Don’t miss the Berkeley Kite Festival – a FREE family event that will paint the skies over Berkeley this weekend.

WHEN: Sat/Sun, July 28/29 from 10am-6pm.

WHERE: Cesar E. Chavez Park at the Berkeley Marina. Parking at the Marina or at

Golden Gate Fields (for $20), but the shuttle is FREE. (Use Buchanan St. access to beat the traffic)

WHAT: 32nd Annual Berkeley Kite Festival & West Coast Kite Championships

  • Fun Activities both days:
    Free Kite Flying Lessons
    Free Kite Making,
    Free Candy Drop, (According to this year’s sponsor, Hills Physicians Medical Group, healthy treats will be mixed with the candy!)
    Free Rokkaku Battle
  • Worlds Largest Octopus Kite
  • Humongous Kites: Bigger than a house and longer than a train!
  • Sodo-Cho Kite Team from Hamamatsu, Japan. Amazingly, their kites are made from fine paper and bamboo.
  • Bay Area Sport Kite League 
  • Great Food & Music!
  • Bounce House, Petting Zoo, Face-painting, Pony Rides and more!
  • Sunday evening dinner cruise!

KITE FLYING: Kites are for everyone – for artists, adventurists, animation fans, dreamers and those with a love of modern kite flying. 

“ I love kites,” says Tom McAlister, owner of Highline Kites in Berkeley and founder of the Berkeley Kite Fest.”The physical act of looking up while flying kites makes you healthy. Become part of our Berkeley Kite Festival where the earth, wind, and sky combine to create an unequaled festival experience.

If you think about it, when you are flying a kite and looking up, your thoughts soar up into the beauty and freedom of colors and shapes flapping in the wind, touching the clouds and the blue sky. You almost experience the art of flying.

NOTE: The Kite Festival is FREE, but parking at the marina or at a shuttle stop (Golden Gate Fields) costs $20.  Shuttles from GGF are free.Valet parking for bikes is also available for free.

Highline Kites is located at 11 Spinnaker Way in the Berkeley Marina.

Kite Wranglers, John Khan with 50 foot Cat