KITE FLYING FUN FROM YOUR OWN BACKYARD!

BLOSSOM KITE FLY

PRESENTED BY OTSUKA AMERICA PHARMACEUTICAL, inc.

Take to the skies and join us for the long-standing tradition of kite flying in springtime during the 2021 Blossom Kite Fly! Register now for free through March 27, 2021. The first 100 people to register will receive a 2021 National Cherry Blossom Festival Collectible Lapel Pin! All participants who register will receive first access to virtual workshops and demos. Register by March 15 to add-on an official National Cherry Blossom Festival kite and limited edition Blossom Kite Fly t-shirt!

  • February 8-March 27: Register for Blossom Kite Fly and invite your friends to participate too!

  • March 15-28: Visit the Blossom Kite Fly webpage to enjoy virtual workshops and demos to prepare and get excited for Blossom Kite Fly.

  • March 27-28: Take to the skies and fly kites in your own backyard or neighborhood park! Don’t forget to share your experience on social media using the hashtags #BlossomKiteFly and #StepIntoSpring. If you have a private account or don’t use social media, text your favorite photos to 202-519-5090 for the chance to be featured in our online photo gallery. Safely engage with your environment and show us how you soar!

Don’t know where to fly your kite in DC? Check out this map from the DC Department of Parks and Recreation to find a place to show off your skills. Make sure to look for a park with open space and little to no trees. 

Let's Go Fly A Kite!

Kite Workshops

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History of Kite Flying Crossword Puzzle

Learn about the history of kite flying from the American Kitefliers Association. Then test your new knowledge with this crossword puzzle!

How to Fly a Kite

Learn the tips and tricks for flying a kite from expert kiteflier and member of the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s Kite Advisory Committee, Val Deale.

Kite Kit Tutorial

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If you were a recipient of a National Cherry Blossom Festival kite making kit, please watch this tutorial video to learn how to assemble your kite from kite building expert, Val Deale. Directed and edited by Emily Deale.

How to Make a Kite with Simple Materials

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Learn how to make a kite with a garbage bag and simple materials found around the house with the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s Event Manager and novice kite builder, Ashley Depew.

How to Make a Diamond Kite

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Learn how to make a diamond kite from scratch with kite building expert, Val Deale. Directed and edited by Emily Deale.

History of Japanese Kites

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Learn about the history of Japanese kites from Maggie Davis of the Embassy of Japan’s JICC (Japan Information & Culture Center) and Jim Cosca, member of the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s Kite Advisory Committee and Founding President of the Wings Over Washington Kite Club.

Kite Demos

Art, Beauty, and Sport of Kite Flying

Watch and learn about the art, beauty, and sport of kite flying demonstrated through team flying of synchronized quad-line sport kites. Narrated by Paul Dugard, a member of the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s Kite Advisory Committee.

Coloring Page of Blossom Kite Festival

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Reminisce on flying kites together on the grounds of the Washington Monument by coloring this scene from Blossom Kite Festival.

Flying Traditional Japanese Kites

Watch the splendor of a variety of Japanese kites including the Edo, Suruga, Rokkaku, and Yakko take to the skies. Kites were flown by the Wings Over Washington Kite Club, and the traditional Japanese kites were generously loaned by the Embassy of Japan’s JICC (Japan Information & Culture Center). Make sure to watch the “History of Japanese Kites” video in the section above to learn more about these magnificent kites.

10 Health Benefits of Kite Flying

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Learn some of the physical and mental wellness benefits of kite flying.

Spirit of Kite Flying

Learn fun facts, tips, and tricks about kite flying from local kite enthusiasts and members of the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s Kite Advisory Committee, Jim Cosca and Paul Dugard.

#BlossomKiteFly Photo Gallery

Thank You!

The National Cherry Blossom Festival would like to thank its Kite Advisory Committee and the Wings Over Washington Kite Club for sharing their advice, knowledge, and expertise on kite making and flying to help provide virtual content for the 2021 Blossom Kite Fly.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is grateful to the following organizations who helped distribute complimentary kite making kits, courtesy of Otsuka, to children in all 8 wards of the District and several neighboring communities: 

    • Arch Development
    • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington
    • Capitol Riverfront BID
    • DC Department of Parks and Recreation
    • Experience Prince George’s
    • Friends of Oxon Run
    • National Landing BID
    • NoMa BID
    • Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation

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