Watch spectacular kites flown high above the Marina Green—from the acrobatic kites of world champions to the hand-made entries of amateurs. Free kites will be provided to kids of all ages.
Since 1978, when the FDKF inspired Mayor George Moscone to first proclaim "Family Day" in San Francisco, to 2010 we have been pleased to host thousands of professional and amateur kite fliers, renewable energy advocates and sustainability enthusiasts from all over the world. In 2010 this AKA (American Kitefliers Association) sanctioned festival featured kite-flying, kite-boarding, kite-boating and other examples of windpower as beautiful, educational, and healthy entertainment for families of all ages.
- Free kite-making for kids at the Make-a-Kite Pavilion
- Kite-flying for kids and adults alike
- Contests for kite-making and -flying, presided over by celebrity judges
- Professional performers flying high-tech and exotic kites
- Wind Power Exhibits coordinated by Competitive Power Ventures include Blue Green Pacific Alpha Turbine, on loan from the San Rafael high school Academy of Applied Physics and Technology.
- SF Department of Parks and Recreation will provide info on their services.
Volunteers: Volunteers are the backbone of the FDKF and we welcome your participation. If you want to be part of the great team that makes the FDKF such a fun event, just advise us of the shift you want to volunteer. The Family Day Kite Festival is happy to write letters of recommendation for the hours you serve.
Hours of Event: 11 am - 6 pm
Venue: Family Day Kite Festival takes place on the Marina Green, San Francisco’s panoramic waterfront park located just 2 miles east of the Golden Gate Bridge. A beautiful, open and well-established kite-flying venue, the Marina Green features steady breezes, easy access, public transportation and free parking.
- Longest Tail
- Most Innovative or Unique
- Best Ground Display
- Most Beautiful
- Best of Show (Spectators' Vote)
Directions: The Marina Green extends 0.4 miles east to west, between Scott and Webster Streets, along Marina Boulevard, San Francisco’s picturesque northern shoreline.
Parking: More than 600 free parking spaces are immediately adjacent to the Marina Green. Another 500 spaces are available at Crissy Field, 0.5 miles west of the Marina Green.
Special thanks to the San Francisco Department of the Environment for helping make this a zero-waste event.