseum.org

SAN FRANCISCO Family Day Kite Festival August 17, 2013
Presidio Main Parade Ground 
103 Montgomery Street, Main Post 
Presidio, San Francisco, CA .
fdkf.org
Watch spectacular kites flown high above --from the acrobatic kites of world champions to the hand-made entries of amateurs. Free kites will be provided to kids of all ages. Since 1978, when the FDKF inspired Mayor George Moscone to first proclaim "Family Day" in San Francisco, to 2010 we have been pleased to host thousands of professional and amateur kite fliers, renewable energy advocates and sustainability enthusiasts from all over the world. In 2010 this AKA (American Kitefliers Association) sanctioned festival featured kite-flying, kite-boarding, kite-boating and other examples of windpower as beautiful, educational, and healthy entertainment for families of all ages.

 


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