You’ve got a week to buy or build an amazing kite so you can take part in the Blossom Kite Festival on the National Mall next Saturday, March 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Rain date Sunday, March 31.)
The kite festival — near 17th and Constitution — is a perennial favorite and showcases some of the most talented kite flyers, who come from far and wide to perform tricks for the crowd and compete for prizes.
You may think the wind doesn’t discriminate, but beware, cheap kites can sometimes be frustrating to fly. What’s worse than a kid with a kite that eternally spins and crashes is a second kid with a kite that works fine. So if you do buy cheap kites, maybe get an extra. Or bring some supplies with you like material to make a heavier tail, which can sometimes help with an unbalanced kite.
Other fun alternatives include having your kids makes their own kites at an activity station on the mall. This option is available only while supplies last, so get there early. Kites will also be for sale at the festival.
If you or your kids made your own kites, you can enter one of the kite-making competitions.
Registration for the Youth Kite Makers Competition starts at 10 a.m. on the Family Field. You can start practicing flying your kites and work out the kinks at 10:30, and the competition runs from 11 a.m. to noon. Awards will follow the competition from 12 to 12:30 p.m.
Preregistration for the adult handmade kite contest starts at 10:15 a.m., and the contest runs from 11 a.m. to noon on the Competition Field.
Demonstrations will be held from noon to 4 p.m., and prizes will be awarded from 4 to 4:30. The grand prize winner in the adult category gets a Samsung Galaxy S10+ phone.
All that kite flying is sure to make you hungry and thirsty, so check out this list of restaurants and bars participating in food and drink specials throughout the Cherry Blossom Festival.