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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.

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Austin Top Chef winner debuts new National Geographic series, plus more top stories

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Editor’s note: It’s that time again — time to check in with our top stories. Here are five articles that captured our collective attention over the past seven days.

1. Austin Top Chef winner debuts new National Geographic series during SXSW. Available on Disney+, Restaurants at the End of the World is a docuseries following Kish on adventures to off-the-beaten-path pockets of the planet.

2. Boutique Austin hotel amplifies the vinyl bar scene with a moody new listening room. Hotel Magdalena opened a chic listening room on South Congress with speakeasy vibes, called Equipment Room.

3. 11 reasons to escape the Austin bustle with a day trip to Dripping Springs. Despite rapid recent growth in the Austin area, Dripping Springs still has many of the small-town features that its local residents — and transplants — all love.

4. Gothic Austin home sells after catching the eyes of onlookers during the Modern Home Tour. This all-black Victorian house sold shortly after an architecture tour brought Austinites through homes across Austin and the Hill Country.

5. Austin home buyers have more power when it comes to inventory, report says. Buyers are gaining more leverage through inventory increases across the Austin-Round Rock metro area, according to recent data from the Austin Board of Realtors.

Blossom into a new Easter or Passover tradition with these spring treats and feasts around Austin


Easter and Passover (April 9 and April 5-13) are right around the corner; you might want to consider solidifying any plans before it gets any nicer outside and the crowds come out. Whether you’re enjoying the holiday with your friends or family, or taking yourself out to brunch, we’ve gathered a basketful of egg-cellent happenings for you to hop to in Austin.

Check back here for more recommendations as businesses finalize their plans.

Easter brunches and egg hunts

Fairmont Austin's Easter brunch and egg hunt
Come for the brunch, stay for the egg hunt. The first brunch we’re eyeing is at Fairmont Austin downtown on Red River Street. They’ll host two different brunch buffets at 10 am and 1:30 pm on Easter Sunday. Guests can take their pick of an egg-stravagant spread of seafood, oak-smoked prime rib, and other delicacies. After you’ve had your fill, head to the rooftop for the hotel’s brunch attendee-exclusive Easter Egg Hunt at 11:30 am or 3:00 pm. Word on the street says the Easter Bunny might make a special appearance. The Tiny Tails petting zoo will also be at the hotel to show off the cutest animals for friends of all ages. Brunch bookings can be made via OpenTable.

Fareground's Easter brunch specials and egg hunts
For an afternoon of fun for children of all ages, consider bringing the family to downtown Austin’s first food hall, Fareground, for their Easter Egg-Stravaganza. From 12-3 pm, there will be plenty of brunch specials at the food hall's many eateries while children can enjoy sweets like cotton candy and get their face painted. There will be three egg hunts throughout the afternoon for three different age groups. Free general admission reservations can be made via Eventbrite.

Aba's Easter weekend brunches
Mediterranean cuisine lovers can spend their Easter brunch on the patio at Aba, Austin’s premiere Mediterranean restaurant on South Congress. Their exclusive Easter special on April 8 and 9 includes a spring frittata with lump crab, English peas, shaved asparagus, avocado, pickled fresnos, and parmesan. Guests can also pick a weekend favorite like the short rib shakshuka or khachapuri. Reserve on Tock.

Kalahari Resorts' Easter brunch buffet
If you live farther north, Kalahari Resorts in Round Rock will host their own Easter brunch buffet from 11 am to 3 pm with a delightful assortment of local charcuterie, fresh crudité, soups, and more. Children aged three and under eat free. The resort will also have two Easter egg hunts for two age ranges at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm. Brunch tickets can be made on Tock.

TRACE's April drag brunch
Though this brunch isn’t Easter themed, Trace (stylized TRACE) inside the W Hotel is going all out for its April Fool’s Comedy Drag Brunch from 11 am to 4 pm on April 9 with some of Austin’s favorite queens, The Beckies. The iconic duo are the restaurant’s regular brunch hosts every second Sunday of the month. Their performances begin at 11 am and 2 pm. Reserve ($10 per person) on OpenTable.

Passover meals

Aba's passover dine-in and take-out
In addition to its Easter specials, Aba will also offer guests a special Passover dine-in or take-home meal by Chef CJ Jacobson. The to-go package includes hummus, matzo crackers and crudité, potato and Brussels sprout latkes, slow-braised short rib, and much more. The dine-in Passover specials will be available April 5 and 6, but to-go specials must be pre-ordered by 3 pm on April 4. Pickup is available between 11 am and 5 pm on April 5 and 6. Reservations for both offers ($58.95 per person) can be made on Tock.

L’Oca D’Oro's Passover Seder
Neighborhood Italian restaurant L’Oca D’Oro is bringing back their omni-denominational Passover Seder. Chef Fiore Tedesco will delight guests with his version of a traditional Seder meal on April 10 and 11. The first celebration will be led by Cantor Sarah Avner (Beth Israel), and the next by Rabbi Neil Blumofe (Aguadas Achim). Reserve ($100 per person) on OpenTable.

Sweet Treats

What’s Easter without a couple extra desserts to take home? SusieCakes is baking up its SusieChick lemon cake, Easter carrot cupcakes, peeps sugar cookies, dessert decorating kits, and more for the occasion. Their festive Easter treats will be available through April 9.

Bakery Lorraine
Bakery Lorraine at the Domain is accepting pre-orders for its classic seven-inch Easter carrot cake. The luscious dessert serves 10-12 people and contains pineapple, coconut, walnuts, and is topped with a cream cheese frosting. Fill out a form to preorder ($80) by April 4 to pick up on April 8, just in time for your Easter feast.

Popular restaurant in Austin suburb brings spinoff bar and live music to Leander

Down the Rabbit Hole

A new bar is hopping into a growing Austin suburb: After the success of opening the Lucky Rabbit in the Lake Travis area last year, Matt Morcher, Sandra Cleveland, and Matt and Shelly Delahoussaye are set to open a new spinoff neighborhood bar in Leander next week.

Located located in the San Gabriel Ridge shopping center at 2080 N. US-183 unit 145, The Rabbit Hole will open on Friday, March 31, starting at 2 pm. The team will celebrate with a grand opening party, featuring live music by Luke Daniel from 6-9 pm and Carter Whitaker from 9 pm - midnight. A special time-related happy hour will offer new specials for guests to enjoy at the top of every hour.

The name is, of course, a small nod to The Lucky Rabbit, but also an invitation to "go down the rabbit hole” — whether with friends and family or passing time solo. The bar will serve high quality cocktails in a swanky space, bringing in live music acts most weekend nights for locals to enjoy.

The 68-seat interior play on the theme of time and the trippy experience of going down the rabbit hole, featuring exposed brick walls with murals of clock-like rabbits and gears painted by local artist Sarah Blankenship, along with a variety of light fixtures featuring Edison-style bulbs and gears that light the space.

The drink menu carries that theme through its featured cocktails, with rabbit names like Bug’s Old Fashioned (rye, demerara, bitters, orange, luxardo cherry); the 24 Carrot Gold (vodka, triple sec, blood orange, lime, bitters); and the Bubbly Bunny (gin, lavender, lemon, prosecco). Perfect as we head into hotter temperatures, frozen drink option include traditional and flavored margaritas, the Hot Hare (Spicy Mango, Chamoy, Tajin rim), or the Perky Bunny (Red Bull floater, Pop Rocks rim). Local beer and wine is also available, as well as bar snacks. Heartier food options will also be available to order from neighboring restaurants, Sabino’s Pizza Pub and Ah Thinh Asian Cuisine.

Morcher and Cleveland are veterans in the industry with a big heart for the local community:

“Sandra and I live in the area, and we often found ourselves looking for a nearby neighborhood bar to hang out in," said Morcher via release. "We saw this space, and felt that there was great potential to make it into a fun local spot — so we just decided to create one ourselves! We’re excited to be bringing this to an underserved area here in Leander, Liberty Hill and beyond. It was tough to find a place out here with affordable craft cocktails, great service, and live music on the weekends. We’re thrilled to be able to bring that to our community.”