Zilker Park History
In the early 20th Century Andrew Jackson Zilker donated the land that eventually became Zilker
Park to the city of Austin. The area has become one of the most popular destinations in all of Austin, a city known for its
wealth of live music venues as well as delicious restaurants and a wide variety of other entertainment options. The park is
listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has biking and hiking trails for visitors to enjoy in addition to hosting
fantastic concerts. Zilker Park boasts soccer fields, volleyball courts, the Zilker Botanical Garden, Barton Springs Pool,
a polo field, a nature center, picnic areas, historical markers, a miniature railway, and the Zilker Hillside Theater. There
is simply no other place in Austin, or all of Texas, with as much to offer as Zilker Park.
Zilker Park Events
is always plenty going on at Zilker Park, but it is perhaps best known throughout the world as the home to the Austin City
Limits music festival which is held over three days during two separate weekends each year in October. The popular festival
brings in many of the top musical acts in the world, and in 2014 will feature acts including Pearl Jam, Eminem, Beck, Outkast,
Calvin Harris, Skrillex, the Replacements, and more. Additionally, Zilker Park hosts the Zilker Park Kite Festival, an annual
rugby tournament, Blues on the Green, Ballet in the Park, the Austin Shakespeare Festival, the Zilker Gardens Festival, and
Zilker Park is arguably the crown jewel of the city but Austin, Texas has long
been known as The Live Music Capital of the World and there are countless venues to explore. No matter what kind of music
you prefer there is sure to be live music to suit your taste being played on any given night. The city was named after Stephen
F. Austin who is considered the father of Texas. When visiting the state capital of Texas be sure to check out all some of
the fabulous restaurants and night clubs along with Zilker Park which is a favorite tourist destination.
Park Seating Layout
With the wide variety of events held at Zilker Park, seating will depend on what sort of performance
you are attending. The vast majority of events, including Austin City Limits, are general admission and give visitors the
chance to explore some of the 350 acres of the park while attending a concert or festival. Anyone going to Zilker Park will
want to set some time aside from merely being a spectator to get out and enjoy the botanical gardens, hiking trails, and other
extraordinary features of Zilker Park.
The Rolling Stones held their first and only Austin concert
at Zilker Park in 2006 and 42,000 fans were there to watch. The Zilker Botanical Garden was established in 1955 and is the
centerpiece of the park made up of several gardens including the Cactus and Succulent Garden, Pioneer Village, the City of
Austin's Green Garden, the Herb and Fragrance Garden, the Mabel Davis Rose garden, the Hartman Prehistoric Garden, the Isamu
Taniguchi Japanese Garden, and the Doug Blachly Butterfly Trail and Garden.