The 5th Annual LBI FLY International Kite Festival

The 5th Annual LBI FLY International Kite Festival

The 5th Annual LBI Fly International Kite Festival will return to Long Beach Island’s beautiful beaches October 11-13, 2019. This free, Columbus Day weekend event will bring an array of colorful and creative kites and talent to the skies. We know you will enjoy this fabulous community event!

artistic bright colored kite shaped like an eagle soaring through the blue skiesWhile the first LBI FLY International Kite Festival (Oct. 2015) featured 32 registered kite fliers, this year’s festival will highlight over 100 kite flyers from the United States, France, Germany, Colombia, and Canada! From giant inflatable octopuses to glow-in-the-dark kites flying in the night sky, it’s all happening here on LBI.

Other events include the Sport Kite Demonstrations, where kite fliers perform choreographed musical routines using both four line and dual line sport kites. Fliers will compete for points toward a national competition in various disciplines of sport kiting, such as precision routines, and musical routines for individual, pairs, and team flying. Another flying feat is the Indoor Kite Show & Competition, where celebrity kite fliers fly kites in zero wind using continuous movement.

In addition to the creative giant inflatable kites (imagine a full-size whale and fairytale horses), you will be amazed by this year’s beautifully designed and artist kites by artists who have won prestigious awards in kite competitions throughout the United States and Europe.

The festival culminates in the much-anticipated musical night fly, during which the single line kites will twinkle and blink like bright stars in the night sky. After this high-flying weekend, you may want to take up kite flying as your hobby, if it isn’t already!

Schedule of Events

Friday, October 11

  • Kite Flying Demonstrations (Ship Bottom Beaches 17th – 25th Streets) 12-4pm
  • Quad Kite Grid Workshop & Practice (Ship Bottom Beach 13th Street, Main Demonstration Field) 1-4pm
  • Learn to Fly – Traction Kites (Ship Bottom Beach 17th Street) 1-3pm
  • Large Kite, Banner, and Ground Displays (Ship Bottom Beaches 17th – 25th Streets 12-3pm
  • Wind Garden Installation (Drifting Sands Hotel) 12 3pm
  • Kitty Hawk Kite Market (Location TBA) 12-4pm
  • Indoor Kite Competition and Indoor Show (Ship Bottom 20th Street, LBI School) 6:30- 9pm

Saturday, October 12

  • Giant 3D Inflatable Kite Show (Ship Bottom Beaches) All Day
  • Learn to Fly – Traction Kites (Ship Bottom 16th Street) 10am-4pm
  • Large Kite, Banner Displays, Ground Displays (Ship Bottom Beaches 17th – 25th Streets) 10am-4pm
  • Candy Drops (Ship Bottom 13th Street, Main Demonstration Field) 11am-3pm
  • Bol Kite Races (Ship Bottom 14th Street) 12pm
  • Memorial Fly (Ship Bottom 13th Street, Main Demonstration Field) 12pm
  • Sport Kite Demonstrations (Ship Bottom 13th Street, Main Demonstration Field) All Day
  • Kids Kite Making (Drifting Sands Hotel Picnic Area) 10am-2pm
  • Wind Garden Installation (Drifting Sands Hotel) 12-3pm
  • Kitty Hawk Kite Market (Location TBA) 10am-4pm
  • Kite Demonstration at the “Shellabration” (68th Street Beach, Long Beach Township) 12-5pm

Sunday, October 13

  • Giant 3D Inflatable Kite Show (Ship Bottom Beaches) All Day
  • Learn to Fly – Traction Kites (Ship Bottom 16th Street) 10am-4pm
  • Large Kite, Banner Displays, Ground Displays (Ship Bottom Beaches 17th – 25th Streets) 10am-4pm
  • Candy Drops (Ship Bottom 13th Street, Main Demonstration Field) 11am-3pm
  • Bol Kite Races (Ship Bottom 14th Street) 12pm
  • Mayor’s Kite Battle (Ship Bottom 13th Street, Main Demonstration Field) 12pm
  • Sport Kite Demonstrations (Ship Bottom 13th Street, Main Demonstration Field) All Day
  • Kids Kite Making (Drifting Sands Hotel Picnic Area) 10am-2pm
  • Wind Garden Installation (Drifting Sands Hotel) 12-3pm
  • Kitty Hawk Kite Market (Location TBA) 10am-4pm
  • Night Fly Extravaganza (Barnegat Lighthouse State Park) 6:30-8:45pm

This fun, Columbus Day weekend event will take place during the last week of our open season. Our Sand Castle Bed & Breakfast will re-open in the beginning of May, just in time for your spring getaway. We are open throughout the fall and winter for inquiries and gift certificates, so please contact us any time.

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