Smithsonian Annual Kite Festival in Washington D.C.
An annual springtime tradition in the nation’s capitol, the Blossom Kite Festival (previously known as the Smithsonian Kite Festival) takes place on the National Mall in Washington D.C. and attracts a diverse crowd of kite lovers and onlookers. Enjoy the graceful scene of hundreds of colorful kites in the air, from traditional diamond and box shapes to inspiring kites in the form of butterflies, rockets, airplanes, animals and more. Part of the festivities at the National Cherry Blossom Festival, this fun and exciting event is one of the most popular things to do in Washington D.C. and features kite fliers from across the United States and around the world. For 2013, the D.C. kite festival offers five distinct areas to discover: the Competition and Demonstration Field, Family Field, Activity Tents, Kite Club Display Area and the Public Field. Highlights of the Smithsonian Kite Festival include youth competitions, which take place on the Family Field at 11:00AM, and the Rokkaku Battle and Hot Tricks Showdown, which take place from 1:3oPM to 4:00PM on the Competition Field. Enjoy displays of kite flight showmanship with hexagonal-shaped fighter kites, and watch the competitors maneuver their kites in amazing patterns and quick cuts.
The D.C. kite festival is free for everyone and also has plenty to do for families. The kite festival in D.C. takes place this year on Saturday, March 30 from 10:00AM to 4:30PM on the grounds of the Washington Monument at Constitution Avenue and 17th Street. Parking is limited at the Blossom Kite Festival, and those attending are encouraged to take public transportation (the most convenient stops are Federal Triangle and Smithsonian).