Santa Barbara Kite Festival Draws Crowds

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Update by edhat staff
April 11, 2022

Up, Up and Away! The Santa Barbara Kite Festival drew crowds on Sunday at Santa Barbara City College's Great Lawn. 

The 36th annual festival is a local's favorite to enjoy the blue skies, ocean view, and colorful kites. 

Edhat readers were in attendance and shared the above and below photos of the fun event.

Photos by Joe DeLise

Santa Barbara Kite Festival Takes Off Sunday

Source: Santa Barbara Kite Festival
April 9, 2022

Everyone is “Up” for the return of the Santa Barbara Kite Festival this Sunday! The 36th Santa Barbara Kite Festival is set to fly 11am-4pm this Sunday April 10th in the Great Meadow on the west campus lawn of Santa Barbara City College.

This year’s festival theme “Up” was selected as a positive statement of change in the community and return of the festival after a two year hiatus.

Sunday’s forecast for most sunny skies, light winds and cooler temperatures should be perfect for this fun family fly. Families and friends will definitely be up for the Children’s Kite Tail Chase featuring the master kite flying of Rakesh Bahadur. The festival will also feature friendly competitions: “Best of Fest”, “Best Ground Display”, “Youngest & Oldest Kite Flyers”, “Most Unique/Unusual Kite”, “Funniest Kite”, “Most Un-flyable Kite”, “Most Beautiful” (handmade & commercial), “Highest Flying”, “Largest & Smallest Kites”, and “Sport Flying”. Prizes will be awarded to all contest winners. The Great Meadows are located on the west campus of Santa Barbara City College, next to the Garvin Theatre at 721 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, Ca 93109.

Admission to the festival is free. Parking is available on both west campus and the main campus. Kites, food, and beverages can be purchased at the festival. All current state and county health and safety protocols will in place at the event.

Thanks to a 2007 City Council proclamation, the month of April is officially recognized as “Kite Month” in Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara’s kite month is promoted in coordination with the National Kite Month of April - co-founded by the American Kite Flyers Association and the Kite Trade Association International .

For more info, visit our website at, our facebook page/santabarbarakitefestival, or call 805-637-6202. For info about National Kite Month go to, and  


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