The kite shop owner who ran the festival for over 30 years says the city’s over-$40,000 event-fee increase will mean an end to the Berkeley Marina tradition.
Although the pandemic has brought many cultural events to a grinding halt, the arts in Berkeley are not kaput. The city is moving forward with plans for new public art. Here’s what to look forward to in coming months.
The beloved Octopi in the sky flew this weekend.
Let’s go fly kites by Daniel Parks. Taken at the 2014 Berkeley Kite Festival Let’s go fly kites by Daniel Parks. Taken at the 2014 Berkeley Kite Festival KITE FESTIVAL This family-friendly event will celebrate its 30th anniversary this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in César Chavez Park. Every year, hundreds of […]
Octopus kites at the Berkeley Kite Festival in Cesar Chavez Park. Photo: California Travels KITE FESTIVAL The 29th annual Berkeley Kite Fest will take place Saturday and Sunday in César Chavez Park. The free festival will feature kite making and flying lessons, as well as food and craft activities. A traditional Japanese kite-flying team will also […]
Octopi fly through the sky during the Berkeley Kite Festival. Photo: California Travels BERKELEY KITE FESTIVAL The 28th Annual Berkeley Kite Festival & West Coast Kite Championships is this weekend, July 27 and 28, at the Cesar Chavez Park at the Berkeley Marina. Sponsored by Highline Kites of Berkeley, the festival includes activities like kite […]
SOUTH AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE DONE RIGHT On July 28, 1821, Peru became independent from Spain. Ever since, that day has been an occasion to party. It’s no different thousands of miles north in Berkeley. Brasa: A Peruvian Joint at 1960 University Avenue will throw open its doors for a special celebration on today, July 27 at 6 […]
By Robert Mills Kites of all colors flew high this weekend at the 2011 Berkeley Kite Festival. Several hundred Bay Area sky sailors met at Berkeley Marina to take in the two-day event hosted by Highline Kites. July 30 and 31 marked the 26th year of the festival. Strong winds blessed the sunny blue skies at […]
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 […]
By Elinor Holland Participants in the Berkeley Kite Festival set a new world record Saturday when they flew the most giant octopus kites together at one time. The Octopile joined forces with the Gomberg Kite Production to fly 22 octopus kites. The previous record had been 20 kites. The octopus kites are massive and heavy […]