There’s a reason why Newsday named Dan’s Papers’ Kite Fly one of the Top 50 Family Things To Do during the Long Island summer season two years in a row! What’s better than ending a Sunday beach day and fully embracing the salty smells and calming ocean breezes with something as joyful as kite flying? Plus you get to enjoy the music of Jim Turner, watch the kids get their faces painted and never leave the beach chair! Dan’s Papers Kite Fly is a Hamptons summer favorite that people flock to year after year.
“I have people calling in March to plan their whole summer vacation around this event,” says Ellen Dioguardi, Dan’s Papers Marketing and Event Coordinator. “It makes me feel great, because I used to love going to Dan’s Papers’ Annual Kite Fly when I was younger, and now I’m running it. There are not a lot events on the ocean out in the Hamptons that have been going on consistently for this many years and are free.”
Dioguardi attributes the popularity of the event to its timeless, all-ages appeal. “This is one of those uncomplicated events that’s all about having a good time and enjoying the beauty of a spectacular Hamptons beach with your family and friends. Parents used to attend when they were young, and now they bring their kids to continue the tradition,” Dioguardi says.
We invite outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds to come celebrate 41 years of kite-flying tradition with Dan’s Papers, on August 4, beginning after 5:30 p.m. at Sagg Main Beach in Sagaponack.
Brace yourself attendees, the Sagaponack firmament will be filled with an array of colors, shapes and sizes that will put any sky-gazer in a state of awe. 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 of the beach and the warm summer air. Come get your tapping toes sandy! 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 free, as long as they park in the beach parking lot.
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 a variety of fun categories including most colorful, best homemade, funniest, most exotic, highest kite, longest tail and a new addition, “Best Dance Party kite” thanks to our friends at the nonprofit organization All For The East End (AFTEE). AFTEE will have information on-hand about their world-class music event featuring Nile Rodgers, which will take place on August 19 at Martha Clara Vineyards.
Invisible Fence of Water Mill is sponsoring the event. For all those dog-owning kite flyers who’ve had to leave their pets at home, Invisible Fence can offer you some quick information on their proven P.E.T. Approach. According to Invisible Fence, this safe and friendly pet containment system ensures “success every time, with any pet, and in every household.”
Locals, summer visitors and amateur kite flyers have all flocked to the beaches to catch sight of the majestic, once-a-year 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.
Join us for Dan’s Kite Fly on August 4. For more information, click here.