On January 27 the Lake Harriet Kite Festival will celebrate its 17th year of wintry kite-flying fun. The event, hosted yearly in January, brings together hundreds of Minnesota families to brave the cold and enjoy the sights of gorgeous kites flying high above Lake Harriet.
Erica Chua, community outreach event coordinator, says the event is beloved by many local families. And even though it’s cold, she says, “Luckily, Minnesotans are hearty and don’t let well-below freezing temps stop them.” She also says there is no difference flying a kite in the winter versus the summer, besides the need for gloves! Guests at the festival can bring their own kite to fly, or purchase and assemble one when they arrive. Rather just observe the colorful kites? That’s fine, too.
The event offers a full afternoon of fun, including free horse-drawn carriage rides, ice fishing, snowshoeing, art shanties and a marshmallow roast. It’s a beloved family tradition.
Photos of past years show some incredible kites. Chua says some of the fan favorites are an enormous whale kite, a giant squid and brightly colored birds. Once the sky is filled with dozens of elaborate and beautiful kites, you won’t know where to look first.
Chua also says they’re always looking for volunteers to help the event go off smoothly and continue to be a success. Whether you want to help out, fly a kite, or just enjoy some treats and family fun, this is the event for you.