The Cleveland Kite Festival

stylized kites flying

The Cleveland Kite Festival, a highlight event of the Ohio Society for the Elevation of Kites, is an exhilarating celebration of kites and kite flying set against the picturesque backdrop of Cleveland. This annual festival, typically held in August, draws kite enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels, from the local community and beyond.

At the heart of The Cleveland Kite Festival is the spectacular display of kites in the sky — ranging from traditional designs to modern, innovative creations. The festival’s open sky and good wind conditions offer the perfect environment for kite flying. Attendees are treated to a kaleidoscope of colors and shapes, as kites of all sizes dance gracefully in the sky.

The event features various competitions and games that add a competitive edge to the fun. Notably, the Rokkaku Battle, a thrilling contest where participants try to keep their kites airborne while engaging in friendly battles, is a crowd favorite. The Mystery Ballet, both in solo and pairs categories, showcases the artistic side of kite flying. Here, flyers perform intricate maneuvers with their kites, synchronized to music they hear for the first time, judged by a panel for their creativity and skill.

The Wind Sprints, a fun and educational activity, is particularly popular among younger participants. It teaches the principles of kite flying, emphasizing that one doesn’t necessarily need to run to get a kite airborne. This activity, along with others, underscores OSEK’s commitment to educating and involving the community in kite flying.

The festival is not just about flying kites; it’s a community gathering that celebrates creativity, the outdoors, and the simple joys of watching a kite soar. With activities and workshops suitable for all ages, the Cleveland Kite Festival is a delightful experience for families, kite hobbyists, and anyone intrigued by the charm of kites.

Whether you’re a seasoned kite flyer or new to this exciting hobby, The Cleveland Kite Festival offers a welcoming and vibrant atmosphere. It’s a place to learn, compete, and most importantly, enjoy the magic of kites. Come join us at the Cleveland Kite Festival and be a part of this wonderful sky-painting tradition!

Event Calendar

Aug 11 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
45th Cleveland Kite Festival  
  This event was sponsored and presented by OSEK – The Ohio Society for the elevation of Kites, now active in northeastern Ohio for 47 years.  OSEK 4034 Bayard Rd. S. Euclid, OH, 44121 216-381-8780    web site: e-mail Phil Salzstein, President