AKA Region 8 Kite Events Calendar 2008
(AR, LA, NM, OK, TX)

Welcome to the 2008 AKA Region 8 Kite events calendar! If you see any mistakes on this calendar, or if you know of other events that need to be added to this calendar, please e-mail the webmaster at: TKOGunn@webtv.net.

Always contact the kite event coordinators before traveling to any event, because event dates can change, or events can be cancelled on short notice for various reasons.

Check back here often, because events are constantly being added, dates change, locatons change, or events get cancelled.


Sport Kite Competition = (SKC)

Single Line Competition = (SLC)

Fun Festival (Fun flying for all) = (FF)

Kite Making = (KM)

Demonstrations = (DM)


Jan. 12-13-- 2nd Great Texas Kite Club Party/Fly

Rockport, TX (Rockport Beach Park)

C: Dano & Nancy




Feb. 2-3-- SPI Kite Festival (FF/DM)

South Padre Island, TX (on the flats)

C: Bill & Susie Doan (956)761-1248



Special guest fliers:

John Barresi of Portland, OR

David Hathaway of Vancouver, B.C. Canada

Activities include: Fun flying for anyone, sport kite demos, music, food vendors, raffles, silent auction, Banquet & live kite auction.

Feb. 23 - N.W. Recreation Center kite workshop 26th Annual


C: Richard Robertson (512)458-4107



Mar. 2--80th Annual Zilker Park Kite Festival


Austin,TX (2100 Barton Springs Rd.)
(Rain date Mar 9th)

C: Dorsey & Bunnie Twidwell


Click here for Festival webpage.

Mar. 15--2nd Annual Kite Festival and Dog Fair


San Antonio, TX (McAllister Park)

C: Ray Knox



Mar. 15--21st Annual Spiro Mounds Kite Flite Day


Spiro, OK
(Spiro Mounds Archaeological center, located 3 miles east of Spiro, OK, on Hwy 9/271 & 4 miles north on Lock and Dam Rd.)

C: Dennis Peterson


Activities: Kites of all types, hundreds of participants, Arts & Crafts, food vendors. Donated kites given away hourly by drawing, free guided tour of prehistoric native american archaeological site.

Mar. 15--Kite Flight and Family Fun Day


Western Hills Guest Ranch & Sequoyah State Park
Hulbert, OK 74441

C: Todd

918-772-2545 or 918-772-2108

Activities: Kite building and decorating classes (kites provided.) Prizes wil be awarded for the best decorated and most creative kite in two age groups. Rusty the Rodeo Clown will hand out balloons and paint faces.

Mar. 15--2nd Elzie Odom Kite Festival


River Legacy Parks North Cooper St., Arlington, Texas 76006

C. Jennifer Lecroy (City of Arlington)


Activities: Sport Kite Competition, fun flying, Kid's kite building, fun single line competition (biggest, smallest. longest tail, etc..., Demos, food, entertainment.

Mar. 22-- 18th Eureka Springs Kite Festival


Eureka Springs, AR
(at Turpentine Creek wildlife Preserve - 7 miles south of Eureka Springs on highway 23)

C: Steve & Linda Rogers

work: 888-836-6251

Mar. 29--Kite Day at the Preserve


Mineola Nature Preserve...1860 County Road 2724 Mineola, TX 75773)

C: J.S. Heppner

903-569-8228 membership@mnpfriends.org


Apr.4-6--3rd Annual Cloud Buster Kite Festival


Perrin, TX
(at Mitchell Resort and RV Park...2730 FM 2210 E. Perrin, TX 76486)

C: Doris Reed & Kevin McGrath



Event Info:
Fun for all ages! Fun flying, sport kite Demonstrations, Food Vendors, Live Music, Kids Kite Building.

Apr. 5--Go Fly a Kite Kite Festival


(at Storrie Lake State Park, which is four miles north of Las Vegas. NM, via N.M. 518)

C: Manuel Villanueva 505-425-7278

Event Info:
Kites, kids, hawks and wind take center stage at the first High Fliers Kite Festival. The new festival includes free kite-making booths, kite competitions, live hawks, a Native American storyteller, and kite and food vendors. The general public is welcome to come and enjoy the event along with the kids. Come out and fly a kite!

For more info:

Apr. 5--Whitewater Mesa Fun Kite Fly (4th Annual)


Glenwood, NM (Whitewater Mesa LAbyrinths mile marker 3 Bursum Road)

C: Cordelia Rose

575-538-2868 cordelia@starband.net

Come to Glenwood and fly a kite! Join us for the fourth Annual Whitewater Mesa Fun Kite Flying Picnic, Tailgate too! Free raffle drawing for a kite every hour. Plenty of space!

BRING: your picnic, your kites, your laughter, your family and friends, and something to sit on.

Apr. 5--Siloam Springs Kite Day (6th Annual)


Siloam Springs, AR (Siloam Springs Airport...Hwy 59 North)

C: Libby Wand

479-524-5779 Lwand@siloamsprings.com

Apr 5-6--Kite Fest Louisiane


Port Allen, LA

C: Gayle Woodul

830-598-2414 drgayle@tstar.net


Apr. 5-6--Portland WindFest


Portland, TX

C: Portland Chamber of Commerce

877-643-2475 chamber@portlandtx.org

Apr. 13--Great North Texas Kite Festival


Cedar Hills, TX (Valley Ridge Park)

C: Gloria Harmon (Rainbows 4 Sail)


Festival Notes:

AKA Sanctioned Sport kite competitions will not happen at this year's event, but will return in 2009! Come join us for Fun Flying, Demonstrations, kite store sales, plus more!

Apr. 12-13--Highland Bayou Park Kite Festival


La Marque, TX
(Highland Bayou Park - Exit 10 off of I45 follow the service rd going south. Park entrance will be on right after Oasis RV Park)

C: Kathy Nixie

409-762-0990 knixie@aol.com

Free kite workshop for 50 kids each day, Fun flying for everyone, demos, etc...

Apr 17-20 The Playas Landsailing & Kite Buggy Event

Southern, NM

C: Phil Safier



Directions: Exit off of I-10 half way between Deming & Lordsburg, at exit 49. Take Hwy 146 south 20 miles to Hatchita, NM, then weston Hwy 9 and drive 15 miles to Playas Smelter Rd., then turn south and drive to mile marker #4 and turn right (This turn is onto a dirt road, just before an intersection with tall street lights). The dry lake access will be from the east side of the dry lake bed. NOTE: There are no stores or facilities within 50 miles, so bring what you need!

April 19--5th Annual Cannon AFB Kite Karnival


Clovis, NM
(at Doc Stewart Park on the corner of 60/84 and 311 Ranchvale Road)

C: Maria Huff

505-784-6381 Maria.huff@cannon.af.mil

Apr.25-27--2nd Annual Ruidoso Kite Fest


Ruidoso, NM 

C: Bruce and Beth DeFoor

Home: 575-258-1546 Cell: 575-973-1004


Apr. 26 - Harlingen Kite Festival


Harlingen, TX (Harlingen Sports Complex Park)

C: Esmeralda Martinez




May 3-4--White Rock Lake Festival


Dallas, TX
(on Boy Scout Hill East on Mockingbird Lane, past W. Lawther, past Dog Park, over Mockingbird Bridge at White Rock)

C: Donna Smithson



Event Info:
This is not a regular kite festival, but we would like kite flyers to come and fly.

Other Activities include: crafts, music, face painting, pony rides, pet adoptions, wine tasting, petting zoo, & more!.

May 3-4-- 7th Annual New Mexico Wind Festival


Edgewood, NM (Wildlife West Nature Park)

C: Roger Holden




May 10-11-----Tulsa Wind Riders 14th Annual Festival of Kites


Tulsa, OK (43rd & Garnett.)

C: Catherine Gabrel



May 16-18--11th Los Alamos Arts Council Kite Festival


Los Alamos, NM (Spirio Soccer Fields at Overlook Park, Whiterock)

C: Marlane Hamilton

(505) 663-0477

Activities: Fun flying, kids kite making, kite candy drops, kite demos, food, entertainment, Frday night concert, lighted night fly, free event T-shirts at kids kite workshop for kids.

May 18--DFW Dragon Boat, Kite, & Lantern Festival (Annual)


Irving, Texas (at Lake Carolyn)

C: Gayle Woodul



For more info:

May 23-26--Junction Kitemakers Retreat

Junction, TX
(Texas Tech Extension Campus...2 Miles south of I-10 & Hwy 83)

C: Judy Kingery




- Instructor proposals accepted through Feb 28. 2008.
- $225 registration fee for participants.
- The registration fee will be waived for instructors.


May 31 & June 1--Ark Air Museum Kite Festival (FF/DM)
Fayetteville, AR .
(at the Washington County Fairgrounds)

C: Warren Jones



- Festival Comments: This will be an annual festival! We will have restroom facilities and concessions. We have also arranged for discounted hotel rooms that are one and two exits from the flying field (contact for more info).

- Attractions: Kites of all types, kids kite building, demos, etc...


Sport Kite Competition

June 7 - Audrey's Beach Day and Kite Fly


Rockport, TX

C: Dano Wright

361-442-4608 dano@windsongkite.com

Festival Notes:

Proceeds go to assist children with Downs Syndrome.

There will be a free dinner provide to all dedicated kite flyers, so please RSVP to Dano Wright, asap!

June 20-22--Summer Balloon Fest (FF) (DM)

Midway Airport off Hwy 287 (Waxahachie/Midlothian, Texas)

C: Debby Standefer (Pres & CEO)
(469) 644-4576

Gloria Harmon
(972) 880-0520



Kite Demos and Flying at designated time intervals before and after balloon launches.

June 28-29--15th Annual Libertyfest Kite Fest


Edmond, OK (N.W. Covell between Kelly & Santa Fe)

C: Terry Officer



Event Website:


August & September

Sep. 13--Sister Cities 9th Annual Kite Fest (FF/DM/KM)

Shawnee, OK
(St. Gregory's University)

C: Cheryl Cowden


Included on the festivities will be a Japanese kite exhibit.

Sep. 22-27--31st American Kitefliers Association Grand Nationals & Convention.

Gettysburg, PA

C: Mel Hickman (800)252-2550




Oct. 11--Tulsa Air and Space Museum Kite Fest (FF/DM/KM)

Tulsa, OK
(43rd and Garnett East 43rd and South Garnett Road)

C: Larry Stiles 918-630-9334 fax 918-745-2038


Kite Art Exhibit, Fun Fly, Kids Fly, Kitemaking Competition, Kids Kitemaking Work Shops.

Fundraiser for Tulsa Air and Space Museum. A one-day event with schools entering kites into competition, kite demonstrations by local kite club, and kite education presented by Richard and Marti Dermer.

Oct. 12---23rd Annual One Sky One World Fly

World Wide Mass Ascension for Peace

Any location you pick!

c: One Sky One World Phone: 303-571-1744

One Sky One World Website

Oct. 18-19--3rd Kites Over Granbury Kite Festival
(Flying kites for kids in Crisis)


Granbury, TX
(300 acre field at Highways 377 and 167 (Fall Creek Hwy) across the street from Jerry Durant Toyota at: 5100 E Hwy 377 N., Granbury, TX 76049)

C: Family Fun Kites

phone: 817-573-5483


Host Hotel: Granbury Inn & Suites
1339 N Plaza Dr.
Granbury, TX 76048

Activities: Open fun flying, Kite making, kite buggies, professional kite demos, Raffles & Prizes, Kids kite candy drop, Concessions, Face painting, sport kite team flying, etc...


!!CANCELLED Because of Hurricane Damage!!
Sport Kite Competition

Nov. 1-2---12th South Padre Island Kite Festival

South Padre Island, TX (the flats)

C: Guy Blatnik
Home: 956-761-7028
Cell: 956-299-0731

Nov 17-24--15th Dead Bird Buggy Bash and Kite Fly
Galveston, TX. (at East Beach)
(Pre-event at San Luis Pass on the west end of the Island)

C: Charles "AJ" Jackson 832-250-3773

Website: http://deadbirdbuggybash.com/

This is one of 2 premier kite buggy gatherings in North America! This event also draws other styles of kite flyers and is one great kite flyers gathering, and everyone is welcome! You can now visit the DBBB website and register your name if you're coming. An accurate head count is necessary so this year's Turkey Day cooks will know how much food to prepare for the DBBB kiting attendees, their guest, and family members.


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