A world record was set in 2010 at the Berkeley Kite Fest for the number of octopus kites flying at one time. Photos: Tracey Taylor

This weekend sees the return of one of the most popular summer dates on our city’s calendar: the Berkeley Kite Fest, held at Cesar Chavez Park since 1986.

Organized by Highline Kites, expect to see jaw-dropping team kite flying demonstrations, Rokkaku kite battles and a plethora of octopi flying high.

Also on the agenda for the two-day event — which is free — are stunt kite flying lessons, free kite making and a candy drop for kids, and lots of great food and music.

Looking on — and up — at the Berkeley Kite Fest

The Berkeley Kite Fest and West Coast Kite Championships is on Saturday and Sunday July 30 and 31, 10-5pm, at the Berkeley Marina. Free shuttles are available from North Berkeley BART station and near Spenger’s on Fourth Street.

For information visit Berkeley Kite Fest website.

Update 4:30 pm: A note from the Berkeley Police Department:

“The Berkeley Police Department wants the 1000s of community members and visitors to have a enjoyable experience at the festival.”

“It has grown in popularity, thus the parking lots are generally full before 1:00pm. Consider riding bikes, walking or taking one if the regular shuttles from the North Berkeley BART and/ or from Spengers.”

“The event planning, specifically parking is predicated on maximizing space for all but particularly mindful of access for Fire, EMS/ Ambulances and Police response.”

“We appreciate your respect and patience during the exodus and please  listen to the officers’ guidance. It takes time for so many participants to drive out so please plan for it.”
“Thank You, enjoy and have fun safely.”

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...