Kites on the Green

Join us for the ninth annual Kites on the Green event at Johnston Commons. This family-fun event will be held in the green space near the Johnston Public Library from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can enjoy giant show kite displays, kite fighting, free kite building, bol racing, live music, inflatable obstacle course, learn about stormwater best management practices, sidewalk chalk and more.

When: Saturday, May 7, 2022
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Johnston Commons, 6700 Merle Hay Road

Interested in sponsorship: Contact Janet Wilwerding, Communications Manager at (515) 727-7781 or email

A kite building workshop will be held on Saturday, April 23, at the Johnston Public Library, from 2-4 p.m. This is an opportunity for you to enjoy kite month and fly a kite before the event. 

To ensure the success of our event, please sign up to volunteer by visiting

The 1902 Simpson House museum will be open for tours during Kites on the Green. This is a great way to learn about the history of the Johnston community. 

Schedule of Events

  • 10:00 a.m.  Opening Ceremonies
  • 10:30 a.m.  No-Knots Stunt Team Performance
  • 11:00 a.m.  Johnston Commons Playground ribbon-cutting
  • 11:10 a.m.  Live music by Glady's Lite band
  • 11:30 a.m.  Running of the Bol's/Kite Battles
  • 12:00 p.m.  Live music by Glady's Lite Band
  • 1:30 p.m.  Running of the Bol's/Kite Battles
  • 3:00 p.m.  Stunt Kite Demonstrations
  • 3:30 p.m. No-Knots Stunt Team Performance
  • 5:00 p.m. Closing Ceremonies

All Day Events

  • Giant Show Kite Demonstrations  - Show Kite Field
  • Free Make-n-Fly Kite Kits - Pickup at the information tent
  • Inflatable Obstacle Course - North of the library (will close down at 4 p.m.)
  • Public Kite Flying - Public Field
  • Tours of the 1902 Simpson House - The 1902 Simpson House Museum
  • Rain Campaign Activities - West of the library
  • Sidewalk Chalk - Johnston Commons sidewalk
  • MidAmerican Mascots, Sniffy and Louie - Throughout the event
  • ISWEP Mascot, Gill - Throughout the event
  • T-shirts, Kites and More! - Information tent 

Click on the image below to download or view a PDF of the Kites on the Green event with the 2022 sponsors.

_KOTG Sponsors Poster 2022

Click on the image below to download or view a PDF of the Kites on the Green schedule of events.

KOTG 2022 Schedule