Color the Wind

Annual Clear Lake Kite Festival

Date: February 15, 2025
Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Ice Conditions force Cancellation of Color the Wind 2024 – Read More
Save the Date: February 15, 2025

We know you were eagerly anticipating Color the Wind on February 17th along with us, but the unpredictable ice conditions had other plans. While the kites may not be soaring, let’s turn this unexpected twist into an opportunity to explore the wonderful winter activities that Clear Lake has to offer. More importantly, it’s a chance for us to rally together and provide crucial support to our local businesses during these quieter winter months. Click here for a list of 10 Fun Things to Do in February!

Join us in Clear Lake, Iowa, for an extraordinary winter spectacle at the Color the Wind Kite Festival, the largest and most vibrant event of its kind in the Midwest. This festival showcases an awe-inspiring collection of gigantic inflatable kites, masterfully flown by dedicated kite enthusiasts from all corners of the United States. With free admission, we kindly appreciate any donations to support this incredible celebration!

Prepare to be enchanted as the sky above Clear Lake transforms into a mesmerizing kaleidoscope of colors. The sheer size and artistry of the kites will leave you in awe, while the perfectly synchronized choreography to musical numbers adds a magical touch to the entire experience.

Clear Lake’s frozen oasis becomes a magnet for visitors eager to witness the grandeur of kite-flying on a scale like never before. Whether you’re a seasoned kite-flyer or a newcomer to this captivating hobby, the festival promises something for everyone. It’s an event that transcends age and expertise, captivating the young and the young at heart alike.

Please remember that this is a winter event, so be prepared for potentially chilly temperatures. Dress warmly and come bundled up to fully enjoy the festivities. And don’t forget to bring your sunglasses to shield your eyes from the dazzling display above!

Mark your calendars for the Color the Wind Kite Festival in Clear Lake, Iowa, and prepare to embark on a visual journey that will leave you breathless. This remarkable event is not to be missed!

FAQs

Ice Conditions: Ice conditions are monitored by our safety team. We will continue to update regarding ice conditions as the event nears. Note: If ice conditions are not safe, the event will be canceled. There is no back-up location.

Parking: ADA parking map & downtown road closure map is posted below.  On-street parking is allowed anywhere the road is not closed.

Shuttles: See below for 2 shuttle route maps that offer free parking and downtown pickup/drop off.  Shuttle service begins at 10:30am, the last pick up downtown will be 4:00pm.

You may drive along N Lakeview Drive to view the kites without getting out of your car.

Kites will be available for purchase at the Lakeview Room. You may also bring your own kite to fly, just steer clear of the large kites and their lines!

Our visitor center / gift shop will be open from 9am-4pm. Warm up, sign our guest book and check out our Color the Wind and Clear Lake merch! (205 Main Ave across from City Park).

In addition to these local restaurants, we will have a couple food trucks parked across from the Clear Lake Yacht Club.  Relay for Life Cerro Gordo County will be hosting a bake sale in the Lakeview Room.

You may NOT drive or park your car on the ice downtown in the designated festival area.

Other Saturday activities that will still occur even with the cancellation of this event:

Surf Ballroom is open from 9am-1pm.
Clear Lake Arts Center is open from 10am-4pm.
Clear Lake Public Library Activities:
10:30am: Color the Wind Story Time
11:30am – 2:00pm: Warming Station with hot drinks (cocoa, coffee, and tea) a wind sock craft for kids, and some other activities.
2:30pm: Celebrations in the Wind with Cindy Richardson: Take a trip down memory lane and revisit celebrations and festivals that one took place in Clear Lake. Then follow Cindy through the last few decades for a look at some of the latest and greatest events happening in Clear Lake. All ages welcome but geared toward adults.

 

Downtown Parking Restrictions & Road Closures

 

Shuttle Maps

Free parking and shuttles are available at Clear Lake High School (Gold Route) and Industrial Park – former Serta and Titan Pro lots (Red Route).

Gold Route: 125 N 20th St
Red Route: 500 S 17th St

Donations are welcome.  Shuttle service begins at 10:30am, the last pick up downtown will be 4:00pm.

Bus Route Map from CLHS to downtown for Color the Wind
Bus route from Serta to downtown for Color the Wind

Color the Wind Committee

Christy Bredeson, Deb Cash, Larry Day, Deb Sharar, & Mark Tesar

Staff: Trish Fundermann & Jenny Fasbender

Special thank you to Bob Wolfram for clearing snow from our festival area!

Presenting Sponsor 2024

Indigo Wind

Wind Twister Sponsors 2024

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Clear Lake Bank & Trust

Freestyle Sponsors 2024

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Contributors 2024

Lake Iowa Realty, Larson’s Mercantile, McQuaid Agency

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