The Washington Monument flanked by two kites in an archThe Smithsonian Kite Festival will be held on Sunday, March 27 — only now it’s the Blossom Kite Festival!

Our favorite kite festival is now run by the National Cherry Blossom Festival, and is called the Blossom Kite Festival. The schedule looks familiar:

Blossom Kite Festival Schedule*
10:00 AM Opening remarks; Registration begins

Demonstration Field
10:15 AM – 12:00 PM Kite Ballets & Demonstrations
12:00 – 1:00 PM Youth Kite Makers Competition
1:00 – 2:00 PM Kite Ballets & Demonstrations

Competition Field
10:15 AM – 1:00 PM Kite Makers Showcase (Hand-made kites only)
1:00 – 2:00 PM Kite Makers Competition
2:00 – 3:00 PM Hot Tricks Showdown
3:00 – 4:00 PM Rokkaku Battle

* Depending on wind and weather, schedule is subject to change

So the rokkaku battle is around 2 pm (remember, it may be early!) on Sunday, March 27.

The event’s Advisory Committee contains a lot of familiar names that indicate this event is in good hands:

The Blossom Kite Festival presented by the National Cherry Blossom Festival is produced in partnership with the Blossom Kite Festival Advisory Committee: Harold Ames, Bevan Brown, Jon Burkhardt, Rick Kinnaird, Paul LaMasters, Ruth Oyen, Drake Smith, and Mike VanMeers.

Read more about the Blossom Kite Festival on their site.

Kite arch in front of the Washington Monument [Courtesy of National Cherry Blossom Festival press room, 2011]