This Weekend: Berkeley Kite Festival

Are you in the mood to just go fly a kite? You’re in luck. The Berkeley Kite Festival takes place this Saturday and Sunday, July 25 and 26. Sponsored by Hill Physicians Medical Group and HighlineKites.com, the event takes place at the Berkeley Marina. Parking is available at nearby Golden Gate Fields for $15, with shuttles regularly running between the lots and the Marina.

“Kites aren’t just for kids any more,” the Festival’s website reads. “Experience the excitement and artistry of modern kite flying. You’ll find something for everyone at the Berkeley Kite Festival, from the Giant Creature Kites as big as houses to the free Kite Making and Candy Drop for kids. You don’t want to miss this year’s Annual Berkeley Kite Festival!”

Specific events include the following:

· Free kite making: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

· Free Candy Drops: 2:30 p.m.

· Free kite-flying lessons: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

· Free Rokkaku Battle

Special guests include:

· The Berkeley Kite Wranglers and Friends

· Bay Area Sport Kite League

· Sode Cho Kite Team of Hamamatsu, Japan

· Brian Champie’s King of the Hill Gang

Other events include:

· The world’s largest octopus kite

· Team Kite Ballet

· Taiko drummers

· Giant kite sales tent

· Manufacturers’ demonstrations

· Arts and crafts booths

· A Sunday evening dinner cruise on the Empress Hornblower dining yacht

Best of all, admission is free! The Festival takes place at Cesar E. Chavez Park at the Berkeley Marina from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Remember that this is the 30th annual event – all the more reason to attend this classic tradition that never fails to bring out the crowds. Bring your kids, your parents, your loved ones and your spirit of adventure (as well as your sunscreen) and recapture your love of flying a kite!