Colorful kites will soar in the skies over Washington on Saturday, as kite fanciers from near and far gather on the grounds west of the Washington Monument for the 26th annual Smithsonian Kite Festival.
Co-sponsored by the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program and the National Air and Space Museum, the event is a traditional part of the festivities during Cherry Blossom time in the nation's capital. The rain date is the following day.
A festival highlight is the hand-made kite competition, in which kites are judged on appearance, design, craftsmanship, beauty and performance. Contestants must bring hand-made kites capable of flying for at least one minute at a minimum altitude of 100 feet. Registration will be from 10 a.m. to noon.