Top 10 Kite Festivals in the USA
There are several internationally recognized and respected kite festivals taking place in the USA.
From those voted best kite festivals in the world by Kite Trade Association International such as the Washington State International Kite Festival, to those attracting hundreds of thousands of kite enthusiasts every year, there are more kite festivals in the USA than most realize.
Here is a selection of main kite festivals in the US recognized by Top Events USA.
Huntington Beach Kite Party
early to mid March
Huntington Beach, California
Drawing professional kite flyers from all over the USA, the Huntington Beach Kite Party is the perfect event demonstrating the amazing skills of these kite flyers as well as offering a separate area where the general public can fly their own kites.
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Blossom Kite Festival
One of the most popular annual events in Washington DC, and regarded as one of the top 10 kite festivals in the USA, the Blossom Kite Festival features kite fliers from across the USA and all over the world competing with their contemporaries in various competitions to demonstrate their skills as well as to aid in the activity tents where children learn to make and decorate their own kites.
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Kite Fest Louisiane
end March, early April
West Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Showcasing all sorts of different kites, the free Kite Fest Louisiane, the only such event in Louisiana and one of the state’s top festivals, attracts over 10,000 people each year and features kite making, kite design, indoor kite flying, night flying with kites adorned with LED lights and fun events especially catering to children like candy dropping kites.
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Kids and Kites Festival
Montrose Harbor – Chicago, Illinois
A favorite event for children, the free Kids and Kites Festival in Chicago, one of the main kite festivals in the US, attracts enthusiasts from more than 100 countries worldwide and features a wealth of family-focussed entertainment, from special kite demos, to flying paper kites to face painting, crafts of all kinds and demonstrations by balloon artists as well. The wide selection of different kinds of kites include very large kites and sport kites. There are free kits for children to design and create their own kite.
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Great Lakes Kite Festival
Grand Haven, Michigan
Featuring everything from a night fly on the beach to an indoor event, the Great Lakes Kite Festival features a number of the best kite flyers (individuals and teams) as well as their giant kites, and kiteboarding competitions, a night fly with illuminated kites, and the world's Largest Outdoor Kite Store with the best in new kite flying gear and more.
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Wildwoods International Kite Festival
Wildwood, New Jersey
One of the main kite festivals in the US considered to be the largest kite festival in North America, the Wildwoods International Kite Festival showcases large kites from all over the world taking part in night time illuminated kite flying, kite championships, a kite festival auction, and a host of kite exhibits and workshops.
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San Francisco Family Day Kite Festival
San Francisco, California
Against the back-drop of the Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco Family Day Kite Festival is a popular, free event offering families the chance to make their own kites for free, enjoy kite flying contests and enjoy the skills of professional fliers and the acrobatics with their kites. Prizes are awarded to the funniest and most spectacular kites on display.
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Rogallo Kite Festival
early – mid June
Jockey’s Ridge State Park – Nags Head, North Carolina
A popular event since 1982, the Rogallo Kite Festival offers two days of kite flying to honor Francis Rogallo, NASA scientist and inventor of the flexible wing, the technology of which is used for many of the stunt kites seen today in various kite events around the USA. Highlights of the Rogallo Kite Festival include opportunities for free kite making, power kite lessons and a wide selection of very different kites such as the 100 foot octopus, an 80 foot scuba diver and a 50 foot fish.
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Summer Kite Festival
Lincoln City, Oregon
Honoring a different theme each year, the weekend-long Summer Kite Festival that takes place on the beach in the heart of Lincoln City showcases some of the most colorful and biggest kites in the world as well as expert kite flying demonstrations by experienced flyers, free family-friendly kite-making activities, a kid’s kite parade, a mass ascension, and more.
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Berkeley Kite Festival
Reputed to feature kites that are bigger than a house and longer than a train, including the world’s largest octopus kite and “Giant Creature Kites” from New Zealand, the free Berkeley Kite Festival in California also showcases manufacturers‘ demonstrations, and a wide range of events including the much respected West Coast Kite Championship competition, the famous Japanese-Style Rokkaku Kite Battle for the Skies, team kite ballet, as well as offering free kite-making and kite flying lessons. The Berkeley Kite Festival also features food, music, arts and crafts stalls, and an evening dinner cruise on the Empress Hornblower Dining Yacht.
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Washington State International Kite Festival
Long Beach, Washington
One of the top 10 kite festivals in the USA and voted best kite festival in the world by Kite Trade Association International, the WSIKF is a weeklong kite celebration that has been popular since 1980, and features a competition that has skies ablaze with color, high flying action and choreographed movement. Washington’s Kite Festival draws famous kite fliers from all around the world, and tens of thousands awed spectators, many of whom participate in the fun with their own kite flying adventures.
For more information about the Washington State International Kite Festival see:
or visit: http://www.kitefestival.com
Fall Kite Festival
Lincoln City, Oregon
The Fall Kite Festival, as Lincoln City's "original" Kite Festival, celebrates more than three decades of fun. Enjoy demonstrations by expert fliers, kids' kite making, Running of the Bols, raffles, kid's parade, and more fun in the sand. Lincoln City Fall Kite Festival is a sanctioned event of the American Kitefliers Association.
For more information about the Fall Kite Festival in Lincoln City see:
or visit: http://www.oregoncoast.org/fall-kite-festival
updated Top 20 Events USA pages do not include every single event on offer in each state or city in America – only those recognized as one of the top 20 in each location, elected by residents, tourists and visitors, the team of travel writers working for Top Events USA, and some officials of the relevant states and cities of the USA too.