“I have people calling in June to plan their whole summer vacation around this event,” explains Ellen Dioguardi, Dan’s Papers Marketing and Event Coordinator. “It’s funny because I used to love going to Dan’s Papers Annual Kite Fly when I was younger, and now I’m running it. There’s not a lot events out in the Hamptons that have been going on consistently for this many years and which are free. This is one of those special events. Parents used to attend when they were young, and now they bring their kids to continue the tradition,” Dioguardi says.
There’s a reason why Newsday named Dan’s Paper’s Kite-Fly as one of the top 50 Family things to do during the Long Island summer season. What’s better than ending a Sunday beach day, fully embracing the salty smells and calming ocean breezes with a leisure sport such as kite flying?
We invite outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds to come celebrate 40 years of kite-flying tradition with yours truly, Dan’s Papers, on August 5, beginning at 5:30pm at Sagg Main Beach in Sagaponack.
Brace yourself attendees, as the Sagaponack firmament will be filled with an array of colors, shapes and sizes that would put any sky-gazer in a state of awe. In previous years the event attracted over 600 visitors of all ages.
The event will be accompanied by activities provided by Party Kidz including face painting, jugglers and magicians—to keep the kids entertained between kite flying duties and while parents enjoy the scenic views. Celebrate the simple joy of being active and outdoors with live music by the Jim Turner Band.
The Jim Turner Band has been in the Hamptons for over 25 years playing at establishments such as Southampton Bath and Tennis Club, The Maidstone Club, and Nick’s on the Beach in Montauk. An acclaimed guitar and harmonica player, Turner and his band of rockers have earned the title of true local legends.
Come get your tapping toes sandy! The event runs from 5:30 p.m. to about 7 p.m., with judging beginning at 6 p.m. The Town of Southampton will lift sticker-parking restrictions for the parking lot at Sagg Main Beach after 5:30 p.m., allowing visitors to attend the event for the annual cost of…nothing. The event is designed to provide an engaging and interactive time for the whole family.
Prizes will be awarded to the most outstanding kites, both homemade and store bought.
Upon arrival, make sure you fill out a short registration card to be entered to win in variety of different kite categories including, but not limited to, most colorful, best homemade, funniest, most exotic, highest kite, longest tail and a new addition including “best pet kite” thanks to our friends at Bide-A-Wee, a humane organization that provides shelter, care and compassion to homeless animals. Bide-A-Wee staff will be on hand at the event to offer tips on pet adoption and animal care.
The event will also be sponsored by MD Solar Sciences, physician-driven primary skin cancer prevention company, which recognizes the need for state-of-the-art ultraviolet radiation protection products. MD Solar will be on hand offering a Contest/Give-away giving attendees a chance to “enter to win” a Sun Safety Family Gift Basket of their products. They will also give out a tip card for sun safety and on the back will be a promotional code to purchase their products on their web site at a discount. Interested Kite Flyers can do a sun safety IQ Test Quiz to help educate themselves on common misconceptions and myths about SPF’s.
Locals, summer visitors, and amateur kite flyers have all flocked to the beaches to catch sight of the majestic spectacle.
Come down and experience a unique, homegrown event that has offered families a stellar line up of activities since 1972, making this event the oldest kite festival on the East End.
We hope to see you there!