Bat Fest Celebrates Night Spectacle

With up to a million-and-a-half bats streaking across the Austin, Texas skyline, the eighth annual Night of the Bat Fest celebrates their nocturnal ritual from 5 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, August 25. Against the scenic backdrop of Lady Bird Lake and downtown Austin, Batfest includes 75 booths exhibiting fine art, handmade crafts, pottery, mosaics and metal sculpture, educational displays, children’s activities, rides and a petting zoo.There’s plenty to eat and drink onsite and from local restaurants and pubs. Eight bands will perform on two stages throughout the day.

The Mexican Free Tail Bat flights last for about 60 minutes. Bat Conservation International will exhibit live bats and host an education room with coloring activities and a video in the nearby Hyatt Hotel. A contest for the best bat costume will be held before the flight.

Location: 1 Congress Ave. For a green commute, a Capital Metro station is close by and secure bicycle racks are available. For more information, visit

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