The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) will host the 12th Annual Lake Harriet Winter Kite Festival Saturday, Jan. 19, from noon to 4 p.m. at Lake Harriet.
Kites of all shapes, sizes, colors and themes will fly over frozen Lake Harriet, but there’s more fun to be had on the ice – and even underneath it. Other fun family activities at the festival include ice fishing, horse-drawn wagon rides, snowshoeing, a children’s medallion hunt and a marshmallow roast.
Festival sponsors include the MPRB, Minnesota Kite Society, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association (EHFNA), Nicollet-East Harriet Business Association (NEHBA) and the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council (LHiNC).
Minnesota Kite Society experts will demonstrate their skills maneuvering spectacular kites throughout the day, and offer their expertise to kite flying enthusiasts and to those who are new to the pastime. Bring your own kite, or buy an inexpensive one at the lake.
The DNR will offer ice fishing demonstrations and safety tips and provide all the equipment needed to participate.
The festival will take place on the north end of Lake Harriet near the Bandshell, located at 4135 W. Lake Harriet Parkway; admission is free. More information about the festival is available by calling the EHFNA at 612-824-9350.