Longest running and biggest festival of its kind welcomes people to experience the simple pleasure and awesome spectacle of kite flying

LONG BEACH, Wash. – July 14, 2016 – A spectacularly colorful week of all things kites will take place in Long Beach, from August 15 through 21. The Washington State International Kite Festival offers a full, entertaining program of kite competitions, exhibitions and demonstrations, kite making and flying lessons, mass ascensions, indoor kite ballet, a teddy bear drop and more on the spaciously wide, sand beach in Long Beach, Washington.

“For kite flyers this is the kite festival to fly at and be seen flying at,” said Holli Friddle-Kemmer, festival organizer and director of the World Kite Museum. “For those that want to try kite flying and other spectators, it’s a very user friendly event where participation by all ages is encouraged.”

Making it easy to join in, the event offers three days of free kite making for children, a grandparents’ day, a kite photos workshop and numerous other interactive events for all ages. Other crowd favorites include the Rokkaku Battles, sport kites lessons and flying, themed mass ascensions, mystery ballet and, on Friday, the magical lighted night fly followed by a fireworks display.

Featured flyer for 2016 is a remarkable team of flyers from British Columbia – Island Quad. They will be performing artfully choreographed, breathtaking feats throughout the week.

Adding to festivities, an expanded lineup of live music will be performed in the beergarden on the Bolstad beach access, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon and Friday and Saturday evening.

The Washington State International Kite Festival is the longest running and biggest Kite Festival in the U.S. For a downloadable event program and more information, please visit www.kitefestival.com.

“In addition to the Razor Clam Festival, the Kite Festival is the most popular event on the Long Beach Peninsula,” said Andi Day, executive director, Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau. “Lodging can sell out quickly so it’s a good idea to reserve your room now or plan to visit mid week.”

About the Long Beach Peninsula

The Northwest’s favorite beach year round, Long Beach offers all the ingredients for a perfect summer getaway – sand, (some) sun, surf, great seafood, shopping and welcoming lodging. Easily accessible outdoor recreational options abound. Located in the southwestern-most corner of Washington State, the Long Beach Peninsula is a two-hour drive from Greater Portland and three from Greater Seattle. For event and destination information, please contact the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau at 360.642.2400 or visit funbeach.com.

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