- October 28, 2014

Free F1 Fan Fest 2014

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.

Featured musical acts on Friday, October 31 include the Austin-based Russian folk psych-rockers Flying Balalaika Brothers at 6:10 p.m., Minor Mishap Marching Band with a 4th Street Halloween March at 10 p.m., and De La Soul at 10:45 p.m. On Saturday, November 1, return to Fan Fest for a full afternoon and evening of live music, including sets by Joan Jett at 10:15 p.m. and Grupo Fantasma at 10:30 p.m.  On Sunday, November 2, enjoy the last day of the free festival, with performances by Dale Watson at 1:30 p.m. and Texas Tornados at 3:30 p.m.  See below for the full live music schedule.

Fan Fest hours are Friday, 5 p.m. to midnight; Saturday, noon to midnight; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

The festival is free and open to the public. Some areas will be reserved for those with VIP tickets

For more information, visit the Fan Fest website or Facebook page. You can also see the live music schedule here and list of Fan Fest activities here. Click here for the event map.