The Kite Loft’s Sunfest Kite Festival

The Kite Loft’s Sunfest Kite Festival 2022

Updated dates!

September 29th – October 2nd, 2022

Event Schedule

The Kite Loft’s Sunfest Kite Festival 2022 is Thursday September 29th- Sunday October 2nd in Ocean City, Maryland between 4th thru 6th streets. Hosted by The Kite Loft, the annual Sunfest Kite Festival in Ocean City is a kite flying extravaganza and funfest for kitefliers and spectators. You can expect to see kites in the air daily from 9am till dark, wind and weather permitting.*

GUIDELINES FOR FUN at Sunfest Kite Festival 2022:

There are amazing things to see and enjoy at Sunfest Kite Festival: kites of all shapes and sizes flying in the sky, ground displays featuring colorful banners and inflatable objects, giant bubbles, sport kite demonstrations, and more.

*ALL ACTIVITIES ARE WIND AND WEATHER DEPENDENT!

Dry weather and a steady breeze are important! Please keep in mind that we will be happy to fly if wind is in our favor. North or South wind is best for our beach, wind speeds between 6mph to 18 mph are the most comfortable flying conditions. Unfortunately, we are not able to fly kites if wind is too light or non-existing, as well as when wind is too strong, or too gusty.

GUIDELINES FOR FUN at a Kite Festival…

Spectators can enjoy Sunfest Kite Festival from the boardwalk or the beach. There are designated areas for different types/sizes of kites.

—Single line kites will be flying in the area in front of The Kite Loft and to the south thru 4th Street.

—Multi-line Sport/Stunt kites will be flying north of the The Kite Loft near 6th Street.

  • It is IMPORTANT for spectators and kitefliers 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 or break free 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 have hard frames (sticks) while others are soft kites, 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! Kitefliers are friendly and love to talk about their creations, experiences and share kite flying tips.
  • HAVE MORE FUN by flying a kite!

Whether you have one kite, a collection of hand-crafted art kites, or a trailer full of show kites, everyone is welcome to fly on the spacious Ocean City beach and to set up ground displays. The event is FREE for kitefliers and spectators. Spectators can view the kites and activities from the Boardwalk or while walking on the beach. Kitefliers will fill the sky with hundreds of kites and decorate the beach with colorful banners, ground bouncers, bols, and more. Kitefliers can participate in pop-up themed kite flying activities (the “schedule” is very flexible based on wind and weather conditions). Team and individual sport kitefliers will demonstrate precision maneuvers and choreographed routines throughout the day. Below is last years agenda to give you an idea of what to expect. Themes and details for each day of 2022 KL Sunfest Kite Festival will be updated closer to the event.

Thursday – 9/29
Spinners, Bols & Tails OH MY!
Kiteflier’s choice: Old School/Vintage Kites & line laundry
Pop up Night Kite Light Show
Friday – 3/30
Feline Friday...Here Kitty Kitty!
Winged Things…( birds, dragons, planes, angels etc)
Kiteflier’s Choice Homemade Ground Display Item(s)
Pop up Night Kite Light Show
Saturday – 10-1
Trilobites
Sea life Saturday
Kiteflier’s Choice Homemade Kite or line laundry
Pop up Night Kite Light Show
Sunday – 10/02
Patriotic: Show your pride in the USA & Maryland! Red, White and Blue and Stars & Stripes.
Fantasy Creatures...dragons, unicorns, Pegasus and more….
Vintage, Stick & Art Kites
Kiteflier’s Favorite Homemade Kite
Pop up Night Kite Light Show

Other possible pop-up themes: Wildlife, Cartoon Characters, What in the world is that thing?

Spectators can participate in some Sunfest Kite Festival group activities such as candy drops, kite games, boardwalk dancing, running of the bols, kids kite giveaway, and free kite flying lessons.

All activities require appropriate wind and weather conditions.

Start Date/Time September 29, 2022 at 9:00am
End Date/Time October 2, 2022 at 8:00pm
Location 3rd St - 7th St
Ocean City, MD 21842