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Atlantic Coast Kite Festival

May 2, 2020 to May 3, 2020
Free Event
No Pets Allowed


Atlantic Coast Kite Festival, scheduled for May 2-3, 2020 on the Beach and Boardwalk from 23rd Street to 27th St, has been postponed due to Commonwealth of Virginia Governor Executive Order 53 and 55 directing individuals to stay at home in response to COVID-19. Kite enthusiasts can look forward to the popular event’s return later in the 2020 season on the Beach and Boardwalk from 15th Street to 18th Street.

The City of Virginia Beach is following guidelines from the Virginia State Department of Health and Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Live! on Atlantic’s top priority is the health and safety of all our guests, participants, volunteers and staff.

Updates to the Live! On Atlantic events program will be posted on and through social media, email and news outlets. Follow Live! On Atlantic on Facebook. Event information is also available by telephone through Virginia Beach Visitors Information Center Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm at 757-385 SURF (7873).

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Kite fliers and spectators of all ages will experience a visual feast at the Atlantic Coast Kite Festival.  This popular event features a variety of activities appropriate for all ages and all levels of kite aficionados. 

Location: On the Beach and Boardwalk from 23rd Street to 27th Street


Saturday, May 2, 10:00am-4:00pm

Sunday, May 3, 11:00am-4:00pm

Free and open to the public.

Kite vendors will beon site.

Kite-buliding workshops will be located on the boardwalk at 24th Street.

Everyone is invited to take part in the Atlantic Coast Kite Festival’s “Best Kite Contest.”  To enter this contest, participants bring a kite that they have made or purchased and fly it at the festival.  The contest consists of two parts: the actual kite itself (how it looks and how well it is made), and the participant’s ability to fly the kite.  Participants must be able to fly their kites consecutively in the air for 5 minutes at a height of 100 feet.  Kites will be judged on Flight (ability to fly for 5 minutes), Structural Design, Craftsmanship, and Visual Appeal.  There will be three competitive divisions: Master, Novice, and Youth (ages 7-14).  Trophies will be awarded for all divisions. 

The Best Kite Contest is free to enter, and takes place each day.

“Flight Training” - Experienced kite enthusiasts will assist novice flyers.  Topics include equipment selection, laying out of lines, setting up the field, launching the kite, flying and landing a kite, and safety. 

“Flight Training” will take place each day. 

Families are invited to participate in kite building workshops.  These free workshops include kite materials and instructions on how to build a kite, as well as the aerodynamics of kite flying and kite safety. 

American Kite Association members from throughout the East Coast will present kite demonstrations, perform kite routines to music, and fly giant kites (up to 80 feet long) that include an octopus kite!  Kite vendors will be on site to sell various kinds of kites.

Awards will also be given each day for oldest and youngest kitefliers, funniest kite, most unusual kite, and biggest kite.

Admission to the kite festival is free. 

Parking is conveniently located in the 25th Street Municipal Garage

3336 25th Street

Virginia Beach, VA 23451

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