12 of the World’s Best Kite Festivals

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How would you feel about attending a festival packed with colourful kites, exciting tutorials, and fellow kite-flying enthusiasts? Unlike online casino games, which just about everyone loves, kites may be a somewhat niche interest, but you will be impressed to know that there are dozens of great festivals out there specifically designed for kite enthusiasts!

Are you intrigued yet? Here are the 12 most popular kite festivals to experience around the world.

1: Uttarayan Kite Festival – India

The Uttarayan Kite Festival is held each year on Makar Sankranti, the end of the winter solstice, in India. The festival is celebrated in Surat, Gujarat, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot and Nadiad, which are also the major centres of kite flying in the country. Participants take to the roads and the rooftops to fly their favourite kites and compete with each other.

2: Blossom Kite Festival – Washington DC, US

This iconic festival is held each year at the grounds of the Washington Monument. It consists of various demonstrations, contests, kite battles, kite-building workshops and other related events.

3: Adelaide International Kite Festival – Australia

Hosted at Semaphore Beach every Easter weekend, this kite festival features local and international guests together with Australia’s top kite-flying talents. Its highlights include kite-making workshops, a bustling Festival Marketplace, and incredibly colourful views.

4: Weifang International Kite Festival – China

Weifang is known as the “kite capital of the world” for good reason. The International Kite Festival has been held there since 1984, and it attracts thousands of guests each year. Its activities include professional kite-flying performances and a unique kite design competition as well.

5: International Kite Festival of Cervia – Italy

This popular Italian event is hosted at Pinarella beach, and features workshops, flight shows, crafting activities and even live concerts. This year’s edition of the festival will be the official 40th International Kite Festival!

6: Berkeley Kite Festival – California, US

This Berkley Marina-based event welcomes the whole family for a range of kite-related activities. As well as kite flying, visitors can also attend free kite-making seminars, play team kite ballet, and engage in the ‘candy drop’ – a unique fusion of kite-flying and pinata smashing. The event also boasts food and drink vendors, arts and crafts markets, and musical shows.

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7: Portsmouth International Kite Festival – England

This event has been dubbed one of the world’s best kite festivals. Hosted yearly at Southsea Common, the Portsmouth festival showcases the thrilling arts of kite flying and making. Other activities on offer include refreshments, craft stalls, and kids’ kite-making tutorials and amusements.

7: Bali Kite Festival – Indonesia

Take to Bali’s picturesque Sanur Beach for this annual experience, which started as a prayer to the local gods for good harvests. The festival has now become an international event and one of Bali’s most colourful gatherings.

8: Festival of the Winds – Sydney, Australia

The largest kite festival in Australia is hosted at Bondi Beach. Kites of all shapes and colours take to the skies at this top event, which attracts over 70,000 visitors each year. It also boasts concerts, international food and drink options, kids’ activities and a full live entertainment roster.

9: Dieppe Kite Festival – France

This festival is held in the town of Dieppe on the Normandy coast, and is completely free to attend. It offers activities like kite-building workshops and demonstrations, along with shopping opportunities, food and drink, local music and dancing, and French street theatre too.

10: Cape Town International Kite Festival – South Africa

Africa’s largest kite festival is held at the Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve in Muizenberg. Attended by over 20,000 people each year, it boasts highlights like kite flying and making, children’s rides, craft markets, and live entertainment. All entry costs to the concert held at the festival are donated to charity.

11: Pacific Rim Kite Festival – Canada

The Pacific Rim Kite Festival is hosted in June each year at Garry Point Park, Richmond. Visitors can see professional kite flying demonstrations, music, food and drink vendors, mini parachute races, and teddy bear and candy drops for youngsters.

12: Huntington Beach Kite Party – California, US

Hosted at Huntington Beach, California in early to mid-March every year, the Huntington Beach Kite Party attracts pro kite flyers from every corner of America. Visitors can enjoy professional demonstrations or fly their own kites in a newbie-friendly separate arena.

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