The Washington State International Kite Festival (WSIKF) also known as Long Beach Kite Festival is a week-long kite celebration taking place annually in late August, namely its 3rd week. From Monday to Sunday, this wonderful event on the beach fills the sky with colour and action. The festival attracts the best kite fliers from all around the globe. Over 10,000 attendees gather here, not only to observe but also have their kite flying adventures.
The major attraction of the Long Beach Kite Festival is giant inflatable kites. This free family-friendly event also features a fun competition for the best kites in the sky. With multiple DIY workshops, most adults and children can fly their own kites and compete.
The festival is organized by the World Kite Museum, the only museum in the U.S. focusing on the history of kites, kitemaking, and well-known kite fliers. Visit the museum's Hall of Fame to learn about the art, science, sport, and history of kites. The facility occupies 10,350 sq. ft. on two floors and is indeed a unique landmark of Washington coast.
The World Kite Museum is the most well-known landmark of Long Beach, a coastal town with a large beach and boardwalk on Long Beach Peninsula. In addition to kite-launching, there are plenty of hiking in the area. Check out the Discovery Trail, wetlands of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge, Columbia River, Cape Disappointment and North Head lighthouses.