Kites are symbols of spring. As winter comes to an end, days get longer and plants around us bloom into color, remember to look up for some fun in the sky. The season is perfect to throw care to the wind and go kite flying.
Here are four festivals to check out around the world, whether you’re already planning a trip this spring or looking for inspiration about where to fly a kite next year.
Right in the middle of the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s full month of springtime celebrations and events, visitors need only head to the grounds of the National Monument to see hundreds of professional and amateur kite flyers gather and show their skills. The Blossom Kite Festival is a free, family-friendly event that takes place annually on a Saturday in late March or early April.
Hamamatsu City, Japan
During the annual Hamamatsu Festival in May, witness a kite-flying battle on Nakatajima beach. Colors clash as good-spirited kite fights fill the skies during the three-day festival that attracts more than a million people. Fun fact: Kite-flying tradition dates back about 460 years here, when a kite was flown as a good omen for the prince’s oldest son, according to Hamamatsu Castle history.
Long Beach, Washington
For those who prefer summer over spring travel, you can catch a kite festival during the third full week in August each year in Washington state. Thousands flock to the event for choreographed kite flying and to see top kite flyers from around the world take their stage in the sky. While you’re in the area, check out the World Kite Museum and Hall of Fame.
Colorful kites fill the skies along the beach of Pinarella di Cervia during 10 days in late April and early May. This free, family-friendly festival attracts “wind artists” from five continents and features impressive performances as well as kite-making workshops for the kids.
*The photo featured at the top of this article was taken on the shores of the Pacific Ocean in Long Beach during the Washington State International Kite. Photo by William Bigelis, Flickr.