Posted by: wendyquest | August 17, 2015

Travel Texas – Austin – Bat Fest (Aug 22)

Austin, Texas is celebrating it’s 11th annual Bat Fest August 22nd starting at 4pm until midnight.  The bat flights are infamous and a must-see in Austin.

Per the website:

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.

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. On August 22 they we monitored the emergence and it was at 7:30pm. The emergence can last up to ½ hour as 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats head out for their nightly flight. Bat Conservation International will have a festive booth on the bridge helping celebrate Austin’s favorite furry flying friends!

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.

Tickets are $15 (kids under 8 are FREE with paid adult)

Event Details

Of course, you can see the bats on other nights as well.  Check out these Trip Advisor reviews

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