Event Highlight: Atlantic Coast Kite Festival 2018


Looking for something to do this weekend? Come down to the Virginia Beach Boardwalk for a flying good time!


The Atlantic Coast Kite Festival is back for 2016 in Virginia Beach! Photo Credit: beachstreetusa.com The Atlantic Coast Kite Festival is back for 2016 in Virginia Beach!
Photo Credit: beachstreetusa.com


This weekend, kite aficionados, amateur flyers and spectators will “ooh” and “aah” as these colorful contraptions take to the sky! If you’re a pro who wants to go for the Best Kite Contest, or if you’ve always wanted to learn how to send a kite soaring through the skies, this is the place to be.

DATE: May 5, 2018 to May 6, 2018


Kite fliers and spectators of all ages will experience a visual feast at the Atlantic Coast Kite Festival.  This popular event features a variety of activities appropriate for all ages and all levels of kite aficionados.

Location: Virginia Beach Oceanfront

On the beach between 16th and 18th Streets

Kite-buliding workshop on the boardwalk at 17th Street


Saturday, May 5 – 10:00am-4:00pm

Sunday, May 6 – 11:00am-4:00pm

Everyone is invited to take part in the Atlantic Coast Kite Festival’s “Best Kite Contest.”  To enter this contest, participants bring a kite that they have made or purchased and fly it at the festival.  The contest consists of two parts: the actual kite itself (how it looks and how well it is made), and the participant’s ability to fly the kite.  Participants must be able to fly their kites consecutively in the air for 5 minutes at a height of 100 feet.  Kites will be judged on Flight (ability to fly for 5 minutes), Structural Design, Craftsmanship, and Visual Appeal.  There will be three competitive divisions: Master, Novice, and Youth (ages 7-14).  Trophies will be awarded for all divisions.

The Best Kite Contest is free to enter, and takes place from 1:30-3:00pm each day.

“Flight Training” – Experienced kite enthusiasts will assist novice flyers.  Topics include equipment selection, laying out of lines, setting up the field, launching the kite, flying and landing a kite, and safety.

“Flight Training” will take place each day. 

Families are invited to participate in kite building workshops led by Archie Stewart of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.  Archie is a member of the American Kitefliers Association (AKA), and is a past Board Member and Chairman of Festivals and Competitions for Kites Over New England (KONE).  He is also a member of ConnectiKiters kite club, headquartered in Norwalk, CT and a member and competitor of the Eastern League Flyers Association. These workshops are free and include kite materials and instructions on how to build a kite, as well as the aerodynamics of kite flying and kite safety.

American Kite Association members from throughout the East Coast will present kite demonstrations, perform kite routines to music, and fly giant kites (up to 80 feet long) that include an octopus kite!  Kite vendors will be on site to sell various kinds of kites.

Awards will also be given each day for oldest and youngest kitefliers, funniest kite, most unusual kite, and biggest kite.

Admission to the kite festival is free.