Beech Mountain Hosts Labor Day Weekend Kite Festival {Free}

Beech Mountain Kite FestivalAre you looking for a fun activity for your family this holiday weekend? Many say this is the last unofficial weekend of summer. Make lasting memories by participating in the 13th annual Mile High Kite & Craft Festival. The festival takes place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 5-6, in the town meadow. Located at more than 5,000 ft. in elevation, the meadow makes it easy to sail kites more than a mile above sea level. Children of all ages are invited to fly a kite.

The free festival weekend includes open kite flying Saturday afternoon and an all-ages street dance that evening. On Sunday, prizes are awarded for the biggest kite, smallest kite and best decorated kite.

Other activities include races with kids pulling parachute kites, face painting, and a variety of craft and food vendors surrounding the town meadow. Don’t have a kite? Fret not. Kites are available for sale, and the first 150 kids (age 12 and under) each day receive a free one.

The event is sponsored by the Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Richmond Air Force Kite Club and the Wings Across Carolina Kiting and Okra Society from Charlotte.

“We like to float the idea to come up and make a weekend of it,” says event organizer Calder Smoot. “In addition to the street dance and kite festival, scenic chairlift rides are available all weekend and folks can enjoy a concert on the lawn Sunday evening following the festival.”

For more information on the festival, visit or call 800-468-5506.