I’ve never been good at flying kites. I never could get them up in the sky. However, last year my son ended up getting a kite in his Easter basket. We took it to the park and low and behold my four-year-old got it to fly. He became obsessed. Now kite flying is one of my families favorite traditions in the spring. There is just something so beautiful about watching kites dance around in the air, and it’s even more fun to see a bunch of kites flying all in a row at one of the many local kite festivals.
Recently I heard about kite festivals, where a lot of people get together and fly kites together to create a picturesque scene in the sky. In addition there is often music, food, and kite shows from professional kite flyers. You don’t even have to travel far to attend one, we have many right here in Lake County throughout the year. Like everything, kite-flying festivals are very weather dependent. If mother nature does not cooperate, they will be cancelled or rescheduled. Please double check the website before heading out with your kites and kids.
Kite Festivals in Lake County
5 May 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Annual Barrington Area Kidfest
Citizens Park, 511 North Lake Zurich Road, Barrington
Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club, Leave No Child Inside and the Barrington Park District come together to host this fabulous community event, along with over 20 other different organizations. This is a FREE event located at Citizen’s Park. When you and your family arrive at the park, check in at one of the registration tents to get your All Access Wristband to participate in all of the activities. Then, pick up a free kite (for ages 2-10), provided by the Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club, and fly it in the big open field. At your leisure, experience each of the activity stations. Climb a tree, build a bird house, race your parents, do an obstacle course or explore the creatures that live in the pond. Food and drinks available for purchase from Rotary Grill! We have something for everyone to enjoy and its ALL FREE! This event is very popular and parking is limited. FREE kites will be provided to all children ages 2-10. One kite per child.
11 & 12 August 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Kite Festival – Glencoe
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe
The Kite Festival will take place in the meadow west of Evening Island. Visitors can walk there or take the free tram. Ice cream, beverages, and many lunch options will be available for purchase on-site. Enjoy soaring stunt-kite performances set to music by members of the Chicago Fire Kite Team and members of the Kite Society of Wisconsin & Illinois.In addition to watching the professionals, feel free to bring your own kite to participate in public fly time, or make a kite to fly at the kite-making workshop.
16 September, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Kite Fly – Crystal Lake
Lippold Park, 1251 Illinois 176, Crystal Lake
Crystal Lake park District along with Chicago Kite, Team Chicago kite and Friends will be performing for you. It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a…kite! Keep your eyes to the skies for the Crystal Lake Kite Fly. Kites of all sizes, some as large as 90 feet, will be soaring through the sky for all to see. Plan to participate in learn-to-fly lessons, fun family flying, single-line flying. Chicago Kite will be on hand for all your kiting needs.
Kite Festivals Worth the Trip
5 May , 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Chicago Kids and Kites Fest – Chicago
Montrose Harbor, 601 West Montrose Ave., Chicago
Chicago Kite will be on-site for kite buyers, and professional kite flyers will demonstrate their skills with oversized and uniquely shaped kites.
3 June, Naperville’s Kite Fly
Frontier Sports Complex,, Naperville
It’s a plane! It’s a…kite! Keep your eyes to the skies for the City of Naperville’s Kite Fly. Kites of all sizes, some as large as 90 feet, will be soaring through the sky for all to see. Plan to participate in learn-to-fly lessons, fun family flying, single-line flying. Enjoy free musical entertainment, amazing demonstrations and stunts, raffles and a kite-flyin’ good time.|
Outta Sight Kite Flight – Kenosha
Kennedy Park, 4051 5th Ave, Kenosha, WI
GO FLY A KITE!! The 17th annual festival takes place in Kenosha’s Kennedy Park, presented by the City of Kenosha, Gift of Wings, and many more sponsors. Professional kite flying teams will be performing. See 400 kites launch simultaneously to the tune of Mary Poppins’ “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” at noon. There are many different types of kites, including one that looks like an octopus, which is 150 feet long. Brats and candy are dropped from tiny parachutes.
9 September 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., 13th Annual DeKalb Kite Fly
Lucinda Avenue and Kishwaukee Drive, DeKalb
Many featured kites defy description, including “fighting kites” and a “head-turning display of three, 90-foot-long octopus kites called octopile. Other kites will include: stunt and dancing kites, Mimi the Pink Ladybug, Teddy Bear, owl, manta ray and cat kites. Building on the success of last year’s family-oriented event, Kite Fest will feature kite-making for children and a candy drop.
Where is your family’s favorite place to fly a kite in Lake County? Tell us in the comments section below.