July 16, 2017

10 AM - 4 PM



July 16, 2017

10 AM - 4 PM


Rain or shine, we will see you Sunday!


The Detroit Kite Festival will take place July 16th, 2017 on Belle Isle. It's completely free, and no tickets are necessary. It will feature on-site kite making and kite-related activities, professional kite flyers, and education about kites in different cultures with participation from local businesses and organizations. 

We encourage you to bring a picnic, your friends, and family. No kite necessary- there will be kites for sale, to make, and borrow. 

The Detroit Kite Festival is the inaugural winner of community grant dinner Belle Isle SOUP, an initiative of the Belle Isle Conservancy, in partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Detroit SOUP, aimed at creating a strengthened, intentional connection between the Detroit community and Belle Isle Park.



When & Where

When & Where

When & Where

Sunday July 16, 2017
10 AM - 4 PM
Belle Isle, Detroit

The Festival will take places at the Belle Isle Cricket Fields, right next to the Belle Isle Casino.


Getting There


Ride your bike

The bike path and sidewalk connect Detroit to the island on the left side of the bridge. Use the sidewalk to come from the Riverfront Bike Path or from the Dequindre Cut. Eastern Market and the Downtown Riverfront are two convenient places to park if you want to bike in! Entry to the park is free for cyclists.


Take the Bus

Bus riders can access Belle Isle via the No. 12 Conant route. The service runs roughly every 50 minutes to Belle Isle between 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m on Sundays. You will not have to pay the park entry fee, only the $1.50 bus fare. The Festival is a short walking distance from the bus stop. 



Parking will be available directly next to the Festival. Take a right after crossing the bridge, then take the second left on Fountain Way. Drivers will need to pay for a recreation passport. This costs $11.00 per car and $5.00 per motorcycle for Michigan residents and $31.00 for non-Michigan residents. Once purchased, the recreation passport will allow you to visit the island unrestricted until your car registration is due.


Special accommodations

We will have convenient parking for those with special needs. For further assistance, please contact us at detroitkitefestival@gmail.com. 

Our Participants

Our Participants

Festival Participants

Here are our 2017 festival partners and participants! 


Food: Sisters on a Roll, Detroit Pop Shop, Georgia Brown's Gourmet Foods, Tonic & Juice, Charles Barbecue Garden

Drinks: Drifter Coffee

Free water will be available at the festival. 


12 pm John Harmon Accordion

1pm King Moore (poetry & drum circle led by Ayinde) 

2:15 pm Motor City Street Dance Academy

2:30 Tech Shop Competition Awards

 3pm The Wind Jammers Kite Team

Performances + Music

Kite making

The Kite Making Tent will be hosted by The Detroit Institute of Arts Education Studio. 

museum + book nook

The Book Nook will be hosted by The Detroit Public Library


Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What else will be at the Festival?

In addition to kite flying and making, we will have a number of other activities related to kites and community. Stay tuned for details!

Is it free?

YES! Entrance to the Festival is free. Drivers will need to pay for a recreation passport. This costs $11.00/car and $5.oo/motorcycle for Michigan residents and $31.00 for non-Michigan residents. Once purchased, the recreation passport will allow you to visit the island unrestricted until your car registration is due. We highly encourage carpooling, taking the bus, or riding your bike! 

Do we have to register?

Nope! Just arrive with your friends and family!

Who puts on this event, and who benefits?

Detroit Kite Festival is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. This event is 100% volunteer run by a group of Detroit-based kite enthusiasts. The fundraiser for the Festival is to cover the costs of the implementing the festival and workshops. Any additional money will be used for future events.

Do I need to bring a kite?

We will have as many kites as possible for you to fly, but please bring your own if you have one! We will have kites for youth to make and keep, and we encourage sharing and taking turns with kites at the festival. Please refer to our resources page on where to buy kite kits and how to make your own kites! 

Will there be food?

We highly encourage you to bring a picnic lunch and a blanket to spread out on! We are also working on securing food vendors for the Festival, think hot dogs and ice cream! 

What if it rains?

We would be very sad. Activities that take place under the tents (kite making, etc.) will happen rain or shine. Although we have no official rain date, nothing is stopping you from coming out the following Sunday, or any other day, for a day of kite flying!

Can I bring my dog?

If your dog is kind to people and to other dogs, you may bring your dog. Please care for and pick up after your dog properly.

What are the Festival Rules?

  • Be considerate of other kite fliers.
  • Do not use string made to cut other kite strings. 
  • Don’t bring anything to the Festival that puts others in danger. 
  • Don’t fly your kites in the street or near power lines.
  • Help us lower our impact on Belle Isle by depositing your trash and recyclables in the appropriate containers. 

Have a question you don't see answered? Email us at detroitkitefestival@gmail.com.