It’s no secret that Austinites love their bats. After all, every evening from late spring to autumn hundreds of locals and visitors alike gather on downtown bridges to watch the bats emerge for their nighttime insect hunt.
But once a year, those who are willing to brave the late summer heat and crowds gather downtown to celebrate all things batty. The 2012 Batfest is scheduled for the night of August 25th, rain (yeah right!) or shine.
The 2011 event featured a visit from the Bat Mobile and former Batman Adam West. And I am geek enough to have been thrilled with that!
Who knows what surprises are in store for the next event?
If you plan to listen to the bands, do bring folding chairs. Outside food and drink other than 2 sealed water bottles aren’t permitted. There’s an exception for baby food and bottles (and yes, you do have to bring a baby with the food). There is lots of good food for sale, so bring cash, too. Pets on leashes are welcome, too.
Sometimes the best events are those you stumble on at the last minute. Like this kite festival in Zilker Park near downtown Austin.
Now for most Austinites, this colorful festival might be a given — after all, it’s been happening for 84 years! But for us, it was a blurb in the newspaper and a last minute decision to go. We didn’t even stop to look for one of our kites.
When we arrived, we were amazed! The sky was filled with hundreds of kites, from the simple to the magnificent! Add in music, food trucks, community service organizations, and a pet and family-friendly atmosphere, and you have a wonderful day in Austin!
The kite festival is an annual event, so check the website for next year’s date and time. If you go, bring cash for the food vendors, a blanket or chairs for sitting, your pets,, kids ….and definitely a kite or two. Come early to find good parking, or use the shuttle service (a word of caution about the shuttles…the lines to go back via shuttle were REALLY long and slow, so be prepared to wait.)
This festival is the best so far for us for this first year in Austin!
Since 2005, Barkitecture has given Austinites who love dogs a chance to show off their pooches and support local animal rescue groups. It’s also a great opportunity for local architects, builders and designers to show their stuff as by creating new twists on the idea of a dog house.
Attendees get to bid on the creative houses, see their dog walk the red carpet, learn about area pet-focused businesses and services and meet pets available for adoption from regional and breed-specific dog rescue groups
That’s the official line….my take on it was a great autumn day downtown with my family and my dog, Maya (the one hamming it up on the red carpet above) loved meeting the other dogs, And yes, there was a significant amount of tush-sniffing. But I loved hanging out with a few hundred other dog lovers in a pretty place, while helping rescue groups raise money and awareness.