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Berkeley Kite Festival

When: July 30-31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 2011

Go fly a kite. No, seriously. At the Berkeley Kite Festival, opportunities abound: Take a free kite-flying lesson, learn to fly a dual-line or quad-line aerobatic kite, or try out the latest in advanced kite designs. True pros can pre-register to compete in the West Coast Kite Championships. Spectators won't be let down, either - witness the world's largest octopus kite, a team kite ballet, 20,000 square feet of giant creature kites from New Zealand, the high-flying exploits of Japan's Sode Cho Kite Team (including a rokkaku kite battle), and more - all at Cesar Chavez Park (11 Spinnaker Way, Berkeley) on Saturday and Sunday, July 30-31. You can even make your own kite. After all that, there's only one thing left to do. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free. HighlineKites.com or 510-235-5483

Nate Seltenrich

Price: free

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