The Adelaide Kite Festival

And Other SA Kiting Events

The Adelaide International Kite Festival is the biggest local event involving kite flying. Sometimes other events in our state of South Australia also involve the flying of kites.

For quite a few years, I documented many of these events in some detail. I hope you enjoy the body of work below. You will learn a lot about kites large and small if you wade in :-)

Monthly local kite club activity has always been documented via 300-word blog posts - and it's all archived here, collated by year.

And since 2016, other miscellaneous Adelaide events involving kites have also been the subject of those 300-word blog posts. Naturally, they are archived here as well.

Diamonds with drogues
Diamonds with drogues

You will come across plenty of photos plus video in many of the links from this page. Not to mention info-packed commentary and personal anecdotes of the experiences.

Back to the big International festival... Each year, to the south of the jetty, the public are invited to fly their own kites. A few people would be flying home-made kites, including my family of course! That's my longest kite train in the photo...

The photo further down features 2 kites which for several years were a constant at the Adelaide festival held at Semaphore. That large UFO kite in the background, near the lower edge of the photo, has in the past doubled as a shelter for the commentator. And that magnificent Killer Whale kite used to be one of the very first things that caught your eye as you approached the kite festival on foot!

In date order, with the most recent events first...

At the kite festival in March/April of 2018 the best flying occurred in the afternoon of all 3 days. On Monday however, the wind strength became quite fresh. Most kites were not far from the upper end of their wind range. Mayhem sometimes resulted! 

Like the previous year's event, the International Kite festival in Adelaide during April 2017 had 2 brilliant weather days and one not-so-good but flyable day. 

The large town of Murray Bridge held it's own festival, right at the end of April 2016. We took photos and video as usual.

Over the Easter week-end in March 2016, the Adelaide festival was again a great success. Aided by the almost perfect weather on Saturday and Monday afternoon. Sunday was ok for very good light-wind kites! 

Timed for mid-week during school holidays in October 2015, Aren and I attended Kites, Bikes and Picnics. Mainly small kids and small kites being targeted by a local kite business. But a few of us AKFA members weren't going to miss out on any sort of kiting action, naturally! 

Saturday 4th April 2015 saw an almost dead-calm early morning turn into an ideal afternoon for the Adelaide kite festival. Having recently become a member of AKFA (Adelaide Kite Flyers Association), I registered to become an 'official' participant this time. Mixing it with the huge kites North of the jetty. 

On Sunday the 12th of October 2014, AKFA (our local association) put on an All Ages Come And Try Kite Flying Day. I turned up on my own this time, being the only real kite nut in the family! It was a great day, with several hundred people passing though and many of them putting up a kite or two. I later did some KAP, suspending the camera about 250 feet over the sand, under the big Fresh Wind Barn Door kite.

During April 2014 we attended all three days of the event, from the 19th through to the 21st. Two afternoons and a morning, which had markedly different weather on each occasion! We were basically observers for the Saturday, then got the huge Multi-Dowel Sled up on the Sunday with very light winds. Finally we had a blast with the Peter Powell Sky Stunter MkIII on the windy Monday morning.

On the last Saturday in March 2013 we attended the festival for the 6th time. Winds were generally light, but freshened to gentle strengths around 18 kph at times. We gave our digital camera a workout, snapping more than 100 images. Mainly of the action South of the jetty where anyone could fly a kite. 

Easter fell in April 2012 so that was the weekend of the kite festival. Winds went light to fresh and back again during the course of one afternoon, thus catering for every single kite out there. At least for a while! The event seemed more crowded than in most previous years.

In March 2011, we attended the Adelaide festival just for the Saturday afternoon on the 26th. However, we got good photos of nearly everything that was sent aloft that day! Not including the kites in the public flying area. Around mid-day the sky was fairly overcast but it cleared up considerably by 5pm. Plenty of sunlight for good kite photos! The wind ranged all the way from light to fresh, but all kites got plenty of air-time.

In March 2010, we turned up at Semaphore without confirming that the Festival was actually on. It wasn't :-( Anyway, 4 year old Aren had a great time watching the forklifts at work on the jetty, which was being renovated. This was the reason for the cancellation of the Festival.

A few other families were flying small kites on the beach nearby. Perhaps they were in the same boat as us! We flew the 1-Skewer Delta for a while, before it eventually hit the water, just 1 meter from safety. Covered in salty water, bits of sea-weed and sand, the Delta suddenly became 20 times heavier. For a while after that, it's flying characteristics were somewhat similar to that of a house-brick...

In March 2009, we discovered that we still wanted more from our digital camera! Never-the-less, we came away with a heap of great imagery. We dropped in on the Adelaide festival venue on the Friday and Saturday.

Our kite pictures from 2009 - the very best 12

In March 2008, and armed with a better digital camera than in 2007, we attended the Adelaide festival on 3 separate days. As usual, a highlight was the Rokkaku Challenge! We took plenty of photos and videos over the weekend. To do justice to all that imagery, I decided we would do a number of separate pages, each focusing on a different type of kite. Quite a different approach to 2007, as you will see...

August 2007 was when Windjam07 grabbed some media attention. The Scouts broke the world record for the greatest number of kites flying at once! It was a warm cloudy day with barely enough wind to keep the kites up, down at Glenelg Beach. Adelaide events involving kites are usually down at a beach somewhere, within a half-hour drive of the city center.

In March 2007, we first covered the Adelaide International kite festival with a long rambling account of everything we experienced. We were there for a few hours on just the Saturday.

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Besides The Kite Festival...
Other Adelaide Kiting Events

You might not be from Adelaide, South Australia, but... I've have been blogging on the local monthly Kite Fly days of AKFA (Adelaide Kite Flyers Association) and keeping the posts.

AKFA also gets invited to various other kiting events in and around Adelaide. We blog and archive these too.

The page links below are a record of our local kite flying activities. Read about all kinds of kites - flying in all kinds of weather. And perhaps pick up a small pointer here and there.

Missing months are mostly due to bad weather and sometimes because the day happens to be Mother's Day as well!  The pages below contain quite a slab of anecdotes of typical South Australian club kite flying :-)

Monthly Kite-Fly Posts in 2018

Monthly Kite-Fly Posts in 2017

Monthly Kite-Fly Posts in 2016

Monthly Kite-Fly Posts in 2015

Monthly Kite-Fly Posts in 2014

Regarding those 'other kiting events'  - here they are, with a photo for most of them...

Adelaide Kiting Events.

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Light Air
1-5 km/h
1-3 mph
1-3 knots
Beaufort 1

Light breeze
6–11 km/h
4–7 mph
4–6 knots
Beaufort 2

Gentle ...
12–19 km/h
8–12 mph
7–10 knots
Beaufort 3

Moderate ...
20–28 km/h
13–18 mph
11–16 knots
Beaufort 4

Fresh ...
29–38 km/h
19–24 mph
17–21 knots
Beaufort 5

Strong ...
39–49 km/h
25–31 mph
22–27 knots
Beaufort 6

High Wind
50-61 km/h
32-38 mph
28-33 knots
Beaufort 7

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