March 2018 in Austin: A Kite Festival, SXSW and Texas Relays

As February’s chillier weather moves out, we’re primed for some of that March sunshine and a little precipitation to get those spring gardens started.

Austin’s biggest event this month — and typically of the year — is South By Southwest, where tens of thousands of visitors embark on the city to checkout interactive media sessions, concerts and view new films — along with a little celebrity spotting.

But there’s plenty more. Check out the Austin Rodeo with barrel racing, bull riding, city’s largest carnival, stock show and live music. Be sure to have your kite ready for competition at the start of the month on March 4 at Zilker Park for the ABC Kite Festival.

And, one more little reminder — it’s time to ‘spring forward’ with daylight savings on March 11.

Have a wonderful start to spring, and check out the Texas wildflowers and some of the fun events this month with friends and family.

March 04

Hailed as one of Austin’s most beloved family friendly events in town, it is time for the ABC Kite Fest including the traditional kite flying contest. Spend a free day at Zilker Park with activities for children of all ages including the traditional kite flying contest, a fun run, and children’s music concert. Try making a handmade kite and joining the contest, register online or on-site the day of the event.

When: The fun starts at 10 a.m. Contests start at 1 p.m. It closes at 5 p.m.
Where: Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road
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March 09-18

Get ready for Austin’s downtown district to start jiving to a special beat full of high-tech companies, music from all over the world, nationally acclaimed films, comedy, and more. South By Southwest takes over Austin Convention Center along with more than 50 venues dedicated to hosting interactive media sessions, musical showcases, films, and interactive media displays.

When: Nonstop March 9-18
Where: citywide, though largely concentrated downtown
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March 10-24

Running along side South By Southwest is Rodeo Austin, a 15 day event with daily competitions, the city’s largest carnival, stock show, and live music. Check out a highlight of the races to look for this year are barrel racing, bull riding, bareback riding, mutton bustin’.

When: See website for detailed information
Where: Austin Fairgrounds, 9100 Decker Lake Rd, Austin, TX
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March 28-31

The 91st Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays Built by The Home Depot will draw 8K athletes in high school, collegiate and professional ranks to race in various track and field events.

When: Each day
Where: Mike A. Myers Stadium and Soccer Field, 707 Clyde Littlefield Dr., Austin, TX 78712
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