Washington State International Kite Festival

Have you been to Kite Festival?  Do you know, we do have Washington State International Kite Festival at Long Beach held every year?   It is one of the largest kite festivals in North America.

Washington State International Kite Festival, Long Beach , Washington , USA

Washington State International Kite Festival is a week long celebration event, with numbers of activities, competition that is held annually in month of August. Washington State International Kite Festival is organized by the World Kite Museum and the City of Long Beach, Washington. The Festival is free to the public.  Entry fees are required to participate in various competitions.

When – August 19th to August 25th, 2019.
Where   – Long Beach, Washington.

Washington State International Kite Festival, Long Beach , Washington , USA

Long Beach is a small town on south coast of Washington and its three and half an hour drive from Seattle. It stretches 28 miles along Washington’s southwest coast starting close to where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean.

The Kite Festival takes place on the beach on the Pacific Ocean coastline few blocks away from downtown Long Beach, along the Bolstad beach approach.  Festival is adjacent to a ½-mile long boardwalk which is an excellent viewing platform during the event.

Washington State International Kite Festival, Long Beach , Washington , USA

Event has various activities like Contests, Kite Fighting, Kite Flying choreographed with music, Junior kite flying competition, Workshops to make your own kites and Fireworks in evening on August 23rd 2019 Friday only. 

Washington State International Kite Festival, Long Beach , Washington , USA

Many Professional Kite fliers come from all around the world to participate in the event with their own kites.  It is not only for professional, Kite festival is open to all kite fliers be it a naive, kids, youngsters, teenagers, elders.  In fact, it is a Family oriented festival with lot of out door activities on sandy beach of Pacific Ocean. 

Washington State International Kite Festival, Long Beach , Washington , USA
Washington State International Kite Festival, Long Beach , Washington , USA

The sky is ablaze with varieties of kites in shape of fish, dogs, tigers, crabs, butterflies, colorful geometric shapes that spin around, superheroes , dragons, sharks, violin, octopus and many more.  Kite flying activities include kite trains, Rokkaku kite battles, sport kites, lighted kites flying at night, freestyle competition and kite flying choreographed to music.  Thousands of spectators enjoy the performances of expert kite fliers that come here from around the world.

Who doesn’t love to fly a kite?  If you don’t like to fly a kite, don’t worry you won’t be bored either. One can sit and relax on sandy beach and watch sky filled with colorful and various design kites.  You can enjoy strolling on Board walk.

Long Beach Board walk

Long Beach Board walk is almost half a mile that stretches along the beach with panoramic views of Long beach and distant view of North Head Lighthouse.

Washington State International Kite Festival, Long Beach , Washington , USA
Washington State International Kite Festival, Long Beach , Washington , USA

Kite festival is perfect getaway to spend quality time with family, friends and kids.  Washington Beach Peninsula offers 28 miles of silver sand, delicious sea food, go- karts, bike rides, live music shows, hiking and many other outdoor activities. There are many Food booths, merchandise, ATM, kite vendors, portable toilets lined up at the Bolstad beach approach leading to Kite flying area along the beach adding to the festive atmosphere. You can buy kites from local shops on beach area.

Washington State International Kite Festival, Long Beach , Washington , USA
Washington State International Kite Festival, Long Beach , Washington , USA

Do you love Beach driving, driving on beach sand?

Many people are attracted to Beach driving and take the opportunity to drive their vehicle on beach sand.   Long Beach is an official Washington State highway with a 25-mph speed limit.  A four-wheel drive vehicle is helpful but not required.  But remember if the two wheel drive vehicle got stuck in sand, you will need wood logs or help from others to get out of it.  Other option is getting towed away but who wants to spoil the fun with this.  So, keep in mind the limitations. 

To get an Eagle’s eye view

To get an eagle’s eye view of Long Beach with colorful kites, go to Bell’s View in Cape Disappointment State Park. It is a viewing platform constructed at the end of a quarter mile long paved trail along the top of North Head, which is the rocky headland that forms the southern boundary of Long Beach. if you are lucky enough then there are chances to see bald eagles that inhabit in the area.

View from North Head Lighthouse window .  Washington State International Kite Festival, Long Beach , Washington , USA
View from North Head Lighthouse window

Other Things to Do at Long Beach

Things to Do at Long Beach Washington with Family and kids at Kite Festival, Light houses

Hiking or Biking Discovery trail

Lewis and Clarke Discovery trail is 8.2 miles one-way paved trail that allows biking and walking.  The trail stretches between Long Beach in north and to Ilwaco in south.  The trail provides an excellent way to see the beach, coastal forest and landmarks.  On the trail, one can stop to visit at the gray whale skeleton, Basalt Monolith, Lewis and Clark carved tree.

Washington State International Kite Festival, Long Beach , Washington , USA
Grey Whale Skeleton point
Washington State International Kite Festival, Long Beach , Washington , USA
Basalt Monolith Long Beach WA

Two Functioning Light Houses

  • Cape Disappointment Lighthouse, Ilwaco
  • North Head Lighthouse, Ilwaco

The North Head Light house is only two miles north of Cape Disappointment Light house.  The lights from lighthouse needed distinct signatures. A fixed-white characteristic was chosen for North Head, while Cape Disappointment light house displayed alternating red and white flashes.  North Head Lighthouse is open for tour to visitors.  It is free for children under age 7 -17. For age 18 and older, its $2.50.  Children must be 7 years old to climb the lighthouse tower. Light house visit is a must to explore the history and functioning of Light house.

The Lighthouse offers sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, Long Beach Peninsula, Columbia River and the northern Oregon Coast.

North Head Light House, IIwaco, Washington State International Kite Festival, Long Beach , Washington , USA
North Head Light House

Museums

  • World Kite Museum & Hall of Fame
  • Marsh’s Free Museum
  • Cranberry Museum
Marsh's free Museum.  Washington State International Kite Festival, Long Beach , Washington , USA

Bumper Car Amusement in Downtown Long Beach

Washington State International Kite Festival, Long Beach , Washington , USA

State Parks

  • Cape Disappointment State Park
  • Pacific Pines State Park
  • Leadbetter Point State Park

Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center Ilwaco

Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center Ilwaco.  Washington State International Kite Festival, Long Beach , Washington , USA
Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center
  • Willapa National Wildlife Refuge
  • Velella, the By-the-Wind Sailor
Dead Jelly fish or dead Velella. Washington State International Kite Festival, Long Beach , Washington , USA
Dead Jelly fish or dead Velella

For kite flying lovers and beach lovers It is perfect getaway destination to relax on breezy beach with family and kids, enjoy the kite flying, biking or walking on Discovery trail, strolling on boardwalk parallel to beach, enjoy the view of distant light houses, waves crashing the beach, beautiful colorful sunsets, music concerts and fireworks.

Due to the popularity and fun filled outdoor activities of the event and the perfect location on the beach, the nearby Hotels and Lodging can fill up quickly, so it is best to make advance reservations starting from Spring.  

Washington State International Kite Festival, Long Beach , Washington , USA
View from Hotel window
Me enjoying Kite Festival -2018

Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula is all about exploration—whether it’s 28 miles of sandy beach, world-class cuisine, Fresh sea food, two functioning light houses, Panoramic views of Pacific Ocean, Pacific Northwest history.

Mark your Calendar so that you can plan for your Summer holidays. Plan your visit to Washington state International Kite Festival. It is at perfect timing when kids have school vacation and lovely climate weather. It is fun for all ages. You can check the Kite Festival Program Schedule. If you have been to Kite festival, share your comments about what was your experience and most interesting part of it.

Stay Healthy, Happy Traveling….

41 thoughts on “Washington State International Kite Festival

  1. starka2004

    This looks like so much fun! My kids would love to go to a festival like this. I will have to see if they have any where I live. Thanks, Candice @littlestepsbighappy.com

  2. Didn’t know there was such thing as kite festival. Sounds so fun, reminds me of my childhood days when me and my neighbors would fly kites around our neighborhood after school. These days, kids no longer fly kites around our neighborhood since they are all occupied by the internet

    1. Glad to know about your childhood days. Now a days, kids are busy with electronic gadgets. So visiting such a festival is a must for family to introduce outdoors love. Thank you Fae for giving a read.

  3. Aw this looks so fun! I wish we had something like this where I lived. Now that I think of it, kite-making and flying aren’t as common any more. Glad to see it’s still being celebrated in Washington!

    1. Sarah

      So adding this to my bucket list! Growing up I went to a lot of air shows due to my father being a pilot, but never a kite festival. This looks like so much fun, I know my kids would absolutely love it!

  4. I’ve never been, and never knew there was an event of that kind in Washington, but it looks like such a great time and such a beautiful setting as well to fly some kites!

  5. You find the most interesting and picturesque places to visit! I haven’t made it to Washington state yet, but when I do, this kite festival and the tulip festival are on my list to things to see.

    1. The Kite Festival is so colorful and the beauty of Long Beach adds more charm and stars to the experience of enjoying this. It is great vacation trip with family and kids in summer. Thank you for stopping by.

  6. Oh what fun! I did not know about kite festivals!!! I remember I used to fly kites when I was a kid with my brother and his friends… This post brought me so great memories… Will definitely keep this festival in mind for a future visit to Washington.

  7. Poovanesh

    I love kites. It’s a great way for families to have fun outdoors and bond at the same time. I love the structure of this post. You spoke about the kite festival but also other things a tourist can do there. I would have loved this festival. Something about watching a kite soar in the sky that makes you feel happier.

    1. Yes this is the most perfect outdoor trip that one can enjoy with family , kids and teens. It is so relaxing to enjoy the colorful skies with cool breeze from pacific ocean. Thank you Poovanesh for stopping by and giving a read.

  8. I have been wanting to travel to Washington state for so long now. I’m adding this to my “must do” list for when I finally get there❤️

  9. Wow I didn’t even know this festival existed!! It seems like so much fun (and so colourful). What a beautiful way to discover a new part of the world (for tourists) and to enjoy your home (for locals). Thank you for sharing! 🙂

    1. I was surprised too to find this festival in the state one year back. Me and my family love the location and kite flying. so we will planning for our upcoming trip during Kite Festival. Thank you Annick for stopping by to give a read.

    1. Yes Ma’am, Starting from Kite Festival, Beach, Seafood, Historic places, Pacific ocean, shopping. It is a bundle of fun activities with family and friends. Thank you very much for stopping by to give a read.

      1. Webb of Learning

        I didn’t know Washington had a kite festival. I love watching kites fly, so I will have to go and see this one year!

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