On March 4, BRUNch Running will host a run along the Butler Hike and Bike Trail, followed by brunch at Weather Up, 1808 East Cesar Chavez Street, where you can refuel with Biscuits Benedict, grilled asparagus and a champagne cocktail. Tickets to the March 4 event are $50 and include an entree and two drinks (plus, $2 from each ticket benefits The Trail Foundation.)
And stay tuned. A nighttime version of BRUNch Running debuts on May 18, when the group hosts a run followed by all-you-can-eat breakfast for dinner (plus two drinks) at Snooze on South Lamar Boulevard. For more information go here.
As you unfurl the string of your high-flying masterpiece at the ABC Kite Fest at Zilker Park this Sunday, consider this: The park where you’re standing marks its centennial anniversary this year.
Yep, Zilker Park turns 100.
The Austin Parks Foundation, along with a slew of organizations that operate within Zilker Park, are kicking off a year-long celebration with a proclamation read by Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo the morning of the festival, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Until then, here’s what you need to know: In 1917, local businessman and politician Andrew Zilker pledged to donate more than 350 acres of his own land to create the park. Since then it’s grown into the crown jewel of the city’s park system, a place for soccer games, scout visits, a miniature train and one of the best spring-fed pools on the planet.
And did we mention kite flying? That’s been going on here for decades. Maps printed in 1937 label the grassy expanse between Barton Springs Road and Lady Bird Lake, where this year’s Kite Fest will take place, as the kite-flying fields. The event is free, and anyone can bring a kite to fly, or buy one from a seller at the festival. The event also includes food vendors and kite-building workshops.
Feeling competitive? The fest also features a contest, where kite flyers can square off in a 50-yard dash or vie for honors including most unusual kite, steadiest kite, strongest pulling kite, smallest kite, largest kite and highest angle kite. Awards will also go to the oldest and youngest kite fliers.
Kite contest registration starts at 11 a.m.; the contest begins at 1 p.m. and only homemade single-line kites can enter.
The free festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Don’t plan to park at Zilker Park, either; space is extremely limited. Park elsewhere and walk, take a bus or ride a bike. For more information go here. https://www.abckitefestival.org/get-a-kite/
Here’s a schedule:
9 a.m. – Breakfast begins and Fun Run registration opens
9:30 – Fun Run starts
9:45 a.m. – Buses arrive
10 a.m. – Festival opens, MossFest music begins and display kites begin flying
11 a.m. – Kite contest registration begins
1 p.m. – Kite contest begins and MossFest music ends
3 p.m. – Display kites quit flying
5 p.m. – Kite Fest ends
5:30 p.m. – Last bus departs
We’ve written a lot about Zilker Park – and of course Barton Springs – through the years here at the Statesman. Want to study up?
Read about hidden sites inside Zilker Park, from Lookout Point to an old pistol range used by law enforcement officers and a prototype fallout shelter meant to show Austinites how to survive a nuclear attack.
Organizations including the Austin Parks Foundation, Barton Springs Conservancy, City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department and Hill Country Conservancy are teaming up to mark Zilker’s 100th. Other partners include Austin Sunshine Camps, Save Our Springs, The Trail Foundation, Trail of Lights, Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum, Zilker Botanical Garden Conservancy, the Zilker Kite Festival and Zilker Theater Productions.
A website will be launch later this week at zilkerpark100.org, where you can find more information about Zilker 100 activities and find a calendar of events.