It's a bird, it's a plane, it's... hundreds of kites!

The annual Newport Kite Festival is returning July 8th and 9th at Brenton Point State Park in Newport, Rhode Island for its 36th year. The Newport Kite Festival started in 1986 and has been held almost every year since. It was canceled in 2020 due to the global pandemic and is returning this year.

From aliens to astronauts to dragons, these kites are no ordinary kites.

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Families from all over the country will be in attendance looking to enjoy some of Rhode Island’s best entertainment as well as kite vendors and volunteers on-site to help families test, buy, and use these extravagant kites. It's the ultimate family fun day that's perfect for all ages. Not to mention something completely different to do outside the norm.

Newport Kite Festival via Facebook
Newport Kite Festival via Facebook

For the last 14 years, Kitt Kites has been the company managing the Newport Kite Festival. With the costs of organizing and hosting the festival rising, Ron Kitt and Kurtis Jones have put together a fundraiser to help with the extra expenses that help the festival run smoothly.

Although the Newport Kite Festival is entirely free to attend, Kitt Kites is always looking for donations that will help go towards funding permits, promotional materials, equipment rentals, and bringing in kite flyers from all around the country to put on a fantastic show. As of now, their current fundraising goal is $25,000.

Newport Kite Festival via Facebook
Newport Kite Festival via Facebook

We're just weeks away from witnessing a phenomenal dance of color and artistry flying high in the skies of beautiful Newport so plan accordingly and mark your calendars. After all, when was the last time you flew a kite?

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