Kite fest soars into town

Kite fliers and visitors alike will descend upon Clover Point this weekend for the third annual Victoria International Kite Festival.

Kite fliers and visitors alike will descend upon Clover Point this weekend for the third annual Victoria International Kite Festival.

Under the banner, celebrating diversity in our community, the free festival presents some of the world’s top kite fliers, a children’s kite making and activity zone, a general public flying zone, multicultural performances, an international food village, buskers and more.

“Kite flying is something many cultures around the world celebrate,” said John Vickers, executive director of the kite festival.

Professional participants this year include a five-time national U.S. kiting champion, as well as five-time Dutch national champion. One of the best known kite fliers, Connor Doran, whose indoor kite flying made him a rising star on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, will also be at the festival.

Local participants include Victoria’s Island Quad, which will present multi kite flying displays. They will be joined by kite fliers from around the Capital Region and across the Lower Mainland. Approximately 1,000 children’s kite making kits will also be available thanks to the B.C. Kite Association.

Organizers anticipate up to 30,000 visitors during the course of the weekend, which opens with kites with lights — a LED kite extravaganza with music in the night sky over Clover Point after 9:30 p.m. on Friday.

Due to the large number of spectators, Clover Point will be accessible only to handicapped parking throughout the weekend. Organizers are asking the public to make alternative travel arrangements to the area.

For a full list of events visit victoriakitefestival.com.