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More fun in the air, as Haulover Beach Park's "Kite Day" expands to a weekend extravaganza!

MIAMI (January 20, 2017)

The annual “Kite Day” festival at Haulover Beach Park enters its 25th year expanding by popular demand, from a one-day event to a full weekend, Saturday-Sunday, February 18-19, 2017, from 12-5 p.m. That means kite enthusiasts will have all the more opportunities to watch or fly kites, at this thrilling seaside spectacle of colorful high-flyers that brings exciting kiting activities, as well as thousands of loyal spectators and fliers from near and far.

Event admission is free and parking is $7 per car and $15 per bus/RV. Parking fees can be paid via Pay-by-Phone mobile app or pay machine located in parking lots. For more info visit: https://www.miamiparking.com/pay-by-phone/.

This all-ages family-style event, presented by the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and Skyward Kites, aims to instill the joy and value of kiting by bringing families together for memorable experiences in the great outdoors. The festival features kite-building classes, kite-flying demonstrations, all sorts of kite competitions, and more! Returning are the “monster kites,” including a 100-foot squid, a 30-foot dragon, a 30-foot scuba man, a 30-foot “Nemo” fish, among others. There will also be food and refreshments for purchase and a live concert by local favorite, The Free Radz Band.

Everyone is encouraged to sign up for each day’s kite competitions. The prize categories will include “best homemade kite,” “highest-flying kite”, “most unusual kite” and “kite with the longest tail.” Participants 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. 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.

Glass bottles and pets will not be allowed. Shoes with socks are recommended for individuals participating in open field activities. Those who prefer to sit and watch the festivities may bring along a blanket.

Haulover Beach Park is located at 10800 Collins Ave., Miami. For more information about Kite Day weekend, visit the Skyward Kites web page or call Dan Ward at 305-893-0906. For the park office, call 305-947-3525.

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 the Skyward Kites kite shops, which has operated at this location as a partner-vendor of Miami-Dade Parks for 25 years. They offer kiting activities year-round, including kiting parties for birthdays or any occasion.

About Miami-Dade Parks
Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 270 parks and 13,573 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world. The non-profit Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade supports Miami-Dade Parks’ efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County’s world-class parks system for residents and visitors.