Bat Fest Really is Cool. - 08/26/13
After this weekends Bat Fest and Hot Sauce Festival, I can safely say Austin has a celebration for everything. Whats next, a birthday party for Eeyore? Oh wait...
I admit I was a bit skeptical of a festival all about blood-sucking, winged creatures with rabies, but it was pretty entertaining. First of all, it takes place on a bridge. The Ann Richards Congress Ave Bridge gets shut down for eight hours. All the focus turns to two stages and countless food vendors that fill the air with music and the smell of fried food (two of my favorite things). Then -- BONUS -- there are people and pets dressed as what else? Bats! I spotted two little bats on the bridge as soon as I arrived (see picture to the right) which instantly made me regret not making a stop at Spirit of Halloween on the way to the festival (yes, those stores are already open).
The highlight by far, though, was watching the thousands of Mexico free-tailed bats fly out from under the bridge while thousands of us flightless creatures cheered and snapped pictures on our smartphones. You would've thought it was a celebrity sighting, but in all fairness we did wait for hours for those things. Someone in the crowd said the bats usually fly at seven o'clock, but I quickly learned these guys aren't on a set schedule. They arrived fashionably late just minutes before eight o'clock, but they put on quite a show (see picture to the right my husband captured). It seems a bat is the new black!
In addition to the flying bat brigade, you also get a perfect view of the sunset from the bridge. Texas sunsets are the best! So if you're around next year and not afraid of sweating in public, I suggest you cough up the $7 and check it out.
Im always up for a festival, so please let me know if there's one you recommend. You never know, I may just blog about it.