Kites on the Green

Event Details

Join us for the 11th annual Kites on the Green festival at Johnston Commons Park on May 4, 2024. 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, an inflatable obstacle course, learn about stormwater best management practices, visit with Johnston Police and Fire, draw with sidewalk chalk and much more.

When: Saturday, May 4, 2024
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Johnston Commons Park, 6050 Morningside Drive

Interested in sponsorship: Contact Janet Wilwerding, Communications Director at (515) 727-7781 or email
Silver Cord Contact: If you are interested in volunteering for the event to get silver cord hours, please add Paul Wanderscheid, as your contact to the form. Paul will be located in the information booth and will be easy to locate for a signature after your shift is complete. 

Performance Schedule

  • 10:00 AM: Opening Ceremonies
  • 10:30 - 10:45 AM: No-Knots Stunt Team Performance
  • 11:00 - 11:15 AM: Chicago Fire and Ice Team Performance
  • 1:00 - 1:30 PM: Magic Show with Jonathan May
  • 3:00 - 3:15 PM: No-Knots Stunt Team Performance
  • 3:30 - 3:45 PM: Chicago Fire and Ice Team Performance
  • 3:30 - 5:00 PM: Live music performance from Jason Kimble and KICK
  • 5:00 PM: Closing Ceremonies


All Day Events

  • Giant Show Kite Demonstrations: Show Kite Field
  • Inflatable Obstacle Courses: North of the Library
  • Tours of the 1902 Simpson House: Simpson House Museum
  • Iowa National Guard: Enjoying climbing in vehicles and talking with members
  • Laura Ernst with Kinetic Entertainment: Stilt walking and mesmerizing sway pole performances throughout the event. 
  • Food Trucks: North of the Johnston Commons Playground
  • T-shirts, Kites and More: Information tent
  • Candy Drop: Show kite field
  • Sidewalk Chalk: Sidewalks west of the library and east of the barn
  • Free Make-n-Fly Kite Kits: Veridian Credit Union kite-making barn

Click on the image below to view the photos from the 2024 Kites on the Green Festival

KOTG 2024 Schedule
2024 Sponsors for Kites on the Green

Presenting Sponsor ($4,000+)

Veridian Credit Union Logo

Platinum Sponsor ($2,000-$4,000)

Polk County Board of Supervisors Logo

Snyder and Associates Logo

Gold Sponsor ($1,000-$1,999)

Foth Infrastructure and Environment Logo

Silver Sponsor ($250-$999)

Charter Bank
Delta Dental of Iowa
Knapp Properties
RDG Planning & Design

Supporting Sponsor (up to $250)

Clarity Chiropractic
Clarity Hyperbarics
Kevin Cunningham

Sponsorship Opportunities

If you're interested in becoming a sponsor for our festival, please contact Janet Wilwerding at (515) 727-7781 or by email. We have presenting, platinum, gold, silver and supporting sponsorship opportunities available. Click here (PDF) to view the levels and what you would receive as a sponsor. 

Click on the image below (PDF) to view the sponsorship opportunities.

Kites on the Green 2024 Sponsorship Opportunities

Schedule of Events

  • 10:00 a.m. Opening Ceremonies
  • 5:00 p.m. Closing Ceremonies

All Day Events

  • Giant Show Kite Demonstrations - Show Kite Field
  • Free Make-n-Fly Kite Kits - Pick up at Kite Building Barn
  • Inflatable Obstacle Course - East of the Library
  • Tours of the 1902 Simpson House - Simpson House
  • Rain Campaign Activities - West of the Library
  • Meet with Police and Fire Dept. - West of the Library
  • Sidewalk Chalk - Johnston Commons Cement Pad
  • T-shirts, Kites and More! - Information Tent
  • Food Trucks - North of the playground
  • Candy Drop - Show Kite Field

The Kites on the Green Festival will have food trucks at the event on May 4, 2024.

Kites on the Green_Sponsorship - Image of Food trucks with a green background.

Volunteer at Kites on the Green

Kites on the Green Volunteer Opportunity

Have you ever wanted to be part of the Kites on the Green event? Join us as a volunteer for the upcoming annual festival on Saturday, May 4, 2024! Volunteering is a great way to get involved and help make the event a success. Plus, you get to spend time outdoors and enjoy the fun firsthand! Whether you have attended the event for many years and want to get involved, or this is your first time, we would love to have you as a volunteer. Sign up today and join the kite festival volunteer team at

The video below is a recap of the 2023 Kites on the Green event. 

Click on the image below to view the photos from the 2023 Kites on the Green Festival

Kites on the Green Event Photos