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Washington DC — By Jon Rochetti on March 24, 2010 at 4:39 pm
Filed under: best of week, Events, feativals, featuredarticle, kites, Smithsonian

Go Fly a Kite at the Washington Monument

Kites Take to the Air in Washington, DC

The weather on Saturday for the Smithsonian Kite Festival is expected to be sunny with highs near 60 degrees.

Kite adn US Capitol The annual Washington DC kite classic draws all kinds of kites, kite builders and kite flyers to the grounds of the Washington Monument.

The festival dates back to 1967, when first started by aviation pioneer Paul E. Garber.  He was the first curator to the National Air Museum that opened in 1946, and when the museum became part of the Smithsonian, and renamed the National Air & Space Museum, Garber was selected as the museum’s first curator where he assembled one of the most extensive collections of aviation history in the world.

The activities during the festival include:

  • Large display of hand-made kites from around the world,
  • Children’s activities including a kite making session,
  • Calligraphers lessons to teach children to write their names in traditional Japanese characters onto their kite
  • Stingray paper kite making demonstration

And of course, lots of kite flying and flying competitions.

To participate, bring a handmade kite that was built following the rules, including two of the more interesting rules in effect during the Handmade Kite competition.

  • The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) restricts all kites from being flown higher than 500 feet (just 55 feet below the top of the Washington Monument.)
  • All kite flyers are required to immediately pull down their kites if notified that the Presidential helicopter is approaching.

Panda KiteSo spend a sunny Spring day watching hundreds of colorful, beautiful, strange and gravity-defying kites compete at the annual Smithsonian Kite Festival.

Smithsonian Kite Festival
At the Washington Monument
Constitution Avenue, between 15th & 17th Streets, NW Washington DC (map it)

Date & Time – Saturday, March 27, 2010, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Opening Ceremony & Registration – 10:00 a.m.
  • Kitemaker a  & Master Kitemaker Competitions – 10:15
  • Children’s Kite Competition – Noon
  • The always popular Hot Tricks Showdown – 2:00
  • The six-sided Japanese Rokkaku fighting kite battle & Awards – 3:00

Admission – Admission and participation is free.

Nearest Metro Subway Station – Federal Triangle or Smithsonian – Orange and Blue lines, then a 4-block walk, or use the DC Circulator bus.

Images – Flickr –  panda, Capitol

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