Kite Flying at the Beach

Kite Flying is a great way to spend time at the beach. Whether you are flying a kite you made at home from a paper bag or are participating in one of the large kite flying competitions, flying a kite is one of the great all time beach activities. Since I live in Washington State, the Washington State International Kite Festival is my favorite festival. KiteLife.com calls this “the greatest, grandest, Kite Festival on the North American continent!”

Each year the third week in August sees the skies a blaze of color on the Long Beach Peninsula. Tens of thousands of spectators take in the show and participate with their own high-flying kite.

world kite museum
World Kite Museum & Hall of Fame

Tip: Check out Prism Kites from Seattle

Prism is a tremendous company that has been making high tech and intriguing kites since the late 1980's. If you are at all interested in kite flying but need some background or tips or you want to watch some videos on kiteflying, make sure to check out their site.

If you are looking for a power kite to pull you on any kind of board or wheeled vehicle, the folks at Prism have the kite for you. (Keep heading to the bottom of this page to have a look at some Prism kites)



Kite Flying Festivals and Contests

Outer Bank, NC events

For a listing of many events around Nags Head, NC check out Kitty Hawk Kites

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Annual Kite Party at Huntington Beach

KITE PARTY takes places right at the Huntington Beach Pier every single year in February and March. It runs from about 11:00 am - Dark (and sometimes later). Anyone who is anyone in the world of flying kites will be there.



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Ocean Beach Kite Festival

This festival takes place annually in March at Ocean Beach, San Diego. Take flight with aviation aficionados young and old in Ocean Beach for the San Diego's annual kite festival and craft fair. In 2009 was the 61st annual festival.

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Redondo Beach Annual Festival of the Kite

This festival happens every year in March on the Redondo Beach Pier - located where Torrance Blvd kisses the Pacific Ocean in Redondo Beach, CA.

Enjoy one of southern California's best and longest-running kite festival sponsored by X-Kites. This year the festival will include a martial arts demonstration by Chambliss Taekwondo, live music on the pier and $500 in prizes will be awarded! Prizes for highest kite, youngest kite flyer, youngest at heart kite flyer, best hand-made kite, best ground display and kite trivia contest winner. The day will culminate with a mass kite ascension flight.

Learn more about this wonderful festival at Redondo Beach Pier.

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Fly into Spring Kite Festival at Nantasket Beach, MA

Every year in April, this free kite festival takes place. The event is free and open to the public, and there will be food, discount coupons from local merchants and fun for the whole family. Bring your kite! Location: The north end of Nantasket Beach. Low tide is around 1:00 PM.

Learn a bit more about this festival from The Hull Nantasket Chamber of Commerce or Co-Sponsor, Sea Side Kites

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Atlantic Coast Kite Festival - Portsmouth, VA

Event Date: 05/01/2009 - 05/03/2009 Location: 17th Street Park On the beach between 16th and 18th Streets Courthouse Galleries in Portsmouth Portsmouth City Park

Atlantic Coast Kite Festival

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Hammonasset Kite Festival

(formerly known as the Soundwinds Kite Festival)

Time: 11 AM to 4 PM

May 16 and 17, 2009

Hammonasset Beach State Park,Madison, CT

Hamonasset Kite Festival

This is a kite festival for the whole family.Bring a picnic and spend the day. Come rain or shine.

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Rockaway Beach Kite Festival

May 16 - 17, 2009 Rockaway Beach, OR



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Great Lakes Kite Festival

May 16, & 17, 2009 Grand Haven, MI

At the State Park (the beach) in Grand Haven, MIOur biggest festival of the year! See giant kites and expert kite fliers from all over! This festival is FREE to attend, though there is a charge to park inside the State Park

Macinaw Kites & Toys

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Lincoln City Summer Kite Festival - Lincoln City, OR

The 25th Annual Summer Kite Festival, will be held June 27th & 28th at the D-River State Wayside from 10am to 4pm.

This year's theme is "Pacific Wonderland". A celebration of both professional and leisure kite fliers with some of the most colorful big "show kites" in the world.

Kite Festival Information

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31st Annual Wright Kite Festival

Event Location Wright Brothers Monument, Kill Devil Hills, NC

Event Dates July 11 - 12, 2009

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28th Annual Washington State Int'l Kite Festival

Event Location Long Beach Peninsula, WA

Event Dates August 17 - 23, 2009

Contact Info Call Nancy at (360) 642-2264 for more information

Description Seven days of the most amazing kite flying ever with kite flyers from around the world. Bring your kite and join the fun!

World Kite Museum

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Seal Beach Japan Kite Festival

Event Location Seal Beach, CA

Event Dates October 4th, 2009

Japan Kite Festival

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Fall Kite Festival - Lincoln City,OR

October 10 & 11, 2009

This is the 31st annual Fall Kite festival and will include demonstrations, kids' kite making and fun for the whole family. This year's theme is "Pacific Wonderland". Check back soon for up to date information!FMI call 800-452-2151

Fall Kite Festival


Kite Flying Organizations

Up Up & Away Kite Club in Seal Beach, CA. This is a great family and civic oriented club that is the main sponsor of the annual Japan America Kite Festival at Seal Beach.

The American Kitefliers Association

San Diego Kite Club




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More Great Beaches for Kite Flying Festivals

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Virginia Beach, Virginia

Santa Cruz, California

Grand Haven, Michigan

Top Beaches to Fly a Kite:

Huntington Beach, CA – Visit The Kite Connection on the Huntington Beach pier. Every year the owner sponsors an invitational event known as the Huntington Beach Kite Party. It's been named Best Kiting Event in the USA by Kite Trade Association International, and is now an institution, recognized as one of the premiere kiting events in the country.

Monterey State Beach - Seaside, CA

Grandview Nature Preserve, VA - Located about seven miles from Hampton, VA this location features about 2 ½ miles of Chesapeake Bay beach with breezy winds.

Wrightsville Beach, NC - Head to Wrightsville Beach in early November for the Annual Cape Fear Kite Festival. The festival is usually held by the Shell Island Resort on the North end of the Beach. It begins at 10:00 a.m. each day and runs until 5:00 p.m.

Come for the weekend and enjoy great family fun. Activities usually include a free kids kite making class, Stunt kite lessons and demonstrations along with a large show kite display and kite auction.

Jockey’s Ridge - Nags Head, NC

Oneida Shores and Jamesville Beach - Syracuse, NY

Treasure Island and Clearwater Beach - St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

Island Beach State Park - Seaside Park, NJ - Check out the information for locals only if you plan on being in the neighborhood. During summer months there are planned kite flying activities at the beach. www.cobrakite.com





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