LIGHTS OUT AND AWAY WE GO
8 best events to rev up excitement for Formula 1 weekend in Austin
This October has been packed full of events to garner out-of-town and local attention, and it’s not stopping yet. Coming in the wake of ACL, the upcoming United States Grand Prix looks to draw as many – if not more – crowds for the most popular international motorsport that has been racing in Austin since 2012.
Since Netflix’s release of Drive to Survive in 2019, interest in Formula 1 has increased significantly within the United States. The 2019 US Grand Prix had 268,000 attendees, and the 2021 return of F1 in Austin (after 2020’s race cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic) saw 400,000 attendees at the event, making it the biggest Grand Prix in history. This year’s race has a lot to live up to.
If you’re coming in from out of town looking for some non-track events to feel your way through Austin, or you’re a local looking to avoid some of the trackside traffic, here are eight F1 events happening throughout the city leading up to the race.
Red Bull at Northside
The current leading team in the constructor’s and driver’s championship will be at the Domain this Wednesday beginning at 5 pm. Located at The Lawn, there will be opportunities to test your racing skills with F1 racing simulators, a Red Bull F1 race car to take selfies with, live music by a DJ, official merchandise and more. While you’re there, you can check out one of the many restaurants, bars, and high-end shops the Domain has to offer.
Williams Racing Drivers Meet & Greet
In partnership with Duracell, the Williams Racing team will be at the Pflugerville Home Depot on Thursday from 3 to 7 pm. There will be a track to test your skills at remote control car racing and more. Williams Racing drivers Alex Albon and Nicholas Latifi will be racing RC cars and having a meet and greet at the event from 6 to 7 pm.
Happy Hour with Danica Patrick
One of the most successful female racecar drivers is pursuing a new adventure in her retirement with her own wine and candle brands. Tarrytown’s Hearth & Soul boutique will be hosting a wine-tasting and candle-autograph session with Danica Patrick from 6 to 7 pm on Thursday. Patrick’s Voyant candles are launching exclusively at Hearth & Soul.
Fashion Show at The Howard Social Club
Treun House Atelier is unveiling its new Signature Collection focused on sustainability Friday from 4 to 8 pm at The Howard Social Club. The free F1-themed show will also feature live music by a Scottish pipe band, an art showcase by Kiril Jeliazkov, a supercar showcase and an auction to win a supercar ride at Circuit of the Americas, with proceeds benefitting their sponsored charity Safe in Our World.
Williams Racing presents DJ Cassidy Pass the Mic Live
DJ Cassidy began his ‘Pass the Mic’ series online during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, and it became a critically-acclaimed prime time TV series with BET. This Friday at 9:30 pm he’ll be at Austin City Limits Moody Theater with guest stars Robin Thicke, Wyclef Jean, and Shaggy for his latest Pass the Mic Live show. There are hints about “a few familiar faces” from the Williams Racing team at the event, which could suggest drivers Alex Albon and Nicholas Latifi. Tickets can be found here.
Circuit Series After Parties with Kid Laroi, Zedd and Post Malone
The Circuit Series After Party first premiered last year with The Chainsmokers, Travis Scott, and DJ Irie. The second annual Circuit Series After Party will take place this Friday and Saturday beginning at 9 pm at the Austin American Statesman. Kid Laroi, Zedd and DJ Irie are set to play Friday night, while Post Malone and Zack Bia will perform Saturday night.
BleauLive Austin Race Nights
For more nightlife entertainment, Fairmont Austin will host BleauLive Austin Race Nights on Friday and Saturday from 9 pm to 2 am. DJ Vice, Konstantina Gianni and The Chainsmokers are set to perform Friday night, while Charly Jordan, DJ Shift, and Marshmello will perform Saturday night.
TRACKSIDE BONUS: Mini-Pecan Street Festival at COTA
For those who will be at the track to watch the race, there will be a special Austin pop-up festival debuting all weekend. The Pecan Street Festival is the longest-running art festival in Austin and is currently in its 45th year of operation. The festival is usually held biannually in May and September. This weekend’s pop-up will feature 40 artisan vendors and can be found in the infield near ONEderland beginning Friday at 8 am.