Are you “Up” for the return of the Santa Barbara Kite Festival? The theme and date has been announced for the 2022 Santa Barbara Kite Festival! This year’s theme is “Up”. After a two year hiatus, the 36th Santa Barbara Kite Festival will return to the Great Meadows on Santa Barbara City College’s west campus 11am-4pm Sunday, April 10th, 2022.
Festival organizers selected “Up” for this year’s theme as a positive statement of change in the community and return of the festival.
Families and friends will definitely be up for the children’s kite tail chase featuring the master kite flying of Rakesh Bahadur. In addition, the festival will feature friendly competitions “Best of Fest”, “Best Ground Display”, “Youngest & Oldest Kite Flyers”, “Most Unique/Unusual Kite”, “Funniest Kite”, “Most Un-flyable Kite”, “Most Beautiful” (handmade & commercial), “Highest Flying”, “Largest & Smallest Kites”, and “Sport Flying”. Prizes will be awarded to all contest winners. The Great Meadows are located on the west campus of Santa Barbara City College, next to the Garvin Theatre at 721 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 beverages can be purchased at the festival. All current county health and safety protocols will in place at the event.
Thanks to a 2007 City Council proclamation, the month of April is officially recognized as “Kite Month” in Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara’s kite month 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 .
Our “Youngest & Oldest Kite Flyers” Winners April 2019