The Berkeley Kite Festival and West Coast Kite Championship will come to the Berkeley Marina with all manner of kites and other flying contraptions soaring against the waters of San Francisco Bay.
A professional Japanese kite team, a Japanese-style Rokkaku kite battle and free kite-building workshops will also be on hand at Cesar E. Chavez Park. The event begins at 10 a.m. and runs until 6 p.m. Saturday, July 30, and Sunday, July 31.
Admission to the park and the event is free each day. Parking costs $15 and overflow parking will be offered for $15 at Golden State Fields with a free shuttle.
For details, visit www.highlinekites.com/pages.php?pageid=17
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Explolicious food choices
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