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Festivals Planned During Austin's F1 Race Weekend
Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 05:06 PM CDT
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to converge on Downtown Austin in November to celebrate Formula One.
Two major festivals are planned -- Austin Fan Fest and Experience Austin will be held from November 16-19 to coincide with the F1 race.
The Warehouse District is just one of the areas that will be shut down during these two festivals.
F1 isn’t just about the race, at least not anymore.
Far from the track, in Downtown Austin, streets will be shut down and music will be blaring.
“Austin Fan Fest is going to be the celebration of Formula One coming to Austin, so we are taking over a big foot print downtown, we’re going to have five stages of music that are free to the public, we’re going to have F1 car simulators, sponsors, racing bugs, stuff for the whole family to do, that’s free to the public,” says Paul Thornton, with Circuit of the Americas, the Austin F1 race operator.
The festival is centered around Colorado Street and Congress Avenue near the Warehouse District.
Circuit of the Americas is footing the bill. “it’s in the millions, it’s a lot and it’s a big endeavor to take on but when you’re bringing a few hundred thousand people into town you need to entertain them,” says Thornton.
There will also be concerts that coincide with the festival, including Aerosmith and Julio Iglesias.
But it’s not just Austin Fan Fest -- another festival called Experience Austin will also take place at the same time.
Local shoe retailer Run-Tex is hosting that event. It also features food, drink and artists, but on a smaller scale and held near the capitol complex.
Both events could shut down more than two dozen blocks in the downtown area. And some could be closed off the entire week.
The city has been holding several meetings with business owners to discuss traffic plans. City officials say 5th and 6th Streets will remain open to allow the flow of traffic.
For more information on the festivals, go to http://www.weareaustin.com/news/top-stories/stories/vid_4258.shtml?wap=0&.
By Lydia Pantazes.
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