Spring has Sprung and the 16th Annual Fest of Tails Kite – Festival & Dog Fair Takes Place Mar 11
Spring has sprung and San Antonio’s only kite fair and dog festival takes place at McAllister Park with public kite flying, live music, pet adoptions, cycling activities and more!
The 16th Annual Fest of Tails: Kite Festival & Dog Fair
McAllister Park near the dog park and pump track
Saturday, March 11, 10 AM – 4 PM
free and open to the public, all ages
- Early registration link for Pooch Parade & Costume Contest entry: http://bit.ly/3kqF1tl
The San Antonio Parks Foundation in partnership with the City of San Antonio is proud to announce the 16th Annual Fest of Tails taking place on Saturday, March 11 at McAllister Park.
Fest of Tails is a free, all-ages kite festival and dog fair offering kite demonstrations and family kite flying, live entertainment, various food options, a variety of vendors, and more! For dog enthusiasts, pet products, treats, and clothing will be available for purchase. Information on pet registration, vaccinations, rescues, and more, will also be available through various participating animal welfare organizations and businesses.
Kickoff the day with the City of San Antonio Urban Forestry team that will be onsite giving away trees beginning at 10 AM. The giveaway will continue until all trees have found their new homes. The team will also have tips for helping your new trees thrive!
Tour de Tails
Launched in 2022, “Tour de Tails,” is an informal, just-for-fun, social bicycle ride along the Salado Creek Greenway that ends at Fest of Tails – begin at Lady Bird Johnson Trailhead (3 miles) and cruise your way to McAllister Park with groups led by SATX Social Ride & SA Babes on Bikes volunteers! Riders are welcome to follow the trail on their own to the McAllister Park Trailhead or ride with a group led by volunteers.
At the fest, cyclists will find complimentary bike valet parking courtesy of South Texas Off Road Mountain-Bikers (STORM)! Ride to the event and have a secure place to park your bike while enjoying all the festival has to offer.
Ghisallo Cycling – Nonprofit
Returning to Fest of Tails for the second year, Ghisallo Cycling Initiative is a nonprofit helping people access the world by bike. They will have multiple bike skills courses set up for youth of all ages. Ghisallo provides bikes, helmets, and staff to assist youth throughout the course to help build their skills and confidence on the bike!
Pooch Parade & Costume Contest
The Pooch Parade & Costume Contest, presented by H-E-B, is a long-time fan favorite bringing miles of smiles to festival patrons, and parade and contest participants. Costume Contest categories include Best Dressed Dog, Most Resembles Owner, and Best In Show. There will be youth divisions (13 years and younger) for all competitions. Online registration is available and onsite registration will be open the day of the event from 10 AM to 12 PM. The parade and competition is open to all with no registration fee. This year, judging will take place before the Pooch Parade commences giving judges more time to tally their scores.
The TPR Music Stage comes alive with performances by hometown favorite, BexarBrass; genre-defying group, Los Juanos; and DJ Joaquin Muerte spinning all vinyl sets throughout the day.
This event welcomes kite, dog, and cycling enthusiasts from near and far! All guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair to watch the spectacular sky views and meet new furry friends. Fest Of Tails has events and activities for the entire family.
The San Antonio Parks Foundation would like to thank all official sponsors of Fest of Tails: H-E-B, Thomas J. Henry, News4 SA, Texas Public Radio, Camp Bow Wow, The Dog Guide of San Antonio, Ghisallo Cycling Initiative, iHeart Radio, American Kite Association, and City of San Antonio’s Parks and Recreation Department
About the San Antonio Parks Foundation
Organized in 1981, the non-profit, donor-supported San Antonio Parks Foundation is a philanthropic charity formed to provide improvements to parks and the park experience to the area’s 250+ parks and over 150 miles of walking and biking trails. All monies raised support and accelerate impactful and transformative park projects from playgrounds to lighting, beautification, accessibility, shade, recycling, water conservation, resurfacing walking paths, signage, restoration, and more. Funding for park projects is provided from foundation and corporate grants, and individual gifts and donations. Learn more at www.saparks.org.