Detroit, MI, USA
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
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Belle Isle is excited to announce the Detroit Kite Festival™ (DKF) will be returning to Detroit’s crown jewel park for a fourth year. This grassroots, not for profit group brings together families and kite enthusiasts from Detroit and across Southeast Michigan, for a blissful one-day-only kite flying festival, taking place on Sunday, July 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., next to the James Scott Memorial Fountain.
Each year, the Detroit Kite Festival™ is host to 3000+ people who gather around a very simple concept — flying kites. And with kite flying comes communal play, which underlines one of DKF’s core values: playing, for people young and wise, encourages imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength.
Playing helps us interact with the world around us. Through this lens of communal, community play, DKF welcomes everyone “young and wise” to join the fun this year. Don’t have a kite? No problem. There will be dozens of kites available to borrow and purchase at the Kite Cart. Don’t want to pack a picnic basket? No problem. There will be a handful of food, snack and beverage vendors onsite all day long. Kites can be used to teach design, physics, culture, art, and so much more.
As a totally free event and totally volunteer-run organization a major part of making the Detroit Kite Festival™ happen is community support. This year, the Detroit Institute of Arts is back as the official sponsor of the Make-A-Kite tent, encouraging attendees of any age to drop in and make their very own kite, for free! Other event sponsors include Tait Design Co., the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and a large handful of individual donors, who crowdfunded DKF’s 2019 operational costs.
“Kite flying is such a sweet and simple way to slow down and reconnect with one another, ourselves, and our planet, and we need that! We hope the Fest can be something of a summer mandate to put our heads in the clouds and toes in the grass and just recharge.” – DKF Team Member, Katie Hearn
In the spirit of community efforts, the DKF team has a VOLUNTEER OPEN CALL. Any and all persons interested in supporting this year’s festival with their time are encouraged to sign up.