Soar Through the Decades as the Blossom Kite Festival Celebrates 50 Years of Kite Flying on the National Mall

SOURCE: National Cherry Blossom Festival

CONTACT: Nora Strumpf


Washington, DC [March 2, 2016] – The National Cherry Blossom Festival will celebrate the favorite tradition of 50 years of kite flying on the National Mall at the Blossom Kite Festival on Saturday, April 2 on the grounds of the Washington Monument (Constitution Avenue and 17th Street, NW) from 10a.m. to 4:30p.m. The event is known as the kick-off to kite
season and includes five areas to explore and enjoy: the Competition & Demonstration Field, Public Field, Kite Club Display Area, Family Field, and Activity Tents. A mini-parade steps off at 10:00 a.m. to launch the day.

The Blossom Kite Festival includes the following:

 Kites of the Decades: Celebrate 50 years of kite flying on the National Mall with a special showcase of kites from the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s and the 21st century.
 Competition & Demonstration Field: experienced and first-time kite makers enter the adult Kite Makers Competition.
 Kite Ballets: master kite fliers synchronize their kites to music.
 Rokkaku Battle: hexagonal-shaped fighter kites commonly flown in Japan are flown by teams in a competition to “cut” or “ground” opposing kites
 Hot Tricks Showdown: multi-line kite fliers engage in a series of one-on-one competitions and maneuver their sport kites in amazing flight patterns during 30 seconds of music. Winners are selected by audience applause.

All attendees are welcome to fly their own kites on the Public Field (no registration is required). In the Kite Club Display Area, master kite fliers and kite makers showcase their prized kites. This area is limited to invited individuals and clubs.

Throughout the event, the Capital Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association will display hang gliders and demonstrate kiting paragliders. Youth competitions take place on the Family Field. Families can also get expert advice and practice new skills. Throughout the Activity Tents, children can create their own simple kite with the National Cherry Blossom Festival Goodwill Ambassadors, or a more advanced sled kite with the West Indian-American Kite Association. At the Jumpstart at George Washington University tent, author Alicia Z. Klepeis will read her children’s story “Francisco’s Kites”. Visit the John Oxenham Memorial Kite Hospital for repairs to damaged or broken kites.

The Blossom Kite Festival is produced by the Festival with the assistance of a Kite Advisory Committee. The event is supported by media partners Washington Parent Magazine and BIG 100.3. After opening at 10:00 a.m., the schedule is as follows (schedule subject to change based on wind and weather):

Competition Field
Opening Remarks & 50 Years of
Kite Flying Kick-Off Parade 10am
Kite Ballets & Demos 10:30-11am
Adult Kite Makers Competition 11am-1pm
Demo: Kites of the Decades 1-2pm
Hot Tricks Showdown 2-3pm
Rokkaku Battle 3-4pm
Puzzle Rokkaku 4-4:15pm
Awards 4:15-4:30pm

Family Field
Youth Kite Makers Practice Fly 10:30-11am
Youth Kite Makers Competition 11-noon
Youth Kite Makers Awards noon-12:30pm
Mini Rokkaku Practice 12:30-1pm
Mini Rokkaku Challenge (ages 5-9) 1-1:30pm
Mini Rokkaku Challenge (ages 10-15) 1:30-2pm
Bol Races 2-3 pm
Family Open Fly 3:00-4:30pm

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is the nation’s greatest springtime celebration. The 2016 Festival, March 20 – April 17, includes three spectacular weeks and four weekends of events featuring diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit. Visit or call 877.44.BLOOM for more information and find us on Facebook (CherryBlossomFestival), Twitter (@CherryBlossFest), and Instagram (@CherryBlossFest).


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Celebrate 50 years of kite flying on the National Mall!

The Blossom Kite Festival soars into spring and kicks off the kite flying season with five areas to explore and enjoy: the Competition & Demonstration Field, Family Field, Kite Club Display Area, Activity Tents, and Public Field. See the creativity of kite makers and skill of kite fliers from across the US and internationally through competitions and demonstrations – including the popular Hot Tricks Showdown and the Rokkaku Battle! Open kite flying is welcome on the Public Field.

Bring your own kite, or children can make a kite to fly at an activity station (while supplies last).


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