ABC Kite Fest
Zilker Park, March 31
by Holly Cowart
At the end of the month, thousands of colorful kites will streak across the sky above Zilker Park, marking both the triumphant return of spring and the 90th ABC Kite Fest. First held in 1929 by the Exchange Club of Austin as a competition to inspire creativity in children, the family-friendly gathering has since become a beloved Austin tradition. Free and open to all, visitors can partake in a Fun Run, compete for the top spot in eight different kite contests or simply kick back and watch the action unfold.
The long-standing event is also embracing new traditions like MossFest, a concert with exciting activities and vendors geared toward the kiddos, now in its fourth year. Founded by Jessica and J. Pieratt after the sudden passing of their son, Moss, the show was created to honor the toddler and his infectious love of music. By raising awareness for Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood, the concert gives a support system to those dealing with tragedy and spreads joy to the younger generations.
The fest has one main rule: Be considerate of others. Local food trucks and kite vendors will be on-site, with proceeds benefiting nonprofits Communities in Schools of Central Texas and the Moss Pieratt Foundation. Starting at 10 a.m., grab your family, friends and neighbors and join in raising a kite to another 90 years.