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2012 Kite Festivals and Events

Posted: Sun, Nov 27 2011, 10:14 PM
by goestoeleven
Well, I think I started this last year, so I might as well start it again this year. Working on this lets me procrastinate a whole bunch of "real" work.

Admins . . . Feel free to make a new category for 2012 & tow this thread over there.

Here's what I have so far:

January
Cool Fool Kite Festival - January 1, 2012 - Veterans Park, Milwaukee, WI
Treasure Island Kite Festival - January 14-15 (+16th?), 2012 - Treasure Island, FL

February
Color the Wind - February 18, 2012 - Clear Lake, Iowa

March
Kite Party 10 - March 10-11, 2012 - Huntington Beach, CA . . . .yeah, I'm in for this one.

April (National Kite Month)
Airwaves Kite Fest - or here - April 14-15, 2012 - West Chester, OH
Wheaton Go Fly A Kite Festival - April 21 - Wheaton, IL
Flights of Fancy - April 21, 2012 - Lee's Summit, MO
Oswego Earth Day Kite Fly - April 21, 2012 - Oswego, IL

May
Family Kite Festival - May 26-27 - Veterans Park, Milwaukee, WI
Great Lakes Kite Festival - May 18-20, - Grand Haven, MI

June
Outta Sight Kite Flight - June 2-3 - Kenosha, WI
Michigan Kite Festival - June 9-10 - Richland, MI
Jamestown Kite Festival - June 9-10 - Jamestown, ND
EAA Wings on Strings - June 16, Oshkosh, WI
Shawano Fun Fly - June 23 - Shawano, WI

July
Fireworks Kite Festival - July 3 - Veterans Park, Milwaukee, WI

August
Chicago Botanic Garden - Aug 11-12 - Glencoe, IL - (Room for kids kites, professional demos. No room for sport kites).
Washington State Intl Kite Festival - Aug 20-26, 2012 - Long Beach, WA

September
Frank Mots Kite Festival - Sept 8-9 - Veterans Park, Milwaukee, WI

October
AKA Convention - Sept 30 - Oct 7, 2012 - Enid, Oklahoma! No, really. Enid, OK. I've got nothing against Enid, but it is about two hours from Tulsa or 1:45 from OKC . . . so you have to be really committed to going to the convention to get there. I'm not sure how Enid got the convention, but maybe someone can fill me in on how the location is selected.

Note - the main reason I did not link most of the Milwaukee / Wisconsin festivals is because (as of this writing) the sponsor's web site was showing me 2011 events for the links (although his main page for Events showed the 2012 dates. Maybe Jynx will sort out the sponsor . . . .)

Re: 2012 Kite Festivals and Events

Posted: Mon, Nov 28 2011, 02:09 AM
by Jynx
another...

12th Annual SPI Kite Fest (South Padre Island, TX)
February 4 & 5, 2012

Re: 2012 Kite Festivals and Events

Posted: Mon, Nov 28 2011, 08:53 AM
by Mike
Admins . . . Feel free to make a new category for 2012 & tow this thread over there.
Ok :-)

Re: 2012 Kite Festivals and Events

Posted: Mon, Nov 28 2011, 09:00 AM
by Mike
If use Google Calendar, you can also add the IKE calendar to your calendar.
The Festivals link at the top of this page will update for the new year at some point too.

Also, look at the Festival Archive posts to get a feel for any festival you're thinking of attending.
And finally, post here with any questions about any festivals anywhere in the world that you're curious about. Some festivals are very much worth a drive, others are fun enough if they are in your neighborhood.

Re: 2012 Kite Festivals and Events

Posted: Mon, Nov 28 2011, 11:20 PM
by Jeff
It's getting close to the point where I usually start making the changes to the festival list for next year...

Re: 2012 Kite Festivals and Events

Posted: Tue, Nov 29 2011, 07:54 AM
by Mike
I wasn't pushing you :oops:

Re: 2012 Kite Festivals and Events

Posted: Tue, Nov 29 2011, 12:23 PM
by Jeff
Mike wrote:I wasn't pushing you :oops:

No, I didn't take it that way, I just wanted to confirm that it's on my to do list. I usually think about swapping it out as we hit December.

Re: 2012 Kite Festivals and Events

Posted: Wed, Dec 07 2011, 07:46 AM
by goestoeleven
Thanks for bringing this thread back. I missed when it "disappeared" into the new 2012 forum (which was locked for a bit), but it looks like I need to do some more work to gather info so you can get the calendar up to date. I think that calendar is part of what puts IKE at the top of Google searches for kite info in this area.

Re: 2012 Kite Festivals and Events

Posted: Wed, Dec 07 2011, 07:58 AM
by Pkrekel
Looks like Decatur Kite Festival might be set for May 5 and/or 6. I will post more info when I get it.

Re: 2012 Kite Festivals and Events

Posted: Wed, Dec 07 2011, 11:43 AM
by Mike
Yup, Decatur is May 5 & 6 for 2012

Re: 2012 Kite Festivals and Events

Posted: Sun, Jan 15 2012, 11:14 PM
by goestoeleven
Just saw a posting over on the 180Go facebook page for another festival. I don't know much else about it, but here it is anyway to get it on the list.

Kite festival June 30 July 1 2012 Michigan City, In.

Re: 2012 Kite Festivals and Events

Posted: Sun, Jan 15 2012, 11:35 PM
by goestoeleven
Looks like Chicago Kite has updated their calendar, so here are some more:

Rockford Kites in Flight - May 1st - Rockford
Chicago Mayor Daley's Kids and Kites - May 5th - Montrose Harbor.
Decatur - May 6th
Kites over Grinnell - May 12th-13th - Grinnell, IA
Correction: Chicago Mayor Daley's Kids and Kites - May 19th - Montrose Harbor.
Westmont IL - May 20th - Ty Warner Park
Northbrook, IL - May 21st
Carol Stream - May 22nd
Glenview - June 2nd
Naperville - June 3rd
Dekalb - Sept 9th
Quad Cities - Sept 22-23
Geneva, IL - Sept 22nd

Several of these are already on the main page (non forum) festivals, list, but I thought I'd get them all. I think some may be new (like Carol Stream).

Re: 2012 Kite Festivals and Events

Posted: Sun, Jan 15 2012, 11:51 PM
by goestoeleven
Another from MACKite: Reed Lake - Grand Rapids, MI - Sat, Feb 4th

And Canada: Windscape Kite Festival - June 23rd - Swift Current, Saskatchewan
(they haven't updated the main page, but they've put it on Facebook here and Bart posted over on the rev forum

And Indiana has a pretty lengthy list of events over here at Hoosier Kite. I'm not going to type them all out this year . . . . Jeff can cut-n-paste. :-P

Re: 2012 Kite Festivals and Events

Posted: Thu, Jan 19 2012, 08:13 PM
by goestoeleven
Updated with a correction to the Chicago Montrose Harbor Mayors Festival . . . May 19th, not May 5th.

Re: 2012 Kite Festivals and Events

Posted: Sat, Apr 07 2012, 10:58 PM
by goestoeleven
I thought I'd resurrect this thread since it's now April - and getting into peak season for kite flying.

Some of the festivals / events listed above are not on the "main" festivals list, so any forum readers may want to check back here until Jeff gets a chance to push them all onto the "main" list on ikeclub.org.

In addition, back when I updated the list, not all the dates were finalized on the vendor / park district web sites. There are some more final dates there now . . . .

Link for EAA Wings on Strings Oshkosh, WI June 16th

Michigan Kite Festival - Richland, MI June 11/12

Go Fly A Kite - Wheaton, IL - April 21

Rockford now appears to be May 6th, from the link on Chicago Kite (in my post above). This makes more sense since the 6th is a Sunday. However, the details of the listing still reference the 1st . . .

Spring out to Sunset is linked over on the Hoosier Kite Spring out to Sunset Valparaiso, IN - May 19th. Looks like 180Go! are attending this event. It's also listed on the Hoosier Kite page.

And not sure . . . looks like Chicago Kite's event in Northbrook is replaced with one in Indiana . . . not sure what happened there (it's the same link that used to say Northbrook . . . now it is Memphis, IN June 16th

Windscape (Saskatchewan!) is now showing June 23rd & 24th on the link I referenced a few posts back.

Hoosier Kite also lists a bunch of events, including a "New Event" for a Michigan City, IN Kite Festival - June 30 - July 1 Location: Washington Park, 115 Lakeshore Dr., Michigan City, IN. Time: 11am-6pm both days. This is on the beach, so maybe there will be good winds even though it's in the middle of summer. I might check this one out. Plus the 180Go site says they'll be there.

Waukegan, IL Sept 8th - 10-5 at the beach. Not a lot of details currently on this one other than it's new for 2012. This seems to be replacing the one for Carol Stream, because the link for "Carol Stream" above goes to this one now.

Geneva, IL - Now looks like it is Sept 15th (not the 22nd).

Re: 2012 Kite Festivals and Events

Posted: Sun, Apr 08 2012, 10:25 AM
by goestoeleven
Here's another one I missed . . . Jamestown Kite Festival / Wings on Strings - Jamestown, ND - June 9-10

Also found this link for Kites over Lake Michigan - Sept 1-2, Two Rivers, WI

And this one for Frank Mots Kite Festival - Milwaukee, WI Sept 8-9

Re: 2012 Kite Festivals and Events

Posted: Sun, Apr 08 2012, 11:07 AM
by Mike
180Go! Has been invited to the "New Event" for a Michigan City, IN. But I don't have much info on it yet. I'll post whatever I get when I get it.
We won't be at the Saskatchewan event this year, but we will be at the N.D. fest.

Re: 2012 Kite Festivals and Events

Posted: Sun, Apr 08 2012, 12:16 PM
by goestoeleven
Oh yeah . . . . and I forgot to add O2bkytn's Ballooons and Tunes event in Grove City (Columbus), OH - Aug 24- 25.

Re: 2012 Kite Festivals and Events

Posted: Sun, Apr 08 2012, 12:26 PM
by goestoeleven
Mike wrote:If use Google Calendar, you can also add the IKE calendar to your calendar.
The Festivals link at the top of this page will update for the new year at some point too.

Also, look at the Festival Archive posts to get a feel for any festival you're thinking of attending.
And finally, post here with any questions about any festivals anywhere in the world that you're curious about. Some festivals are very much worth a drive, others are fun enough if they are in your neighborhood.


FYI for those of you new to Google calendar . . . assuming you have a Gmail account, there's a calendar link at the top of the Gmail page. However, I wasn't able to add the calendar by using a URL or search. I found the easiest way to add the calendar to my google calendar was to go to the calendar on the IKE calendar page (link is here), and then click the "+Google calendar" button, which shows up on the bottom right hand corner of the calendar.

I've always kept my "main" calendar in Outlook but I'm going to see if this shows up on my new android phone.

Now, of course . . . . this will put more pressure on Jeff to update the calendar with all the events . . . ;)

Re: 2012 Kite Festivals and Events

Posted: Mon, Apr 09 2012, 12:17 PM
by Jeff
I think I've got most everything added that I've got confirmed information for...