The JAPAN AMERICA KITE FESTIVAL® is the largest kite festival in Southern California and one of the most “family friendly” kite festivals worldwide!
The Japan America Kite Festival® is an annual event held in early Fall, and takes place next to the Seal Beach Pier, in Seal Beach, California.
Initiated in 1996 by Up Up & Away Kites and Up Up & Away Kite Club, the Festival was joined by the Japan America Society of Southern California in 2000, when the Festival also took on its current, trademarked name.
Today, the Japan America Kite Festival® attracts over 12,000 visitors and it is dedicated to educating the general public about the joy of kite flying, the variety and styles of kites, with a growing focus on Japanese kites and traditional Japanese kite making.
Come with family and friends to enjoy Japanese and international kites of all sizes and colors! Kite Workshop and games for Children, Japanese food & cultural booths, 50' x 100' Giant Show kites, Taiko drum performance, Kite Candy Drops for kids, Kite Battles and Stunt Kite demonstrations and much more!
The Japan America Society annually hosts HITACHI Japanese Kite Workshops, inviting a traditional Edo Kite Master from Japan to benefit underprivileged children in the greater Los Angeles region. The Edo Kite Master will have a variety of kites for you to see up and close, and demonstrate how to fly a Japanese style kite! Don't miss his famous 150 yard US-JAPAN train kite!
Co-presented by Japan America Society of Southern California and Up Up and Away Kite Club.
Admission is free
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