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Get Your Bat Costume Ready for 16th Annual Bat Fest in Austin

Published on July 14, 2021

bats flying over bridge at annual bat fest in austin

What will you see at the Annual Bat Fest in Austin this year? 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats emerging from under the bridge at dusk, 2 stages with live music, more than 50 arts & crafts vendors, delicious food and drinks, fun children’s activities, a bat costume contest and other bat activities.

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. The emergence can last up to ½ hour as 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats head out for their nightly flight. Find out more here.

General Admission gets you access to all stages, bats, arts and crafts booths, children’s area, the statesman parking lot event, the bridge, and more! Hours: 4 pm to Midnight. Rain or Shine event.

Date: August 28

Cost: Admission $20 in advance, $25 cash at the gate. Kids 8 and under free with an adult. Tickets to 2021 Bat Fest.

Get the VIP Bat Fest Experience

Want to be in the front row? Get a VIP ticket. It includes access to VIP only designated areas featuring front row standing area at the North and South stages, private restrooms, a covered backstage area with seating and tables near main stage, misting fans, 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 to be used at any food booth at the event, water and soda.  VIP Tickets: Price $150 early bird, $200 regular price.

Bat Costume Contest at Annual Austin Bat Fest

Prize is $100 for Best Adult Costume and $100 for best children’s 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.

Let your “bat wings” fly and discover more fun things to do in Austin.

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