The ABC Kite Fest is back for it’s 90th year, returning to Zilker Park on Sunday, March 31 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Each year, the festival attracts more than 35,000 Austinities to watch as thousands of colorful kites soar over Zilker Park. It’s such a site to see! Enjoy local eats and drinks, a kite showcase and contest, a children’s concert, a fun run, an all-new pet zone — plus more!
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 2019 ABC Kite Fest. This 2.1 mile run begins at the Zilker moontower at 9:30 a.m. and ends inside the ABC Kite Fest near the MossFest stage. 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.
— The Exchange Club Kite Showcase & Contest: Supported by Cap Metro, this year categories include the 50-yard dash and “most unusual kite”, as well a display of expert flyers performing with professional-grade kites, the classic showcase and contest is open to the public from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. and free to compete with handmade kites only. For more details on categories and registration, visit the ABC Kite Fest website.
— 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.
— 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: Presented by Texal Mutual: the third annual MossFest a children’s concert held in honour of John “Moss” Pieratt Jr., will be taking place from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., inside the festival. The concert will feature artists including the Barton Hills Choir, Que Pastas, Mr. Will and GRAMMY award-winner Dan Zanes with Claudia Eliaza.
— 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. – 2 p.m. The kite contest starts at 1 p.m. For full details, click here.
— Pet Zone: presented by H-E-B: New this year, the H-E-B Pet Zone offers owners and their furry friends a special spot to enjoy the festival together on the park! Complete with dog friendly activities including a swimming pool and sunning deck, agility ramp, three-ring jump, tunnel run and an enclosed puppy only playground.
— 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 catered eats from Central Market. 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. Cap Metro will also be offering free transit passes to Austinites to get to and from the 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
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