For Immediate Release


David Hefferman 805-637-6202

Rakesh Bahadur 805-963-2964

April 2012 is Kite Month in Santa Barbara

SANTA BARBARA - April 2012 is Kite month in Santa Barbara. Thanks to a proclamation by the city's honorable Mayor Marty Blum and the Santa Barbara City Council in 2007, the month of April is now officially Kite Month in the city of Santa Barbara. In addition, the Santa Barbara Kite Festival was recognized in 2007 for its annual contributions to community recreation and family fun. Mayor Marty Blum agreed to author the proclamation in coordination with National Kite Month – a not-for profit venture co-founded by the American Kite Flyers Association and the Kite Trade Association International . For info, log on to

The 27th annual Santa Barbara Kite Festival, will take flight 11am-4pm, Sunday, April 15th, 2012. The festival will be held in the "Great Meadow" on the west campus of Santa Barbara City College. The blufftop lawn overlooks the beautiful Santa Barbara harbor and breakwater and is a perfect location for kite flying. Parking is plentiful on campus and admission to the festival is free.

The Santa Barbara Kite Festival is always a fun-filled family-style affair featuring kites of all sizes, shapes and colors. Flyers of all abilities are welcome.

Competitions range from "kite fighting" and "sport flying" for skilled flyers, to the more accessible categories such as "most beautiful", "highest flying", and "largest kites". One of the most popular events held throughout the day is the "tail chase" for children. Children in various age groups try to catch the tail of a kite as it dips and dives through the air. Prizes will be awarded in most categories. Kites will be available for purchase at the festival. For more information, log on to or call 805-637-6202, or 805-963-2964. Email can be sent to , or

Santa Barbara City College's West Campus is located next to the college main campus at 721 Cliff Drive in Santa Barbara. Admission to the festival and parking on West Campus for the event is free.


Photo opportunities abound! This is a very colorful event. Please contact us for any advance photo needs.


Updated 2/11/2012