A Giant Kite Festival Takes Off in Houston This Spring

The seventh annual Hermann Park Conservancy Kite Festival returns this March.

Hermann Park Kite Festival
Photo: John Chandler

Houston, Texas is home to many beloved events from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo to the Houston International Jazz Festival.

But one lesser-known shindig in Space City this spring has got us ready to pack our bags: The seventh Annual Hermann Park Conservancy Kite Festival presented by Houston Public Media. On Sunday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Miller Hill and the Jones Reflection Pool, thousands of kites will fly over head, making a beautiful panorama of different colors and shapes in every direction you look.

"What started as a way to celebrate the centennial year of Hermann Park has grown into a day-long family affair that provides thousands of Houstonians a chance to gather and enjoy the simple act of flying a kite.The Conservancy is proud of the event the Kite Festival has become, and we are thrilled to offer a space for families from all over Houston to create their own traditions," said Doreen Stoller, president of Hermann Park Conservancy, in a press release.

In addition to flying kites, the free festival will have live music, interactive games and crafts, face painting, and more for all to enjoy. There will also be several performances on the stage of the Miller Outdoor Theatre, including fusion band, the Heights Funk Collective, Indian dancers from the Anjali Center for the Performing Arts, Wawel Polish Dancers, the Scottish Highland Dancers, among other acts. If you're hungry, there's no shortage of options thanks to food trucks and the Conservancy's Pinewood Cafe with a portion of all food purchases benefiting the park. You can also bring your own food and beverages (alcohol included), as long as nothing is in glass containers. For more information about the event, visit hermannpark.org/kitefestival.

Worth noting: Festival attendees can opt to bring their own kites, but many of the booths at the festival distribute free branded kites. There will also be a kite store on the park grounds selling high-quality kites.

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A spring jaunt to Houston has never sounded better, or looked prettier, friends. Well, we guess now is a good time to brush up our kite-flying skills and get excited for a memorable time in H-Town.

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