Photo courtesy of Michael Coghlan
We parked some distance from the festival due to traffic. On getting out, there it was - a giant region of air filled with fluttering and floating wind creations of all kinds. It looked cloud-like to me!
As we walked onto the jetty, we were up close to many of the kites and could spot every detail.
Others lazily meandered on the ends of a few hundred feet of line. Too far up to see the seams in the fabric, the flexing of the spars and other details.
This was just one International event of many kite festivals that occur around the world. In most cases, they are held once every year.
The organizers round up the cream of the local kiting community to show off their best creations and skills.
At the other end of the scale, the general public are usually invited to participate too. Of course the kites are rather more modest, on the whole! We had a few of our own MBK home-built kites with us, of course.
Some International Kite Festivals
One day we might even travel overseas just to cover a big festival! For now, here's a few links to information we've compiled on various international events...
The Adelaide International is
easily accessible for us, since we live in that Australian city. This
event is one of the largest kiting festivals in the Southern Hemisphere,
with some stiff competition over on the East coast! The page behind the link also covers other smaller kiting events in Adelaide which we have attended.
The Long Beach International.
This mega-event spans a whole week each year in the U.S., and is
probably the most extensive and impressive such festival in North
America. Even some of the pro's don't bother attending every single day -
it's just too much!
The Bristol International. More formally known as The International Festival of Kites and Air Creations. Trust the British to come up with a long and faintly pompous title. However, this festival would appear to be worthy of an impressive name like that! The Bristol event also has a long history.
The Niagara International is uniquely situated, straddling the U.S. and Canada in North America,
right next to the famous waterfall. There's some interesting kite flying
history associated with this location too!
Here's some more kite images plus a video from the Adelaide event, from past years.
Adelaide festival 'kite cloud'
Although I didn't take the photo up there, I can actually remember that exact perspective from when we were at the Adelaide festival! We have a very similar shot lurking somewhere among our backup CDs. However, I suspect this guy's camera was a lot better than ours.
Not all the action is actually in the air. These days, at a large event, you might come across one or more giant Sky Dancers giving everyone a chuckle!
One of the UK kite festivals kicks off when there is still the possibility of snow and ice on the ground!
Night kite flying was a huge feature of a Gujarat Day celebration in India. Check out the videos in there! Also in India, FLY360 used kite shows to promote voting.
A big kites festival can also attract enthusiasts from many other countries. Various areas of expertise in kite design, construction and flying are put on show. Overseas experts are usually there by invitation, with sponsorship paying their way.
A big festival of kites will attract the local media, which helps to keep the sport popular. A sky full of kites is a very visual experience, naturally! Hence if you ever go to an event like this, expect to see plenty of fancy cameras and maybe even some local TV crews. A few seconds of footage on the local news showing the sky shimmer and shake with color tends to stick in people's minds.
Some big kites don't have spars. Parafoil kites for example, are soft in construction and can be packed down to a remarkably small space.
Wind Speed Handy Reference
Some U.S. Festivals
Do you enjoy kite flying in the U.S.? In that case, there are numerous kite festivals to choose from...
If you live in the state of Michigan, kites are flown in a number of local festivals, you'll be glad to know! Follow that link for some contact details for these.
Festivals of kites in the U.S. can be very large, as in India and China. Here are some other high-profile events from the U.S. ...
- Zilker Kite Festival
- Berkeley Kite Festival
- Great Lakes Kite Festival
- Newport Kite Festival
- Great Delaware Kite Festival
- DC Kite Festival
Here's a photo taken at the DC Festival. Don't you like the way those wind art flags totally blend with the airborne kites!
Photo courtesy of Edoardo Costa
Kite Festival Information From Around the World
Interested in reading up on kite festivals? Click below to read promotional information written by the event organizers themselves ...
Color The Wind Kite Festival 2019
Name: Color the Wind Kite Festival
Date: February 16, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM CST
Event Description: …
Kites In The Park
Sunday, May 20 at 10 AM - 3 PM
Spring Canyon Park
Fort Collins, CO
Grab your kite and come out to Spring Canyon Community Park for the 9th Annual …
Color The Wind Kite Festival
At the Color The Wind Kite Festival you can come and enjoy the biggest Winter kite festival in the Midwest! You will see all kinds of colorful kites. Stunt …
Fly a Kite for Mental Heath
Fly a Kite for Mental Health is an event in Winnipeg, Manitoba at Kildonan Park May 7th, 2016 from 12:30 to 4:30. This is to build awareness for youth …
SaskPower Windscape Kite Festival 2016
June 25 and 26, 2016
With a great lineup of kite artists attending from across North America and beyond, this year's Windscape Kite Festival will offer …
Come Fly a Kite!
Galisteo New Mexico USA
1st Annual Kite Festival
Galisteo Rodeo ground parking
Saturday April 26th 2014 10 A.M.
•What is the location? Mount Vernon, Texas at the Franklin County Airport located on County Road NW 1030.
•What are the dates of the festival? March …
Adelaide Kite Festival 2012
Just to let all readers of this magnificent site know that the 15th Adelaide Kite Festival will be held Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th of April 2012 - the …
International Kite Festival 2010, India
An International Kite Festival is held at Ahmedabad on January 14 every year, to coincide with the festival of Uttarayan or Makar Sankranti. Makar Sankranti …
Sunrise Kite Fliers
Wowww - first of all, all kites had to be flying BEFORE sunrise. This was all too funny - half of the kite fliers were hung-over or still drunk. Some of …
Ruse Kite Festival
I am from the city of Ruse, Bulgaria, and I recently discovered that I LOVE kites - making them, flying them - you name it! So I found the MBK site, and …
Idaho Kite Festival
The Idaho Kite Festival's first train took to the sky in 2008.
I was so struck by the sight of 100-kite stacks floating over WSIKF that I came home …
Idaho Kite Festival
The photo was taken during the First Idaho State Kite Festival 2007.
Guest kite instructor Tom Tinney told us 6 feet of line would give us bragging …