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Great Lakes Kite Festival- May 16, 17 & 18, 2014Save next year's dates!
May 15, 16 & 17, 2015

26th Annual
Great Lakes
Kite Festival



At the State Park in
Grand Haven, Michigan
May 16, 17 & 18, 2014

Schedule of Events

All events are subject to change due to wind and weather conditions.
The giant kites will be in the air all day, wind permitting. Our main demonstration field will have new and different kite performances throughout the day.


Friday, May 16, 2014
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Kite Festival at the Grand Haven State Park beach
7 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Indoor Fly at the Lakeshore Middle School gym
         Note: This is a different location from previous years.


Saturday, May 17, 2014
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Kite Festival at the Grand Haven State Park beach


Sunday, May 18, 2014
11 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Kite Festival at the Grand Haven State Park beach


Kites flying at the Great Lakes Kite Festival

Featured Events:



Main Demonstration Field with incredible kite ballets - Performances running continuously Saturday and Sunday. Watch some of the world’s best kite flyers look like the Blue Angels flying to music. Individuals, pairs and teams.

World's Largest Outdoor Kite Store - See the best in new kite flying gear in our huge on-the-beach kite store. All the latest 2013 kites will be available for you to see, and there will be many that you can test fly. There will also be a fantastic selection of windsocks and toys being presented by our seriously fun staff. Open Friday afternoon through the close of the event on Sunday.

Inflatable Obstacle Course - Tons of fun for all the kids. Let them run out some of their energy prior to heading home. Open Saturday 11-5 and Sunday 11-4.

Manufacturers' Test Fields - Test fly the latest and greatest from some of the best names in kiting, including Prism and Revolution.

Giant Kites - Kites as big as school buses – yes you read right – school buses. We will have anywhere from 3-6 kites that are 90 feet long and 40 wide depending on the wind conditions. Kites fly all day Saturday and Sunday.

Indoor Fly - Head to Lakeshore Middle School Friday night from 7:00pm - 8:00pm to watch as some of the best performers compete for your applause in the Indoor Fly. Yes, that's right, indoor kite flying! (Please note- this is a different location from previous years. The other gym is now being used for basketball.)Map

Kiteboarding Demonstrations – If the wind is blowing strong enough we will have a few local riders out on the water. Check out our complete kiteboarding school and shop at www.mackiteboarding.com.

Open Flying Field - An open area where everyone has the ability to help us decorate the sky with their own kites.




Featured Performers

WindJammers celebrate their 28th anniversary this year! -Windjammers Kite Team - Celebrating 28 years of filling the skies!
-Chicago Fire Kite Team - 10 time National Champions.
-Too Much Fun - This talented quadline team has been flying since 2001.
-The Phoenix Kite Collective - This amazing quadline team made up of former iQuad members flies indoors and out.
-Al Sparling - Giant Octopus and Trilobite.
-Darryl Waters - Rizzo the giant Gecko and other large showpieces.
-Lee Sedgwick - World famous kite demonstrator and candy dropper.
-Sam and Anne Ritter - The King and Queen of HUGE stacks of Revolutions.
-Fred and Donna Taylor – Running of the bols and line laundry & ground show masters, including penguins and the famous "OpticalPile".
-Blues Bros. - What can we say? Spencer Schubbe and Steve Rothwell are cool, and it shows in their smooth moves.
-Something Old, Something New – 2008 Masters Pairs Quad Line National Champions w/Eric Wolff and Zach Gordon.
-Fire and Ice - Kathy Brinnehl and Paul Koepke amaze with their dual line routines.
-Eos – 2007 Masters Pairs National Champion w/Josh and Zach Gordon.
-Zach Gordon – Multiple-time National Champion. Read this fascinating article from The Columbia Chronicle about Zach and his passion for kiteflying.
-Elizabeth Gordon - We welcome Elizabeth back to Center Field with her creative individual ballet routines.
-Mark Ledvina - He does the Wisconsin Kiters Club proud with his large kite display.
-Grant Lovett - His homemade Spikey Balls and other pieces adorn the south end of the flying field.
-Ben Dantonio - He's happy to teach you how to fly a quad-line Revolution kite in the free demo field.
-Mark Reed - Owner of Prism Kites.
Map of the event

For area and lodging information, visit Grand Haven Area Lodging or the Grand Haven Chamber of Commerce website or phone the Grand Haven Visitors' Bureau at 1-800-303-4097.

See a map of Grand Haven.

For more information, contact us.

More info about the State Park.

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Upcoming Events



26th Annual

Great Lakes Kite Fest


May 16 - 18, 2014
at the State Park beach
Grand Haven, MI
Festival Details