It’s almost time for a springtime tradition in Austin: the annual ABC Kite Fest, where people of all ages head outside to see some very cool kites soaring over the park. The ABC Kite Fest is beloved by Austinites of all ages, whether you’re a seasoned kite flyer or an enthusiastic spectator.
Here’s what to know for this year’s kite festival.
What is the ABC Kite Fest?
One of Austin’s oldest traditions, the ABC Kite Fest started as a simple kite contest in 1929 by The Exchange Club of Austin for kids who wanted to show off their kite-making and flying skills. The free event is still going strong 95 years later, with the traditional contests, food, an off-leash playground for dogs, and a children’s concert called MossFest. It’s also for a good cause: Proceeds from ABC Kite Fest go to Communities in Schools of Central Texas and the Moss Pieratt Foundation.
This year’s festival is on April 1st at Zilker Park.
How do I enter the ABC Kite Fest?
It’s simple: Just show up at 11 a.m. on April 1st when registration begins for the eight different contests. All contests are open for kids and adults, with the exception of the 50-yard dash competition for kids ages 7–12. The contest starts at 1 p.m. and prizes are awarded for first, second, and third places.
What kind of kite can I bring?
All types of kites are allowed to compete. Kites can be bought or handmade and must not contain a drone or motor. Contest categories include smallest kite, largest kite, and most unusual kite if you’re gunning for a specific type.
Want to build your own? Blue Owl Brewing is holding a workshop on March 31 where you can design your own unique kite with the help of an in-house artist. Tickets are $45 and include materials, a 12-ounce Blue Owl collector glass, and four pours of Blue Owl’s sour beer.
How should I get there?
Barton Springs Road will be closed from 7 a.m.–7 p.m. during the Kite Festival, so plan accordingly. Parking is available in the lots surrounding Zilker Park and can be reserved ahead of time on the Kite Festival’s website.
Bike parking is also available, and attendees can ride a CapMetro bus to the festival for free on April 1st. Just sign up for a free digital day pass, and remember kids 18 and under ride free every day.
When: Saturday, April 1st
Time: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Location: 2100 Barton Springs Rd.