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California Kite Festivals

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SAN DIEGO - OCEAN BEACH Kite Festival  Saturday, May 9, 2015,  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 67th 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 8, 2015, 12 Noon- 5 p.m.  redondopier.com
41st 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 14-15, 2015   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 29, 2015, Noon-4 p.m., 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!   Community Park, chicorec.com

MORRO BAY Morro Bay Kite Festival April 25-26, 2015, 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. In the past, members of the Salinan Tribe have offered 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. 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 12, 2015 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
The Merced County Sherriff will be present showcasing its arsenal of crime-fighting tools. 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. Attendees will have the opportunity to enter kite flying and building competitions to win a variety of wonderful prizes.   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 12, 2015, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
sbkitefest.net
Great Meadow, West Campus, Santa Barbara City College
791 Cliff Drive
Santa Barbara, CA US
 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, 2015, Noon- 3 p.m.

Kites, hot dog and soda usually sold on site.  All ages welcome! Location: Bedwell Bayfront Park (Marsh Road & Bayfront Expressway), Menlo Park, CA menlopark.org

SAN RAMON Art and Wind May 24-25, 2015,  10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
San Ramon Central Park
ci.sanramon.ca.us
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 25-26, 2015, 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

Baskl.org Bay Area Kite League
BODEGA BAY:
Apr. 11, 2015 11am - . . . Bodega Bay Fun Fly at Doran Beach
SUNNYVALE: Apr. 18, 2015 BASKL @ Baylands
Baylands Park, Sunnyvale
SAN FRANCISCO: May 30, 2015 BASKL @ Ocean Beach Ocean Beach, San Francisco
MARTINEZ: June 20, 2015 BASKL @ Martinez
Di Maggio Field
BERKELEY:  July 25 - 26, 2015 Berkeley Kite Festival
Cesar Chavez Park, Berkeley Marina
BERKELEY: Sept. 12, 2015, 11 a.m. BASKL Awards BBQ Cesar Chavez Park, Berkeley Marina

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 Cancelled in 2014, says they'll be back in 2015 tba
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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