Congress Avenue Bridge
Home to the largest urban bat colony in the U.S. Crowds gather at dusk to watch thousands and thousands fly off into the sunset.
The Congress Avenue Bridge is where the largest urban colony of Mexican Freetail Bats roost. And in the evening they flood out to hunt for insects.
Best spot to catch sunset and watch the bats swarm - with hundreds of of other folk... What is BATFEST? It's 1 Bridge, 30,000 people, 100 Arts & Crafts vendors, 20 Food & Beverage vendors, 20 Bands on 3 Stages, Special Attractions, Costume Contest, and 2 million Mexican free‑tail bats! It's…
Point of Interest
“Home of La Barbecue, this food truck park is a hub in East Austin. you have several option for eateries, picnic tables in the sun or shade, and a lovely gathering of locals and tourists. Buy a cup and have a beer from the PYO keg often available at the park. This is a great gathering spot for friends who cannot decide on one place to eat.”
“Good hiking, less good as a swimming area. Greenbelt might be dry--check or ask me. ”
“Every single Saturday (rain or shine!) from 9am-1pm, there’s a farmers’ market in Republic Square Park. There’s live music, food trucks, fruit and veggie booths, and activities for kids. Vendors on any given Saturday are selling a range of cheeses, meats, flowers, jams, local Austin honey and tons of food are hot and ready for consumption while you peruse. Vendors come and go and aren’t the same every weekend, so, you might see an adorable miniature pony when they have a petting zoo. If you’re a frequent farmers’ market goer you might find this to be on the smaller side in terms of vendors or space, but it’s got some real Texas charm.”
“If you'd like a gorgeous view of downtown and the scenic hills to brag about when you get home, do what the locals do - hike to the top!”
“I hosted a group of twelve at Cantine. They made room for us at a beautiful table near the kitchen. We had a couple of preset cocktails that were delicious. We shared appetizers and entrees family-style. Such elegant comfort food in a warm cozy setting. The owner was in-house that night and told us stories of building Cantine, especially the origin of all the reclaimed wood in the restaurant. I've been to the bar for a happy hour treat, and I look forward to checking out the patio in warm weather.”