The ABC Zilker Kite Festival is scheduled for Sunday, March 6, 2016 from 10 am – 5 pm, at the beautiful Zilker Park!
This annual event includes several kite flying contests for both kids and adults, activities for kids of all ages, as well as food and drink vendors. If you or your kids do not want to enter the contests, Zilker Park has many wide open spaces that are perfect for doing some kite flying. Or you can just lay back in the grass and gaze up in the sky at the thousands of kites flying around.
In addition to the kites, there will be moon walks, rock wall climbing, face painting, slot cars, bungee jumping.
Kite Making Workshop
There is a kite making workshop available on-site the day of the event from 11 a.m to 4 p.m., but in case you want to prepare in advance for the Kite Festival, the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a Kite Making Workshop on Saturday, February 27, 2016, from 1-3 pm at Northwest Recreation Center (2913 Northland Drive). The workshop is FREE! All materials and instruction will be provided.
Make a Kite at Home
Not able to make a kite at the Kite Making Workshop? Your kids can DIY it at home. Find tutorials and kite plans here.
Barton Springs Road will be closed from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm during the Kite Festival. With limited parking in Zilker Park, your best bet is going to be the shuttle that runs regularly all day for pick-up and drop-off from the following two locations:
- Downtown at the State parking lots at 1604 Colorado Street
- South at the Toney Burger Activity Center at 3200 Jones Road
The parking is free but 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. For additional parking options, click here.
Check out local live music at Moss Fest happening on the same day at Zilker Hillside Theater.
Note: Dogs and picnics are allowed!