|Austin Fan Fest 2012|
Circuit of The Americas, host to the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, has planned a lineup of interactive displays, live musical performances, racing-themed areas and more for the third annual “turbo-charged street festival,” Fan Fest. The FREE, three-day festival in downtown Austin, October 31 to November 2, 2014, will include music on four stages, a Kid Zone, H-E-B pumpkin patch, food trucks, beer gardens, and more.
|Austin Fan Fest 2013|
Last year, Fan Fest offered a mix of free and paid activities for families. I took my kids right when the festival opened, beating the weekend crowds, and they enjoyed free rock climbing, slot car racing, mechanical bull rides and more. This year, the festival opens on Halloween, so Friday at 5 p.m. might once again be a great time to sneak in some F1-themed fun. (The only drawback is that it can be tricky finding parking before 5 p.m. on a weekday.) Click here to see the full size event map with a list of scheduled interactive activities in five zones, from 3rd Street to 5th Street downtown.
Fan Fest hours are Friday, 5 p.m. to midnight; Saturday, noon to midnight; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.