by Jason Luthor
The humble kite has been a part of the American landscape for generations, and March 25th, Houstonians will get the chance to enjoy time in the park with their favorite kite. Each year, Hermann Park Conservancy hosts its kite festival. The festival is a time when anyone can come out with their kites and fly the together, creating a sky full of color for one Sunday in March.
However, the festival is a chance to do more than just fly kites. It’s also a chance to come out and enjoy food and music throughout the afternoon.

The kite festival is known for its live music performances, with diverse musical acts that range from marching band performances to country concerts. Families also get a chance to enjoy the spacious lawns around the reflection pool and enjoy food from some of Houston’s most popular food trucks. While the list of food trucks has yet to be released, visitors can expect a wide variety of choices. There will also be the park’s Pinewood Café where guests can stop for a moment for a bite to eat.
As for details about the festival, guests will be happy to know that the event is entirely free to attend. The Hermann Park Conservancy was created to conserve and improve Hermann Park, and part of that mission includes designing activities for the community. The only money you will need is for food. Because the festival is so popular, the park is asking that guests consider carpooling to get to the event. The festival’s hosts anticipate a very large number of attendants, which will make parking space limited unless you arrive early.

For guests who do attend, there are just a few rules to keep in mind as you attend the festival. Kite flyers are asked not to use string that can cut the strings of other kites. Your kite should also be kept beneath a flying height of 300 feet, and drones are strictly prohibited from the event. The festival is meant to allow guests to fly their kites even in large crowds, and these rules are designed to prevent anyone’s kite from getting damaged.

If the kite flying, music, and food isn’t enough for you, the festival will also be hosting a number of other family friendly events. Guests will find face painting spots throughout the area and similar activities for kids. There will also be educational booths present where visitors can learn more about the conservancy and its mission. Even the family dog is welcome to the event, so long as you keep it on a leash.

The Hermann Park Conservancy was originally founded in 1992 and continues to work with the Houston Parks and Recreation Department in the improvement of the park. Over its history, it has raised more than $121 million to fund various improvement projects. If you’re interested in helping with a good cause, the kite festival will require volunteers. You’re welcome to join the festival and help clean up the event, operate the booths, and guide guests around the park. For more information on how to attend or participate, visit the Hermann Park Conservancy website.

Sunday, March 25, 2018
10 am – 5 pm
Miller Hill and Jones Reflection Pool

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