Maryland International Kite Expo
April 28th – April 30th
Ocean City, Maryland
Ocean City, Maryland and The Kite Loft welcome you to come and fly on the beautiful beaches along our famous boardwalk. The Maryland International Kite Exposition will feature three days of kite flying on the beaches of Ocean City, Maryland. Throughout the festival there will be exhibitions and demonstrations including stunt and power kite lessons, Giant kite displays and much more! The festival will showcase some of the best kite flyers from around the world. Kites of all shapes and sizes will be on display. On behalf of The Town of Ocean City and The Kite Loft we welcome everyone to join in the festivities. Bring your family for several days of good old fashion kite flying. Remember, when we say “Go Fly A Kite,” we mean it.
GUIDELINES FOR FUN at the 2023 Maryland International Kite Expo (MIKE)
There are amazing things to see and enjoy at MIKE: kites of all shapes and sizes flying in the sky, ground displays featuring colorful banners and inflatable objects, giant bubbles, sport kite demonstrations, kite flying lessons, and more.
All activities are wind and weather dependent. Dry weather and a steady breeze are important for kite flying. It is also possible to have too much wind.
To make sure everyone has a great experience; it is important to follow a few BASIC GUIDELINES FOR FUN!
Spectators can enjoy MIKE from the boardwalk or the beach. There are designated areas for activities and different types/sizes of kites (see field map). Please do not enter demonstration fields.
It is important for spectators and kite fliers to BE AWARE! Always LOOK UP and LOOK DOWN! Be careful as you walk through the flying fields. It is possible to be looking up at the beautiful kites only to trip over a ground anchor or ground display at your feet or walk into flying line.
- Kites are tethered to ground anchors using strong lines.
- Kites occasionally fall out of the sky; kite lines can break, and kites can break free from ground anchors without warning.
- Changes in wind speed or direction will also cause the kites to change flight direction or come down.
- Kites may range in size from several inches to over 100 feet long, some kites have hard frames (sticks) while others are soft kites/inflatables with fabric that fills with air.
- Kites may have multiple lines supporting or controlling them.
Please ask your children to be responsible and to stay close to you. It is easy for excited young visitors to get separated or wander away.
Please DO NOT TOUCH the kites, lines or ground displays without the kite owner’s permission!
Most important… HAVE FUN! Meet and talk with the kiters! Ask questions! Kite fliers are friendly and love to talk about their creations, experiences, and share kite flying tips.
HAVE MORE FUN by flying a kite!