When:
October 31, 2020 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm America/Chicago Timezone
2020-10-31T16:00:00-05:00
2020-10-31T22:00:00-05:00
Where:
Bankersmith, Texas Dance Hall
Fredericksburg
TX
Fredericksburg Bat Festival @ Bankersmith, Texas Dance Hall

Ready to see 3,000 Mexican free-tailed bats head back home for the year?! Come enjoy the fall weather in Fredericksburg Texas! For one weekend each year, the sleepy town of Bankersmith, Texas (Population 0) becomes the center of the Bat Universe. Usually held the last weekend in October, this casual Bat Festival draws visitors from all corners of the country to celebrate the bats, pecan, and pumpkins. A huge pumpkin patch for the kids and a Halloween Contest for all age groups. Plenty of farm animals to pet and feed. Food and drink concessions abound, and even a Hay Ride for kids and adults alike.

From May through October, the abandoned railroad tunnel at Old Tunnel State Park is home to more than 3 million Mexican free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasilienses mexicana) and 3,000 cave myotis (Myotis velifer) bats. During this time visitors can watch the amazing sight as the bats emerge nightly from the tunnel in a huge fluttering upward spiral just as the sun begins to set. Visitors can choose from three options for viewing the Spectacular emergence:

1. from the upper viewing area

2. by participating in a lower viewing area tour

3. Make Reservations for a Special Group Tour (a GREAT Homeschool Experience!)

The park offers nightly educational programs Thursday through Sunday that provide guests with a better understanding of the life, history and ecology of the bats. Be sure to take a pair of binoculars for the best viewing of the bats in flight. To get the latest emergence time information call, 866-978-2287.

The park offers nightly educational programs Thursday through Sunday that provide guests with a better understanding of the life, history and ecology of the bats. Be sure to take a pair of binoculars for the best viewing of the bats in flight. To get the latest emergence time information call, 866-978-2287.