Wednesday, February 19, 2014


Zilker Kite Festival: March 2, 2014 {5 Things to Know BEFORE you go!}

One of my children's favorite event each Spring is the Zilker Kite Festival.  This annual kite festival takes place in the fields of Zilker Park the first Sunday of March. This year, the Zilker Kite Festival is on Sunday, March 2, 2014 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. 
Because it is an overwhelming event, here are 5 quick tips to know before you go:

1. Cost: The event itself is FREE, but make sure you bring cash to enjoy all the entertainment, food, and souvenirs.  My kids enjoyed the rock climbing tower, got their faces painted, and we all tasted some of what Austin has to offer.  Take a look at all the booths that will there this year.
2. Bring your own kite to fly: Rookie mistake here - we didn't bring a 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.

And if you don't want to buy a kite or bring one, 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!
3. Parking: Always a concern with any event a Zilker Park. There is FREE parking available at 2 lots with a shuttle that will take you directly to the park ($3 per person):

  • Downtown at the State parking lots at 1604 Colorado Street
  • South at the Toney Burger Activity Center at 3200 Jones Road

You can also try to park at the Palmer Events Center, but parking will be limited there. The event suggests you do not try to find parking at Zilker Park, as Barton Springs Rd will be closed that day.
4. Plan to watch the Kite Contest: There are several events for both adults and children.  Categories include events such as Highest Angle Kite, Steadiest Kite, and Most Unusual Kite.  Check here for more details. 

5. Have Patience: As most events at Zilker Park, it will be crowded and overwhelming for a first time visitor.  Have patience, relax and enjoy the festival.  It will be worth it, I promise!

Texas Travel Facts on Zilker Kite Festival:
Location: Zilker Park 2100 Barton Springs Rd
Hours: March 2, 2014 - 10 am - 5 pm
Admission: Free
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 

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