Get ready to see giant kites take the skies over Labor Day weekend! While the Kites Over Lake Michigan event will be held in a new, temporary location this year, families will still soar their way to a good time!
This free event, which is celebrating its fifteenth year, is a wonderful opportunity for families to spend time together in the warm sunshine and learn about kites. Spectators will see amazing displays of giant, beautifully-crafted kites and watch on as precision stunt teams perform aerial ballet with their dual and quad line kites. Additionally, there will be family-friendly activities available including free kite-making for kids on Sunday, September 6th at 9 am!
Be sure to pack plenty of water, snacks, and a blanket to stretch out and enjoy the show. Those who wish to practice extended social distancing measures will be able to watch the kites from their vehicle. There is no set schedule for the two-day event, but visitors can catch sight of these massive wind puppets between 11 am and 4 pm on September 5th and 6th. Please note, the displays operate on “kite time” and may vary due to wind direction. All activities will go on as planned regardless of wind conditions.
Traditionally, the kites event is held along the scenic shore of Neshotah Beach overlooking Lake Michigan, however, due to high water levels and reduced beach space, festivities are being held at Two Rivers High School. Overflow parking will still be available at the Neshotah beach lots and a shuttle bus service will run between the beach and high school from 11 am and 5 pm on both event dates.
Grab your blankets, chairs, umbrellas, and picnic baskets, this is a family favorite event!
- When: Saturday, September 5 – Sunday, September 6, 2020
- Where: Two Rivers High School, 4519 Lincoln Ave, Two Rivers
2020 Schedule Kite Events
- Kids Activities – Kite Making (Sunday 9 am – 11:00 am)
There is no specific schedule of activities because everything is weather dependent and operated on “kite time.” For example, if the wind is light, the stunts teams can still fly with their low wind kites but the giant show kites will likely be grounded until the wind picks up.
Parking is limited at the beach. Save a long walk and take the shuttle. The Shuttle Bus runs from the Neshotah Beach Parking lot to Two Rivers High School parking lot for both days.
- Saturday, September 5, 2020: 11 am – 4 pm
- Sunday, September 6, 2020: 11 am – 4 pm
Other Family-Friendly Things to Do in Two Rivers
- Washington House, 1622 Jefferson Street, Two Rivers
Unique Flying Objects
Also be sure to checkout Unique Flying Objects, the organizer for the kite event, and one of the best kite stores in Wisconsin! Located on the corner of Washington Street, the shop features everything from flags to kites to sky lanterns, metal spinners, and more!
Visit Unique Flying Object’s website: uniqueflyingobjects.com
Thanks to a GVK friend and reader, Amber Evans for sharing these pictures from a couple of years ago.