Largest Kite Festival In NM Takes Flight In White Rock May 20–22

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One of the largest kite festivals in New Mexico will take flight once again from today through Sunday, May 20-22, in White Rock New Mexico near Los Alamos, with a string of family friendly activities to keep everyone happy throughout the weekend.
The 19th annual Kite Festival begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 20 with live music by Eric McFadden Band – the first in a series of summer concerts presented by Gordon’s Summer Concerts series – as well as a nighttime kite flying demonstration and glow.
On Saturday and Sunday, children will be able to tap into their creativity with kite building workshops from noon to  2 p.m., where they can color and design kites, attach line and watch them fly. The festival also attracts adult kite enthusiasts from across the Southwest whose intricately shaped and hand made kites add color to the skies.

Along with stunt kite flying, the event includes food, crafts, hands on activities and kites for sale. A “kite hospital” will even be available, staffed with kite medics to mend the inevitable broken and injured kites using sticks, duct tape, and ingenuity.

The Kite Festival takes place at Overlook Park in White Rock, New Mexico just eight miles southwest of Los Alamos. Festival hours are: Friday, May 20 from 7–10 p.m.; and Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22 from noon to 5 p.m.

The Kite Festival is presented by the Los Alamos Arts Council. There is no entry fee. For more information, visit

While in White Rock, those interested in visiting Bandelier National Monument can now do so via shuttle service from the White Rock Visitor Center beginning on May 14. Shuttle hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shuttles run every 30 minutes weekdays and every 20 minutes on weekends.
While Bandelier visitors are are required to use the shuttle to access the Monument’s main trails and visitor center, there are a number of areas at the park that visitors can access by carincluding Juniper Campground, Tsankawi, and to the many trails outside of Frijoles Canyon.
The shuttle bus is free, however park entry fees apply and can be purchased at the White Rock Visitors Center; the kiosk near the shuttle pick-up site in White Rock; or at the park visitor center upon arrival.
Visit for complete information or call 505.672.3861X517.
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