Kites to Brighten Up Clear Lake

Kites in all shapes, sizes and colors will fly over Clear Lake for the Color the Wind festival Feb. 18. Photo: Curtis K. Olinger.

It’s a bird! … It’s a plane! … It’s the Color the Wind kite festival Feb. 18 in Clear Lake! From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., kite pros from around the country will show off kites in various sizes and shapes— astronauts, whales, jellyfish, you name it—over the frozen lake. You can bring your own kite to fly, buy one at the Lakeview Room, or just watch the spectacle from the shore.

To warm up, head downtown for doughnuts, hot drinks, pub fare and craft brews. Food trucks will be parked across from the Clear Lake Yacht Club, and you can visit the Clear Lake Arts Center (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and the Surf Ballroom (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.), which two years ago became Iowa’s 27th National Historic Landmark.


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