Soar Into Excitement at the Austin Kite Festival 2024

Bright colors, high spirits, and the thrill of kite flying await you at the Austin Kite Festival 2024!

Are you ready to have the wind swept from under your feet and be carried along by the vibrant extravaganza of the Austin Kite Festival 2024? Join us this spring, as the clear Texas skies transform into a vibrant canvas of colorful kites, soaring against the azure backdrop.

This renowned kite festival in Austin is not just an event, it’s a celebration of creativity, community, and the simple joy of witnessing hundreds of kites dance with the wind.

Whether you’re a seasoned kite flyer or a curious observer, the ABC Kite Festival Austin has something in store for everyone. The collective feeling of gazing up at the sky, eyes filled with wonder, and heart filled with excitement, is universally shared as the kites take flight.

Follow along and be part of the excitement as we whisk you through the Austin Kite Festival 2024.

Lock Your Calendars: Austin Kite Festival Flies In

Grab your sun hats and sunblock, it’s almost time for the Austin Kite Festival 2024! This spectacular festival will paint the Texan skies with vibrant colours on April 14, 2024, from 10 Am to 5 PM. It’s going to be a perfect sunny day – an excellent scenario for a fantastic high-flying adventure.

Austin Kite Festival Location

Experience the joy of kite flying at the Zilker Metropolitan Park. Set your navigation to 2100 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, TX 78746.

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Skybound Adventures: Exploring the Austin Kite Festival Events

ABC Kite Festival or Kite Festival Austin TX is not just about kites, but a celebration of the community. Here’s a sneak peek of what you can expect:

The Exchange Club Kite Showcase & Contest

Are you game for a day of zestful revelry under the Austin skies? It’s time to grab your kite and head on over to the heart of the action.  You’re invited to join in the vibrant atmosphere and engage in a friendly contest regardless of the type of kite you have or your experience with flying one.

Dive in to discover how to be part of this illustrious tradition. Registrations kick off at 11 AM at the Contest Field. Be there at the dot of 1:00 PM when the contest takes flight.

Contest Categories

50 Yard Dash (Kids only)

Get ready for a thrilling adventure! This playful competition is perfect for kiddos aged 7 to 12. Each young kite-flier will commandeer their own kite, anchored by a 50-foot string. To ensure fairness and safety, a detailed check-up will be conducted before the race starts to verify that all kite strings are appropriate. The kite must uphold its flight without interruption throughout the entire race.

Steadiest Kite (with or without a tail) (Youth and Adult)

Swooping into victory is the most tranquil kite in the sky, with categories for both the young and mature kite aces in the ‘Steadiness’ contest.

Best Kite Pilot (Youth and Adult)

This activity is available for individuals of all ages, and participants have the freedom to enter manufactured kites. Judging will be conducted based on proficiency in single line kite flying along with its display. Don’t forget to sport your most colorful outfits and quirky accessories to add to the fun! Just remember, the dual-line kites have to sit this one out—they’re not eligible for the competition.

Largest Kite

Think your kite has the brawn it takes? Size does matter in our ‘Largest Kite’ event. But remember, it’s not all look and no show – your kite must grace the Austin sky for at least a minute to cut. Also, they’re keeping it strictly solo – no Kite Trains allowed. Everyone gets three attempts, so don’t be disheartened if your kite refuses to take the soaring plunge on the first go. After all, what’s a kite festival without a bit of suspense and sport?


Experience the thrill of competing in a playful challenge to see whose kite ascends the highest in the sky!

Angle Kite (Youth and Adult)

Get ready for some friendly competition as contestants let their kites soar to a daring height of 200 feet! Positioned on a marked line, you’ll strive to reach the highest angle possible from your kite’s takeoff point. Imagine this: a kite hovering directly above your head could mean victory for you! But remember, it’s not just about flying high—the strings will be measured too! So, dare to take the challenge?

Smallest Kite

Hit the skies with your DIY kite, soaring at least 25 feet above the ground off its tether point.

Most Unusual Kite (Youth and Adult)

Submissions are assessed on originality, craftsmanship, and aesthetic appeal. Judges will be on the lookout for those quirky, unique designs that break the mold!

Oldest and Youngest Kite Fliers

Ready to earn recognition as either the sprightliest young kite flyer or the most experienced kite master? Whichever end of the age spectrum you’re at, if you can soar a kite up in the sky entirely on your own, you’re in for a chance to bag this esteemed title.

Kite Competition Rule & Regulations

  • Every kite is invited to touch the skies! There’s a spot up above for all shapes and sizes
  • Kids and teenagers up to the age of 16 are eligible for the youth competitions
  • Each contestant may enter one kite per event. But here’s the deal – you can participate in every event with a unique kite each time. (50 Yard Dash remains an exception)
  • Your kite must take flight to qualify for evaluation
  • Winners for each event will be awarded first, second, and third place honors. Please note, the final decision rests with our esteemed panel of judges
  • The contestants must register and sport their number throughout the event. The registration desk opens at 11am and the contest takes flight at 1 pm, with adults allowed to assist the young ones with their kite antics
  • Kites with motor or drone features aren’t suited for competition. Also, dual line kites are not eligible for the competition.


Fueled by John “Moss” Pieratt, Jr’s lively spirit and enthusiasm for music and camaraderie, his loved ones honor his memory with MossFest, an engaging children’s concert proudly sponsored by PNC Bank. Starting at 10:00 AM, MossFest will Inject the ABC Kite Festival with exciting live performances.

Updates for the event lineup have not been released yet. Always check their website for further information.

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Kids Club

The Kids Club at the Kite Festival 2024 Austin is a full day of inclusive fun, offering free bounce houses and captivating activities suitable for all ages. Among these activities is the Kite Making Workshop, where attendees, both kids and adults, can learn to construct their own kites under the guidance of skilled professionals.

Pet Zone

In collaboration with Austin Subaru, the Austin Kite Festival 2024 features a unique, unleashed Pet Zone within the expanse of Zilker Park. This pet-friendly pop-up zone from the previous edition of the ABC Kite Fest packs an assortment of activities catering to your furry friends. From engaging three-ring jumps to exciting tunnel runs, it guarantees the utmost enjoyment for your pets.

Know Before You Go

The following are important directives to remember regarding the road set-up during the Austin Kite Festival 2024:

  • Barton Springs Road will be inaccessible from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm due to the Kite Festival at Zilker Park
  • If heading north towards the festival: take the Loop 360 exit and continue along the service road, making sure to join the far left lane to enter the park
  • For those approaching from the south: also use the Loop 360 exit, use the dedicated turn-around and follow the northbound frontage. Again, join the far left lane to queue in the park
  • Visitors are advised to avoid exiting at Barton Skyway or Rollingwood/2244 – these exits are subject to considerable delays and potential closures.

Onsite Parking

Plenty of parking space is provided near Zilker Park. We recommend you buy your parking pass ahead of time to guarantee a spot, as they can fill up quickly. Once you’ve purchased your pass, you will be given detailed access instructions.

ADA Parking

For those who possess the necessary ADA parking placard or equivalent ADA parking identification, complimentary parking is on offer within the park during the Austin Kite Festival 2024. If you are taking advantage of this provision, make it known to the police presence at the park entrance. The recommended entrance for users of ADA parking facilities is on the Mopac side of the park.

The designated ADA parking sector can be found on the southern side of Barton Springs Road, directly opposite the site of the kite festival. To locate the parking area, simply follow the route towards the pool, bypassing the playground, and you’ll soon encounter the parking

Bicycle Parking

If you’re planning to cycle to the Kite Festival, you’ll find bicycle racks conveniently located next to the functional needs parking area. This is located on the south side of Barton Springs Road, directly across from the Great Lawn.

Enjoy Free Ride

Festival enthusiasts are invited to register for a digital Day Pass here. Please ensure to do so before March 30th to enjoy this exclusive opportunity. It’s worthwhile to note that children aged 18 and below can ride for free every day.

Kite Festival Tickets

Get ready to let your dreams soar at the Austin Kite Festival 2024! And the best part? It’s absolutely free! That’s right, no entry charges. You can just amble into Zilker Park, pick out your perfect spot, lay down your picnic blanket, and immerse yourself in a delightful day of precise kite flying! Exciting, isn’t it?

Austin Attractions

As the exhilarating Kite Festival Austin 2024 comes to a close, don’t rush to leave the city. Austin, celebrated for its eclectic food haven and thriving arts community, offers a spectrum of unforgettable encounters. Ever dreamt of embarking on rip-roaring adventures or tickling your taste buds with unique and tantalizing cuisine? Well, the enjoyment never ceases in this vibrant metropolis!

Nearby Hotels and Lodging

Break away from the every day and extend your thrill as you gear up for the Austin Kite Festival 2024! Once the kites descend, keep the vibes high by immersing yourself in the exhilarating, ever-attractive cityscape of Austin. Go beyond just securing a roost for the festival, curate your adventure by booking a comfy stay a little longer.

Imagine waking up each day in Austin – with your coffee brewing, prepping for a day of fun and kite flying, followed by a delightful exploration of the city’s hidden gems.

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Sky-High Fun: Embrace the Austin Kite Festival

Adventurers and kite enthusiasts, get ready for an unbeatable experience this 2024 in the heart of Austin, Texas! The well-established Kite Festival Austin Texas promises to offer a spellbinding spectacle of vibrant kites painting the azure skies with a kaleidoscope of hues.

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Don’t miss this opportunity to witness a unique blend of sky-high excitement and fun terrestrial activities.

This fantastic festival is a perfect day out for the whole family. So bring your kids along for a fun, interactive day filled with colors and joy. Let them run free, enjoy the fresh air and be participative in the high-spirited kite flying happenings.

Remember, the Austin Kite Festival isn’t just about watching the kites, it’s about feeling the tug of the string, the laughter in the air, and the camaraderie of fellow kite enthusiasts. So, come along and be part of this spectacular display of color, imagination, and community spirit!


Start Date:

April 14, 2024 @ 10:00 am CDT

End Date:

April 14, 2024 @ 5:00 pm CDT





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