Come Fly A Kite!

Yes, come fly a kite at the Blossom Kite Festival to be held on March 31, 2018.

 The beautiful Blossom Kite Festival is not just for kids. It's great fun for the whole family!! It draws serious kite fliers from all over the world who have unbelievable skills, both at creating their own kites and at flying them. At times the competition can get quite intense. 

And it's fascinating!

The festival began in 1967 as the brainchild of by Paul Garber, an aviation pioneer and the first curator of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. It was referred to as the Smithsonian Kite Festival and offered demonstrations, competitions, lectures and kite-making workshops. It also offered an opportunity for Mr. Garber and his wife to display kites they had personally designed and made. 

If you have not created your own incredibly imaginative and beautiful kite, do not worry! Come on to the festival! You won’t be alone.

If you don’t even have a kite, do not worry about it. Come on!  There are definitely more observers at the festival then participants.  You’ll be in good company. But if you absolutley must have a kite, you can make one at an activity station (while supplies last) at the festival. 

Do bring a pair of binoculars and your camera!! And come ready choose adn cheer for your favorite contestant! 

The festival takes place from 10:00am to 4:30pm on the grounds of the Washington Monument near 17th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, just across the Ellipse from the South Lawn of the White House. It's another way to get a look at the president's "backyard".

 Check the Blossom Kite Festival's website for details about the 2018 festival.