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City of Austin, Cap Metro, ABIA Prepare for Formula 1

Updated: Thursday, November 14 2013, 05:13 PM CST

Get ready for the second year of the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix events in Austin.

The city of Austin will begin closing streets Thursday at 5 p.m. to kick off Formula 1 weekend with Fan Fest.

From Congress Avenue to Nueces Street and from 2nd to 5th Streets, and San Antonio Street from 3rd to 4th streets will be closed through 8 p.m. Sunday.

Congress Avenue over to Red River and Lamar will be open for north and south traffic. Cesar Chavez  and 6th through 11th streets will be open for those wanting to travel east and west. You can see a detailed map of the road closures here.

This year, Austin Fan Fest visitors will see six stages with dozens of performers, including Zach Arrington, Soulhat, Everlast, Whiskey Shivers , and Alpha Rev. There will also be interactive displays, food trucks, and racing simulators, for those who want a taste of what it's like to be a Formula 1 driver.

If you're headed to the Circuit of the Americas for the races, the city has set up only one place where shuttles will pick up and drop off race-goers. That's at 4th and Red River Streets. Trinity Street between 4th and 1st streets will be blocked off, for the shuttles.

Many Formula 1 guests will be flying into Austin-Bergstrom International Airport for the event so traffic to and from the airport will be congested. Cap Metro buses will be using East Riverside to get from ABIA to downtown. To get to the airport and miss some of that traffic, from North and Central Austin, you can take Interstate 35 South to Airport Blvd, or Highway 183. From Pflugerville, Round Rock, and Georgetown, you can take State Highway 130 South.  If you're coming from the West, State Highway 71 East will take you all the way to the airport.

ABIA has put together a travel guide for those who are using the airport this weekend, you can find that here

Other resources

--Circuit of the Americas website

--Formula 1 website

City of Austin, Cap Metro, ABIA Prepare for Formula 1

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Austin Grand Prix Parking

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Race Schedule

Fri. Nov.16
Practice 1 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Practice 2 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Sat. Nov. 17
Practice 3 9 a.m.-10 a.m.
Qualifying noon

Sun. Nov.18
Race 1 p.m.

Complete Schedule


  • Fri. Nov. 16: Aerosmith and Cheap Trick, Frank Erwin Center
  • Fri. Nov 16: Flo Rida with Cobra Starship, Austin Convention Center
  • Fri. Nov. 16: Juanes, ACL Live at the Moody Theater
  • Sat. Nov. 17: Enrique Iglesias with Nelly, Austin Convention Center
  • Sat. Nov. 17: Lupe Fiasco, ACL Live at the Moody Theater
  • Sun. Nov. 18: The Wallflowers, ACL Live at the Moody Theater
  • Sun. Nov. 18: Official After Party. Ghostland Observatory, Fitz & The Tantrums, The Wailers, DJ Jillian Ann and Tje Austin, Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
  • Fri. Nov. 16-Sun.18: 5 stages at outdoor Austin Fan Fest, schedule at
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