The Revere Beach Kite Festival is one of Boston’s most anticipated May events. For both the young and the young at heart, the Kite Festival provides participants with opportunity to soar their kites high into the air or to simply stand by and watch as hundreds of kites fill the sky.
During the Revere Beach Kite Festival, participants are invited to bring their own kites to show off during the day. Alternatively, the festival also gives out free kites to the first 300 kids under the age of 12 who show up to fly a kite. To receive a complimentary kite, plan on being there before the 11:00 am start time.
Founded in 1895, Revere Beach was the first public beach to be established in the United States. At the time of its founding, it was not unusual to find more than a quarter million people stretched along the beach’s shores. Today, the beach doesn’t attract quite so many visitors on a daily basis, but it is still a popular location for Boston residents and visitors to relax and unwind.
Located just five miles north of Boston in the city of Revere, Revere Beach provides lovely views as it faces the Massachusetts Bay. The Nahant and Winthrop peninsulas frame the horizon, while distant lighthouses and passing steamers create additional scenic views. Due to its hard sand shore, which slopes gradually out to sea, the beach is also ideal for bathing in the waters. The beach also features a broad sidewalk that has the look of an old-fashioned boardwalk.
In addition to hosting the Kite Festival each year, Revere Beach has also been hosting sand sculpting contests since 2004. The event attracts sand sculptors from around the world and awards cash prizes to winners. Each artist is given 10 tons of sand and an 18’ x 18’ square exhibit area. They have 24 hours to complete their sculptures, but these hours are spread out over a period of several days.
During the sand sculpting festival, a small fence is placed parallel to the sea wall. In this way, visitors can walk along the boardwalk as they watch the sand artists create and display their works. The event takes place near the bandstand on Revere Beach Boulevard, which is located between Beach Street and Shirley Avenue. The Blue Line is located just one block from where the festival takes place. Dates for the 2015 event have not been announced, but it is likely to take place sometime in mid-July.
The Revere Beach Kite Festival is scheduled to take place on Sunday, May 17th. In addition to being open for kite flying, the festival also offers opportunity to enjoy some local delicacies. Fried clams and lobster rolls can be purchased at Kelly’s Roast Beef, which is located across from the pavilion near the Blue Line’s Wonderland Station. Participation in the Revere Beach Kite Festival is free. Free parking is also available along Ocean Avenue and on Revere Beach Boulevard, though there are often time restrictions placed on these parking spots. Free parking lots are also available near the Wonderland MBTA Station.