The 16th annual Lake Harriet Kite festival is planned for Saturday, January 28, 2017. Now, the question is, will Mother Nature cooperate?
Typically, by the time the end of January rolls around, which is usually when the Kite Festival is scheduled, we have endured more than our fair share of cold, or bitter cold weather. This means that the waters of Lake Harriet have turned to ice; ice that is more than safe enough to walk or even drive on. And that’s a good thing because it is on that ice that people gather for the Kite Festival.
This winter, however, is anything typical. Or at least the last week has been.
But hopefully the January Thaw hasn’t wreaked havoc on the ice and it is still safe.
Assuming that’s the case, the annual Kite Festival will happen from 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm on January 28 on the south end of Lake Harriet. Not only will you be able to go and fly a kite, but you’ll also be able to enjoy other activities as well such as ice fishing, horse-drawn wagon rides, a marshmallow roast and more.
And if you want to get really good at flying your kite, experts from the Minnesota Kite Society will be on hand to demonstrate their skills and offer tips and expertise to kite-flying newcomers and veterans alike.
This event is free and open to the public. And, if by chance the ice is deemed too unsafe, the Minneapolis Park Board will post the announcement here.