Friday, May 3, 2013

The Wildwoods Officially Kick Off Summer with Unlocking the Ocean & Annual International Kite Festival, May 24-27


The Wildwoods will officially kick off the 2013 summer season with the Unlocking of the Ocean Ceremony at  noon on Friday, May 24 on the beach at Burk Avenue behind the Wildwoods Convention Center.

A large, ornate key will be used to ‘unlock’ the oceanat this annual Wildwoods tradition to initiate the summer season.
The 28th Annual Wildwoods International Kite Festival, the largest kite festival in North America, also kicks off on Friday, May 24 and willfeature kite makers from around the world flying their most incredible colorful creations. The kite festival starts at 9 p.m. on Friday, May 24 with an illuminated night kite fly on the beach at Rio Grande Avenue.

The Kite Festival continues on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26, starting at 9 a.m. daily, with the East Coast Stunt Kite Championships featuring the best sport kite pilots in the United States. The championships are comprised of a variety of competitions for individuals, pairs and teams.

Also during the weekend, join in the Candy Drop, Running of the Bols, Rev Games or Rokkaku Team Challenge. You can also fly a kite on the Learn to Fly Field, or watch the Fighter Kite Competition. More fun is to be had with kite exhibits and workshops on the beach.

The Wildwoods International Kite Festival Auction will be held in the Wildwoods Convention Center at 7 p.m. on Saturday night. The auction is open to the public during which many unique kites and collectibles will be auctioned off.

The kite festivities conclude on Memorial Day Monday, May 27 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with the World Indoor Kite Competition inside the Wildwoods Convention Center. Kite fliers will showcase their impressive ability to fly a kite indoors without wind, and performances will be choreographed to music.

For additional information about the Wildwoods International Kite Festival, please call 732-822-4884 or visit

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit or call 800-992-9732.    


About the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority

The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority (GWTIDA) was formed in 1993 to consolidate the tourism economy of its three founding municipalities: Wildwood, Wildwood Crest and North Wildwood. The Wildwoods have won numerous travel and tourism awards, heralding the resort for its beaches, boardwalk and attractions.

The Wildwoods were selected in 2013 as One of America’s Top 10 U.S. Tourist Towns by families voting in FamilyFun magazine. They were also named “Best Beaches in New Jersey” in the 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2008 Top Ten New Jersey Beaches public survey, sponsored by the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium. Wildwoods’ beaches were also named “Best Beach for Family Vacations,” “Best Beach for Tourism,” “Best Beach for Events,” “Best Beach for Eco-Tourism” and “Best Beach for Day Trips” in the same surveys. The Wildwoods were named #1 Boardwalk in the nation by in 2012; and Smarter Travel also named the Wildwoods Boardwalk, one of “Americas Best Boardwalks.” The 2012 list of “15 Destinations on the Rise” for TripAdvisor included the Wildwoods, and voted the Wildwoods one of “Americas Top 10 Scenic Seasides of the Summer.” In addition, the Wildwoods were voted “Best Town” in the 2009 and 2011 PHL-17 Philly Hot List, Jersey Shore Edition contest; and was one of Sherman’s Travel’s “Top Ten American Boardwalks” for two years in a row.

The Tourism Authority operates the Wildwoods Convention Center and acts as the island’s destination marketing organization overseeing the development, research, planning, marketing, advertising, promotion, public and media relations encompassing the tourism, meeting and convention industry in the Wildwoods. Additionally, the Authority funds, assists with and hosts more than 180 annual special events to enhance the visitor experience and extend the tourism season, including the Beach Monster Mash Truck Races, Family Nights On The Boardwalk, Friday Night Fireworks, the New Jersey State Barbeque Championships and Anglesea Blues Festival, Classic Car Shows, the International Kite Festival, Irish and Italian Festivals and the National Marbles Tournament, among others. 

For more information about the Wildwoods, contact the GWTIDA at 1-800-WW-By-Sea (800-992-9732) or visit its web site,

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