Get Ready for the 34th Annual Washington State International Kite Festival

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The Washington State International Kite Festival is a week-long kite celebration and competition held annually during the third full week of August. Starting on Monday and ending on Sunday, this beautiful festival boasts skies ablaze with color, high flying action and choreographed movement.

Washington’s Kite Festival draws famous kite fliers from all around the world, and tens of thousands awed spectators, many of whom participate in the fun with their own kite flying adventures.

This week not only features kites, but also attracts many vendors offering interesting and tasty treats and treasures. Friday night features lighted kites and a beautiful display of fireworks.


Here is this week’s lineup of events:

Monday – Kite Trains – Arches – Multi-Line Stacks, & Fighter Kites. Watch the kite trains disappear into the clouds!

Tuesday – Terrific Territories, Totally Tubular, Individual and Team Rokkaku Battles. Experience the thrill of kites battling to knock each other out of the sky!

WednesdayPaint me Patriotic, today is Children’s and Senior’s Day! Enjoy the plethora of activities and camps for kids and get out on the flying field and celebrate the 10th Annual Foster Grandparent Fun Fly!

ThursdayHandcrafted Comprehensive Competition, Water Creatures in the Sky Mega Fly! Following tradition, a tribute fly is held annually to recognize the contributions of kite makers that have had an impact in the Northwest. Join in on the Pennell Tribute Fly!

FridaySport Kite Events, Mass Ascensions #1 – Deltas & Derivatives, Junior Dual Control Competition, Mass Ascension #2 – Cellular Kites, Mystery Ballet, Lighted Kite Night Fly, and FIREWORKS!!! The fireworks will start shortly after the Lighted Kite Night Fly, around 9:45PM. Enjoy the beautiful display as the fireworks light up the night sky!

Saturday – Sport Kite Events, Cody Kite Fly, Teddy Bear Drop, Parade of Colors,  Rokkaku Challenge, Children’s Kite Making, and Mass Ascension #3 of Flat and Bowed Kites. World Record Attempt TODAY!

Sunday -Sport Kite Events, Memorial Fly, Mass Ascension #4 – Sparless Soft Kites, Hot Tricks. The Memorial Fly is an event open to all – fly your kite in remembrance of those lost in the past year.

Among all the kites, colors, and great people, delight your palate with delicious fair-style foods, and have fun walking along the vendors that line the Bolstad Beach Approach.

Be sure to explore the beautiful and fascinating history of kiting at the ever popular World Kite Museum!

Let the 4th of July Frenzy Begin!

4th of July on the Long Beach Peninsula is full of excitement! Don’t miss out on any of the action! SummerFest continues throughout the weekend and you can expect to see some fresh and local products at the Columbia Pacific Farmers’ Market on Friday at Veterans Field in downtown Long Beach and at the Saturday Market at the Port of Ilwaco!

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Old Fashioned 4th of July Parade

The annual Old Fashioned 4th of July Parade in Ocean Park begins at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 4. Bring your kids and their bicycles to the Bank of Pacific parking lot in Ocean Park by noon. This is a wonderful parade enjoyable for all ages. Members of the Peninsula Arts Association will hand out sidewalk chalk so everyone can draw their own masterpiece.


Art in the Park

Head to Art in the Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sheldon Park, located at 258th and Vernon Ave. in Ocean Park. Come taste some great food and see artwork from local artisans.


Oysterville Artisan Fair

The fourth annual Artisan Fair is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 4 and July 5 at the Oysterville Schoolhouse. This event features a variety of artwork by local artists and includes an art raffle as well. Come join in all the fun!


4th of July Fireworks

The City of Long Beach will host their annual fireworks display on July 4th, just after dark off of the Bolstad Beach Approach in Long Beach.


Beach Clean Up

Saturday, July 5, is beach clean up day! More than 1,000 volunteers are needed to come out and join the organized one-day cleanup. Volunteers will be stationed at all the major beach approaches at 9:30 a.m. to hand out bags and help direct volunteers where their help is most needed.


Firecracker 5k

Run or walk the third annual Firecracker 5K on Saturday, July 5. The race starts at the Port of Ilwaco and is notable for being extremely challenging and beautiful as it climbs up to the Cape Disappointment headlands on the south end of the Discovery Trail and back. Perfect for those who love to sprint up and fly down steep hills, the race starts at 9AM. You may register the morning of the race.


Feel the Thunder!

The fireworks continue at the Port of Ilwaco as they host a more relaxed gathering, touted as “Feel the Thunder!” This all-ages show is Saturday, July 5th starting at approximately 9:30 p.m.. Bring your chairs and blankets and settle in for the beautiful display reflected over the harbor. There is plenty of free parking.