Kites aren't just for kids any more. Experience the excitement and artistry of modern kite flying. You'll find something for everyone at the Berkeley Kite Festival. From the Giant Creature Kites as big as houses, to the free Kite Making and Candy Drop for kids, you don't want to miss this year’s Annual Berkeley Kite Festival.
Join kite enthusiasts young and old at the Berkeley Kite Festival! Held at Ceasar E. Chavez Park within the Berkeley Marina, this annual festival is a weekend of high-flying fun during which you can sit back, relax, and watch amazing kite stunts, battles and even ballets, or bring your kite along with you and take an active part in the festivities.
The times below are based on several previous years of experience.
Both Saturday and Sunday families will enjoy the following hands-on events:
* 11am-1pm: Kite making
* 2:30pm: Candy drop
* 11am-4pm: Free kite flying lessons
Also at event:
* Team Kite Ballet
* Huge octopus kite
* Kites bigger than houses/longer than trains
* 20,000 sq. ft creature kites from New Zealand
* Taiko Drummers
* Rokkaku Battle
* music, food, arts & craft booths
Tips to take to heart when considering attending the Berkeley Kite Festival:
* arrive early, at about 9:45am (to avoid TONS of traffic AND actually find parking)
* dress in layers; the Bay Area has many micro-climates, can be cold and wind is essential for this event, so be prepared
* bring sunscreen, hats, sunglasses
* low chairs and/or blankets as seating are a must; you'll be sitting on grass watching kites fly for a large portion of the day, but keep in mind, chairs will need to be carried around as you and the family enjoy hands-on activities.
There are four paid parking lots ($10) along University Avenue, West of I-80. Or there is free parking East of I-80 with access across the new bike/pedestrian bridge.
This is a pretty cool festivil. I wouldn't say its exactly a super entertaining activity for the kids though. The younger ones at least. It more geared towards the older crowd. They have all these exotic beautiful kites from all over the world. And they even have this little van that is by the area where the kites are usually flown that sells kites so if you do end up forgetting yours at home for some reason you can always purchase one there by the field.
At the end of July every year, pack a picnic and head over to the hills at the Berkeley Marina. Watch amazing kite flying (who knew it could be competitive or require physical conditioning?), make and fly your own or just admire the huge, intricate or wacky designs on display. Kids adore it!!!!