Go Batty at Bat Fest

With up to a million-and-a-half bats streaking across the Texas capital city skyline, the ninth annual Night of the Bat Fest celebrates the creatures’ nightly March through November ritual on August 24, in downtown Austin. Sponsored by the City of Austin, the festival runs along the Ann Richards Bridge with a stage at both ends spotlighting

live music throughout the day.

Bat Fest features more than 75 booths exhibiting fine art, handmade crafts such as pottery, mosaics and metals, educational displays, and food and drink from local restaurants and pubs. Children’s activities include rides and a petting zoo, with bat activities occurring throughout the evening, including a contest for the best bat costume.

A trail of bats usually leave their roost beneath the bridge for their nightly flight between 7 and 8:30 p.m., streaking across the skyline in a show that’s become a hit. Flights generally last up to 60 minutes.

General admission is $7. Fest hours run from 4 p.m. to midnight. Most parking meters are free on the weekend. A Capital Metro station is close by and secure bicycle racks are available.

Location: 1 Congress Ave., Ann Richards Bridge, Austin. For more information call 512-441-9015 or visit RoadwayEvents.com.

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