Sunday, June 3, 2018 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Chippewa Park

Thunder Bay's Kite Festival has been held annually since 1981. Along with kite workshops, demonstrations and activities, you will experience the flying skills of kite experts from renowned Kite Clubs. People of all ages will be impressed and inspired by their spectacular demonstrations of colourful high-flying kites.

Families are invited to fly their own kites, watch the Pro Fliers take over the sky with Giant Kites, and learn about different forms of flight.

Performance and Activity

John Collins – The Paper Airplane Guy, will be on-site to teach children how to fold and fly paper airplanes at a Guinness World Record distance.

John holds the current Guinness World Record for paper airplane distance. After studying origami and aerodynamics, he broke the world record for distance flown by a paper airplane in 2012. He shares his passion for planes through STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs across the country, making both public and private appearances at schools, science museums and public libraries. John is the author of three books of original paper airplane designs and has presented at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Carnegie Mellon, and Stanford University. He’s appeared on Conan, Discovery, ESPN, Nat Geo, Science Channel, and most recently WIRED.

Other highlights include:
  • Giant Kites from pro kite fliers
  • Free Fly Zone where you can fly kites and win prizes
  • Build your own Kites, Windsocks, Hot Air Balloons, Pinwheels, and Helicopters
  • Giant Bubbles / Interactive Circus with Compelling Characters
  • Ultimate Parties’ Human Hamster Balls, Rockets and Canon Ball Air Blasters
  • Face painting and balloon creations with A Giggle of Clownz
  • Superheroes from Chippewa Summer Camps
  • Inflatables with Fun-tastic Castles
  • Jef Tanguay, the Balloonist
  • Roving performances with Mackinley Oliver
  • Food Vendors
  • Plus much, much more!

Event admission is FREE but make sure to bring some cash for the rides, food concessions and bouncy castles.

Award-Winning Festival

Thousands of events are held every year in Ontario but only a select few are named to the 'Top 100 Ontario Festivals' list. Kite Festival has been named to this prestigious list six times - most recently in 2015.


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