Detroit Kite Festival takes off for second straight year

If you didn't make the inaugural Detroit Kite Festival (DKF) on Belle Isle last summer, you missed a unique, joy-filled event. Fortunately, you can redeem yourself because it's happening again this year. 

On July 15, the Detroit Kite Festival is returning to Belle Isle. The all-day festival will feature a kite-making tent for kids, a synchronized kite show from the Windjammers Kite Team, ways to purchase kites and kite merchandise — and of course plenty of kite enthusiasts sharing the skies throughout the day.

"We are so excited to bring back the Detroit Kite Festival after a wildly successful first time," says DKF director Margo Dalal. "Kites are a platform to bring Detroiters together, celebrate history and culture, and to engage with others. We are grateful to have such a supportive community and willing partners to make this the collaborative festival that it is."

A more comprehensive description of DKF's history, purpose, and schedule is available in our article before last year's festival.

This year, the Michigan Philharmonic will supply a musical backdrop to the festivities. 

"The Michigan Phil is thrilled to be participating this summer," says Beth Stewart, executive director of the Michigan Philharmonic. "The orchestra performs free outdoor summer concerts throughout SE Michigan each year, and this festival will be one of the most fun events in Detroit."

The Detroit Kite Festival will take place on July 15 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Belle Isle Cricket Field. The event is free and open to the public. 
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