Kites flying over Lake Harriet this weekend

Fly a kite, ice fish or take a sleigh ride at the lake on Saturday.

LakeHarriet’s annual Kite Festival is coming up on Saturday, Jan. 19 from noon to 4 p.m., featuring snowshoeing and marshmallow-roasting.

The Minnesota Kite Society will maneuver massive “stunt kites” throughout the day, and inexpensive kites will be on sale for kids to join in.

Visitors can warm up in the ice fishing tent, where the DNR will help kids rig lines, bait hooks, take fish off the hook and even drill holes in the ice. Volunteers will orchestrate a children’s medallion hunt, and horses will provide sleigh rides. Bread & Pickle will sell hot drinks.

Admission is free. The festival is focused on the north end of Lake Harriet near the Bandshell.

Sponsors include the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Minnesota Kite Society, the MN Department of Natural Resources, Nicollet-East Harriet Business Association, East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association, and Linden Hills Neighborhood Council.

In the event of extreme weather or poor ice conditions, the festival will be rescheduled to Jan. 26 — any updates will be posted to on Friday afternoon.

This is the 12th annual Winter Kite Festival. Past events have drawn over 2,000 people.