Day trip: Smithsonian Kite Festival

March 12, 2010|By Baltimore Sun reporter

Where: Washington, 15th Street and Independence Avenue, on the grounds of the Washington Monument.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 27 (rain date is March 28).

What: The 44th annual event, organized by the Smithsonian Associates and the National Air and Space Museum, celebrates the art and craft of kite making. The festival features handmade-kite contests for children and adults, activity tents, demonstrations, kite fliers from around the world and kite displays.

How much: Free. Participants are encourage to bring their own kites; however, 1,000 free kites will be given away to children on a first-come basis.

What's nearby: This year, the Washington Monument celebrates the 125th anniversary of its completion and dedication on Feb. 21, 1885. Take a tour of this landmark, but come early to get your free ticket or reserve in advance at recreation.gov or by calling 877-444-6777. (There is a $1.50 service charge per person for reserved tickets.)

Information: kitefestival.org or call 202-633-3030.

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