Don’t worry if you forgot to bring a kite. You can buy one here at the festival. And better yet, volunteers are here to help you assemble them! Kites cost $15 and can be purchased at the kite sales tend (number 3 on the map).
People gather around the kite festival in the free green space to hang out and enjoy the sun. Many of the attendees are families with young children. As would be expected, many are flying kites. People have brought their own kites or have purchased a cherry blossom kite to fly. But this isn’t the only activity people are enjoying. Others have brought toys or balls, and one festival goer even brought a huge bubble creator. Others are standing around the demonstration area, watching the experts show off their amazing skills at flying kites in synchronized time and with an emotional tie to the music.
Damaged or broken kite? No worries. The festival has a kite doctor station near the entrance where festival goers can bring their kites for quick repairs.
The kite festival began at 10:00 am with an opening ceremony kick off. A short explanation of the history of the Cherry Blossom and an explanation of the kite festival started off the event. This was followed by the National Anthem and the unfurling of the flag. In true Kite Festival fashion, people also flew their patriotic flag-themed kites. Click one of the photos below to start the gallery and check out some of the fun.
Gallery photos by Jenny Hottle
Thinking of bringing your canine pal to the festival? Not a problem! Just make sure to keep all dogs on their leash and be careful they don’t chase after those colorful kites. There is also a pet comfort station with water and doggie treats.
There are several ways you can get information about the schedule and map while at the Cherry Blossom Kite Festival.
If traveling by Metro, look out for volunteers who are handing out Cherry Blossom Festival pamphlets. These include a map of the Metro, information about the history and tradition behind the festival, and a list of the different events that will be happening in the coming weeks. They can also point you in the right direction for the Kite Festival.
When heading towards the kite festival, be aware of the construction happening on the Washington monument. You will need to detour around this if heading from the Smithsonian metro stop.
When at the festival look out for large pink signs that include the days schedule of events and a map of where everything is located. If you are worried about getting lost, take a picture with you phone or camera to reference later.
You can also visit the information table (number 4 on the map) to get a pamphlets with the schedule, map, and other information about the festival. While at the table, pick up some free Chapstick or bubbles!