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 www.cityofjohnston.com/KOTGVolunteer

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

KOTG 2022 Schedule