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Florida Bat Festival

Calling all Bat Enthusiasts, Animal & Nature Lovers, Festival Partakers, and Curious Minds!

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For two decades, the Florida Bat Festival has been a much anticipated Family Friendly Fall Festival  and is a beacon of education, conservation, and excitement, AND this year, we're celebrating our 20th Anniversary in grand style! Join Lubee Bat Conservancy on Saturday, October 26th from 10-5pm for a day filled with thrilling activities, captivating exhibits, and unforgettable experiences for the whole family.  And of course, the world’s largest bats!

Event Details

Florida Bat Festival Event Details

* When is the 20th Florida Bat Festival? Saturday, October 26th, 10am to 5pm. Last ticket entry at 4:30pm.

* Where is the Florida Bat Festival located at? The Florida Bat Festival is held at Lubee Bat Conservancy at 1309 NW 192nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32609.

* When do the gates open? Gates will open at 10am.

* What is the admission donation? $5 Ages 5-12 $10 Ages 13 & up FREE for children ages 4 and under $35 Beer Garden at the gate Ages 21+. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or online.

* Can I visit the Beer Garden during Bat Fest? Any general admission ticket holder of the FL Bat Festival may walk through the beer garden area and enjoy the live music! ONLY guests 21 and older may purchase & participate in the Beer Garden. Beer Garden tickets are limited. Tickets are $35 at the gate &/or $30 online. Participants must be 21+ years old as of October 26th, 2003.

* Is there parking on site? Is there a parking fee? Parking is in mowed fields on property. Handicap parking is available. There is no parking fee.

* Is the FL Bat Festival handicap accessible? Yes. Please note that Lubee is located on open fields and the ride may get bumpy. Handicap dropoff & pick up is available at the front gate.

* What should I expect during the FL Bat Festival? Our family friendly festival promises to be a fun-filled day! Enjoy games & activities in the Kids Zone, shop from local artisans, visit multiple local food trucks, speak with Lubee's resident Bat Experts while enjoying the WORLDS LARGEST bats, chat with local conservation non-profits, listen to live music, & enjoy unlimited samples in the Beer Garden from Local Florida Breweries (ticket required). ​

* Does the FL Bat Festival have WiFi? Lubee is located where cellular service is limited and we are not able to provide this service at this time.

* I have special diet concerns. Can I bring my own food? Yes. Lubee will have several food trucks listed in the vendor section below. If none of those options appeal to you, please feel free to bring your special diet needs.

* Are pets allowed during the FL Bat Festival? No. No pets or Emotional Support Animals are allowed on Lubee property. Only service dogs are allowed and they are prohibited from entering the bat viewing area.

* Is smoking permitted during the FL Bat Festival? NO. Smoking &/or vaping are NOT allowed on Lubee property. This includes the parking area.

* What should I wear &/or bring to the FL Bat Festival? We suggest comfortable clothes and foot wear based off the weather forecast. We love seeing your favorite bat attire though. 😉🦇😍 We recommend hats, waterbottles, & sunscreen though.

* I have a more specific question. Whom may I contact? If the above information didn't answer your quetions, email questions to info@lubee.org with the subject title FL Bat Fest Question.

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REVIEWS 

 

"Wonderful set up, plenty of volunteers to help as needed, great exhibits and talks, good/wide selection of vendors. Reasonable price point for entry. Honestly, I can't think of a thing I'd change/suggest. You guys put on a great festival!"

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Out of Town Guests

Making a day trip of visiting the Florida Bat Festival? 

There are many local hotels in the Gainesville and surrounding areas, including campgrounds to fit all budget needs. Want to make it a weekend trip? Check out VisitGainesville.com for suggestions from places to stay to attractions.

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Can't make it to the FL Bat Festival but would like to support Lubee?
Your tax deductible donation will help keep the bats in delicious fruits and fun toys! Click on the link button!

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Festival Map. Download the PDF to your phone before you arrive.
Map to Arrive in October 2024.

Beer Garden

BEER GARDEN:

TICKETS ARE LIMITED!

BEER GARDEN:  TICKETS ARE LIMITED!

Beer Garden Ticket Holder must be 21 years old on or before October 26th, 2003.

  • ​$25 EARLY BAT🦇Beer Garden Tickets (March 1st - May 31st)

  • $35 Beer Garden Tickets (June 1st - September 30th) September 30th is the LAST day to purchase Beer Garden Tickets online.

  • $40 Beer Garden Tickets  day of event, at the gate, on October 26th. While supplies last!

 

Beer Garden participants receive a wristband and a 5oz souvenir glass for UNLIMITED beer samples.     
Beer Garden ticket includes general festival entry. IF YOU ARE BUYING TICKETS FOR OTHERS, THEIR TICKETS REQUIRE THEIR NAMES ON THEM. 

Purchase Tickets Online here.

BEER GARDEN SPONSORS:

       

Thank you 2023 Brewers for your support!!

 

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Vendors

2024 Florida Bat Festival

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Our Sponsors are the BEST!!

Check out this years Sponsors!!

 

Become a Florida Bat Festival Sponsor here.

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All funds collected are used for our ongoing conservation

& community education programs.

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FL Bat Festival 2024
FL Bat Festival 2024
189 DAYS TO THE EVENT
Oct 26, 2024, 10:00 AM EDT
Gainesville
Join us as we celebrate our 20th Anniversary of the FL Bat Festival!!!
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