Last Sunday, Mike and I got to check another item off our Austin bucket list. Our friends, Cassie, Jerry, and Eli, invited us to go with them to the Zilker Kite Festival. We were really excited to go to this event, which has been cancelled the last few years due to rain. The weather looked gloomy off and on each day, but we stayed dry all day. Since parking is often an issue at events, we carpooled and walked to Zilker Park. For my non Austin friends, Zilker Park is further south of where we live and we actually had a cool view of downtown Austin as we watched the kites. Zilker Park is also host to many events throughout the year.
Once we got inside the park, we found a spot to claim and laid out our blankets. There were people everywhere from all walks of life, enjoying the beautiful weather, flying kites, and visiting various food booths. While we were there we made sure to sample tacos, fresh lemonade, craft root beer, and a funnel cake. This was an event for competitive kite flyers and amateurs, with few categories being judged throughout the day.
After Jerry's family arrived, the kiddos were anxious to get the kites out and participate. There was some wind so kites were able to fly, but you really had to know what you were doing to get your kite to fly. Jerry did manage to get our minion kite and Eli's other kite to fly for a bit, so we considered the day a success. The majority our time was spent people watching, chatting, and enjoying the gorgeous weather. We had a great time and were so excited to spend time with great friends and enjoy a new experience.