How to get to the ABC Kite Fest

Maps, parking and more

Barton Springs Road will be closed from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm during the Kite Festival.

Northbound visitors: From the Loop 360 exit, proceed along the frontage road. Proceed in the far left lane queue into the park.

Southbound visitors: Use the Loop 360 exit, take the dedicated turn around and proceed along the northbound frontage. Proceed in the far left lane queue into the park.

DO NOT EXIT BARTON SKYWAY OR ROLLINGWOOD/2244. There are significant delays/closures at those exits.

How to Park at the ABC Kite Fest

NOTE: There is a $15 cash only fee to park at the Polo Fields. 

One Texas Center at 505 Barton Springs Road parking lot is available all day. There is a fee for parking.

The Rollingwood Center Garage at 2500 Bee Caves Rd is available all day.  It is located on the west side of Mopac, a short walk from Zilker Park.  There is a fee for parking.

NOTE: Those parking on the Mopac median will be ticketed and towed. The surrounding neighborhoods will receive patrols for illegally parked vehicles. The Austin Police Department will be patrolling these areas, issuing tickets and TOWING. The Rollingwood Police Department will likewise be patrolling Bee Caves Road and streets on the west side of Mopac for illegal parking.

ADA Parking

ADA parking is available in the park and is free. Be sure you have the ADA hanging placard (or other ADA parking designation) and ask the police at the road closure to the park to let you in for ADA Parking. The Mopac side of the park is the entrance to use. The ADA parking lot is on the south side of Barton Springs Road just across from the Kite Festival. Drive in like you are going to the pool and continue onward to the lots just beyond the playground.

Bicycle Parking

Bicycle parking is available. There are bicycle racks next to the Special Needs parking on the south side of Barton Springs Road across from the Great Lawn. We hope many of you can bike in to enjoy the Kite Festival.

Alternative Transportation

Ride Cap Metro FREE to the ABC Kite Fest at Zilker Park!

(Kids grades K-12 already ride free. Only adults need transit Local Day Passes to ride.)

Step 1: Complete a separate Kite Fest registration form with a unique email address for each transit Local Day Pass needed.

Step 2: If you don’t already have the CapMetro App, you’ll receive an email from Bytemark to download it to your smart phone.

Step 3: Your free Local Day Pass will be delivered to you on the CapMetro App. Activate your transit pass prior to boarding.

Plan your trip at and go! Zilker Park is served by Routes 3, 30 & 803.

Don’t forget: the Hike and Bike Trail is next to the park. Enjoy a scenic tour of Lady Bird Lake and end it at the Kite Festival. You can find more information by visiting the City of Austin’s Trail Directory.


Free parking is available:

  • Downtown at the State parking lots at 1604 Colorado Street
  • South at the Toney Burger Activity Center at 3200 Jones Road
  • Shuttles located on the NORTH side facing Highway 290

The shuttles come around regularly all day to these two parking lots for pick-up and drop-off. Round trip shuttle rides are $5 for persons 12 yrs and over. Well mannered dogs on leashes are allowed on the shuttles. Kids and dogs ride free.

The first shuttle departs at 9:45 am and the last shuttle going to the park leaves at 4:00 pm. Shuttles will continue taking riders back to the parking lots until 6:30pm.

No large coolers on the shuttles please, they are too big to fit (the shuttles are school buses). Kites are fine to bring on the bus!

Shuttle drivers have the authority to refuse to allow any person, animal or object on the bus.