14th Annual Bat Fest – August 18th, 2018
What will you see at Bat Fest this year? 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats emerging from under the bridge at dusk, 2 stages with live music, more than 50 arts & crafts vendors, delicious food and drinks, fun children’s activities, a bat costume contest and other bat activities.
Location: Congress Ave Bridge
Address: 100 South Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78704
Hours: 4pm to Midnight
Cost: Admission $15 early bird while they last , $20 cash at the gate. Kids 8 and under free with an adult.
Flipkey has an article featuring Bat Fest as a top small town event in the U.S.
Here’s the link to the full article once more: https://www.flipkey.com/blog/2017/03/16/small-towns-unique-festivals-america/.
Bands Performing:(more to be announced soon)
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GA Tickets: Price $15 for early bird , $20 after early bird sells out.
VIP Tickets: Price $140 early bird , $200 regular price.
Want to be in the front row? Get a VIP ticket. It includes access to VIP only designated areas featuring front row standing area at the main stage in the Austin American Statesman parking lot, also a front row area at the North Bridge stage, private restrooms, a tented backstage area with seating and tables near main stage, a voucher to be used at the official event merchandise booth for any event t-shirt available, reserved VIP parking in the nearby TXDOT lot, a private cash bar with the only mixed drinks available at the festival including 2 complimentary drink tickets* for any adult beverage served at the bar (adult beverages can be purchased after drink tickets are used), 1 food voucher for the backstage catering area, water and soda. *Must be 21 or older to consume beer, wine, or liquor in Texas. Rain or Shine event. Refunds and rescheduling are not possible.
About the Bats:
Because bats are wild animals, it is hard to predict exactly when the emergence will begin but the flight usually begins between 7:00 – 8:45 p.m. For current emergence times call 512-327-9721 EX16. The emergence can last up to ½ hour as 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats head out for their nightly flight.
Bat Costume Contest:
Prize is $100 for Best Adult Costume and $100 for best childrens costume. Participants will be lined up on Stage, and the crowd will be asked to yell for the costume they like the best. Originality is encouraged.
Parking/ Getting There
Free Parking: TXDOT lot located accessed from Riverside Drive just east of Congress 150 & 200 East Riverside Dr. Signs on fence as shown below.
Reserve your parking in advance and get there on time, stress free!
To book convenient and affordable parking, we recommend using SpotHero, the nation’s leading parking reservation app.
To reserve your parking spot today, visit the Bat Fest SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up.New to SpotHero? Download the SpotHero iPhone | Android app and enter promo code BATFEST for an extra 10% off your first park!
- * PAID Parking: The Austin American Statesman Parking Lot at 166 East Riverside Dr. Drive to the end of the road.
- * PAID Parking: Palmer Events Center Garage, S. 1st and Riverside
- * PAID Parking: One Texas Center 505 Barton Springs Road Austin, TX 78704
- * PAID Parking: Various hotels in area both south and north of the river
- * PAID Parking: The Long Center at 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704
- * PAID PARKING: 100 N. Congress and the entrance to the garage is on Ceaser Chavez between Congress and Colorado
- Bike Parking: We have Bicycle Rack to secure your bike. Be GREEN!
- *Bike Share to Bat Fest: We’ll valet your Austin B-cycle from 6pm to Midnight at the entrance at Barton Springs and Congress Ave.
- Ride the Bus It is a great cheap, green option.
General Admission $15 early bird, $20 at the gate day of show cash only! (8 and under free with an adult admission)
General Admission gets you access to all stages, bats, arts and crafts booths, children’s area, the statesman parking lot event, the bridge, and more!
Hours: 4pm to Midnight
- Food & Drinks
- Liquor Beer or Wine
- Weapons or Fireworks
You Can bring:
- Baby Food & Drinks
- One bottle of water
BAT FLIGHT VIDEO
- 6:40pm Bat Costume Contest
- 6:55pm Mike Jones
- 10:45pm Ghostland Observatory
Bridge North Stage
The The LINE hotel Has the best view of the bats and is the closest to the event of any hotel in Austin. Use Promo Code BATFEST for a discounted rate!
Address: 111 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701, United States
The Hampton Inn downtown is offering discounted festival rate of $139.00. They are walking distance to the festival. Follow the link to get the special rate.