We went down to the festival site at Fort Fisher today and the beach, Ranger building and surroundings look fine. The hotel is undergoing some repairs/remediation but I was told “should” be fine by November. I will check with management there next weekend to see how things are going. Hurricane Florence was not kind and thousands are still without power, roads impassable, homes flooded and so many trees down.
Wilmington and the surrounding areas are devastated by Hurricane Florence, there is no better word. The news channels have “moved on” to the next crisis but this place we call home will not recover for months. As of this day, Wilmington is essentially cut off with most highways flooded or blocked by debris. We have 6 trees down in our own yard and just got power back after 9 days but that is NOTHING compared to other neighborhoods.
We are still reviewing options for the festival, 6 weeks away and have not decided yet – will survey the infrastructure, site and hotel this weekend and keep you posted.
Once again the Courtyard by Marriott at Carolina Beach has given us a block of rooms for spectators at Cape Fear Kite Festival at the greatly reduced rate of $99/night. This rate relies on a two night stay and must be reserved by 10/2/18. When you call, the group name is Cape Fear Kite Fest Spectators – for reservations and booking call (888)616-4655 and use the group code CFKS before it’s too late.
Due to great response, the Courtyard by Marriott at Carolina Beach has given us another block of rooms for spectators at Cape Fear Kite Festival at the greatly reduced rate of $99/night. This rate relies on a two night stay and must be reserved by 10/2/18. When you call, the group name is Cape Fear Kite Fest Spectators – for reservations and booking call (888)616-4655 and use the group code CFKS. It’s not too early!!
We had hoped to be able to provide early sales of our Cape Fear Kite Festival tee shirts but are unable to do so unfortunately. HOWEVER we have ordered way more than we had last year – short sleeved, long sleeved, multiple colors and sizes from youth to 3XL. Sale of these shirts is the only way we can pay for the permits, insurance and festival costs so looking forward to selling out! Just over two more months!!
Frequently asked questions:
1. Is it too early to get a hotel room?
No – the Courtyard by Marriott at Carolina Beach has held a block of rooms at discounted rate – see message below.
2. When is it this year?
November 3rd and 4th (weather permitting)
3. Do I have to get tickets or pay to get in?
Nope – all free
4. Can I bring my dog?
Dogs are allowed on leash.
5. What about parking?
There is a big lot at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area and the rangers open other field areas when that fills up.
6. Can I bring a kite? Of course! Just be mindful of the bigger show kites and understand that we may not be able to bring those down if your line gets tangled.
7. Will there be tee shirts?
Yes, we are working with a new vendor this year and hope to have plenty in several colors. Please know that this is how we help defray the insurance/permits/fees/expenses we have to pay. Cape Fear Kite Festival is non-profit.
8. It’s on the beach, can we go swimming?
Weather permitting, have at it – but be advised there are no lifeguards this time of year so safety first.
9. What are the hours? 10-4 but if inclement weather may have to shut down earlier.
10. Is there food there?
There will be two food trucks and an ice cream vendor.
Once again the Courtyard by Marriott at Carolina Beach has given us a block of rooms for spectators at Cape Fear Kite Festival at the greatly reduced rate of $99/night. This rate relies on a two night stay and must be reserved by 10/2/18. When you call, the group name is Cape Fear Kite Fest Spectators – for reservations and booking call (888)616-4655 and use the group code CFKS. It’s not too early!!
More good news! Although months away (!), I:
*Secured our reservation and paid the fees for November 3rd and 4th at the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area.
* Both Poor Piggy’s and Vittles food trucks have again agreed to attend and provide more wonderful food.
* Am working with the COURTYARD By Marriott in Carolina Beach for discounted rates for those who identify themselves as kite festival spectators.
*Am working on a new process for the tee shirts which will allow for purchasing through both the Facebook and Web pages with payment through PayPal before and after the event.
Thank for your continued interesting and start now for hoping for great weather!
Judy and Michael
We are so thankful for the thousands of spectators who came out to support this year’s festival. You bought tee shirts and kites (and YES, we will have many more next year), told good stories, shared pictures and posted wonderful comments on our Facebook page. In this Christmas season (especially) we give thanks for all this special things and people in our lives. Thank you all for supporting the festival and Merry Christmas!
Mike and Judy
What a weekend! The Ranger at the festival site estimated ten THOUSAND spectators over the two days. The weather was great, hundreds of kites in the air at various times and lots of smiling faces. A great big thank you to the kite flyers, food trucks, the Rangers at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, our community partner – the Aquarium down the street, and all of you who came out to make it what it was!
The long sleeved tee-shirts are being printed and the kites for sale have arrived. We have looked diligently for optional ways to purchase these – the card reader (Square) only works optimally when connected to WiFi, which is not available on the beach and we have, sadly, accepted checks that subsequently bounced. There is a cash machine at the adjacent NC Aquarium. So cash will be the only form of payment.
The tee shirts will be available in Carolina blue (by popular request) and in athletic grey for $25. 2XL and 3XL are $30.
the easy to fly, dependable Delta style kites (with winder and line will be $35.
Thank you for understanding and see you soon!
Counting down now!! When we get closer, will start posting the weather forecasts and praying/hoping for great days.
In addition, by popular request, we will have a donation jar in hopes that folks will contribute to keep this event going. Please remember that we are totally not-for-profit, no admission charge, no kiter entry fees, no paid contests, just depending on the sale of the tee shirts and kites. Thanks and looking forward to seeing you!
* When is it? November 4th and 5th 10-4 weather/wind permitting. There is not an alternative date.
* How do I get tickets? The event is completely free – no ticket required.
HOWEVER there will be a donation jar to help keep the festival going.
* Where do we park? There is a large parking lot at the site and we have an agreement with the adjacent North Carolina Aquarium to park at their facility. There is some roadside parking but be aware and respectful of the posted no parking areas.
* Can I bring my dog? Yes, but must be leashed.
* Is it OK to bring my own kites? Yes of course! All we ask is that you do not fly them in amongst the large show kites as when/if the lines get tangled, the big kites cannot be brought down.
* Will there be food? Yes, we have commitments from both Poor Piggy’s and Vittles food trucks for both days.
Hopefully those of you that are traveling from out of town are taking advantage of the special “kite festival spectator rate” offered by the Courtyard at Carolina beach. Be sure, when you are making your reservation, to tell them you are here for the kite festival to get that greatly reduced rate that is only available till October 4th.
The Courtyard by Marriott has given kite festival spectators a special room rate for the festival weekend. As many of you know, this is an oceanfront hotel with direct access to the beach front and Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Their special rate is $94.00 with a two night minimum (usual weekend rate $149+). This rate is only guaranteed till October 4th (a month before the festival). There are a limited number of rooms in this block so call early and reserve your space. The direct number is
(910) 458-2030 and identify yourself as a kite festival spectator.
Last year we got a LOT of requests for long sleeved tee shirts so this year we’re doing it! They will be available in Carolina Blue (as many requested) as well as athletic grey in sizes youth to 3X. $25 for youth through XL and $30 for 2X and 3X. Although the order has been placed, they will not be available till late October so no pre-orders, sorry. You’ll just have to come Saturday for the best shopping selection.
It’s getting time for all the stars to line up as we get closer to Festival time. Due to popular consensus, we are going back to long sleeved tee shirts this year and will hopefully be able to offer more than one color. In addition, Poor Piggy’s food truck has signed on and we are negotiating with a coffee/smoothie truck as well. The American Kite Flyers Association will be sanctioning the event and with that comes publicity through their regional and National sites. We continue to grow but it is all because of you!