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 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 is International Kite Festival ?
August 19th to August 25th, 2019.
Where – Long Beach, Washington.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Other Things to Do at Long Beach
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.
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.
- World Kite Museum & Hall of Fame
- Marsh’s Free Museum
- Cranberry Museum
Bumper Car Amusement in Downtown Long Beach
For the families that loves adventures in nature, Then there are options of State Parks near Long Beach and IIwaco.
- Cape Disappointment State Park
- Pacific Pines State Park
- Leadbetter Point State Park
Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center Ilwaco
- Willapa National Wildlife Refuge
- Velella, the By-the-Wind Sailor
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.
Where to Stay at Long Beach?
Due to the popularity of International Kite Festival , tourists and Kite Lovers come from world wide. Also along with Kites there are many fun filled outdoor activities and the perfect location on the beach makes the near by Hotels and accommodations get booked before the Summer vacations.
High End/ Luxury Hotel –Best Western Long Beach Inn . The best Long Beach has to offer. Perfect for Pet Owners or for a weekend splurge.
Mid Range/ Couple Stay – Inn at the Sea Lovely and at a great Location.
Budget Hotel – Campbell House at Klipsan Beach Little away from Long Beach, this place has a social atmosphere and a good breakfast.
Do check nearby Hotels and Lodging if you cannot get booking , as it fills up quickly, so it is best to make advance reservations starting from Spring or Summer vacations.
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.
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