12th Annual Bat Fest – August 20th, 2016
What will you see at Bat Fest this year? 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats emerging from under the bridge at dusk, 3 stages with live music, more than 75 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
Cost: Admission $15.00 cash at the gate. Kids 8 and under free with an adult.
Want to be in the front row? Get a VIP ticket. VIP is $150 and 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, 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, unlimited water and soda. *Must be 21 or older to consume beer, wine, or liquor in Texas.
Hours: 4pm to Midnight
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 Free Parking TXDOT lot located accessed from Riverside Drive just east of Congress.
- *Numerous paid lots in the area including the following. For a complete list check out Parkopedia.com
- * The Austin American Statesman Parking Lot at 305 S. Congress Ave.
- * Palmer Events Center Garage, S. 1st and Riverside
- * One Texas Center 505 Barton Springs Road Austin, TX 78704
- * Various hotels in area both south and north of the river
- * The Long Center at 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704
- Bike Parking: We have Bicycle Rack to secure your bike. Be GREEN!
- Ride the Bus! It is a great cheap, green option.
Bat Flight Video
General Admission $15 at the gate day of show cash only! (8 and under free with an adult admission)
General Admission gets you access to all three 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
Bridge North Stage
- 6:20pm Bat Costume Contest
Lake Side stage (new) located in park on South side of Bridge in trees behind Statesman Stage
The Radisson Hotel Has the best view of the bats and is the closest to the event of any hotel in Austin. Click the link for special discounted festival rates!
Address: 111 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701, United States