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Kite Festival 2010 - The 44th Smithsonian Kite Festival in Washington, DC

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Kite Festival 2010 - The 44th Smithsonian Kite Festival in Washington, DC

Smithsonian Kite Festival on the National Mall

Courtesy of the Smithsonian Institute

The Smithsonian Kite Festival 2010 will be held on March 27, 2010. The Kite Festival takes place on the grounds of the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

This year marks the 44 th year the festival has been up and flying. The Kite Festival is organized by The Smithsonian Associates and the National Air and Space Museum. Festival goers will be treated to kite displays, demonstrations and handmade kite competitions.

This is an adventure that the whole family can enjoy. Bring a kite, register, find the wind and start flying. This year’s theme is going Green and participants are challenged to construct their kites out of environmentally friendly materials. The sky is limit on creativity.

Schedule of Events

10 a.m. Opening ceremony; registration begins

10:15 a.m. Kite maker/master kite maker competition begins

Noon Kite maker/master kite maker competition breaks; children’s competition begins

12:30 p.m. Registration ends

1 p.m. Children’s competition ends; children’s award ceremony; kite maker/master kite maker competition resumes

2 p.m. Competition is completed; Hot Tricks Showdown

3 p.m. Rokkaku Challenge and kite maker/master kite maker awards ceremony begins

Activities at the Kite Festival

  • There will be activity tents for festival goers to enjoy, learn and create.

  • Launching of the 150-kite arch train display, which was created to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Smithsonian Institution in 1996.

  • Kitemaking demonstrations and hands-on activities sponsored by local kite clubs, West Indian American Kiters Association, The Drachen Foundation, and the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

  • The "Field of Colors" ground display of flags and banners by participating kite clubs.

Visitors to Washington, DC will be pleased to know that there are many hotels located close by. For instance, the Loews L’enfant Plaza, the Hay Adams, the Capitol Skyline Hotel and the Holiday Inn Capitol Hill are within minutes of The Smithsonian Museum. Search more hotels in DC.

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