Welcome Spring at the ABC Kite Festival

The nation’s oldest kite festival is a fresh-air ballyhoo of kite flying contests, food, games and more. Austin’s annual ABC Kite Festival takes place each March at Zilker Park, and is free to attend. Hundreds of colorful kites will dot the sky from morning till night. More 2022 details to be announced.

People at ABC Kite Fest near downtown austin texas
Courtesy of ABC Kite Fest.

Founded in 1929, the festival's signature kite tournament events have been open to competitors of all ages since 1956. Only homemade single-line kites are accepted and there is no cost to enter.

Here’s a sampling of previous Kite Festival contests and to-do’s:

  • 50-Yard Dash (Kids only): Children 7 to 12 years old fly kites on 50 feet of string, simultaneously racing to the finish line and flying their kites.
  • Highest Angle Kite (Youth and Adult): Contestants will release 200 feet of string and stand on a designated line. The kite flying at the highest angle overhead from the point of mooring wins the competition.
  • Steadiest Kite (Youth and Adult): The least active kite in the air wins!
  • Most Unusual Kite (Youth and Adult): Kites are judged on theme, construction and design.
  • Largest Kite: Square footage of the sail area will determine the winner here.
  • Oldest and Youngest Kite Fliers: Awards will be presented to the oldest and youngest event contestants. Contestants must fly a kite unassisted to be eligible.

Some of Austin’s finest food vendors will be on-hand serving up goodies from booths and trucks. There will also be plenty activities for kids of all ages.

This annual Austin favorite serves as the kick-off to hundreds of springtime activities around the city. Come, enjoy a beautiful spring day in the park. (Pets are welcome too!)