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October 30, 2014


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Free Fun in Austin During USGP Weekend

COTA’s Fan Fest

You’re invited to COTA’s Fan Fest in downtown Austin for a free celebration of music, motorsports and Halloween fun for all ages! Austin is known for its live music and a U.S. Grand Prix in the heart of Texas wouldn’t be complete without a festival that celebrates our city’s culture. With Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, De La Soul, Texas Tornados, DeVotchKa, Black Joe Lewis and dozens more, you won’t want to miss this celebration of Formula 1 weekend! A VIP experience is available if you’d like to enrich your festival experience with private viewing and lounging areas.
Check out the full lineup
In addition to music, there will be Austin Ghost Tours, a big wheels drift course, a mechanical bull, life-sized hamster balls and much more!

Pole Position 2014 Motorsports Art Show 

Austin is known for its art scene, as well as its music, so it’s no surprise there is an art exhibit devoted entirely to F1 at The Palm Door. Entry to see Kevin Paige’s artwork is free and open to the public with an RSVP.

Events in Austin


The 2nd annual Grand Prix Auction returns to Austin, Texas on Friday, October 31st.
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Ladies Vintage Chapeau Day
6 p.m. – 11 p.m. Vintage Theme Gala
7:30 p.m. Automobilia Auction
November 1st at 2 p.m. the Collector Car Auction will take place, allowing attendees to bid on the rarest and finest automobiles. Learn more about Motostalgia.

Buxton’s Big Time Bash

The Austin Grand Prix will host Buxton’s Big Time Bash at Brazos Hall on October 30th to celebrate the beginning of USGP weekend. This F1 fan-oriented event benefits Meals on Wheels and More of Austin and the $5 suggested donation for entry to the event directly impacts Austinites in need.
7 p.m. – 12 a.m. Thursday, October 30th
Doors open at 6 p.m.

Ferrari Club of America Barbeque and Roundup

The Third Annual Ferrari Club of America Barbeque and Roundup is a fun-filled evening at Camp Mabry that includes: music, Texas BBQ from the historic Southside Market & Barbeque, a guided tour of an 1870’s cavalry campsite by the Buffalo Soldiers of Company A, 9th Regiment, multiple Ferraris on display and entry into the Texas Military Forces Museum.
5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Friday, October 31st

Duran Duran Concert

ACL Live presents a Duran Duran experience for a one-night-only concert during the 2014 US GRAND PRIX FORMULA 1 weekend as part of COTA’s Fan Fest. Concert-goers will be treated to a one-of-a-kind VIP experience at ACL Live, Austin’s premiere live music venue in the heart of downtown.

USGP After-Parties and Nightlife in Austin

Amber Lounge

The Original F1 after party, Amber Lounge, will return to Austin for an unforgettable, stylish weekend of decadence with first-class service, which is guaranteed to leave the A-list audience mesmerized. For two nights, guests will be treated to exclusive live performances by the global voice of Swedish House Mafia, John Martin, international DJ Lora and resident DJ Mickey will raise the roof for the big weekend finale. This star-studded event will offer a private haven for F1 drivers, sponsors and celebrities to enjoy themselves away from the prying eyes of the media. Amber Lounge’s last event hosted 22 F1 drivers.

My Yacht Club

My Yacht Club, the Ultimate Monaco Nightlife Experience, returns for 2 nights with its signature Monaco glamour, once again benefiting local nonprofit partner, Ballet Austin. The most sophisticated F1 Halloween party in town, Friday the 31st will see a $20K 6L Methuselah of gold champagne awarded for Best Costume! Discerning international guests, gorgeous Golden Girls, incredible music and entertainment, plus appearances by Hollywood celebrities, models, Olympic athletes & more will again make My Yacht Club the most exclusive place to party during the F1 weekend.


For three nights during Formula 1 weekend, Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is heading to Austin, Texas and taking over the ritzy club venue, RIO, with many guest DJs for each night. Setting the stage in the heart of RIO, Marquee presents special guests such as top 10 world-renowned DJ Dash Berlin, multi-faceted entertainer Nick Cannon, the #1 ranked DJ in Australia The Stafford Brothers and many more performances. The Marquee / RIO F-1 parties will be a must see experience while visiting Austin Texas.

Blu at the W

Blu at the W returns for the 3rd year in Austin, Texas to celebrate the U.S. Grand Prix. Blu is a sophisticated nightclub style party on the 2nd floor of the W Austin Hotel for 2 nights on Friday, October 31st and Saturday, November 1st. Friday, Halloween, will be host to a Brazilian theme Carnival complete with Samba dancers, DJ Oz, and other exciting Brazilian entertainment. Saturday kicks off at 6 p.m. with the highly sophisticated FULL TILT Fashion Show presented by award-winning designer, Linda Asaf.

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