Long Beach Island — For the fifth consecutive year the LBI FLY International Kite Festival is returning to the beaches on Long Beach Island. The three-day event, planned by the LBI Chamber of Commerce, will highlight artist kites, giant inflatable kites and sport flying techniques on the beaches of Ship Bottom, Long Beach Township and Barnegat Light beginning Oct. 11.
The festival kicks off with an indoor fly competition at the LBI Grade School, 20th Street and Central Avenue in Ship Bottom, on the night of Friday, Oct. 11, and continues with other events in the borough on Saturday, Oct. 12, including the Bol kite racing, a kite battle, and buggy kite rides for kids. Also on Oct. 12, there will be a demo kite field on the 68th Street beach in the Brant Beach section of Long Beach Township. The illuminated night fly in Barnegat Light is slated for Sunday, Oct. 13, at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park.
Outside events in Ship Bottom will be located on the beaches between 11th and 23rd streets, according to event organizers.
“We would like to thank our incredible community for the continued support of this festival: we could not have this event without our local business sponsors and tireless volunteers. I am thankful to be a part of a community that finds value in the arts and multi-generational events such as the kite festival,” said Calla Aniski, LBI FLY event director.
LBI FLY Kite Ambassador Lisa Willoughby has invited and organized professional kiters from around the nation, Germany, Poland, Canada and Colombia, among other countries. Featured kiters include artists from Europe, nationally known domestic kiters, a team from South America, and our very own local South Jersey kite fliers.
All spectators are welcome, and admission to the day events are free. Night events (Indoor Fly Competition and Barnegat Light Night Fly) cost a suggested donation of $2 per person, and all kids kite-making events cost $6 to cover materials.