I know with this winter weather it’s hard to think about spring and summer activities, but now is the time to get ready for the warm days ahead.
Some people may think kite flying is just for the children, but that is oh so wrong! The Blossom Festival on March 31, previously known as the Smithsonian Kite Festival is D.C.'s famous kite flying event. This event draws adult kite flyers from the around the world. And yes, with awards and prizes, many of these kite flyers are anything but novices. But don’t let that scare you. This festival is for everyone just looking for a fun time.
If you can't make it to the Blossom Festival, don't worry! There are plenty of kite festivals coming up in March and April. Below check out places to make a kite, fly a kite, or just look at pretty kites. PS. April just happens to be National Kite Month.
Where to make a kite:
- The Strathmore: Want to get some ideas or actually make a kite? The Strathmore, in North Bethesda, has a class, “Kite Making Techniques for Teen & Adults,” on Sunday, March 25. And be sure to check out Strathmore’s Exhibit “Up in the Air.” It features innovative kite makers and flyers and explores the artistry of kites in their endless colors and sculptural design. Also, see how modern day kite makers use state-of-the-art materials, complex construction, and intricate designs to elevate kite making into a fine aerial art.
- The U.S. Botanic Garden: Go learn how amazing orchids really are, and create your own botanically themed kite just in time for the kite festival on the Mall. This is a drop-in program appropriate for all ages from 1 - 5 p.m. on March 25.
Festivals & Other Kite Events:
- Wings Over Washington Kite Club: Every month on the First Sunday they fly on the Washington Monument Grounds. Head on down and fly a kite!
- Blossom Kite Festival: The seventh annual Blossom Kite Festival on March 31 showcases the creativity of kite makers and skill of fliers from across the U.S. and other countries through a variety of competitions and demonstrations. Bring your own kites or make a kite at an activity station (while supplies last) to fly on the Public Field. Kites will also be available for purchase onsite.
- Strathmore Kite Fly Day: Grab your kites and head to Strathmore for a day of fun kite flying! Fly your own kite and watch demonstrations, including outdoor choreographed team flying and indoor flying set to live music. Bring a picnic, and enjoy the afternoon (registration for Kite Day is not required, but highly encouraged. Pre-registrants will receive a special gift at the event). Afterwards go to the performance of Air Play in the Concert Hall (tickets necessary).
- Maryland International Kite Expo: Head to Ocean City, Maryland from April 27 - April 29 and enjoy exhibitions and demonstrations including stunt and power kite lessons. Bring your family for several days of good old fashion kite flying fun.
- Sunfest Kite Festival: Join The Kite Loft for one of the best kite festivals on the East Coast on Thursday, September 20 till Sunday, September 23. Thousands of spectators and kiting friends from across the country will meet in Ocean City, Maryland for five fun-filled days of kite competitions, games, relays, mass ascensions, workshops, fun and frolic.
Where to buy materials to make a kite:
- Premier kites: A local wholesale company (in Hyattsville) with over 4,000 kites ranging from tiny to 125x50 feet. Online orders only.
- American Kitefliers Association: Learn about kites, how to make a kite, and everything you wanted to know about kites.
- Drachen Foundation: Learn the basics for making a kite and find where to get the plans.
- Kitebuilder.com: A source for kite building supplies, information, plans, and more.
- Fly Market Kite Making Supplies: Everything you need to build kites - fabric, fittings, framing, and tools.
Where to Fly Your Kite:
- Mall by Washington Monument
- Darnestown Park
- Sandy Point State Park
- Ocean City Beach