The ABC Kite Fest, one of Austin’s most cherished traditions, recently announced details for this year’s event, returning to Zilker Park on Sunday, March 4. Festivalgoers will witness thousands of kites soaring along the city skyline while enjoying local eats and drinks, a kite showcase and contest, a children’s concert and the festival’s first-ever fun run.
The historic event usually welcomes more than 35,000 attendees annually and features free, all-day entertainment for the whole family.
This year’s events will include:
- The Anteater Fun Run: The 2.1-mile run will kick off the festival at 9:30 a.m. The trail begins at the Zilker moontower and ends inside the ABC Kite Fest near the MossFest stage.
- MossFest, presented by Texas Mutual: MossFest, a children’s concert held in honor of John “Moss” Pieratt Jr., takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. inside the festival and features artists Andyrooniverse, Big Don, Hey Lolly and Trout Fishing in America.
- The Exchange Club Kite Showcase & Contest, presented by H-E-B: With categories including the 50-yard dash and “most unusual kite” as well as expert flyers performing with professional-grade kites, the classic showcase and contest is open to the public from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and is free to compete with handmade kites only. For more details on categories and registration, visit the ABC Kite Fest website.
- The Kids Club, presented by St. David’s Children’s Hospital: Featuring bounce houses, face painting and more, the Kids Club is a day-long activity center for children of all ages.
- High Flyer Club: For attendees interested in VIP parking, all-day food options and more, the High Flyer Club offers designated parking spots and catered eats from Central Market. Tickets are available on the festival website.
Founded in 1929 by The Exchange Club of Austin as a contest to foster creativity in children, the ABC Kite Fest is now the longest-running festival of its kind, underwritten by ABC Home & Commercial Services and produced by the Friends of the ABC Kite Fest, a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Proceeds from the ABC Kite Fest benefit Communities in Schools of Central Texas and the Moss Pieratt Foundation.