Let’s go fly a kite

From world-class flyers to kiddie kites and night flying – the sky's the limit at the Victoria International Kite Festival

The Victoria International Kite Festival presents a multicultural celebration featuring kite flying, children’s activities, performances and more May 20 to 22 at beautiful Clover Point.

Under the banner “Celebrating Diversity in Our Community”, the free-to-attend family festival presents some of the world’s top kite fliers, a children’s kite making and activity zone, a general public flying zone, multicultural performances, an international food village, buskers and more.

Organizers anticipate up to 30,000 visitors over the course of the weekend event which opens with Kites with Lights, a LED Kite extravaganza with music in the night sky over Clover Point after 9:30pm, on Friday, May 20.

“We have approximately 1,000 children’s kite making kits available this year thanks to the BC Kite Association and each child has an attendant to help them build their kite,” says executive director John Vickers. “Kite flying is something many cultures around the world celebrate and with assistance from Greater Victoria’s Inter-Cultural Association we are also presenting a number of performances which include two Bollywood dance groups.”

Professional participants this year include a five-time national US kiting champion as well as a five- time Dutch national champion. A host of world’s kiting community will be present including one the most known kite fliers, Connor Doran, whose indoor kite flying made him a rising star on NBC’s America’s Got Talent.

Local participants include Victoria’s Island Quad who present multi-kite flying displays, they will be joined by kite fliers from around the Capital Region and from across the Lower Mainland.

Due to the large concentrations of spectators, Clover Point will be accessible only to handicapped parking throughout the festival weekend. Organizers are asking the public to make alternative travel arrangements to the area.

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