Austin Events and Festivals

August 25, 2012
5:00 pm - Midnight
Congress Avenue Bridge
Admission - Free

Anagen at Austin Bat Fest 2007
Photo courtesy of Andreas MB
Austin Events and Festivals - Bat Fest

Batfest is definitely an Austin festival (and has been since 2005). How many other cities throw a party to celebrate bats or have named the bat as its official city animal?

The bats in question are those that comprise the gigantic migratory Mexican free-tailed bat colony and call the underbelly of Austin's Congress Avenue Bridge home.

Our beloved Austin Bats have become a major Austin attraction as tourists and locals alike gather atop, below, and around the Congress Avenue Bridge (and even on cruiseships and kayaks in Lady Bird Lake) to catch sight of the 1.5 million bats taking flight each night at dusk to feed on mosquitoes and other insects.

Batfest naturally takes place on Congress Avenue Bridge, which is obviously closed to vehicles for the duration. The festival draws approximztely 40,000 attendees (and 1.5 million bats).

The live music is pretty much nonstop with 8 bands and two stages (one at each end of the bridge). See the 2012 Batfest music lineup below.

In addition to arts and craft booths, there will also be numerous food vendors, and lots of activities for the kids. There will also be a bat costume contest near the end of the evening.

2012 Batfest / Night of the Bat Live Music Schedule

The 2012 Batfest and Night of the Bat scheduled performers include (more to be added as they're announced):

  • The Soldier Thread
  • Adema
  • 6 More TBA

Batfest Videos

The Black and White Years scheduled to perform at 2011 Batfest . . .

Eric Tessmer scheduled to perform at 2011 Batfest . . .

Map - Batfest

Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge
Austin, Texas 78704

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