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The Berkeley Kite Festival

The Bay Area’s biggest two-day kite celebration returns for 2016
By - posted 7/28/2016 No Comment

Kites aren’t just for kids any more. Experience the artistry of modern kite flying at the 31st Annual Berkeley Kite Festival & West Coast Kite Championships.

You’ll find something for everyone, from the giant creature kites as big as houses, to the free kite making and free candy drops for kids.

2016 Berkeley Kite Festival
Sat-Sun, July 30-31 2016 | 10 am to 6 pm
Berkeley Marina
FREE, but parking is $15 (proceeds support local charities)

2016 Happenings

Hands-on Activities:

  • Free Kite Making: 11 am to 1 pm
  • Free Candy Drops: 2:30 pm
  • Free Kite Flying Lessons: 11 am to 4 pm
  • Free Rokkaku Kite Battle

Special Guests:

  • The Berkeley Kite Wranglers & Friends
  • Bay Area Sport Kite League
  • Sode Cho Kite Team of Hamamatsu Japan
  • Brian Champie’s King of the Hill Gang

Event Highlights:

  • World’s Largest Octopus Kite
  • Humongous Kites: Bigger than a house and longer than a train
  • Team Kite Ballet
  • The Berkeley Kite Wranglers & Friends
  • West Coast Kite Championship competition presented by BASKL
  • 20,000 sq. ft. of Giant Creature Kites from New Zealand
  • Taiko Drummers
  • Japanese-Style Rokkaku Kite Battle for the Skies
  • Giant Kite Sales Tent
  • Manufacturers’ Demonstrations
  • Free Kite Making, Kite Flying Lessons and Candy Drop
  • Food & Music
  • Arts & Crafts Booths

Admission is free, but parking in the Marina is $15. Overflow Parking at Golden Gate Fields is $15 and includes free shuttles to and from the festival.