Get Some Air At Washington State Kite Festival
Here's a breezy summer getaway: The Washington State International Kite Festival may leave you with a crick in your neck from all that looking up, but these high flyers are worth it.
Held in the southwestern town of Long Beach, WA near the Oregon border, the festival transforms the skies in the third week in August every year. Different types of kites compete each day for ribbons and demonstrate techniques like kite fighting, but you don't just have to watch: August 17, opening day, also features a workshop on making your own kites, and Wednesday the 19th offers the same class especially for kids.
What we're really looking forward to seeing: The Night Fly on the 21st at 8PM, when the beach will be illuminated and organizers will play music for a different kind of exhibition. (Just make sure to bring it down before fireworks at 9:45!)
Can't make it to the fest this year? The World Kite Museum, which organizes the festival, is open all year with exhibits on traditional Afghani kites and World War II military communication kites. The museum is open daily through September and Friday-to-Monday from October through April from 11AM to 5PM.
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