National Kite Month kicks off—takes flight? gets off the ground?—on Saturday, opening with one of the nation’s most colorful kite events: the 3rd annual Blossom Kite Festival on the Washington Monument grounds in Washington, D.C., part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
To include a cluster of major kite fests in Chicago, Virginia and Minnesota in the designated celebration period, National Kite Month actually extends through the first weekend of May. That's A-OK with us. Bonus time for fun things is a fine idea.
You can scan a brief list of 2013 kites festivals below. Lots of others can be found on an event calendar maintained by the American Kitefliers Association.
Toeing the line: Some skilled kitefliers take a hands-off approach to their hobby.
In search of a cool kite? A nice selection from Prism Designs is available at REI.
A Brief Assortment of 2013 Kite Festivals
||Festival and Website
||Blossom Kite Festival
(Washington Monument grounds)
||Cloud Buster Kite Fest
||Go Fly a Kite
||Chicago Kids and Kites Festival
||Virginia Beach, Va.
||8th Annual Atlantic Coast Kite Festival|
||Grand Haven, Mich.
||24th Annual Great Lakes Kite Festival|
||Berkeley Kite Festival
||Long Beach, Wash.
||Washington State International Kite Festival|
For additional festivals, see the American Kitefliers Association calendar.