Thanks to circa 1980 renovations to Lady Bird Lake making a home for the bats in Austin, Texas, the South Congress Bridge bats put on a spectacular nightly show of dynamic aerial flight typically lasting 45 to 60 minutes. Whether you’re attending the Austin Bat Festival, visiting Austin as tourist, or are just a Keep Austin Weird local, the bats in Austin will entertain and amaze you and friends and family from all walks of life, from the youngest to the oldest.
Bat enthusiasts from all over the world travel to Austin, Texas every summer to attend and participate in the annual Austin Bat Festival, also known as Austin Bat Fest. Whether they’re bat enthusiasts or not, many just love to take in an evening view of the bats in Austin as one of the many local attractions. Simply put, people are batty for Austin’s world-renowned Mexican free-tailed bats and their flight speeds of 60-plus miles per hour, two-mile-high flight patterns, and feeding frenzy on Austin insects.