Saturday: Kite festival pops up in Brooklyn Bridge Park

May 9, 2019 Raanan Geberer
Last year saw the inaugural Brooklyn Kite Festival on the Pier 1 harbor lawn of Brooklyn Bridge Park. Photo by Etienne Frossard

The skies above Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 5 will be filled with colorful creations this Saturday. This year marks the second annual rendition of Lift Off: A Waterfront Kite Festival, the kickoff event of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s spring and summer season.

Participants, young, old and in between, can bring their own kites or buy them at the festival. “The event will emphasize S.T.E.A.M [science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics] concepts such as wind tunnels, robotic air propellers, and outdoor adventures,” said a statement from the Conservancy.

Festival-goers also have the option to make their own kites, with the help of local arts and education organizations like Private Picassos, SPARK, Library Lab and more.

Kites dot the Manhattan skyline. Photo by Alexa Hoyer
Kites dot the Manhattan skyline. Photo by Alexa Hoyer

The festival will feature live music from Brass Queens, stilt-walking and face-painting. There will also be lots of room for picnicking.

This is the second year the conservancy is sponsoring the festival. The hosts anticipate a crowd of around 5,500 people based on last year’s attendance, according to a spokesperson for the group.

The festival will last from noon to 3 p.m. Pier 5 is in the southern portion of the park, opposite Joralemon Street.

The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy has sponsored free activities and events in the park since 2000 and works in tandem with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, which administers the park.

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