Austin is known for a lot of stuff. It is the capital of the Lone Star State; it has fantastic live music, and it also has millions of bats. Austin’s 15th annual Bat Fest will take place on August 24th at the Congress Avenue Bridge, where the Mexican free-tailed bats hang out. The Austin Texas Bat Festival features live music and great food and the emergence of over 1.5 million bats.
The show begins at 4:00 pm and goes until 10:00 pm. General admission tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. If you have kids who are under eight-years-old, you can bring them for free. If you want to treat yourself to extreme fun in Austin Texas, you can get VIP tickets for $140 in advance or $200 at the door. VIP tickets include a standing area right near the mainstage and a meal voucher for the backstage catering area. You will get two free drink coupons, a free tee-shirt and access to private bathrooms.
Music at the Austin Texas Bat Festival
Austin is known as the live music capital of the world, and this year’s Bat Fest offers music from an eclectic selection of regional bands. The Ying Yang Twins are a hip-hop group out of New Orleans. They gained notoriety when they worked with Brittany Spears on her album, “In the Zone.” Ray Willie Hubbard is a comedian and musician. His songs are about con men, street people, and ruffians. He has worked with such folk-rock greats as Lucinda Williams, Eric Church, and Patty Griffin. Flatland Cavalry is a country band that hails from Lubbock, Texas. They have recently released their second album, “Homeland Insecurity.” which is themed around the idea of enjoying the present.
The bats tend to emerge just before dusk. The sky turns black as they go on their nightly hunt for food. August is one of the best times to see the bats, as their cubs are just beginning to fly on their own. The emergence lasts for about half an hour and makes for a great social media video.
Bat Costume Contest
If you are feeling creative, you may want to put together a bat costume and join the annual contest that the event hosts. The first prize is $100 for both the best children’s costume and the best adult costume.
Where to Stay
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