Smithsonian Kite Festival
The Smithsonian Kite Festival is dedicated to History!
The Smithsonian Kite Festival is a popular international kite festival that is held around March every year. Washington D.C. comes alive with screams of joy and excitement as the Smithsonian kite festival looks at exploring the old and new worlds of kites. The Smithsonian kite festival coincides with the cherry blossom festival in the city and is usually considered a part of the festivities that follow it.
The Smithsonian kite festival has a dedicated display on the history of kites where some of the best and most beautiful creations from across the world are displayed in exhibits specially created for the festival. This exhibit is just a small part of the Smithsonian kite festival, which also provides many opportunities to help the local community, especially the kids, by teaching them how to make kites and fly them.
The Smithsonian kite festival is renowned for its environment friendly competition and promotes kite making using recycled paper and other recycled materials. There are many seminars on wind power and kiting in itself while the entire lot of spectators is treated to a wonderful array of kites that are extremely colourful and traditional in nature.
The kite show in itself is a major spectacle as not only do you get to see a large variety of kites made in the USA, you also get to witness a number of traditional kites that are made with traditional methods by kite makers from around the world. A number of kite-makers travel to the Smithsonian kite festival to display their hand-made beauties and entertain the crowds.
The spectacle is organized every year as a charitable event and the Smithsonian Associates is one of the main sponsors for the event. If you visit the Smithsonian kite festival then you can, along with kite flying, learn about the art of making them and also about their history. You will be guided by expert kite-makers and flyers who are renowned in the world of kiting.
The Hot-Tricks battle is one of the highlights of the Smithsonian kite festival where kite flyers indulge in a battle of skills and tricks with their kites. The Rokkaku kite battle is another incredible contest where the participants fly traditional kites in a bid to outdo their competitors in a friendlier format of the battles.
Every year, the Washington D.C. area is home to the Smithsonian kite festival, a wonderful way to spend the day flying and learning about kites. The entire festival is absolutely brilliant with vibrant colours all over the place. To get a fresh experience in kite flying, and help the environment and the local community, drop in at the Smithsonian kite festival.