Any local will appreciate an event that “keeps Austin weird,” so how about watching 1.5 million bats flying off into the night from beneath the Congress Avenue Bridge? This unique event in its 11th year is sure to be some batty good time for adults and kids alike. Browse and shop more than 75 arts and crafts vendors at the fest, partake in children’s activities, and enjoy delicious food and drink, too. Plus it wouldn’t be a true Austin event without live music: Bat Fest features three stages with performances all evening.
Austin, TX, Community Event Details:
Event: 11th Annual Bat Fest
Date: Saturday, August 22, 2015
Time: 4 p.m. to midnight. The flight of the bats usually occurs between 7 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. and lasts up to 30 minutes.
Location: Congress Avenue Bridge (100 South Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78704)
Age Group: All ages are welcome at this family-friendly event that’s suitable for adults and children alike.
Cost: $15 at the gate. Children aged 8 and under are free with an adult. You may upgrade to VIP for $150. VIP admission allows access to VIP-only areas, including the front row standing section at the main stage and North Bridge stage, plus access to private restrooms and a tented backstage area with seating, reserved VIP parking, access to a private bar with two complimentary drink tickets, a food voucher, and a voucher for a free event t-shirt.
About Austin’s Bat Fest
Watch 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats fly into the night as you enjoy live music, great local food, and fun festivities for the family. Bat Fest will include performances from 17 musical artists, including Cypress Hill. Of course, Bat Fest wouldn’t be complete without some bat-themed activities, including a bat costume contest. Both children and adults are encouraged to get creative with their bat costumes in the hopes of leaving with the prize for best costume. Best children’s costume scores $100, as does the winner for best adult costume.
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