Austin’s annual Kite Festival is held on the first Sunday in March at Zilker Park. This years 82nd festival turned out 20, 000 people and hundreds of colorful kites.The ‘Kite Tournament’ was created by The Exchange Club of Austin in 1929 with a mission to encourage creativity in children. There wasn’t a whole lot of wind, but that didn’t stop the festivities. With hundreds of kites in the air, you couldn’t help but feel like a little kid. Adults and children running and throwing their kites in the air trying to grab a gust of wind to take their kites soaring. It was beautiful day to fly a kite! Zilker Metropolitan Park is a recreational area in the heart of south Austin (near Barton Springs Pool and Lady Bird Lake) that comprises over 350 acres of publicly owned land. It is named after its benefactor Andrew Jackson Zilker, who donated the land to the city in 1917. It was developed into the park during the Great Depression in the 1930s and officially opened in 1936. The park serves as a hub for many recreational activities and the hike and bike trail around Lady Bird Lake, both of which run next to the park. The park was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on 1997.