zilker park http://kut.org en Zilker Kite Festival Postponed Due to Weather http://kut.org/post/zilker-kite-festival-postponed-due-weather <p>The 86th annual Zilker Kite Festival is postponed until next Sunday, March 9, due to weather.</p><p>City officials made the decision Saturday afternoon, as the National Weather Service predicts isolated thunderstorms Sunday could get severe.</p><p>Temperatures are expected to drop below freezing Sunday night.</p><p></p> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 22:54:38 +0000 Kate McGee 9877 at http://kut.org Zilker Kite Festival Postponed Due to Weather Austin Holiday Weekend: Zilker Tree Lighting, Chuy's Kids Parade (MAP) http://kut.org/post/austin-holiday-weekend-zilker-tree-lighting-chuys-kids-parade-map <p>With Thanksgiving over, Austin turns to the winter holidays this&nbsp;weekend.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://austintexas.gov/zilkerholidaytree">The Zilker Holiday Tree</a>&nbsp;returns for the holiday season on Sunday. Celebrating&nbsp; its&nbsp;47th&nbsp;lightning ceremony, the Holiday Tree will remain lit nightly, from 6 p.m. until midnight, until Dec. 31.</p><p>Taking place on Saturday is the&nbsp;annual&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chuysparade.com/parade_info.html">Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade</a>. The parade, benefiting <a href="http://www.bluesanta.org/">Operation Blue Santa</a>, begins at 11 a.m. in downtown Austin.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">That means street closures from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday. (See a map below.)</span></p><p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 17:50:00 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues 9287 at http://kut.org Austin Holiday Weekend: Zilker Tree Lighting, Chuy's Kids Parade (MAP) Austin Charges ACL $53,000. Chicago Has Lollapalooza Pay 28 Times That http://kut.org/post/austin-charges-acl-53000-chicago-has-lollapalooza-pay-28-times <p>The Austin City Limits Music Festival isn&rsquo;t the only production put on by parent company&nbsp;<a href="http://www.c3presents.com//">C3 Presents</a>. In addition to booking and promoting Austin concerts throughout the year, C3 also puts on Chicago&rsquo;s annual <a href="http://www.lollapalooza.com/">Lollapalooza</a> music festival.</p><p>Like ACL, Lollapalooza is hosted on public parkland, requiring a contract with the city. So how do the contracts compare? KUT scoured C3&rsquo;s deals with Austin and Chicago to find out.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F114937389&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 21:14:16 +0000 Tyler Pratt & Wells Dunbar 8914 at http://kut.org Austin Charges ACL $53,000. Chicago Has Lollapalooza Pay 28 Times That 2013 ACL Fest Lineup: Muse, Depeche Mode, The Cure & More http://kut.org/post/2013-acl-fest-lineup-muse-depeche-mode-cure-more <p>No more leaks: the full Austin City Limits Music Festival lineup is out.&nbsp;</p><p>Sure, British rock band <a href="http://muse.mu/">Muse</a> had accidentally confirmed their performance <a href="http://www.livestream.com/adlitteramtv/video?clipId=pla_99616ee9-2a9e-4899-a72d-8e20acf77639" target="_blank">during an interview with a Montreal radio station</a>. Over the weekend other band names like <a href="http://www.portugaltheman.com/evilfriends">Portugal. The Man</a>, <a href="http://www.nekocase.com/news/index.html" target="_blank">Neko Case</a> and D’Angelo appeared <a href="http://consequenceofsound.net/2013/05/the-cure-to-headline-austin-city-limits-2013/" target="_blank">on beer coozies and Topo Chico bottle caps around town</a>. And last week <a href="http://austin.culturemap.com/news/music_film/05-02-13-acl-fest-sleathily-peppers-the-chronicles-classifieds-with-2013-lineup-clues/" target="_blank">cheeky ads were placed in the Austin Chronicle</a> (“For a little <em>Fun</em><em>. </em><em>Call</em> 555-<em>ACL</em>-FEST”). &nbsp;But just after midnight this morning, the <a href="http://www.aclfestival.com/">full lineup </a>was finally unveiled.</p><p> Tue, 07 May 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Tyler Pratt & Art Levy 7636 at http://kut.org 2013 ACL Fest Lineup: Muse, Depeche Mode, The Cure & More Go Fly a Kite: Zilker Kite Festival http://kut.org/post/go-fly-kite-zilker-kite-festival <p>Kites will be flying high over Zilker Park as the <a href="http://www.zilkerkitefestival.com/" target="_blank">Zilker Kite Festival</a> returns to Austin this Sunday. This year marks the 85<sup>th</sup> edition of the festival—making it the oldest festival of its kind in the nation.</p><p>The festival was founded in 1929 by the Exchange Club of Austin and has been held at Zilker Park since it opened in 1936. The festival will last from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 18:32:12 +0000 Austin Feldman 6797 at http://kut.org Go Fly a Kite: Zilker Kite Festival Zilker Park to Fully Reopen Friday http://kut.org/post/zilker-park-fully-reopen-friday <p>After a few months of getting danced on at the <a href="http://www.aclfestival.com/">Austin City Limits festival</a> and lit up for the <a href="http://www.austintrailoflights.org/">Trail of Lights</a>, <a href="http://austintexas.gov/department/zilker-metropolitan-park">Zilker Park</a>’s Great Lawn will fully reopen on Friday.</p><p>The park had been fully or partially closed for the festivals and maintenance since early October. Officials say there shouldn’t be any chain-link fencing to get in park-goers’ way until the run-up for the two-weekend ACL festival later this year.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 00:41:37 +0000 Ryland Barton 6112 at http://kut.org Zilker Park to Fully Reopen Friday Part of Zilker Park (Temporarily) Reopens http://kut.org/post/part-zilker-park-temporarily-reopens <p>Part of Zilker Park’s Great Lawn is <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/news/southwest-portion-zilker-metropolitan-park-great-lawn-re-opens" target="_blank">back open for public use</a>—but only for a couple of weeks.</p><p>The entire Great Lawn had been closed since Oct. 1<sup> </sup>in preparation for the <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/photos-over-300-pictures-austin-city-limits-2012" target="_blank">Austin City Limits Music Festival</a>. It’s remained closed for maintenance after the festival.</p><p>Now, the southwest portion of the<a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/sites/default/files/files/Parks/Map/zilkermap2.pdf" target="_blank"> Great Lawn and the volleyball courts</a> are back open. But the areas will be closed again starting Nov. 19 for setup for the <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/green-light-zilker-parks-trail-lights" target="_blank">Trail of Lights Festival</a>. Thu, 01 Nov 2012 16:46:15 +0000 Laura Rice 5490 at http://kut.org Part of Zilker Park (Temporarily) Reopens A Green Light for Zilker Park's Trail of Lights http://kut.org/post/green-light-zilker-parks-trail-lights <p>The man who promised Austin a 2012 Trail of Lights says he will deliver.</p><p>Local running shoe store owner Paul Carrozza, through his RunTex Foundation,&nbsp; tells KUT News that he has put together the pieces of a $1.2 million dollar financing package. "We've raised enough to make it happen," says Carrozza. He says grocery chain H-E-B made the biggest commitment, followed by Dell, Samsung, Seton, and Vista Equity Partners. More sponsors are in the works.</p><p>"I felt strongly that we should keep it free to the public, and keep it free to the taxpayer, and that the community would support it through corporate underwriting, business sponsorships, and individual giving."</p><p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 20:09:31 +0000 Mark Dewey 5118 at http://kut.org A Green Light for Zilker Park's Trail of Lights AM Update: The Impact of Events on Parks, Smart Meter Opt-Out?, Clemens to Play Ball http://kut.org/post/am-update-impact-events-parks-smart-meter-opt-out-clemens-play-ball <p><strong>What's the Impact of All Those Events at Zilker &amp; Auditorium Shores?</strong></p><p>The Austin City Council is <a href="http://austin.siretechnologies.com/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=298&amp;doctype=agenda" target="_blank">scheduled to discuss today</a> a resolution that would direct the City Manager to study the impact of events at Zilker Park and Auditorium Shores.</p><p>Last week, council members approved <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/acl-festival-expanding-two-weekends?nopop=1" target="_blank">expanding the Austin City Limits Music Festival</a> to two weekends next year. The festival organizer, C3 Presents, promised to pay not only fees for the use of Zilker but also an unspecified sum of money to upgrade Auditorium Shores.</p><p>C3 Presents also organizes the Austin Food and Wine Festival at Auditorium Shores. Attendees at this year’s event complained the <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/love-and-dust-scenes-austin-food-and-wine-fest" target="_blank">festival was “dusty”</a> after grass was worn down to dirt from a previous event at the park. Tue, 21 Aug 2012 14:07:00 +0000 Laura Rice 4916 at http://kut.org AM Update: The Impact of Events on Parks, Smart Meter Opt-Out?, Clemens to Play Ball No More Cars on the Green: APD Steeping Up Enforcement http://kut.org/post/no-more-cars-green-apd-steeping-enforcement <p>Parking is becoming a problem at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/department/zilker-metropolitan-park">Zilker&nbsp;Park</a>.</p><p>The Austin Police Department is trying to curb citations and&nbsp;towings&nbsp;at large events there like&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kgsr.com/bluesonthegreen/index.aspx">Blues on the Green</a>,&nbsp;KGSR&rsquo;s&nbsp;free biweekly concert event. The last concert saw 22 citations for illegal parking.</p><p>Police&nbsp;held a press conference today warning concert-goers to avoid tow-away zones like residential driveways, and stay off &nbsp;lawns and high grass.</p><p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 20:19:51 +0000 Kelly Connelly 4548 at http://kut.org No More Cars on the Green: APD Steeping Up Enforcement Should Austin Outsource the Trail of Lights? http://kut.org/post/should-austin-outsource-trail-lights <p>The Trail of Lights is an Austin tradition dating back decades &ndash; or was, until it went dark due to city budget cuts in 2009.</p><p>That may no longer be the case, as an item <a href="https://austin.siretechnologies.com/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=199&amp;doctype=agenda">before the Austin City Council</a> this week would see the RunTex Foundation &ndash; an arm of the local <a href="http://site.runtex.com/">running store and marathon sponsor</a> &ndash; bringing the Trail of Lights back to Zilker Park this holiday season.</p><p>Backup materials on the agenda item state:</p><blockquote><p>[The Parks and Recreation Department] received an unsolicited proposal regarding the production of a 2012 Trail of Lights from the RunTex&nbsp;Foundation (RTF). RTF seeks to partner with the city to bring back the &ldquo;traditional&rdquo; Trail of Lights (TOL) Holiday Festival that will offer an 8-night, family-friendly lighted trail and entertainment at no cost to the citizens of Austin. Recognizing the need to generate funding for this event, RTF proposes to conduct a major fund raising campaign to reimburse the City of Austin for all direct costs associated with the production of this event.</p></blockquote><p> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 16:32:42 +0000 Wells Dunbar 3742 at http://kut.org Should Austin Outsource the Trail of Lights? Zilker Tree Lights Are Strung But Won't Turn On Till December http://kut.org/post/zilker-tree-lights-are-strung-wont-turn-till-december <p>An <a href="http://www.austinenergy.com/">Austin Energy</a> tradition going on 45 years continued today as the power company hung Christmas lights around the park&#39;s <a href="http://www.abandonedbutnotforgotten.com/austin_moonlight_towers.htm">moonlight tower</a>. The Zilker Tree will not be lit, however, until December 4.&nbsp;</p><p>Meanwhile, the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.trailoflightsaustin.com/sample-page">Trail of Lights</a>&nbsp;is<strike> back this year</strike> was cancelled&nbsp;again this year. Check out the story <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/trail-lights-cancelled-again-2011">here</a>. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="318" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/0iQCaKG249I" width="425"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 01 Nov 2011 20:50:49 +0000 Kevin Lindsay 2885 at http://kut.org Zilker Tree Lights Are Strung But Won't Turn On Till December Where You Can Dump Your Christmas Tree in Austin http://kut.org/post/where-you-can-dump-your-christmas-tree-austin <P>Starting today, Austin Solid Waste Services <A href="http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/sws/residential_garbage_payasyouthrow.htm">pay-as-you-throw</A> customers can leave their trees on the curb for pickup. If you tree is 6-feet or taller, it must be cut in half.</P> <P>Everyone else can drop off their Christmas trees by the Polo Fields in Zilker Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following days:</P> <UL> <LI>Sunday, January 2</LI> <LI>Saturday, January 8</LI> <LI>Sunday, January 9</LI> <LI>Saturday, January 15</LI></UL> <P>Only residential customers allowed. Mon, 27 Dec 2010 15:50:50 +0000 Nathan Bernier 524 at http://kut.org Where You Can Dump Your Christmas Tree in Austin Free Show Next To Zilker Tree Billed As Alternative To Trail Of Lights http://kut.org/post/free-show-next-zilker-tree-billed-alternative-trail-lights <p>The city had to cancel the Trail of Lights this year because of budget cuts, but there is another event going on in its place.&nbsp; It's not quite the Trail of Lights, but it is bright, it's holiday-themed, and it's next to the Zilker Tree.</p><p><a href="http://www.flippedonchristmas.com/">Flipped ON Christmas</a> runs through December 23<sup>rd</sup>. It's an "extraordinary, world-class, light and sound experience that's being produced by Austinites," according to spokesperson Jennifer Hill Robenalt.</p> Tue, 21 Dec 2010 17:22:54 +0000 Nathan Bernier 494 at http://kut.org Free Show Next To Zilker Tree Billed As Alternative To Trail Of Lights