Kitty Hawk Kites Announces 2018 Events

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Flying into Spring and the Easter EGGtravaganza
Friday & Saturday, March 30st- March 31st
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Jockey’s Ridge Crossing (Egg Hunt and Photos with the Easter Bunny)
3933 S Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC (US 158 MP 12.5)
Jockey’s Ridge State Park (Kite Flying Demos, Lessons and Family Fun Fly)
300 W Carolista Dr., Nags Head, NC

Celebrate National Kite Month and the start of Spring with Kitty Hawk Kites! Experience the sights of our massive 30-to-100-foot kites flying high over Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Across the street from the dunes outside Kitty Hawk Kites, take your picture with the Easter Bunny, and let your kids join in the fun during our annual Jockey’s Ridge Crossing Easter Egg Hunt!

Hang Glider Spectacular
Thursday – Monday, May 17th -20th, 2018

Kitty Hawk Kites is proud to host the 46th Annual Hang Gliding Spectacular and Air Show!  Join professional hang gliders, fans, and families at Jockey’s Ridge State Park for this Outer Banks tradition.  This event is the longest running hang gliding competition in the world!

The Hang Gliding Spectacular and Air Show will run from May 17th through May 20th with competitions each day.  The Hang Gliding Spectacular and Air Show is FREE TO THE PUBLIC FOR VIEWING with fun activities all day long.

For more information on this event or to participate, please visit the Hang Gliding Spectacular website:
If you have any questions about the Hang Gliding Spectacular and Air Show or any other Kitty Hawk Kites event, contact our Kelsey Hammell at [email protected], or the Hang Gliding School at 252.441.2426.

Rogallo Kite Festival & Rev Competition
Jockeys Ridge State Park
Saturday & Sunday, June 15th – 17th, 2018

Francis Rogallo was a NASA scientist and inventor of the flexible wing. His inventions started the sport of hang gliding and his designs have carried over into the development of stunt kites, power kites, and hang gliders that are flown today. We invite you to join us and fly a kite at the 36th Annual Rogallo Kite Festival to celebrate Francis Rogallo and his many accomplishments.

Kitty Hawk Kites and friends will be displaying amazing 30 – 100 ft kites on top of Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Join us and fly a kite of your own, take part in FREE stunt kite lessons, kite coloring for the kiddos, or just sit back, relax and enjoy the spectacular kites as the fly in the sky.

Kitty Hawk Kites Store in Manteo
Saturday, June 23rd,2018

Kitty Hawk Surf Co. invites you to put your SUP skills to the test on this beautiful 3 or 6 mile course in downtown Manteo waterfront. The triangular course takes you around Roanoke Island Festival Park and out into the Shallowbag Bay, giving you both a challenging open water paddle and a more protected canal paddle.

SUPtastic is perfect for beginners and experts alike with three main classes: Recreational, Elite 12’6” and under, and Elite Open.

Wright Kite Festival
Saturday & Sunday, July 14th-15th,2018
Wright Brothers National Memorial Park
10:00am -4:00pm

Take flight where flight first began with Kitty Hawk Kites and the Wright Brothers National Memorial. Enjoy a walk on the hallowed grounds where Wilbur and Orville took their historic first flight in 1903, then come join us for some fun flight of your own.

Large 30 – 100 foot kites will be flying high on display. We invite you to come fly kites of your own, take FREE stunt and power kite flying lessons, and bring the kiddos on over to our kite making station.

Admission to the park is $7, but participation in the kite festival is totally FREE!
The Wright Brothers National Memorial grounds are open daily from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Light up the Night/ Movie Night & Paddle Boarding
Wednesday July 25th-, 2018
Waves Village
8:30pm -10:00pm

Join Kitty Hawk Kites at Waves Village Watersports Resort (24798 NC Highway 12, Rodanthe, NC) on Tuesday, July 25th at 8:30 PM for the 4th Annual Light up the Night event!

Come enjoy free NOCQUA watersports demos, light up games and toys and a movie under the stars on the big screen. (Bring a blanket!)
By bringing light to the night, NOCQUA products make playing on the water at night more fun than in the daylight. Strap a NOCQUA light onto the bottom of your stand up paddleboard, surfboard, kayak or any other floating apparatus of your choosing and brighten up the area around you!
We’ll have plenty of demo stand up paddleboards for you and your group to enjoy on the sound and a watch a fun feature film on the big screen!

Watermelon Festival
Wednesday August 1st, 2018
Jockeys Ridge Crossing
10:00am -4:00pm

Celebrate summer with Kitty Hawk Kites and support the Outer Banks Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Coalition at the 11th Annual OBX Watermelon Festival on Wednesday, August 1 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PMat Jockey’s Ridge Crossing in Nags Head.

Enjoy games, food, face painting, tie-dye shirt making, arts and crafts activities, an inflatable waterslide, TONS of watermelon fun and more. OBX Watermelon Festival is free for guests to attend; however the purchase of tickets is required to play and eat! Compete in classic competitions like seed spitting and watermelon eating to win from a selection of awesome prizes including various Kitty Hawk Kites adventures, swag from Dunkin’ Donuts OBX, a hammock from Kitty Hawk Hammocks, and more. Enjoy lunch provided by Mulligan’s Raw Bar and Grille and frozen treats from Scoop’s Homemade Ice Cream.

Stop by and share in this summertime tradition with watermelon goodness generously provided by Food Lion. Bring the family by for a day of summertime fun and help support an extremely important community organization

Pirate Festival
Jockeys Ridge Crossing
Wednesday & Thursday, August 15th-16tth, 2018

Ahoy Mateys! Get ready for a swashbucklin’ good time as Kitty Hawk Kites hosts the Outer Banks Pirate Festival.
Pirates of Blackbeards Crew and mateys will be camped out at Jockey’s Ridge Crossing. Come learn the vast history of pirates on the OBX, and participate in Scalawag school for the little ones to see if they have what it take to be a part of Blackbeards’ Crew

OBX Kite Festival
Jockeys Ridge State Park
Saturday & Sunday, September 8th -9th

OBSKC is a regional kite competition bringing some of the nation’s best kite fliers right here to our back yard. Come out and join us for 3 days of kite flying fun for the whole family.

On Friday afternoon, sign up for a FREE 30-minute Learn to Fly clinic.

On Saturday, Kitty Hawk Kites and the Eastern League Stunt Kite Association will host demos and a competition on the dunes and a FREE family fun fly day. Enjoy massive display kites flying high, and participate in stunt and power kite lessons given by pros.

Sunday, come watch some of the nation’s most talented kite fliers put on world-class displays of artistry and skill with kite flying set to music, synchronized performances, and more!

OBX Kayak Fishing Tournament
Saturday, September 15th,2018

COMPETITION DETAILS: Competitors are allowed to launch at first light on Saturday morning, September 15. Fishing is allowed anywhere within the following boundaries: Wright Memorial Bridge in Kitty Hawk to the north; Hatteras Inlet to the south; Up to one (1) mile offshore to the east: as far west as the Currituck and Manns Harbor shorelines.

All fish must be caught from your watercraft. Wading is not permitted. This is a photo catch and release style tournament. All photos must be received NO LATER THAN 5 PM on Saturday, September 17 in order to be eligible for judging. All pictures must show the fish length from upper lip to end of unpinched tail and include the custom Kitty Hawk Surf Co. badge that will be distributed at the mandatory Captain’s Meeting the night before the event.

Tournament Species: Flounder, Speckled Trout, and Red Drum. Slam division is one of each. No double-dipping. Fish submitted for the Slam cannot be submitted for the individual categories.

4th Annual Brewtag Save the date
Saturday, October 27th

A celebration of flight and beer, OBX Brewtäg is modeled after the whimsical and entertaining Red Bull Flutag, translated to “flying day” in German. With OBX Brewtag, the general premise is the same, although rather than human-powered flying machines, Brewtag contestants will be competing to see who can launch and fly an empty 1/6 keg barrel the furthest.

The cost to compete at OBX Brewtag is only $50 and the sky’s the limit as to how creative your homemade flying contraption can be! Individuals and teams are welcome.

A rather crafty selection of local and regional beer and food will be available for purchase that day. This family-friendly event will also feature plenty of activities for the kiddos!

New this year is the VIP experience, which includes an event T-shirt, commemorative pint glass and specialized tastings to various craft breweries. Supplies are limited!

All proceeds from the Outer Banks Brewtag benefit The Rogallo Foundation. The Rogallo Foundation was created to honor Francis and Gertrude Rogallo, inventors of the flexible wing; preserve their priceless records, artifacts, and research; interpret their incredible story; and protect this legacy of free flight for millions of people in all the Nations of the world; to stimulate and support research and education in aerodonetics the science of gliding and soaring flight and low speed aerodynamics. All proceeds will be used to build a museum to feature all of Rogallo’s innovative work, designs, history and advancements since its development.

Hanging with Santa & Kites with Lights
Jockeys Ridge Crossing & Jockeys Ridge State
Friday & Saturday, November 23rd -24th

Come spread the holiday cheer with Kitty Hawk Kites and the Jockey’s Ridge Crossing crew. Free visit and pictures with Santa, cocoa and cookies, and a light show with kites on Jockey’s Ridge are just a few of the fun and festive things going on… not to mention all the amazing holiday sales!
Share all your Christmas wishes and get your picture taken with Santa at Kitty Hawk Kites at Jockey’s Ridge Crossing in Nags Head on Friday, November 23 from 10am – 2pm and Saturday, November 24 from 1pm – 4:30pm. Have some fun with Santa’s elves and try out classic toys straight from the workshop! On Saturday, we’ll also have a bake sale with plenty of holiday treats to enjoy, with the proceeds benefitting Beach Food Pantry.

Be sure to make it out on Saturday, November 25 from 4pm – 6pm for a light display like none other. Kites with Lights, at Jockey’s Ridge State Park, will feature large 19-to-30 foot kites decked out in the spirit of the holiday season! At 5pm, enjoy the lighting of the Jockey’s Ridge State Park Solar Christmas tree out on the dunes directly across from Jockey’s Ridge Crossing.

Plus, we encourage you to make a donation to Toys for Tots at our Nags Head and Hatteras locations to help support local children in need this holiday season!

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