A Great 2015-A Better 2016 on Tap

Scene from 2015 Hang Gliding Spectacular.

Scene from 2015 Hang Gliding Spectacular.

2015 was an amazing year on the Outer Banks and for Kitty Hawk Kites. We can’t thank all the wonderful customers who stopped by our stores and made it one of the best years we’ve ever had.

We’ve been adding new experiences—one of our favorites is the replica of the Wright Brothers 1902 glider that is available for flight. Pilots—check this one out. A living history adventure, we’re proud to offer this truly unique flight opportunity.

More new things we started dong this past year—Kitty Hawk Kites sponsored our first ever BrewTag, proving conclusively that beer kegs can fly . . . albeit not well. We are reserving judgment on how well beer can fly, though. After looking over the technical backgrounds of the entrants in the initial competition, there may be room for improvement over the current world BrewTag flight distance of 20’9”.

With Easter coming so early this year—March 27—our first big event is even earlier than usual. Our “Fly into Spring & Easter Eggstravaganza” is that weekend so be sure to check out all the fun.

We’re still finalizing some of the details on our event calendar, but here’s a good start on some of the amazing things we have scheduled for 2016.

Fly into Spring & Easter Eggstravaganza


Mar 25, 2016 – Mar 26, 2016

Kitty Hawk Kites will be starting off the 2014 season with the annual “Fly into Spring & Easter Eggstravaganza!” Come join the Kitty Hawk Kites crew at Jockey’s Ridge Crossing to celebrate the start of a new season on the Outer Banks.


44th Annual Hang Gliding Spectacular

Coming in for a landing at the 2014 Hang Gliding Spectacular

May 13, 2016 – May 16, 2016

Kitty Hawk Kites is proud to announce the 2016 Hang Gliding Spectacular and Air Show! Join professional hang gliders, fans, and families at Jockey’s Ridge State Park for this Outer Banks tradition. This event is the longest running hang gliding competition in the world!


Rogallo Kite Festival

Life-sized blue whale kite in flight.

Jun 10, 2016 – Jun 12, 2016

Francis Rogallo was a NASA scientists and inventor of the flexible wing. His inventions started the sport of hang gliding and his designs have carried over into the stunt kites, power kites, and hang gliders that are flown today. We invite you to join us and raise a kite at the 33rd Annual Rogallo Kite Festival!

Outer Banks Pirate Festival

Slash, jab, parry. Instructions in pirate sword techniques.

Aug 10, 2016 – Aug 11, 2016

Get ready for a swashbucklin’ good time as Kitty Hawk Kites hosts the Outer Banks Pirate Festival. Pirates of the Outer Banks and their friends will be camped out at Jockey’s Ridge Crossing. Learn the vast history of pirates on the OBX, and participate in Scalawag school for the little ones to see if they have what it take to be a part of Blackbeards’ Crew!


First BrewTag launch of the day. The Kitty Hawk Kites glider established a new BrewTag world record of 20', soon to be shattered by Loonies on Tab.

October 22

Kegs will fly and everyone will have a great time. Enter your team early for the best chance to win. Or just spend the day hanging out and sampling some of the finest beer around and listening to great music.

Hangin’ With Santa/Kites With Lights

Santa Claus greeting a family at Kitty Hawk Kites.

November 25, 26

Look for Santa to stop by on Friday and Saturday with Kites with Lights filling the evening sky over Jockey’s Ridge State Park after sunset on Saturday. This is one of our oldest events and we really look forward to it every year.

A couple more events that we’re still putting the final touches on. We’ll keep you posted.

The Wright Kite Festival-Held every year at the Wright Brothers Memorial in July

Outer Banks Watermelon Festival-Games, music, food, and LOTS of watermelon. Tons of watermelon competitions including seed spitting. An August Event.

31st Annual Outer Banks Stunt Kite Competition-A regional kite flying competition, organized by the Eastern League Sport Kite Association, features some of the top competitive kite fliers in the nation, as well as a massive display of show kites, stunt and power kite demonstrations and lessons, kite making activities for the kids. Usually in September

BrewTag Beautiful

First BrewTag launch of the day. The Kitty Hawk Kites glider established a new BrewTag world record of 20', soon to be shattered by Loonies on Tab.

First BrewTag launch of the day. The Kitty Hawk Kites glider established a new BrewTag world record of 20′, soon to be shattered by Loonies on Tab.

What a great day we had last Saturday at BrewTag at the Nags Head Event Site. Beautiful weather, a great turnout and a BrewTag world record flight of 20’9”.

Postponed from its original October 3 date, the 1st Annual BrewTag was a celebration worth waiting for. Lots of local beer on tap, great music from the Jug Tucker Band and Soul House Revival, and it was all going to a good cause—the Rogallo Foundation.

The purpose of the Rogallo Foundation is to preserve the legacy Francis Rogallo and to keep the dream of flight for everyone alive.

The highlight of the day day, of course was the the flight of the BrewTag gliders. OK. Maybe flight isn’t the right word . . . maybe attempts at flight would be better. There was a brisk breeze blowing from the ENE and when the gliders launched from the 20’ tower, the wind got under the nose of the aircraft and they didn’t do so well.

Interestingly the two designs based on Francis Rogallo’s flexible wing did the best with the Loonies on Tap team setting a new BrewTag world record of 20’9” en route  to taking home top honors.

The great entertainment is not done on the Outer Banks even with November approaching. This coming Saturday—that’s Halloween—the Dare County Arts Council’s Artrageous, a celebration of the arts and kids, is happening at Rec Center in Kill Devil Hills.

This is definitely a family-friendly event with lots of creative activities for kids and Kitty Hawk Kites will be there with fun things to do. Festivities kick off at 10 a.m. and finish by 3:00 so there’s plenty of time for the kids to get ready to be ghosts, goblins, ghouls and witches.

When Beer Kegs Fly

KHKbrewtagWhen beer kegs fly it will be BrewTag on the Outer Banks. Postponed from its original September 26 because of rain, the Kitty Hawk Kites sponsored event is back on track for Saturday, October 24.

The concept is simple: take a 1/6 keg—empty—attach wings to it and see how far it will fly. Held at the Outer Banks Event Site in Nags Head, there’s plenty of room for flight and we expect aeronautical engineers from all walks of life to try their hand at design.

The fun kicks off at noon and festivities will run until 6:00 p.m. Live music is on tap, as well as—on tap. Like any Kitty Hawk Kites event, it is family friendly with the Kidzone crew on hand to make sure faces are painted and kids have a great time.

Proceeds benefit the Rogallo Foundation.

BrewTag is not the only upcoming event at the Nags Head site. This coming Saturday—October 17, look for the 4th Annual Outer Banks Seafood Festival.

For 100s of years—maybe longer if we include the time of the Native Americans—the people who lived on the Outer Banks took their sustenance from the sea. The Seafood Festival celebrates that heritage with fresh local seafood prepared by local chefs and restaurants. The food is great, there’s plenty to drink, live music and lots to do.

With cooking demonstrations and talks about the history and culture of the Outer Banks the day truly does become a celebration of local history, culture and cuisine.

This is one the most popular festivals on the Outer Banks; maybe the most popular. There is no parking at the site. For information about where to park, check out the Outer Banks Seafood Festival website.

Outer Banks October Looking Great

KHKbrewtagThe sun is finally out and the weather is fantastic—it’s a great reminder of why there is so much entertainment the next few weekends on the Outer Banks.

We’ve already mentioned the Mustang Music Festival coming up Friday and Saturday at the Whalehead Club in Corolla. With three stages there’s always music happening and the music is going to be fantastic with national acts Rusted Root, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Keller Williams as well as some outstanding local and regional bands.

It’s a kid friendly event, perfect for the whole family. Check out the Kitty Hawk Kites Kidszone while you’re there.

Proceeds benefit the Corolla Wild Horse fund and the Mustang Music Foundation.

It’s a weekend of musical entertainment with the Duck Jazz Festival Sunday at the Duck Town Green. The weather is looking perfect and the setting is as good as it gets—grass field surrounded by trees and pathways.  Maceo Parker who was James Brown’s sax player and band director is the headliner this years so look for a little bit of funk and some a fantastic sound.

The following Saturday, October 17, look for the Outer Banks Seafood Festival at the Event Site in Nags Head. This is the fourth year for the annual event and it keeps getting better and better. Lots of great fresh local seafood, prepared to perfection by local chefs, the best of local bands and a beautiful setting on Roanoke Sound.

We had to move the date of our BrewTag to Saturday October 24—the weather was just too iffy on it’s original date of September 26, but the event is still on. For anyone who wants to see if a beer keg can truly fly, come to the Nags Head Event Site and see for yourself.

Local and regional beers, fantastic food and a lot of fun. And it benefits the Rogallo Foundation preserving the legacy of Francis Rogallo whose invention of a flexible wing led to the hang glider.

Laughter and entertainment guaranteed.