Welcome to the Rosebud Kite Festival 2017
Victoria’s premier kite flying event on Saturday 11th March and Sunday 12th March 2017.
Main Event: Sunday 12th March 11am – 5pm
Saturday 11th March: 10am – 1pm . Meet the kite flyers on the foreshore. NO other activities that day.
This year’s Rosebud Kite Festival event will feature a full program of live entertainment, stalls, rides and more on Sun 12th, March 2017 from 11am-5pm. A special ‘meet the maker’ kite flying demo will be held on Sat 11th from 10am-1pm (no live entertainment on Sat 11th).
Kite Festival 2017
The team of internationally acclaimed kite flyers from across mainland Australia and New Zealand will display above the heads of the crowd, their spectacular maxi kites which include sea creatures such as dolphins, whales, sting rays and octopus together with winged dragons and floating astronauts. These giant kites are so large they take a string of runner kites and a team of people to get them in the air and some pretty strong cabling attached to a car or two to keep them anchored to the ground. Flying high in the sky, against a backdrop of blue they never fail to impress.
While on the ground, for the first time at Rosebud, you can enjoy a display of kite buggying. This is where a kite is used to pull the buggy along a park, beach or dry lake. Whilst the limitations of the Rosebud site will restrict the speed of the display, in an open environment speeds of up to 130km have been recorded. Like the airborne kites, these buggies are purely wind powered and the skill is in catching the wind in the kite to maintain the movement.
In its thirteenth year this popular festival is not only packed with free family activities, circus workshops, kite workshops, kids carnival, roving entertainment along with food stalls and is suitable entertainment for all ages.
Undoubtedly there’s something very special about the Rosebud Kite Festival. Offering a free program of quality kite-inspired entertainment, it has become a quirky celebration of Aussie coastal life. With its iconic location on the Rosebud beach, festival goers will look to both the skyline and shoreline for an impressive array of beautiful kites and fun, family activities.
This ‘all ages’ event has grown to include a host of kids workshops, kite craft, carnival rides, food stalls, kite surfing displays, ‘come and try’ stand up paddle boarding as well as a full program of live entertainment. The Dreaming Space yellow, circus tent will be back with a program of comedy shows and skills workshops plus, for the brave at heart, Blacksnake Productions with their wildlife and reptile marquee for some ‘touch and feel’ sessions.
Gracing the main stage from 11am – 5pm on Sunday will be a variety of live acts – see the festival program page here. There are plenty of food stalls throughout the site, but bring a rug, or folding chair and be prepared to stay a few hours, as you won’t be able to tear yourself away from all the activity!
Free entry. Parking available on Village Green and along Pt Nepean Rd
Kite flying originated in China, over 2500 years ago, using silk fabric and bamboo framework. Over the years the design and technology of kites has evolved and manufacturers now use a variety of materials, styles and shapes. From flat shapes, 3 dimensional forms, rotating wind socks to modern, massive inflatable designs.
The festival at Rosebud will display many of these new style kites, while encouraging children to learn the art and skill of kite flying.
New Charity Partner:
This year the Kite Festival has a new Charity Partner, One Voice.
One Voice is passionate about assisting young people living in situations that are out of their control. They do this by providing practical services, such as a mobile shower service, that help restore dignity to empower young people to achieve their dreams, live their dreams, reach their full potential and become contributing members of their community. Please contribute to this worthwhile cause by buying a bottle of their bottled spring water, which will be at the festival entrances and at the Information tent.
Please remember the event organisers are not in control of the weather!
The Kites Will Fly When the Wind Blows!!