Berkeley Kite Festival Takes to the Skies

Pick up tips from pros, make your own kite, and contemplate kite flight.


Up in the sky! It’s a bird; it’s a plane … it’s a kite? From the earliest annals of history, mankind has gazed at the sky and dreamed of flight and wrangled kites in that aerial exploration. Chinese philosopher Mo Di experimented with silk and bamboo kites in the fifth century, and Benjamin Franklin used one in his famous electrical experiments in the 1700s.

The kite’s power to interpret the skies and harness its user’s imagination take center stage this month when Highline Kites hosts the Berkeley Kite Festival, an annual celebration of kites for 30 years in the windy wilderness of Cesar Chavez Park. It’s the perfect chance for the whole family to get together to embrace a fascination with flight. Experts can test their prowess in team kite flying, while newbies can participate in free kite-making workshops or take free kite lessons to help get their crafts off the ground. The festival also has a special kids zone for the young ones, complete with bounce house, petting zoo, and pony rides.

Sat., July 28–Sun., July 29, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free, Cesar E. Chavez Park, 11 Spinnaker Way, Berkeley,

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