WALKER, Calif. – Take a trip to Walker, California, just south of the California/Nevada state line in northern Mono County, for the inaugural Eastern Sierra Kite Festival which takes flight Sept. 17 and 18, with professional kite flyers and fun activities for the whole family.
In its first year, the festival will feature the Berkeley Kite Wranglers, the premier creature-kite team on the planet, flying giant octopus and other animal-themed kites that have to be seen to be believed. Entry is only $3 for individuals and $5 for families. The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days and takes place at the Antelope Valley Firehall on Larson Lane, just under four miles north of Walker off US Highway 395 (Google Map directions here). Tickets are available at the door and all are welcome.
“It’s a great opportunity for everybody to see some pretty amazing kites and enjoy a day with the family in the great outdoors,” said Debbie Bush, the event organizer.
Bush got the idea while trying to think of natural resources northern Mono County had to offer, and watching the wind blow outside her window. She then went to the Morro Bay Kite Festival, which draws 5,000 people a year, and started planning.
With local artists and craftspeople making everything from homemade facial scrubs to cowboy gear, food vendors, a bounce house, make-your-own kites, music and more, there’s plenty to do for festival attendees. The towns of Walker and Coleville also offer a range of comfortable, clean and friendly motels, as well as restaurants and shops, and the surrounding area has numerous campgrounds for tenting and RV’s.
About Mono County: Located approximately 315 miles north of Los Angeles, and 280 miles east of San Francisco, Mono County accesses the east entrance to Yosemite National Park and beckons visitors in all seasons. Whether taking advantage of convenient direct flights on Alaska or United Airlines from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), San Diego (SAN) and San Francisco (SFO) to Mammoth Yosemite Airport (MMH) or arriving by car on the all-weather US Hwy. 395, the Eastern Sierra’s vast playground is an easily reached destination. US Hwy. 395, which traverses Mono County from north to south, is a State Designated Scenic Byway offering motorists tremendous vistas right from the steering wheel and countless side-roads, hiking trails, lakes, and roadside villages to explore. For more information or to request guides, visit MonoCounty.org or call 800-845-7922.