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"Kitetoberfest" kite festival returns to Haulover Beach Park for 23rd year

MIAMI (October 01, 2015)

Kites of all colors, shapes, sizes and themes will be sent soaring in the skies over Haulover Beach Park on Sunday, October 18, 2015, from 12-5 p.m., during the 23rd annual “Kitetoberfest” kite festival. This family-style event, presented by the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and Skyward Kites, will feature free kiting activities for all ages, such as kite-building classes, kite-flying demonstrations and all sorts of kite competitions. Expect to see a return of the amazing “monster kites”, including the 100-foot squid, the 30-foot dragon, the 30-foot scuba man, the 30-foot “Nemo” fish, the 150-foot flying rainbow, and more. There will also be food and refreshments for purchase and a live concert by Miami Country Day School’s “21 Hearts, 1 Beat” Rock Ensemble.  Event admission is free and parking is $7.

Prize categories for the kite competitions run the gambit from the highest-flying and most unusual kites to the best homemade kite and the kite with the longest tail.  There is no limit to the size or type of kites. Traditional kites of other countries are welcome, as a way to celebrate the unique cultural diversity of South Florida.  Folks have the option of bringing their favorite kite from home, making one at the event for free or purchasing an already-made kite at the on-site kite store.

Shoes with socks are recommended for individuals participating in open field activities. Those who just want to watch may opt to bring along a blanket.  

For more information about Kitetoberfest, contact Dan Ward at Skyward Kites at 305-893-0906. 

Haulover Beach Park, located at 10800 Collins Ave., is a designated Miami-Dade “Heritage Park”, for its vital role in this community's history, environment and recreational and cultural experiences.  For directions and park information, visit the Haulover Beach Park web page or call 305-947-3525.  

About Skyward Kites

Recognized as one of the best places for people to fly kites in South Florida, the open space and fresh ocean breezes of Haulover Beach Park make it the ideal location for Skyward Kites.  Skyward Kites’ kite shop has operated out of Haulover Park for nearly 23 years and boasts the largest selection of kites, windsocks and wind spinners in Miami, from diamonds and deltas to Para-foils and box varieties. They are open 364-days a year (Closed Christmas Day), from 10 a.m. till sunset, with free parking for kite shop patrons.  They offer kiting activities year-round, including kiting parties for birthdays or any occasion. Skyward Kites, a partner-vendor of Miami-Dade County Parks, is just one example of the variety of programs and activities offered throughout the diverse Miami-Dade Parks system.  

Miami-Dade Parks is a world-class parks system supported by the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade and focused on Placemaking, Health and Fitness, and Conservation and Stewardship.