Fly a kite at this festival in South Portland, Maine

Featured image: A giant kite with Bug Light in the background at a previous Bug Light Kite Festival (image credit: South Portland Historical Society, Portland, Maine)

It’s a day of old-fashioned kite flying 11 a.m.-4 p.m. today (May 19) at the 9th annual Bug Light Kite Festival at Bug Light Park in South Portland, Maine.

Enjoy a day of flying your kite at this beautiful nine-acre park with views of Bug Light and Casco Bay. Bring your own kite to fly, or buy a kit to make your own (starting at $5). If you don’t have your own kite and don’t want to make one, you can buy one at the South Portland Historical Society’s museum gift shop with cash or credit or at a kite kiosk outside with cash only. The museum opens at 10 a.m. today.

Members of the Noreasters Kite and Kites Over New England (KONE) are hosting a How to Fly a Kite workshop, show kite demonstrations, bol racing, and a candy drop for the kids.

If you need help assembling your kite or your kite needs some emergency care, stop by the kite hospital for assistance.

Food and drinks are available for purchase at a barbecue at the museum starting at 11 a.m. Also enjoy live music from the Maine Marimba Ensemble, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

For more information about the festival, visit the South Portland Historical Society’s Facebook page.

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