California Festivals

Ocean Beach Kite Festival - San Diego, CA

May 21, 2022, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Location: Dusty Rhodes Park, 4726 Santa Monica Ave., San Diego, CA (between Sunset Cliffs Blvd. and Nimitz Blvd.)

Billed as "The Oldest Children's Kite Festival in the USA"

The Ocean Beach Kite Festival is sponsored by Ocean Beach Kiwanis Club and Ocean Beach Recreation Center. It is one of four community events that local Kiwanis host annually. The other events have included the Ocean Beach Canine Carnival, Ocean Beach Fishing Derby and Ocean Beach Summer Festival.

The Kite Festival event invites the public to come out and build a kite. Kite construction takes place at the Ocean Beach. Prizes are awarded to the best decorated kites. Free kite making materials for children and some assistance in design and construction for successful kite flying are included.

In the past there has been a children's parade at 2 p.m. with participants forming the parade and walk to the beach to fly their kites where there are food vendors, crafts vendors, music, entertainment and kite flying. Lunch, a street fair, a parade, and carnival rides are part of the great festivities that make this one of the top draws of the season in San Diego.

Ocean Beach Kite Festival is the oldest kite festival for children in the United States, presented continuously for 62 years by Ocean Beach Kiwanis, in cooperation with the Ocean Beach Recreation Center and Ocean Beach Elementary School.

past event schedule:
9 AM -12:30 PM Kite making at Ocean Beach Rec. Center, all materials will be supplied.
11:00 AM- 1:00 PM Hot dogs and punch for participants & live band on Ocean Beach Elementary School
court yard.
9:00 AM- 4:00 PM Craft Fair Booths, Amusement Rides on Santa Monica Blvd.
1:00 PM Kite Judging on Ocean Beach Elementary School court yard.
Parade begins at 2:05 PM down Santa Monica Ave. and ends at the Beach with freestyle kite flying.
Awards will be given in each division.
Toddlers & Preschoolers; Kindergarteners, 1st & 2nd graders, 3rd & 4th graders, 5th & 6th graders, 7th & 8th
graders, High School & Open Division
Prizes For Most Unique, Best Decorated, Best Theme!
A free community service for the kids of Ocean Beach and all of San Diego.
Sponsors: The Ocean Beach Recreation Council,
The Kiwanis Club of Ocean Beach, The Point Loma Community Recreation Council, The San Diego Park and Recreation Department.

San Diego is the Festival Capital of California (or one of them, at least.)

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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