Preparing for the Virginia Beach Atlantic Kite Festival

Preparing for the Virginia Beach Atlantic Kite Festival


What To Know Before Taking Flight

If you have never been to Virginia Beach’s Atlantic Kite Festival, there are few simple things to know before hitting the beach for a day of kite flying. Occurring for the 11th year in a row, there is always something to do for every age and more and more surprises throughout the day.

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Here are some details about the event that you can prepare for as the fun flight day approaches:

The “Best Kite Contest” takes place from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. and is free to enter.

Everyone is invited to participate in the “Best Kite Contest.” To enter the “Best Kite Contest,” participants are to bring a kite they have either made themselves or purchased and fly it at the festival. The kite, however, should be decorated according to this year’s theme, “Colors in the Sky.”

There are two parts to the contest: the actual kite itself (how it was made or the overall appearance) and the participants ability to fly their kite for 5 minutes or longer at least 100 feet in the air.

The three competition divisions will be:

  • Master
  • Novice
  • Youth (ages 7-14)
  • Other family-friendly activities include kite building workshops led by Archie Stewart, a member of the American Kitefliers Association and the regional kite club of New England

    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 also be on site to sell various kinds of kites.

    Awards will be given for both the oldest and youngest kitefliers for:

  • Funniest kite
  • Most unusual kite
  • Biggest kite
  • There will also be “Flight Training” available at the festival! See here for more details.