13th Annual Florida Bat Festival

Saturday October 21st, 2017 – 

Children 4 and under: FREE

Ages 5-12: $5

Adults: $8

Beer Garden at Bat Fest (includes entry): $25 (click here for more info)


The 13th Annual Florida Bat Festival is a local Gainesville event held every fall on the beautiful grounds of Lubee Bat Conservancy.

“Dismiss the Myths! Learn the Truth about Bats!” Our Flying Giants are ready to dispel the myths and superstitions surrounding these gentle animals.

– View giant fruit bats

– Activities, games, & educational exhibits

– Raffle prize drawing featuring a Walt Disney World Parks Package!

– The Kids Zone area will feature Bounce Houses provided by SpaceWalk of Gainesville.

This is a family friendly event, so join us for lots of Batty fun, games, music, environmental organizations, food, and of course the Largest Bats in the world right here in your back yard!  #FLBATFEST

What’s New This Year…Scavenger Hunt, Native Bats, Human Foosball & expanded Beer Garden!!

– Dismiss The Myths! Learn if the 13 most “popular” bat superstitions are indeed something to fear. Go on a scavenger hunt and discover all the bat superstition posters located throughout the festival and YOU be the judge!

– Interactive Native Bat Displays – Journey into the Lubee barn and discover interactive displays highlighting native FL species and the habitats they live. Guests will also learn about echolocation and how to ID bats through their calls.

– Human Foosball – That’s right, play a game of Human Foosball, sponsored by WeFooz!!  Check out their website!

– Join us for our expanded Beer Garden with unlimited samples from our sponsors First Magnitude Brewing Company, Swamp Head Brewery, Blackadder Brewing Company, Cypress and Grove Brewing, High Springs Brewing Company, Infinite AleWorks, and home brews from the Hogtown Brewers!  SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL BREWERIES!!

Thank You to all of our Bat Fest Sponsors!!

Blackadder Brewing Company, The Law Office of Alba & Yochim P.A., SunState Federal Credit Union, Parks of Gainesville, High Springs Orchard & Bakery, Gator Domino’s, Florida Credit Union, West End Animal Hospital, Gator Paint & Decorating, Patricia Shipman DMD, Yelp, WeFooz Human Foosball, WUFT, Beth Shrigley, and Mary Smith.

Check out our Fantastic Food Vendors! Gator Domino’s, Bubba Luigi’s, Mayflower Cellars, Off the Griddle, High Springs Orchard & Bakery, Tropical Sno, Sweetberries, and Sweet Dreams Ice Cream.

The festival is a fun, relaxing and recreational experience for the whole family with free activities, including bat-themed crafts and games for kids, educational exhibits, bouncy huts provided by Space Walk and presentations by bat experts. All proceeds of the festival help support bat conservation and education programs. The festival is held at Lubee Bat Conservancy, a 110-acre ranch, located at 1309 N.W. 192nd Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32609.

Admission is FREE for children ages 4 and under, $5 for ages 5-12 and $8 for ages 13 & up! We highly recommend grabbing your friends or family and carpooling!  For more information, please email us at batfest@lubee.org or

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