Austin’s 5th Annual BAT FEST!!! Bats, Music, Food, and more!


Have you seen the bats yet? If not, you are definitely missing out. One of the most unique symbols of our great city is the Mexican Free-Tailed Bat. Incase you were not aware,  we have 1.5-2 million of them living underneath the Congress Avenue bridge. From March through November, every evening just before sunset, you can see the “World’s Largest Urban Bat Colony” shoot out to rid Austin of mosquitos.

This Saturday, Lincoln Property Company is putting on the 5th Annual Austin Bat Fest on the Congress Avenue Ann Richards Bridge from 2pm-midnight! The event is going to feature live performances of over 30 bands, including some of my favorite local musicians such as The Gourds, Bob Schneider, and Vallejo. This awesome musical line-up, accompanied by crafts, food, art, educational displays, and children’s activities, definitely makes this a festival that is not to be missed!

You can learn specifics on parking, local artisans’ booths, and more from the event listing on Do512. Admission, for those of us over 10 years old, is $7 – but if you click “I Like It!” on the event page, you will have a chance at getting some free tickets! Can’t wait to see you there, celebrating the close of a great Summer!


August 17, 2009. Uncategorized.


  1. ReaderX replied:

    You might consider another word besides unique. Houston has a boatload of mexican bats under a bridge as well — floating tour and all. There may be additional cities as well, though I’m unaware. But Houston alone is enough to not make bats “unique” to Austin. Cheers!

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