Celebrate Summer With Wind and Wave at the Texas City Kite Festival.
Texas City hosts the perfect celebration of summer on the Gulf Coast at the Texas City Kite Festival, June 25. The free event takes place on the water at the junction of the Texas City Dike and the Levee (Skyline Dr.) and features competitions in kite flying, a kiteboarding hydrofoil race, and tanker surfing. Vendors will provide a variety of food from Gulf Coast BBQ to creative festival and food truck cuisine, drinks and frozen treats to cool off, and kites for all ages. Inflatables for kids will include a cooling water tunnel for everyone to get out of the heat.
The festival takes place at the foot of the iconic Texas City Dike with viewing of all events within easy walking distance. Spectators and participants are welcomed and encouraged for all events. New this year will be a multi-rotor drone race with professionals flying their high-performance aircraft around ground-based obstacles at speeds up to 50 mph.
The Kite Competition welcomes all to show their ingenuity, artistry, and prowess in single-line kite flying and building. There will be adult and children’s divisions with categories ranging from height and strength to most unusual. Only homemade kites are allowed in the competition, but spectators who just want to join in the fun of flying will find a wide variety of kites available for sale or can bring their own. There is no entry fee, and awards will be given out for 1st and 2nd place in each kid’s and adult category for each event.
Where the wind really meets the waves is in kiteboarding, and Texas City is an ideal spot for this extreme sport that combines surfing, paragliding, and windsurfing in an exhilarating ride. The bay winds pull the riders across the water with huge controllable kites, cutting the waves and performing feats of aerial gymnastics. Hydrofoil Kiteboarding takes this sport to the next level. Affixing a hydrofoil to the board provides a more efficient riding platform with less drag, allowing riders to take advantage of lighter winds, with more power and control. Being above the water creates a serene, weightless sensation, they call it flying the magic carpet. Kiteboarding may look difficult but anyone can master the sport and learn to ride the wind with a controllable kite. Houston Kiteboarding, the local kiteboarding school will be running the hydrofoil race and has been successfully teaching students of all ages to ride since 2005. All kiteboarders with a hydrofoil are welcome to race, but will need to register either in advance of or at the event.
Texas City is not only a vital part of the Texas economy, but “Our City by the Bay” is a lively and growing recreation destination. The Texas City Dike and the Levee have beautiful beaches and are famous for saltwater fishing, with ideal conditions for kiteboarding and powered paragliding. And just down the road from the Kite Festival you can visit historic 6th Street, which is rapidly developing into an arts and entertainment destination.
The Texas City Kite Festival runs from 10am-7pm on June 25th. The festival is free; parking at the Levee or Dike is $5.00, with free overflow parking at the corner of Bay St. and Dike Rd. Maps are available at the website. Prepare for a relaxed day in the sun: lawn chairs or blankets are welcome, and bring sunglasses, hats, sunscreen and water, although drinks will be available from the vendors. The fun continues with the after party featuring live music at America’s Icehouse, 622 6th St. N., Texas City, 77590.
Detailed rules and categories for the competitions can be found at the event website www.TexasCityKiteFestival.com. Registration for the Kite Competition will be from 11am -1pm in the black slingshot spider tent at the base of the Levee at the intersection of Dike Rd. and Skyline Dr. To become a competitor in the Hydrofoiling Race, contact Phil Midler at email@example.com.