Saturday, August 24, get ready for a batty evening at the 9th Annual Austin Batfest. Starting at 4 pm at the Congress Avenue Bridge, and stretching until dusk when the bats take flight, Batfest pays homage to our furry little flying friends in true Austin style. Watch in wonder as 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from under the bridge, filling the sky with dark swirls of batty coolness. Then, fill your evening with music from 10 bands on two stages, fill your belly with great food and drink and fill your reusable bag with good from more than 75 arts & crafts vendors. Not enough for you? Don your best bat duds and enter the bat costume contest and enjoy other bat-centric activities.

Here’s the music lineup:


KLBJFM Stage North end:
4:00 pm LaRocca
5:00 pm The Heroine
5:50 pm Bat Costume Contest. For People and Pets. New best dog Bat costume!
6:20 pm Black Queen Speaks (Winner of the contest on
7:30 pm Reckless Kelly
9:00 pm Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Special Guests
10:30pm Hank Williams III


101XFM Stage South end:
4:00 pm Fever Dreamer
5:00 pm Those Nights
6:30 pm Team (featuring members of Forever the Sickest Kids, Boys like Girls, and The Almost)
8:00 pm Zeale
9:30 pm Quiet Company
11:00 pm The Olms featuring Pete Yorn & J.D. King

Tickets are $7 at the gate, kids 10 and under are free. Or, if you’re feeling Very Important, grab some VIP tickets for $56 in advance (total value est. at more than $100), which will get you access to one of two special tented areas, free alcoholic (limited to 6 drink tickets) and non-alcoholic drinks, chairs, and food served at 6 pm, 7:30 pm, and 9 pm, and more! Order VIP tickets and get even more details here.

Paid parking is available at the Palmer Events Center Garage at S. 1st and Riverside, and at One Texas Center – 505 Barton Springs Road. 

So bring your best battitude and catch our little critters before they leave for the “winter.”

– Claudia

Claudia Weber is a transplanted Austin mom and local realtor who loves to share the best of Austin with families like hers – whether they’re moving to town or just looking to embrace the best Austin has to offer. Find out more at Also, get a super-cool NEW HOME SEARCH APP by clicking here!