Year Of The Kite In Lincoln City

Kites take to the air annually on the beach in Lincoln City, Oregon at the D-River Wayside. Experts and novice kite handlers entertain the crowds as all shapes and sizes of kites take flight.

2018 will officially be the Year of the Kite…or at least as far as Lincoln City is concerned. The results are in from the Lincoln City Kite Festival Theme Contest, and a winner has been selected.

The 2018 Kite Festival Theme, “Year of the Kite,” was submitted by Melissa Rosin from Salem, Oregon. Rosen says that the inspiration for her theme suggestion was related to kite flying’s Chinese heritage. “I was thinking about the history of kite flying and remembered the earliest use of kites was in China,” says Rosin. “Since the kite festivals are an annual event, I started thinking about the Chinese New Year, which then led me to Year of the Kite.”

“Year of the Kite” was carefully selected by the Lincoln City Visitor & Convention Bureau to be the theme. For her clever theme submission, Melissa has received a signature Finders Keepers glass float.

Working through the alphabet, a new theme for the 2018 kite festival was determined using the letter “Y.” Lincoln City held a naming contest throughout the month of December to find the most creative theme using that letter. Over 400 entries were submitted by kite enthusiasts from around the Pacific Northwest, and Melissa’s soared to the top. Multiple entries of “Year of the Kite” were received during the contest and Melissa’s entry was randomly selected from those entries.

Join us on the beach at the D River Wayside in Lincoln City for the Summer Kite Festival, June 23rd and 24th, as some of the most colorful “big show” kites take flight. Activities during the festival include kids kite making, professional kite demonstrations and the Running of the Bols, which is a footrace across the beach with each participant harnessed to a parachute kite. The festival runs from 10am to 4pm each day, and is fun for the entire family.

For more information about the Summer Kite Festival, visit or call 541-996-1274.

Information and photo provided by LC VCB