The Zilker Kite Festival, one of Austin's oldest (and funnest) annual events, has been a spring tradition for more than 80 years. Held for one day each March at Austin's landmark park, Zilker Park, the festival is a free event.
The kite contests begin at 1:00 pm and are open to anyone with a homemade, single line kite. There are numerous kid, youth, and adult event categories for the contests, including Largest Kite and Most Unusual Kite. There is no early registration for the contest - it's done onsite beginning at 11:00 am.
The festival is family-friendly, kid-friendly, and even dog-friendly. Whether you plan to participate in the contest, just want to come out and fly a kite on your own, or are content sitting back and spending an afternoon watching a kite-filled Austin sky, everyone is welcome.
Don't have a kite? Not to worry - kites are available for purchase onsite and there are also workshops throughout the day where you can learn to construct your own.
Other kid-friendly activities, such as Moon Walks and face painting, are available along with merchandise and food vendors.
Barton Springs RD (the main road running through Zilker Park will be closed during the Kite Festival).
Limited parking will be available at the Polo fields (underneath MoPac).
Recommended: - There will be free parking at the state parking garage at 16th and Colorado and $1 (per adult) shuttles (and well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome to join the fun) to and from Zilker Park until 5:30 pm.
Zilker Kite Festival video footage courtesy of hoxjock . . .