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Bat Festival on Congress Avenue Bridge

301 South Congress Avenue · Austin, TX

How to find us

Meet up at the Austin American Statesman parking lot at the corner of Barton Springs Road and Congress Avenue between 5:45-6:00pm. There is a grassy area to meet up.

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Bat Fest and Night of the Bat sponsored by the City of Austin. FREE Admission

Saturday, August 25th, 2012 on the Congress Ave. Ann Richards Bridge

5 PM until Midnight All ages welcome. Bring the family!

10 Bands on 2 Stages!

6:20pm Bat Costume Contest Prize $200 - Bring your best bat costume and enter the contest! Last year the winner was chosen by applause.

What will you see at BatFest this year? 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats emerging from under the bridge at dusk, 2 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, ALL FOR FREE!!

Because bats are wild animals, it is hard to predict exactly when the emergence will begin but the flight usually begins between 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. 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!

Parking: Numerous paid lots in the area including

* Palmer Events Center Garage, S. 1st and Riverside

* One Texas Center 505 Barton Springs Road Austin, TX 78704

Bike Parking: We have Bicycle Rack to secure your bike.

Be GREEN! Ride the Bus! Capital Metro is a great cheap, green option.

2012 Bands:

KLBJFM Stage North end:
5:00pm Dara Niemi
5:30pm Charlie Hurtin and the Hecklers
6:20pm Bat Costume Contest Prize $200
6:50pm Jake Andrews
8:10pm Vallejo
9:30pm Alpha Rev
11:00pm Fastball

101XFM Stage South end:
5:00 PM The Bellmen
6:30pm Alex Marleyand the Raspas performing His Cousin Bob's Songs
8:00pm The Black & White Years
9:30pm The Soldier Thread
11:00pm Adema

What you can and cannot bring

Items you can bring to Bat Fest:
1) Cameras
2) Bicycles parked outside the event on bike racks.
3) Chairs
4) Baby items: strollers, baby food and drink, etc.
5) Pets (Please remember if you bring your pet to take it down to the park for restroom breaks).
6) Ice Chest with Ice only
7) I would bring some bottles of water.

Items you cannot bring to BAT FEST.
1) Beer, wine, or liquor
2) Food and Drinks (each person can bring 2 sealed bottles of water)
3) Weapons
4) recording equipment