by Madison Hager
In the midst of the dreary weather this season, the rain ceased just long enough this past Sunday for the city of Austin to celebrate an incredible tradition: the ABC Kite Festival. Founded as a kite contest in 1929 by The Exchange Club of Austin as a means to spark creativity in children, the ABC Kite Fest is now the country’s longest-running festival of its kind.
On March 4, 2018, people of all ages came together to bask under blue skies and hundreds of kites. The gathering at Zilker Park was filled with people and pups, celebrating the great outdoors and the vibrant colors of this festival.
There was every kind of kite known. The designs ranged from Minion kites to shark kites to unicorn kites to kites with people’s faces on them — this festival had it all. There were even stations where people could create their own kites and fly them at the festival (how cool!).
The chance to hang out at Zilker Park and fly kites drew in thousands of families and their dogs as well. Watching the dogs run freely, having the time of their life was another form of entertainment at Zilker. Thousands of dogs and kites always equate for a joyful day.
In the midst of the kite flying, there was much more to do and engage in. A stage hosted contests for people of all ages to join in on the fun. The sweet smell of kettle corn filled the air while the kites were soaring. Great food at this festival was truly an added bonus — hotdogs, protein bars, snow cones, and salads —you name it, and ABC Kite Festival has got it.
This festival was just screaming fun and the great outdoors. The irresistible selling point of ABC Kite Festival: it’s free. And just who wouldn’t want to spend a day laying on a blanket in the middle of Austin looking up at thousands of colorful and vibrant kites?
Spending an afternoon in Zilker Park is always a blast, and spending an afternoon in Zilker Park for the ABC Kite Festival was an experience like no other. People (and dogs) of all ages were able to have a peaceful Sunday, and the city of Austin was made more vibrant than before by the overflowing amount of joy coming from the festival. Go ahead and mark your calendars for next year. This is a blissful day in Austin that you won’t want to miss. •
Madison Hager is a sophomore broadcast journalism and corporate communications major from San Antonio, Texas. This is Madison’s first semester writing with Spark’s blog. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring Austin and being outside, attending sporting events, and spotting cute dogs.