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BERKELEY KITE FEST

2020 BERKELEY KITE FESTIVAL IS CANCLED

But you Can Still Make a Kite for Free! 

Presented by www.HighlineKites.com 

KITE FEST UP-DATE:
We are sad to report that due to Covid-19 there will be no Berkeley Kite Festival this summer. The good news is that our new Summer Kite Making Program is FREE and will be  available to all, for as long as our supplies last. Through this new program we hope the kite festival organization can be of service to our community especially during these challenging times

KITE FLYING NOW:
Getting outdoors with those we love has never been more important than it is today. The simple act of being active outdoors can boost our immune system. We’re certain that each of us could use a little extra boost this summer.

Making and flying kites are amazing ways to safely engage with our environment and with those we love. We hope that our free kite making program can help families get their kids away from their screen and looking up, even if just for a little while.

KITE FLYING ON A MICRO LEVEL USING OUR FREE KITE KIT:
Though there is no Berkeley Kite Festival, we encourage everyone to fly kites on a micro level. Our mission is to encourage local residents to gather outdoors within their closest familiar/household circles and fly kites together. This can be done at parks and beaches throughout California. (All of this can be done while observing social distance and utilizing masks where appropriate.) In our small groups we will be connecting with the universal wind and flying higher together. And with a bit of luck, we will be reminded to keep looking up. 

SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE ON SOCIAL MEDIA & ENCOURAGE OTHERS:
We invite all of you to share your kite flying stories and experiences via social media networks of your choice, using the hashtag #BKF2020, #FreeKiteKits, or #KiteFestFreeKiteKits. 

In doing so, you will inspire others to get outdoors and fly a kite! We would also like to invite everyone in our community to share their Berkeley Kite Festival memories. 35 years of Berkeley Kite Festivals, thats a lot of memories. 

WHERE CAN I PICK UP MY FREE KITE KIT?
Visit HighlineKites.com's  “Solar Powered Kite Shop on Wheels” at the Berkeley Marina’s Cesar E Chavez Park on weekends between 1:30pm and 6:30pm (Children must be accompanied by an adult). Look for us at 11 Spinnaker Way, Berkeley CA.  

NOTES FROM OUR FESTIVAL FOUNDER, TOM McALISTER:
Though we don't in any way want to diminish the challenges facing us today, it really is this simple: getting outdoors, flying a kite, and looking up are good for us. They have always been good for us, and are more important now than ever before.
 

For over three decades, the Berkeley Kite Festival has been an important part of the rich cultural heritage and diversity that make Berkeley such an exciting place to live. We will miss seeing all of you, and will especially miss working with our volunteer team that tops 100 members. Best wishes and health to all of you. 

Here at HighlineKites.com we hope that our efforts to encourage kite flying and kite making this summer can do just a little bit to make our world brighter, stronger, today and into the future. 

Stay Safe and Happy Flying, 

Tom McAlister and the Berkeley Kite Festival Team

 

We invite you to become part of our Berkeley Kite Festival where the earth, wind, and sky combine to create an unequaled festival experience. During the past 30 years, the Berkeley Kite Festival has developed a soaring reputation as one of the premier free family festivals on the West Coast.  

When we started the Berkeley Kite Festival 30 years ago we could never have imagined what a wonderfully vibrant spectacle it would become. We hope you can join for this one-of-a-kind event, which brings our community together in a fantastic and dynamic way.

Sincerely,

Tom McAlister
Owner of Highline Kites and founder of the Berkeley Kite Festival 

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A walk through the Berkeley Kite Festival

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  At the Berkeley Kite Festival it seems that a fresh surprise awaits around every corner. In one amphitheater you’ll find multi-line competitions of the Bay Area Sport Kite League. In another you’ll find events and other competitions, such as the candy drops and rokkaku battles. Look to the north and you will see the traditional kites of our special guests from the Sode-cho Kite-Flying Society of Hamamatsu, Japan. In the upper field you’ll enjoy the giant creature kite show of the Berkeley Kite Wranglers and Friends.

 

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  Just down the hill from the Wrangler Field, visitors can get hands-on demonstrations of all the latest products from Ozone Kites, Revolution Kites and Prism Designs. Backing up the demo fields is the giant HighlineKites.com tent, where you can get the best kites. Behind the kite tent you’ll see hundreds of kids enjoying the free kite making and behind them, a designated area along the ridge for families and their kites. Each area of the festival will give you a different taste of what kiting has to offer. If you find that your stomach should start to growl, simply follow ridgeline west to the widest array of food offerings ever seen at the BKF. Need a full meal? How about sushi, Thai food or seafood? Just want a snack? How about corn on the cob, pretzels or our favorite, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream? Everything looks so good, you’ll wish you could have one of each!
 


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