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Fans Mellow So Far At Austin Fan Fest

Updated: Saturday, November 17 2012, 08:23 PM CST

Austinites are mixing with all the international visitors at the Formula 1 Fan Fest downtown.

Folks have been listening to live music on one of the five stages, driving racing simulations and checking out rows of classic and luxury cars.

It was pretty mellow Saturday night. Many people said downtown Austin was less crowded than most Saturday evenings. They told us all the buzz and unknown about Formula 1 may have scared people away from venturing out.

Our crew drove down there around 6:30 p.m. and hit very little traffic.

Austin police officers told us they have not had any major problems at Fan Fest.

“We said the same thing about South by Southwest and ACL and we’re doing good,” said Austinite Sparky Anderson about negative hype surrounding Formula 1. “I think Austin got itself on the international map.”

Fan Fest continues on Sunday from 10 a.m. – 2 a.m. Organizers expect Sunday to be the most crowded day. Fans Mellow So Far At Austin Fan Fest

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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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