A Colorful Kite Festival In The Mid-West: Clear Lake, Iowa

Color The Wind Kite Festival

Clear Lake, Iowa, is home to the Color The Wind Kite Festival. With a lake that offers enjoyment 365 days of the year, there is always something going on. February 15, 2014, proved no different. The Mid-West’s largest, colorful kite festival took place at the sea wall in Clear Lake. And yes, there was snow and wind and spectators still came out to the frozen lake to Ooh and Aahh.  This year’s festival is scheduled for February 15, 2020.

Color The Wind Kite Festival: Clear Lake, Iowa

The lake has a sturdy sheet of ice across it, which made this an ideal setting for a kite festival in February. When we approached the sea wall, we could see the kites in the air from a couple blocks away. Snow was falling at around 1-2″ per hour, a fairly heavy rate with a nice steady wind. The winds made for a terrific day to fly a kite. These five kite flying participants were controlling several kites from their positions. And as you can tell, participants were dressed for the weather.

Flying Kites Near Sea Wall

Head To The Sea Wall And Venture Out To The Lake

This exclusive kite festival is a free event and offers great family entertainment on a cold, winter’s day. There were hundreds of families down near the sea wall and you could see many smiles on a lot of faces.

Whale At Kite Festival


This 60-foot blue whale kite was a new edition to the 2014 kite festival. With several kites to watch, all spectators are guaranteed to find a kite that they want to watch all day. When is the last time you walked on a frozen lake and witnessed art like this?

Winter is a season that Iowans have learned to embrace. They venture out to support their local community events in all types of weather. A little wind and snow add a little character to this event, and all attendees have learned to embrace it.

Here’s a glimpse of what it was like down near the kite flying area.  Bundle up and enjoy all that winter has to offer. Iowans embrace the season and are not afraid of venturing out on a frozen lake. Plan now to spend time in Clear Lake for Color The Wind 2020, as you will be glad you took the time to attend.

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2 Comments to A Colorful Kite Festival In The Mid-West: Clear Lake, Iowa

  1. I’ve never been to a kite festival and judging by the snow, I’m not convinced I’d have gone to this one either. I simply don’t handle the cold well. But the kites are tempting. That whale kite is awesome.

  2. Thanks for sharing this for those of us who elected to stay inside and warm and out of the snow! Looks like it was a great day as always!!!

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