About The Festival

The Santa Barbara Kite Festival is a family-friendly annual kite festival held every April in the Great Meadow lawn on the west campus of Santa Barbara City College. Festival creator and Kite Master Rakesh Bahadur’s family opened the first commercial kite store in America in the 1970s. Rakesh and Festival Director David Hefferman present the festival each year to the community as a “labor of love”. They have enjoyed kite flying with generations of families from far and near over the years. “We’ve seen families literally grow up at the festival, and then return with their own new families each year.

Lion Award Winner Basir Beria, David Hefferman, Kite Master Rakesh Bahadur 4-14-19

Kite Flying Quips & Quotes

Don’t worry about the weather, you don’t need a windy day to fly a kite!

Rakesh Bahadur

Kite flying is truly a cooperative endeavor, inviting each person to work and play together to succeed.

David Hefferman

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.

Dr. Seuss

Let’s build something together.


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