Austin has a deep, abiding love for the 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats that emerge from beneath the Congress Avenue Bridge at dusk.

To celebrate these unofficial mascots of ours this weekend, head to the bridge (100 S. Congress Ave.), which is being shut down Saturday night for the 15th annual Bat Fest. The fest will have two stages with live music, more than 50 arts and crafts vendors, food and drinks, fun children's activities, a bat costume contest and more. Things kick off at 4 p.m.

General admission runs $15 in advance and $20 at the gate; VIP tickets are also available. For more information, go to Find more Saturday events in the Planner.