ABC Kite Fest 2019
The ABC Kite Fest, one of Austin’s most iconic traditions, returns to Zilker Park on Sunday, March 31 for it’s 90th year. The festival boasts day-long activities for all ages, including the traditional kite-flying contest and showcase, a fun run, a kids club, a new pet zone and MossFest, a children’s music concert. Join thousands of Austinites for a free, all-day event filled with kite making, flying and gazing. For more information, visit www.abckitefest.org.
Held each year in March, the ABC Kite Fest is one of Austin’s most beloved, family-friendly traditions. ABC Kite Fest boasts day-long activities for all ages, including the traditional kite flying contest and showcase, a fun run and MossFest, a children’s music concert. Soar into spring and join thousands of Austinites for a free, all-day event filled with kite making, flying and gazing.
Founded as a simple kite contest in 1929 by The Exchange Club of Austin, Austin’s annual kite festival was designed to foster creativity in children. Now ABC Kite Fest is the country’s longest running festival of its kind, underwritten by ABC Home and Commercial Services and produced by Friends of the ABC Kite Fest, a 501(c)3 nonprofit.
Through support from sponsors and community partners, Friends of the ABC Kite Fest enables one of Austin’s longest-standing traditions to thrive and grow. Proceeds from ABC Kite Fest are gifted to Communities in Schools of Central Texas and the Moss Pieratt Foundation.
Parking and more
Barton Springs Road will be closed from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm during the Kite Festival.
Northbound visitors: From the Loop 360 exit, proceed along the frontage road. Proceed in the far left lane queue into the park.
Southbound visitors: Use the Loop 360 exit, take the dedicated turn around and proceed along the northbound frontage. Proceed in the far left lane queue into the park.
DO NOT EXIT BARTON SKYWAY OR ROLLINGWOOD/2244. There are significant delays/closures at those exits.
How to Park at the ABC Kite Fest
NOTE: There is a $15 cash only fee to park at the Polo Fields.
One Texas Center at 505 Barton Springs Road parking lot is available all day. There is a fee for parking.
The Rollingwood Center Garage at 2500 Bee Caves Rd is available all day. It is located on the west side of Mopac, a short walk from Zilker Park. There is a fee for parking.
NOTE: Those parking on the Mopac median will be ticketed and towed. The surrounding neighborhoods will receive patrols for illegally parked vehicles. The Austin Police Department will be patrolling these areas, issuing tickets and TOWING. The Rollingwood Police Department will likewise be patrolling Bee Caves Road and streets on the west side of Mopac for illegal parking.
ADA parking is available in the park and is free. Be sure you have the ADA hanging placard (or other ADA parking designation) and ask the police at the road closure to the park to let you in for ADA Parking. The Mopac side of the park is the entrance to use. The ADA parking lot is on the south side of Barton Springs Road just across from the Kite Festival. Drive in like you are going to the pool and continue onward to the lots just beyond the playground.
Bicycle parking is available. There are bicycle racks next to the Special Needs parking on the south side of Barton Springs Road across from the Great Lawn. We hope many of you can bike in to enjoy the Kite Festival.
Capital Metro is also a great alternative to getting to the Festival with routes and stops that are convenient to Zilker Park. Find more information here: Capitol Metro Schedules
Don’t forget: the Hike and Bike Trail is next to the park. Enjoy a scenic tour of Lady Bird Lake and end it at the Kite Festival. You can find more information by visiting the City of Austin’s Trail Directory.
Free parking is available:
Downtown at the State parking lots at 1604 Colorado Street
South at the Toney Burger Activity Center at 3200 Jones Road
The shuttles come around regularly all day to these two parking lots for pick-up and drop-off. 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.
The first shuttle departs at 11:15 am and the last shuttle going to the park leaves at 4:00 pm. Shuttles will continue taking riders back to the parking lots until 6:30pm.
No large coolers on the shuttles please, they are too big to fit (the shuttles are school buses). Kites are fine to bring on the bus!
Shuttle drivers have the authority to refuse to allow any person, animal or object on the bus.