86th Annual Zilker Kite Festival this Sunday

WHEN: Sunday, March 2, 2014
Rain Date: March 9, 2014
WHERE: Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, Texas

AUSTIN – Each year, on the first Sunday in March, more than 20,000 locals gather on Zilker’s sprawling turf to fly kites, compete against fellow kite flyers in various categories, and to simply spend a beautiful day in the park with their friends (including the four-legged kind) and family at the Zilker Kite Festival . There is no admission to attend or participate in contests.

When The Exchange Club of Austin first produced the Zilker Kite Festival in 1928, it hadn’t anticipated such an overwhelming response from the locals. It was only eight years after the first flight that the kite festival moved to its larger permanent location at Zilker Park, making it easier to soar above your competition instead of crashing into them.

(Photo / Eric Beggs)

(Photo / Eric Beggs)Says Bobby Jenkins, ABC Home and Commercial Services president/CEO and Festival spokesperson, “This is a beloved, free event that has been a favorite custom for our city for generations. The simple act of gathering in the park to fly kites together—with no barriers to participation—that is what Austin is truly about.”

Bobby Jenkins, ABC Home and Commercial Services president/CEO and Festival spokesperson says, “This is a beloved, free event that has been a favorite custom for our city for generations. The simple act of gathering in the park to fly kites together—with no barriers to participation—that is what Austin is truly about.”

While guest are encouraged to bring their own kites, there will be some on sale, plus on-site kite-making workshops.   Attendees are also encouraged to share their favorite photos and kite sightings on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, using the hashtag: #ZilkerKiteFest.

In addition to activities, over 40 food vendors will be present. Familiar favorites and delicious new delicacies will be there to offer kite-fliers their fares.

Tentative Event Schedule*
10am
Festival opens
First shuttles arrive at the park
Concessions sales begin
11am
Kite Making workshop opens
Registration for Kite Contest opens
Kite Flying Demonstrations begins
1pm
Presentation of colors
Kite Contest starts
50 yard dash
Highest angle kite
Steadiest kite
Strongest pulling kites
Smallest kite
Most Unusual Kite
Largest Kite
Mass Kite Ascent (after contest)
2:30pm
Last shuttle bus leaves from parking areas
(be in line before 2:30!)

5pm
Festival officially closes
5:30pm
Last shuttle bus leaves the park
*Subject to change

Barton Springs Road will be closed from 9 am to 6 pm during the Kite Festival. Free Parking is at the State Garages downtown and at the Toney Burger center.  Shuttle rides are $3 (round trip) for persons 12 and over. Kids and dogs ride free. Shuttles will start picking up folks at 9:45 am and will be running to the park until 2:30 pm. Shuttles will continue to bring folks back to the garage from the park until 5:30 pm.

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