Bat Fest | Kids Out and About Austin

Bat Fest

What will you see at Bat Fest this year? 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats emerging from under the bridge at dusk, 2 stages with live music, more than 50 arts & crafts vendors, delicious food and drinks, fun children’s activities, a bat costume contest and other bat activities.

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Cost: Admission $25 in advance, $25 cash at the gate including all service charges and fees. Kids 8 and under free with an adult. Tickets to 2022 Bat Fest.
VIP Tickets: Price $250

Want to be in the front row? Get a VIP ticket. It includes access to VIP only designated areas featuring front row standing area at the North and South stages, private restrooms, a covered backstage area with seating and tables near main stage, misting fans, a voucher to be used at the official event merchandise booth for any event t-shirt available, reserved VIP parking in the nearby TXDOT lot, a private cash bar with the only mixed drinks available at the festival including 2 complimentary drink tickets* for any adult beverage served at the bar (adult beverages can be purchased after drink tickets are used), 1 food voucher to be used in the VIP area food provided by Smokey Mo’s, water and soda. *Must be 21 or older to consume beer, wine, or liquor in Texas. Rain or Shine event. Refunds and rescheduling are not possible.

About the Bats:

A good source for information specific to the Congress Ave. Bats is . Because bats are wild animals, it is hard to predict exactly when the emergence will begin but the flight usually begins between 7:00 – 8:45 p.m. The emergence can last up to ½ hour as 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats head out for their nightly flight.

Bat Costume Contest:

Prize is $100 for Best Adult Costume and $100 for best childrens costume. Participants will be lined up on Stage, and the crowd will be asked to yell for the costume they like the best. Originality is encouraged.


*Times, dates, and prices of any activity posted to our calendars are subject to change. Please be sure to click through directly to the organization’s website to verify.


Roadway Productions


12305 Twin Creek Dr
Manchaca, TX, 78652
United States


Contact name: 
French “Quad” Smith IV, President & Show Director
4pm to Midnight
Admission $25 in advance, $25 cash at the gate including all service charges and fees. Kids 8 and under free with an adult.


All Ages Adults & kids together