The forecast calls for sunny skies and light winds this Sunday, April 8th from 11am-5pm at the 33rd annual Santa Barbara Kite Festival on the west campus lawn (next to Garvin Theatre) at Santa Barbara City College. This year’s theme is “Color the Wind”.

In addition to the ever-popular “Children’s Tail Chase”,  new kite contests returning this year include “Best of Fest”, “Best Ground Display (banners, flags display), “Youngest & Oldest Kite Flyers”, “Most Unique/Unusual Kite”, “Funniest Kite”, and “Most Unflyable Kite”! Popular contests ready to fly include “Most Beautiful” (handmade & commercial), “Highest Flying”, and “Largest & Smallest Kites”. Skilled sport kite flyers will also demonstrate the sophisticated and fast art of sport flying.  Prizes will be awarded to all contest winners. Several sponsors have stepped up this year underwriting beautiful awards for Best of Fest, Most Unique/Unusual Kite, Most Beautiful, and Highest Flying. The festival is located on the west campus of Santa Barbara City College, 973 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, Ca 93109. Admission to the festival is free. Parking is available on both west campus and the main campus. Kites, food, and beverage can be purchased at the festival.

April 2018 is officially “Kite Month” in Santa Barbara. Thanks to a proclamation by the Santa Barbara City Council, the month of April is designated as “Kite Month” in Santa Barbara. The Santa Barbara Kite Festival has also been recognized by the city for its annual contributions to community recreation and family fun.  Santa Barbara’s Kite month of April is promoted in coordination with the National Kite Month of April – co-founded by the American Kite Flyers Association and the Kite Trade Association International .


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