Santa Maria Valley Kite FestivalThe fine weather in the Santa Maria Valley is one reason why the region is known as California’s BBQ Capital. After all, you need pretty good weather to barbecue all year round like the locals do, right?

The valley’s moderate coastal climate is also conducive to producing world-class wines, growing some of California’s finest strawberries and…flying kites! And on April 22, in the heart of National Kite Month, the valley’s open skies and cool breezes will abound with color as the Discovery Museum hosts its annual Family Kite Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rotary Centennial Park.

The festivities will include a kite drag race, candy drop and a “kite tail chase” where kids ages 12 and younger win prizes for catching kite tails. Expert kite flyers will be on hand to demonstrate the tricks of their trade, and amateurs of all ages are encouraged to fly their own kites. Many awards for different kite categories will also be given. Admission to the festival is free.

To celebrate National Kite Month, the Discovery Museum will feature a variety of children’s events and programs throughout the month of April. These programs include kite making, kite storytelling, and a kid-friendly discussion about aerodynamics offered during the weekly “Twilight Thursday” programs that start at 5:30 each week.

The Fairfield Inn is also getting in on the fun by offering its “Up, Up & Away Kite Festival Package” exclusively on April 20, 21 and 22. The $109 rate includes a free kite upon arrival, four tickets to the Discovery Museum, a complimentary breakfast bar, and accommodations in one of their suites.

And after all that running around flying your kite, you will no doubt work up an appetite, so you can just sail on over to one of our many local Santa Maria BBQ restaurants to end your day on a high note!