Save the 2017 dates!
May 20 & 21, 2017
At the State Park in
Grand Haven, Michigan
May 21 & 22, 2016
Schedule of Events
Saturday, May 21, 2016
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Kite Festival at the Grand Haven State Park beach
Sunday, May 22, 2016
11 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Kite Festival at the Grand Haven State Park beach
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 on Saturday and Sunday.
Main Performance 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 kites will be available for you to see, and you will even be able to test fly a Rev quadline kite. 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.
Kite Demo Field - Try flying a sport kite for free!
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.
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.
Some of Our Performers
-Windjammers Kite Team - Celebrating 32 years of filling the skies!
-Chicago Fire Kite Team - Multiple time National Champions.
-Too Much Fun - This talented quadline team has been flying since 2001.
-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.
-Fire and Ice - Kathy Brinnehl and Paul Koepke amaze with their dual line routines.
-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.
Great Lakes Kite Festival FAQs
What are the dates for this/next year's festival? I need to make my vacation plans early.
What does it cost to attend GLKF?
Where can I stay at night?
Do you have a map showing where the festival is in Grand Haven?
Is there a detailed schedule of events that shows who is flying when?
When is the best time to come?
Is photography allowed?
Are the giant kites really as big as a school bus?
What is "Kite Club Row"?
What should I wear to the beach?
Can I fly my kite while I'm there?
What's a "demo field"?
Will there be merchandise for sale at the event?
Can I rent booth space?
Do you have any other kite events during the year?
Where can I get more info about the event?
Still have questions? Contact us.