It’s almost time again for one of Austin’s most well-known annual free events — the ABC Kite Festival! Held the first Sunday in March each year, the whole community is invited meet in Zilker Park on Sunday, Mar. 4 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. to fly kites, listen to music, play games, picnic and kick-off spring with a fun day in the park.
Presented by ABC Home & Commercial Services, the Kite Festival is a great excuse to get out for a day of fun with the kids and soak up all of Austin’s awesomeness. It’s a colorful festival experience with plentiful food trucks, music, wonderful people-watching and a great community spirit. In addition to the traditional kite flying contest and showcase, there’s also a fun run and MossFest – a free children’s music concert.
Take a look at what’s happening this year:
Anteater Fun Run
Sign up for the first ever Anteater Fun Run kicking off the 2018 ABC Kite Fest. This 2.1 mile run begins at the Zilker moontower and ends inside the ABC Kite Fest. Pack your kites and wear your bug-squashing shoes, y’all! Enjoy post-race food and drinks and head to the main stage to watch the official kick-off of ABC Kite Fest at 10 a.m. Registration is $25, but kids ages 12 and under are free. You can register online here.
— Kids Club: The Kids Club, presented by St. David’s Hospital, is a day-long activity area of the park featuring bounce houses, face painting and more.
— Kite Contests: If you wish, you can sign up to participate the kite contest to compete in categories such as strongest kite, steadiest kite, most unusual kite and more. Contest registration is free and will take place between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The kite contest starts at 1 p.m. For full details, click here.
— Food & Vendors: No Austin festival is complete without a great assortment of food trucks as well as cotton candy, funnel cakes, and kettle corn. You can also expect to find Henna tattoo booths, Kite Fest merchandise and so much more! For more info on vendors, click here.
— MossFest Children’s Concert: The second annual MossFest will be held during the ABC Kite Festival at Zilker Park near Lou Neff Point on from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. featuring various local artists, vendors and associated free family-friendly activities. Here’s the schedule of great artists to enjoy:
- 10 – 10:40 a.m. — Barton Hills Choir
- 10:40-11:10 a.m. — Big Don
- 11:20-11:50 a.m. — Hey Lolly
- 12 – 1 p.m. — Trout Fishing
— VIP High Flyer Club: The High Flyer Club is your chance to experience the kite festival with a few additional perks like VIP parking and delicious eats. You can choose from a variety of High Flyer Club ticketing options online here.
Of course, with any big festival comes crowds, and careful planning is needed to avoid transportation hassles. Get to know the layout of the Fest, by reviewing the map here. And take note of your options for getting there:
— Parking & Shuttles: Barton Springs Road will be closed from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. during the Kite Festival. Free parking for shuttles is available:
- Downtown at the State parking lots at 1604 Colorado Street
- South at the Toney Burger Activity Center at 3200 Jones Road
The shuttles come around regularly all day to these two parking lots for pick-up and drop-off. Round trip shuttle rides are $5 for persons 12 yrs and over. Well mannered dogs on leashes are allowed on the shuttles. Kids and dogs ride free. The first shuttle departs at 9:45 a.m. and the last shuttle going to the park leaves at 2:30 p.m. Shuttles will continue taking riders back to the parking lots until 5:30 p.m. No large coolers on the shuttles please.
Other Parking Options:
- One Texas Center at 505 Barton Springs Road parking lot is available all day at no charge.
- The Palmer Events Center (900 Barton Springs Road), depending upon their events schedule, may have parking available for the Kite Festival. There is a fee for that garage.
More Ways to Get There:
- There is free bike parking on the south side of Barton Springs Road across from the Great Lawn.
- Capital Metro offers routes and stops that are convenient to Zilker Park. Find more information here: Capitol Metro Schedules