Here are the kite festivals around and about and soon: 16TH ANNUAL SMITHSONIAN KITE FESTIVAL This Saturday (rain date Sunday), west side of the Washington Monument. Registration and competition begin at 10. 357-3030.

BEN FRANKLIN KITE CONTEST This Sunday noon to 4 (rain date April 4). At Takoma Park Rec Center, Darwin and Grant avenues. Free registration noon to 3 for contests. 270-4048.

NATIONAL COLONIAL FARM This Sunday 10 to 4. Admission, $1 (under 12 free) includes demonstrations of 18th century farm life. Call 301- 283-2113.

BRANDYWINE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL March 31, 3 to 5. Kite-flying contest; for details call the school, 372-8933.

DURANT RECREATION CENTER In Alexandria, April 17, ages five to seven with adult, 9 to 10:30; ages eight to 11 with adult, 11 to 12:30; ages 12 on up (including adults), 12:30 to 2. Advance registration required; residents $1, non-residents $6. All materials provided at 1605 Cameron Street in Alexandria. 838-4828.

CHESAPEAKE BAY KITE DAY, April 3 (rain date April 4). At Sandy Point State Park: workshop 10 to noon, kite-flight noon to 4. Bring your own kites. Free, no registration; bring lunch. 301/268-6065.

GREATER DELAWARE KITE FESTIVAL April 9 10:30 to 3. Cape Henlopen State Park. Follow signs for the Cape May-Lewes Ferry on U.S. 50. Register free; kite fight at 2. For details call Terry Kannon at 302/645-8073.

MARYLAND KITE FESTIVAL April 24 (rain date April 25), 9:30 to 3. At Fort McHenry National Monument, off Fort Avenue in Baltimore. Register free that day; bring lunch. 301/483-4776.