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The Festival of the Winds is held Mother's Day Weekend in Marina, just 10 miles or so from Monterey. Like many local festivals, this one has live music and entertainment and a handful of food and vendor booths. What makes the Festival of the Winds unique is is focus on kite flying, hang gliding, kite making and other wind-related crafts. They even have hang gliding competitions both days at the beach, and they have a skim boarding competition on Saturday at the beach.

We arrived about 2:30 pm on Saturday May 11th, 2008 and we immediately found good parking just a few hundred feet from the festival. We were greeted first with the found of the live band, then maybe a dozen kites flying over Glorya Jean Tate Park. Next we noticed the giant inflatable kids air park with those giant air-filled bouncy things. We wandered around this park for about 30 minutes looking at the various booths and watching kites fly. Next we drove over to nearby Marina State Beach to see what was going on, but it was very quiet with maybe 8 or 10 hang gliders waiting on the dunes to take off. The park was much smaller than I expected, but it is something unique and entertaining to do around Monterey Bay.

The festival is held at two locations. The heart of the festival, with the stage and food vendors is at Glorya Jean Tate Park, but just 1/2 mile away at Marina State Beach you will find a few other activities such as the hang gliding. The parks are both located near Highway 1 and Reservation Road. Admission is FREE!

Website: http://www.marinafestival.com/

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  • Written May 11, 2008
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