You may have heard this rumor: summer is back.
And here’s the proof: the weekends – and some weeknights too – are filled with events. We suddenly have to make hard choices because there are so many fun things popping up at the same time.
It’s a big “problem” to have, so you just have to plan ahead and attend as many events as possible.
Here is a cheat sheet for local outdoor events:
Giants by the lake
For the 20th time, the skies above Kennedy Park this weekend will be filled with kites.
And that includes giant kites: a red octopus, a whale and a manta ray.
It’s all part of the Outta Sight Kite Flight, hosted by Scott Fisher, which brings the free event back to Kenosha’s Kennedy Park.
The free outdoor event attracts hundreds of kites – and kite fans – to the downtown lakefront.
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The Kite Festival is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday in the park, at 40th Street, and by the lake. Free entry.
“We’re excited to be back in Kenosha,” said Fisher, president of Milwaukee’s Gift of Wings kite and aviation store and creator and organizer of the kite event.
It’s the 20th annual kite festival — it skipped 2020, like so many events — and Fisher said the location, right on the shore of Lake Michigan, was ideal.
“Kennedy Park is probably one of the top 20 kite areas in the country because of that lake wind,” he explained.
In 2021, the US border with Canada was still closed, meaning these giant northern kites were missing.
Montreal’s Alex Dagenais and the Canadian Dream team will be back with their 150ft octopus, 100ft manta ray and 100ft whale kites, Fisher said.
Also returning this year is “Kenosha’s Got Kite Talent,” for local folks with giant kites, stunt kites or “kites of your own designs,” Fisher said.
A winner will be announced today and Sunday. Winners will receive gift certificates to local restaurants and the festival will donate to the Epilepsy Foundation in honor of Connor Doran. He finished 12th on season 5 of “America’s Got Talent” and perfected the art of indoor kite flying. He usually performs at the Kenosha Kite Festival but does not yet travel due to his epilepsy.
Visitors to the kite festival should be on the lookout for candy falling from the sky during the popular Kids Candy Drop, which takes place three times every two days. Also back this year is the Brat Drop, for adults. Fully cooked bratwursts are attached to parachutes and float above the (hungry?) crowd.
Other highlights include:
The Grand Launch at noon on both days. Organizers hope 400 to 500 kites will be launched simultaneously to the tune of “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” by Mary Poppins.
Professional kite team performance. The pros start at 12:20 p.m. both days. Teams include No Knots, which flies four-line kites, in unison. “It’s like the Blue Angels, but with kites,” Fisher said. “They will do three or four shows a day.”
Mike Delfar, a stunt kite from Milwaukee. “He’s been kiting for 30 years and is a world champion,” Fisher said. “He’s a class actor, a good guy and he’s really good at his sport.”
Fire & Ice flying team performance. Milwaukee kite pro Paul Koepke will perform with Fire & Ice, also featuring Kathy Brinnehl.
The Kids Mad Dash. This popular event takes place at 2:30 p.m. each day. The first 100 children who register will receive free kites on both days. Note: You must participate in Mad Dash to get a free kite, sponsored by the City of Kenosha.
The Outta Sight Kite Flight is organized by the City of Kenosha with Gift of Wings and the Kite Society of Wisconsin and Illinois, with support from local sponsors.
Haven’t been to Simmons Field yet this summer?
There are several upcoming home games:
Today at 6:05 p.m.: This game features the ever-popular Blanket Giveaway. We may have to wrap ourselves in those stadium blankets as the forecast calls for temperatures in the 50s and a chance of rain. Stick around for the first post-game fireworks display of the season.
Wednesday at 6:05 p.m.: It’s teacher appreciation night.
Thursday at 6:05 p.m.: There is a food drive at the stadium, so bring non-perishable items.
Friday at 6:05 p.m.: Celebrate 90s night with the Kingfish. Fanny packs will be distributed to fans, while supplies last.
Saturday 11 June, at 6.05 p.m.: Harry Potter Night is back, with a T-shirt/ticket package available. Expect to see Storm Troopers at the stadium!
And coming Wednesday, June 15, is the first of three games for Bark in the Park. This means your canine friend is welcome to join you for a game of baseball. We also expect to see Bubba, the team’s stadium dog, at these games.
The team is selling a Puppy Pass ($40) that includes tickets for you and your pup to all three Park in the Bark games (June 15, July 14, and August 10), as well as a Kingfish leash, bandana, and hat. frisbee; meeting with Kingfish players; and access to the post-match pitch. To purchase tickets, call 262-653-0900, log on to kingfishbaseball.com where to go at the Simmons Field box office.
The Listening Party, a Milwaukee-based duo known for their “new brand of Nordic folk-rock” (whatever that means!), performs today, 6-9 p.m., at the Biergarten in Petrifying Springs Park.
Their sets are “animated by the light-hearted narration of singer-songwriter Weston Mueller and fueled by the many sounds of multi-instrumentalist Jacob Wood”. The two call their shows “energetic and laid-back,” which is also a pretty good description of Biergarten.
On Sunday, the local duo Sipos & Young performs from 3 p.m. The musicians call their shows “a mind-expanding experience,” which sits within what they call “a soundscape of inventive awakening.” It’s understood? The Biergarten is located at the south entrance to the park, 5555 Seventh St. in Somers. Free entry. It opens at noon on weekends and 4 p.m. on weekdays. Check the Biergarten Facebook page for the latest updates. Note: You may bring your own food, but no outside drinks of any kind are permitted.