“Go Fly a Kite” at the Arvada Kite Festival
Released by B. Berg, Arvada Festivals Commission
The Arvada Kite Festival is this weekend. The day promises kites, music, and family fun at this free annual event. Fly a kite, or just enjoy the festival and watch the kite “air show.”
The April 3, 2016 event runs from 10am to 3pm, rain or shine. The released schedule is as follows:
Gates open at 9:45 am.
10 am the event begins, opening with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Music, booths, kites, free kids activities, & food throughout the day.
3 pm the event ends.
Gates close at 4:30pm, and all vehicles need to depart the area before that time.
The location is the Stenger Sports Complex, at 58th Avenue and Quail Street, Arvada CO. Free parking is available at Stenger field. The festival organizers encourage folks to “bike or walk” to ensure room for all. There is a special bike parking lot available. If riding a bike to the Arvada Kite Festival, a group is meeting at 10am at Van Bibber Trailhead (5575 Ward Road, Arvada CO in Jefferson County) for a bike ride before kite flying.
Those coming to enjoy the day are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs for their own comfort.
Who doesn’t want tasty snacks while flying — or watching — kites? Food vendors will be set up at the festival with offerings including: kettle corn, hot dogs, frozen treats, grilled goodies, and desserts.
Vendors from the community will be on-hand to share information or talk about their work. Local businesses and services will have booth space alongside the City of Arvada – Healthy Places Initiative, the Regional Air Quality Council, local organizations, and local products.
Dogs are welcome — they must be leashed and are not allowed on the kite flying field. (Other pets should stay home.)
Expect to see kites — soaring, colorful, and aerobatic! If not already there, get to Arvada and enjoy this free and fun-filled family event. As the Arvada festival organizers say, “Get outside with your family and enjoy all of the exciting outdoor activities the festival has to offer!”
Note that Majestic View Nature Center is holding Kite Making Classes on April 1 and 2, 2016. The kite-making workshop is open to ages 4-10, and cost $4 per person — all materials are included in that small fee. Kids will have the chance to assemble a sled kite, decorate it, and take it home — just in time for the festival.
Friday, April 1, 2016, one class is offered in the evening from 4-5pm. Saturday, April 2, 2016, classes are being offered at 9am, 10am, 11am, 1pm, and 2pm. Pre-registration is recommended. More information on their public classes may be found online.
Majestic View Nature Center is located at 7030 Garrison Street, in Arvada CO. Their telephone number is 720.898.7405.
The Arvada Festivals Commission organizes a half dozen special events in the city throughout the year. The events coming after the Kite Festival include:
- Arvada on Tap – A Craft Beer and BBQ Fest (July 23, 2016, at Ralston Park, 11200 Ralston Road, Arvada CO.
- Trails Day Festival, which is combined this year with the Sustain Arvada Festival (June 4, 2016, at three locations)
The City of Arvada is in Jefferson and Adams counties, Colorado. For more information on the Arvada Kite Festival or upcoming events, call 720.898.7403 or visit the City of Arvada events list online.