Imagine hundreds of kites in every color, shape and size soaring skyward around the Washington Monument and you will begin to appreciate the Blossom Kite Festival. Kite fliers of all ages from across the United States and the world gather to fly handmade kites and compete for prizes during this colorful event.
The Kite Festival features a handmade kite competition for children and adults, with awards given in categories such as most artistic, most humorous and most patriotic. Other highlights include a Hot Tricks kite flying competition and the popular Rokkaku Kite battle, in which Japanese-style kites battle each other for sole command of the sky.
The original Smithsonian Kite Festival was sponsored by the Smithsonian Associates and the National Air and Space Museum. It was founded in 1967 by aviation pioneer Paul E. Garber (1899-1992).
The 2023 Blossom Kite Festival is scheduled for Saturday March 25, 2023 (Rain date, March 26, 2023). For more information on this year’s Kite Festival, click here.
Blossom Kite Festival
Hours: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm.
Parking: Street parking near the Washington Monument is very limited. General visitor parking is available along Ohio Drive, SW between the Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson Memorials.
Metrorail: Smithsonian or Federal Triangle on the Orange and Blue lines.
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