Guide to Austin's Best Festivals: SXSW, ACL, etc.


A Guide to Austin’s Best Festivals

Been-there tips to help you get the most out of Austin’s best festivals.


Kite Festival

The title says it all. At this festival in mid-March (extend your South-by trip?), you can buy a kite, make a kite, and of course, fly a kite. You can even enter a kite contest for smallest kite, largest kite, steadiest kite, or most unusual kite. (Who knew you could do so much with kites?!) Slip into that spring dress you’ve been dying to wear all winter and get ready to enjoy a beautiful spring day in Austin. This festival is free of charge.

A Guide to Austin’s Best Festivals

You’re not much of a kite enthusiast, you say? Me neither! Kite Festival for me is a time to relax. It’s nice to just sit back and gaze upon a sky speckled with odd shapes and bright colors. When I went last year, instead of purchasing food trailer eats (which are always surprisingly delicious, by the way), I decided to add another element of fun: I packed my own food and set up a quaint little picnic for me and my friends. Friends, food, and fresh air – if you like those three things, you’ll love the Kite Festival.


  • Bring some sort of quilt/blanket to sit on.
  • Wear sun glasses. Kite gazing is uncomfortable when you’re being blinded.
  • Getting pelted by a descending kite is part of the fun. Just keep smiling.
  • That being said, try not to fly your kite into another human being.
  • There are kids and panting dogs everywhere you turn. Embrace the chaos.

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Reader Discussion: 172 Comments

  1. Sharon Payson

    Staying hydrated is one of the tips that most of us who adore going to music festivals ignore. I’ve experienced getting really dehydrated to the point that I could barely keep up with the energy of the crowd. That was one of my worst experiences ever. Preparation truly is a key.

    • TARA

      Sunscreen and water is a must-have when you travel to Austin.

  2. Arthur Mence

    I have never been too much into the festival but I’ve been this year to the SummerFest in Milwaukee and I enjoyed it a lot. I only regret that they take every single bottle you have and they throw it, and then you have to pay 5 bucks for a new one inside! Why?? Do you really want people to die inside?

  3. Mira Kent

    If you’re in a budget, it’s good to know there are free day-time parties.

    • Kay Douglas

      Traveling doesn’t always have to be expensive. You just have to find the right itineraries.

  4. Mary Shirley

    This article made me fear being sunburned because of how frequent she mentioned it.

    • Sandra Walling

      Emphasis on the sunblock. Let’s not get dehydrated and sunburned.

  5. Ivelisse Ervin

    Be mindful of what you eat. People tend to get excited with all the foodcarts and forget not to mix onions with milk. Don’t eat too much even if that’s the best feeling on earth.

  6. Terri East

    Have fun and enjoy the festival. Nobody wants to see anyone frowning or sulking. #MoodBusters

    • Jerrie Ridlon

      Positive vibes ONLY.

  7. Sharon Novak

    Make sure your backpack supports the weight of the stuff inside properly. The straps shouldn’t be hurting your shoulders.

  8. Delores Mullen

    Bring cash and spare change. Don’t ask to pay with a credit card. Geez.

    • Bernice Miles

      A shoutout to the princesses out there that shell out big bills for tacos.

  9. Cindy Simon

    It’s also important to wear your most comfortable shoes.. Make sure you wear shoes that won’t hurt your feet or you’ll be crawling on your way back to the hotel.

    • Cathy Mitchell

      Be sure to bring two pairs of shoes, in case you break one like I did. Not funny to be naked feet all the time, and pretty dangerous I must say ^^

  10. Ann Amos

    Stay hydrated peeps! If you ain’t sweating, you ain’t having fun.

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