Formula 1 Fun

The ultimate party guide — from free to fab — for Formula 1 weekend in Austin

Ultimate party guide from free to fab for Formula 1 weekend in Austin

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Lavish events and free fun race into Austin with Formula 1. Photo by Jon Shapley
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The Full Tilt Fashion Show takes over Brazos Hall on Saturday. Photo by Jon Shapley
Todd Sanders luchador mask neon light sign Pop Austin International Art Show 2015
Pop Austin International Art Show features light-based work like this mask by Todd Sanders. Pop Austin International Art Show/Facebook
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Public Enemy performs on Rainey Street for Fan Fest. Public Enemy/Facebook
F1 Yacht Party 2013 in Austin 4098
Austin Photo Set: full tilt fashion_f1_nov 2012_6
Todd Sanders luchador mask neon light sign Pop Austin International Art Show 2015
Public Enemy Flava Flav Chuck D 2015

Headed to Austin for the U.S. Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas this weekend? From lavish soirees to free festivals, these are the hottest F1 happenings.

Fan Fest
Thursday, October 22 through Saturday, October 24
The details: The free music festival is back with a few changes. The festival will host headliners on the Rainey Street Bud Light stage, while the rest of the lineup can be seen at various venues around town like The Mohawk, Continental Club, The Belmont, and more. Big-name performers include Public Enemy, Elle King, Mayer Hawthorne, and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. You can also enjoy sweet Formula 1 specials at participating restaurants — check out the full details on the Fan Fest website.
Tickets: Admission is free

Buxton's Big Time Bash
Thursday, October 22
The details: Famed racing reporter Will Buxton is hosting his annual F1 shindig at Rattle Inn with sweet racing-themed prizes, fun swag, and more. Feel good about splurging on access because the party benefits Meals on Wheels and More of Austin as well as the Wilson Children's Fund.
Tickets: $10-$20 suggested donation

Red Bull presents the Red and Blue Parties
Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24
The details: The popular energy drink brand (and Formula 1 team sponsor) is keeping the Grand Prix celebration going with two after parties. The Red Party will go down on Friday with J. Espinosa at The Market; on Saturday, the Blue Party will take over Container Bar with Four Color Zack.
Tickets: Free with Do512 RSVP, subject to capacity

Pop Austin International Art Show: Illumination VIP Opening Party
Thursday, October 22
The details: In partner with the COTA Formula 1 weekend, Pop Austin will present their main art show, entitled Illumination at Fair Market. The ticketed VIP opening party will include an exclusive look at fine art, tunes, bites, and sips.
Tickets: $200

Blu + My Yacht Club
Saturday, October 24
The details: My Yacht Club and Blu have come together to create a Monaco-style party experience at Brazos Hall. Enjoy tunes from DJ Angola, delicious beverages, and potential celeb-spotting at this decadent bash.
Tickets: Individual tickets are $150-$200; tables range from $5,000-$14,500

Full Tilt Fashion Show
Saturday, October 24
The details: Grab a front-row seat for the Full Tilt Fashion Show, also part of the Blu extravaganza at Brazos Hall. This stunning show features local and international designers and models. Bonus: purchase VIP access or a party package and you can rejoin the late-night fun with Blu + My Yacht Club.
Tickets: $75-$450