Kite enthusiasts have flocked to Bug Light Park for years. A charming spot that is the home of Portland Breakwater Lighthouse, it is a notorious kite flying destination with its wide open space and ample wind. An annual festival devoted to these colorful flyers is a way to celebrate and spend a day of old-fashioned, kite-flying fun. Kids and adults can participate in kite flying events, enjoy a barbeque on the harbor, or just come to admire a sky that is sure to be filled with an array of impressive kites from flyers that come from all over New England to be part of this annual event.
Members of the Nor’Easters Kite Club and KONE (Kites Over New England) lend their expertise in all things kite-related at the festival, including a How to Fly a Kite workshop, demonstrations of show kites, bol racing (where kids and grown-ups try their hand at tugging a parachute-like kite) and a much anticipated kite-style candy drop. Kites are available for purchase (a kite hospital is in operation to help with fixes) and there is plenty to eat and drink, available at the nearby museum. Bug Light’s signature Lighthouse is also open to the public during the festival, giving attendees a rare chance to see the inside.
Photos provided by South Portland Historical Society