The strong spring breezes bring delight to those kite enthusiasts in Central Texas. So taking advantage of the windy weather, the Exchange Club of Austin (benefitting the prevention of child abuse) puts on an annual kite festival in the fields of Zilker Park the first Sunday of March. This year, the Zilker Kite Festival is on Sunday, March 4 from 10 am – 5:00 pm.
From a parent’s perspective the Zilker Kite Festival has a big “WOW” factor in the eyes of your children. Brightly colored kites of every size and design zoom throughout the sky. Pirate Ships, Dragons, Princesses, and three-dimensional geometric designs fill the space over the park. It is a site to behold- especially with the Austin skyline behind you.
Bring your own kite to fly – it doesn’t matter if you know what you are doing or not – everyone is there to have a great time. Tangled kite strings? Don’t worry about it – there is an overabundance of patience and good will – must be the sunny spring weather and the chance to enjoy the great outdoors that puts everyone in such great spirits.
Admission is free to the one-day event. You will find kite vendors, climbing walls, bounce houses, and food tents to keep you & your family busy if you actually tire of watching the kites. There is a kite making workshop (11 am - 4 pm) that will make a kite in less than 10 minutes that will fly for you!
Brave flyers enter the Kite Contest (for both adults and children). Categories include events such as Highest Angle Kite, Steadiest Kite, and Most Unusual Kite. Check here for more details.
Plan for a fun day for the whole family - I promise, your kids will be asking to go every year!
Texas Travel Facts on Zilker Kite Festival:
Location: Zilker Park 2100 Barton Springs Rd
Hours: March 4, 2012 - 10 am - 5 pm
Recommended Time: 2-4 hours
Good to know: All ages welcome (including dogs), lots of walking, lightweight clothing and comfortable walking shoes are recommended, figure out parking in advance - shuttles are available (for more details, click here)