Now that summer has been over, thoughts of the beach are also long gone. However, come out to Seal Beach, just north of the pier, on Saturday, October 9 for the Japan America Kite Festival!
Hosted by the Japan America Society of Southern California and Up Up & Away Kite Club, this festival is now in its 15th year, drawing over 10,000 people and being the largest kite festival in Southern California. Admission is free and the opening ceremony starts at 10 A.M.
Of course, you can expect a day of kite performances by various groups. However, there is plenty more to do as well! Enjoy taiko performances, see The Candy Master Shawn Ichiyanagi create his glass-like Japanese “Candy Sculptures,” and see Master Japanese Kite Builder Mr. Mikio Toki’s treasured kites.
Don’t worry, this event is suitable for all ages. For the children, there is a Kid’s Game Corner with origami, Japanese calligraphy, and lots of games. As well, starting from 11 A.M. until materials run out, kids can make and fly their own kites.
If you are an early bird, volunteers are needed at 6:30 A.M. to help set up. To volunteer, just show up on the right side on the Seal Beach Pier in the parking lot.
For more information on this event, visit www.kiteclub.org/pages/festival.htm.
It doesn’t have to be summer for you to go to the beach. It is still early in autumn so the weather should still be sunny. Enjoy an October day at Seal Beach, and visit Old Town Seal Beach while you are at it!
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