Central Coast residents of all ages will send hundreds of brightly colored kites soaring into the sky Saturday, April 16 at the annual Free Family Kite Festival. More than 2,000 people are expected to attend the community event, noon-4 p.m. at Rotary Centennial Park, 2625 S. College Drive, in Santa Maria.  

Presented by the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum, the Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department, People for Leisure and Youth Inc., and the Santa Maria Public Airport, the festival will feature food, vendors, and music by Benz Jamz.

Kite ambassadors from the American Kitefliers Association will be on hand to help families and to ensure smooth flying. There will be a kite “hospital” at the park for kites that need first aid. 

Children of all ages can try their luck at the Running of the Bols race, during which contestants strapped to parachute-type kites race each other in a demonstration of how energy, inertia and personal grit come together just for fun. Children can also pick up one of our Blowin in the Wind activity bags, while supplies last.

The Kite Festival is made possible by presenting sponsor, the Santa Maria Public Airport; and community sponsors Allan Hancock College, Boys & Girls Club of the Mid Central Coast, Community Bank of Santa Maria, Mix 96.7, AM 1440 KUHL, KSBY, Rotary Club of Santa Maria Breakfast, Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the Santa Maria Sun.

For more about the Discovery Museum, visit smvdiscoverymuseum.org or call 805-928-8414.