The Berkeley Kite Festival, the most gigantic non-concert outdoor event I've ever been to, takes place in the Berkeley Marina every July. This year, the dates are July 28 and 29th.
The largest kites, about the size of a full-sized school bus, can be seen from the top of the Berkeley Hills. The festival is family friendly with jumpy houses, kite-making stations, and a kite “ballet” performance in the sky. My daughter's highlight is the pony rides.
Study the transportation and parking options before embarking on this trip. The Kite Festival is FREE, but parking onsite or at a shuttle stop (Golden Gate Fields) costs $15. Valet parking for bikes is available for free.
The activities take place from 10 am to 6 pm.
HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES both days:
» Free Kite Flying Lessons
» Free Kite Making, 11:00-2:00
» Free Candy Drop, 3:30
» Free Rokkaku Battle, 1:30 & 4:15
There are plenty of food stands and kids activities, but bringing a picnic is also a great option.
This rather lengthy video shows you exactly what to expect during the weekend kite festival:
[Photo by Whitney Moss]