Amid the advent of drones, remote control helicopters and even quadcopters, there is still nothing more beautiful than a colorful kite awash in the wind against the backdrop of a clear, blue sky. Kite flying still has its glory days, and it’s a wonderful family tradition to pass down to your children. This spring or summer, take advantage of one of the many kite events or kite festivals in Lake County, and try your hand at harnessing the wind.
Kite Festivals in Lake County
Kite Fly & Earth Day Celebration – Lindenhurst
April 22, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lindenhurst Village Hall, 2301 Sand Lake Rd., Lindenhurst
FREE. The kite fly is part of the village’s Earth Day Celebration. A limited amount of free kites will be distributed by Honey Orthodontics.
Family Kite Fly – Vernon Hills
April 29, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Century Park, 1001 Lakeview Parkway, Vernon Hills
FREE. Come to this free family event to support the Illinois Association of Park District’s Flying 4 Kids program that promotes the sale of Park District license plates. Bring your own kite or purchase one at the event for $6. Park at the Century Park Boat Dock Shelter parking lot and walk up to the island picnic shelter.
6th Annual Barrington Area Kidfest
May 6, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Rain date is May 7.)
Citizens Park, 511 North Lake Zurich Road, Barrington
FREE. The Barrington Kite Fly and the Family Nature Fest–two great events, one fabulous day! Enjoy a wide variety of fun, free, outdoor activities. All family members must stop at the registration table for a wristband to participate.
Kite Flying for Kids
May 6, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Bevier Park, 2255 W. Yorkhouse Rd., Waukegan
Bring your favorite kite to the park for a flight with the family. Kite kits are also available, while supplies last. This is a free, statewide event that brings awareness to the Park District Youth License Plate ($25 from each sale lands in a special grant fund for youth programming at park and recreation agencies in Illinois). Register by May 2 using program #20603406-1.
Kite Day – Glenview Park District
May 20, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Attea Middle School Field, 2500 Chestnut Ave., Glenview
FREE. Children and families, bring your kites, demonstrate your flying abilities and get some high-flying tips from our experts. “Make Your Own Kite” kits available.
Kite Festival – Glencoe
August 12 & 13, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe
In the meadow west of Evening Island, 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. The festival includes kite making workshops and a Kids’ Mad Dash event from 12:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Kite Fly – Crystal Lake
October 1, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Lippold Park, 1251 Illinois 176, Crystal Lake
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. Participate in learn-to-fly lessons, fun family flying, and single-line flying. Chicago Kite will be on hand for all of your kiting needs.
Kite Festivals Worth the Trip
Chicago Kids and Kites Fest – Chicago
May 6, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Montrose Harbor, 601 West Montrose Ave., Chicago
FREE. The 19th annual festival will feature the Windjammers International Kite Team with synchronized kite flights and a Big Kite Candy Drop for kids. The City of Chicago provides kite kits for children to build, decorate and fly, while supplies last. Other activities include face painting, crafts and balloon artists. Chicago Kite will also be onsite.
Family Kite Festival – Milwaukee
May 27, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and May 28, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Veterans Park, 1010 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr., Milwaukee, WI
FREE. This festival features the Chicago Fire Kite Team, The Windjammers, Josh and Zach Gordon, Dan Newman, Paul Koepke, Mike Delfar, and the Giant Kites of Alex and Guy from Montreal, and Jean Lemire. The Grand Launch of 500 kites will take place at noon, and the Kid’s Mad Dash will take place at 2:00 p.m. Kites and food will be sold at the festival.
Outta Sight Kite Flight – Kenosha
June 3 and June 4, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Kennedy Park, 4051 5th Ave, Kenosha, WI
This event, in it’s 16th year, includes a launch of over 300 kites at 12:00 p.m. each day on the lakefront beach. Other activities include flying demonstrations, stunt kites, kite-making workshops, kite flying lessons and contests. The first 100 kids to register for the Kid’s Mad Dash will receive free kites.
Where is your family’s favorite place to fly a kite in Lake County? Tell us in the comments section below.