Fairs, Festivals, & Fiestas, Attractions

Berkeley Kite Festival and West Coast Kite Championships

When: July 26-27, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 2008

Wander down to the Berkeley Marina this weekend and you might find yourself surrounded by all manner of giant, puffy, ballooning characters: purple and yellow octopi with tentacles flapping in the wind, a translucent fighting fish, a yellow-eyed cat with its whiskers curled up in a garish grin. It will look as though the animals in a Hayao Miyazaki movie had all been tethered to a piece of kite string and released into the atmosphere to form a cluster of roving zeppelins. Witness the sight at this year's Berkeley Kite Festival, which features a Giant Creature Kite Expo along with taiko drumming, Rokkaku kite battles, manufacturer demos, candy drops, and more. At the Marina's CesarE. Chavez Park (11 Spinnaker Way, Berkeley) on Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. HighlineKites.com or 510-235-5483

Rachel Swan

Price: free


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