The best way to welcome spring in Austin is the ABC Kite Fest also known as Zilker Kite Festival. One of the oldest and most favourite family traditions in the city, the Kite Fest in Zilker Metropolitan Park offers entertainment and activities for all ages. The main highlight of the festival is the kite flying contest and parade. There is also a fun run with kites and children's MossFest with live music.
Zilker Kite Festival was first held as a kite contest in 1929. Its aim was to promote creativity in children. Today one of Austin’s longest-running events also raises money for charities: to Communities in Schools of Central Texas and the Moss Pieratt Foundation. With a magnificent view of Austin’s skyline and hundreds of kites soaring in the sky ABC Kite Fest offers a day full of fun, kite making, and gazing in the skies.
Zilker Metropolitan Park in south Austin is one of the oldest and largest parks in the city, founded in the 1930s. Located at the juncture of Barton Creek and the Colorado River 350-acre (142-ha) recreational space it is named after its benefactor, Andrew Jackson Zilker. The park is known for its Kite Fest and Austin City Limits Music Festival. It also has a great walking and running trail around Lady Bird Lake.