Celebrate Austin's unique culture and the end of summer with the 12th Annual Bat Fest, an event that highlights the importance of Mexican free-tailed bats with live music, fun activities, great food, and more!
Bat Fest will take place on August 20 at the Congress Avenue Bridge, which is home to approximately 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats. When the bridge was constructed in 1980, no one expected it to be anything more than a simple bridge. The bats, however, found the crevices underneath to be a great place to settle. Residents at the time became alarmed as they observed bats coming and going in thousands and many even asked for them to be removed. Fortunately, ecologist Merlin Tuttle, who spent most of his life's work studying bats and founding organizations dedicated to their conservation, informed the public that those animals are extremely tame and harmless. In fact, they play a huge role in eating insects and pests, ultimately saving Texan farmers approximately $3.7 billion in damage every year.
To commemorate these magnificent creatures, French Smith, President of Roadway Productions, came up with the idea for Bat Fest. He wanted to gather people together for a fun night of entertainment while watching the bats come out of their shelter under the bridge. "We have always kept a positive message about bats with the festival, so that people’s curiosity turns into a love and support of bats,” said Smith. This year's event include special musical guests (such as American Authors, Blue October, Warren G, and more) and a bat costume contest for both children and adults.
Throughout all the fun, visitors will be able to watch the bats come flocking out from under the bridge at around 7:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
This is a great event for all ages. The Congress Avenue Bridge is only a 4-mile drive from the Sur512 apartment community. Get your early-bird tickets today for only $19 or buy them at the gate for $25. Children ages 8 and under can come in for free when accompanied by an adult. You can also get VIP tickets for access to the front row and other VIP-only areas.
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