Color the Wind

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Annual Clear Lake Kite Flying Event

Date: February 18, 2023
Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Event Description: Color the Wind is back! Join us in Clear Lake for the Midwest’s largest and most colorful winter kite festival, featuring huge inflatable kites of all kinds flown by serious kite-flyers from across the United States.  Free admission, donations are appreciated!

Expect to be dazzled by this event! The display of beautiful colors, the sheer size of some of the kites, and the incredible choreography of the musical numbers are really something to behold.

Visitors will flock to Clear Lake’s frozen oasis to see the most spectacular display of kite-flying around. The festival is a big hit for everyone! Young or old – seasoned kite flyer or newbie to the hobby.

Keep in mind, this is a winter event, so it could be very cold. Please dress accordingly, and don’t forget, to avoid a day spent squinting at the kites, so bring your shades!


Parking: We will have an updated parking map for 2023, stay tuned!

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!

In addition to these local restaurants, we will have a couple food trucks parked across from the Clear Lake Yacht Club.

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

Other Saturday activities:

Surf Ballroom is open from 9am-1pm. Stick around for the Mardi Gras party featuring Hairball at 8pm!
Clear Lake Arts Center is open from 10am-4pm.

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, Sheila Steely, & Mark Tesar

Staff: Trish Fundermann & Jenny Fasbender

Presenting Sponsor 2023

Indigo Wind

Wind Twister Sponsors 2023

City of Clear Lake Logo
Cookies Etc Logo
Clear Lake Bank & Trust
sevens restaurant & steakhouse

Freestyle Sponsors 2023

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