A Christmas Affair

Four days of early holiday gift options with proceeds from the market going to the Junior League of Austin. Thu.-Saun., Nov. 15-18. $15 includes a shuttle ride to and from parking.

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.


with opener Cheap Trick. 8pm. $65-200.

Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River, 512/471-7744

Austin Fan Fest

You know all those closed streets Downtown? Well, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em for three days with five stages of music and performances, car shows, parties, gaming, kids activities, and more. Best of all, it's completely free. Makes you forgive them about the traffic, doesn't it? Fri., Nov. 16, 6pm-2am; Sat.-Sun., Nov. 17-18, 10am-2am.

Bailey Lecture Series

The Texas Tribune's Evan Smith discusses how faith and politics influence elections. He'll be joined by state Reps. Donna Howard and Paul Workman, among others. 7-9:30pm. Free.

All Saints Episcopal Church, 209 W. 27th, 476-3589 x105

Blu at the W

Gourmet breakfasts every morning ($90), fashion shows and other entertainment accompany your lunch ($150-300), and a high-class nightclub until the wee hours ($400). Fri.-Sun., Nov. 16-18.

Blu, 360 Nueces, 512/904-5666

Breath & Meditation

De-stress and recharge with a little structured breathing and thinking. Go online or call to RSVP. Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays, 6:30pm.

Art of Living, 5555 N. Lamar Ste. C-104, 297-7950

Buxton's Big Time Bash

Speed TV's Will Buxton emcees an evening of karaoke, prizes, and live music from the Blaggards. Money at the door goes to Meal on Wheels. 8pm-2am. $5 suggested donation.

Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant, 214 W. Fourth, 512/457-0172

Cycles of the Moon Lecture

Need help figuring out who is going to win F1 this weekend? Maybe a little info about astrology will help. 7-9pm. $10.

4701 Westgate Blvd., Bldg. E

F1 Temptations

Get your tickets for one of the titillating shows featuring aerialists, exotic dancers, burlesque performances, and DJs all tasked with tempting and teasing the crowd. Thu.-Sat., Nov. 15-17, 8pm & 12mid; Sun., Nov. 18, 8pm. $300.

Maria Maria, 415 Colorado, 512/687-6800

Formula One

The big weekend is finally here. See coverage starting on p.xx and a complete listing of F1-related events on p.xx.

Gold at the Four

Of course a group named Formula VIP Events will have some elegant (and costly) options for you. Three events each day: breakfast, lunch, and dinner/after hours. Breakfast ($90) includes champagne. Brunch ($150-300) has drinks and entertainment. The dinners ($225-500) consist of multiple courses, classy drinks, live music, and more swanky accouterments, with the final night an afterparty homage to Prohibition benefiting LifeWorks. Fri.-Sun., Nov. 16-18.

Four Seasons Hotel, 98 San Jacinto, 895-9533

Hill Country & Harley

Bring your motorcycle license if you want to rent a hog, take a ride through the hills outside Austin, and grab some barbecue in Lockhart. Location given upon registration. Fri.-Sat., Nov. 16-17, noon-4pm. $175.

Mix3r Launch Party

Believe it or not these three days of top notch DJs (including a surprise performer on Sunday), lights, giveaways, and go-go dancers are just a preamble to the real party at the F1 events in May. Fri., Nov. 16, 8pm-2am; Sat.-Sun., Nov. 17-18, noon-2am.

Six Lounge, 319 Colorado, 512/472-6662

My Yacht Group Nightclub

It seems everyone is creating a "European-style nightclub" during F1 and this is no exception. That it's sponsored by Lamborghini and Patron should tell you something (as should the price). Fri.-Sun., Nov. 16-18, 9:30pm-2am. $300 and up.

Ballet Austin, 501 W. Third, 310/463-1936

Nights at ACL Live

Juanes, Lupe Fiasco, and the Wallflowers keep your nights busy in that order. Fri.-Sun., Nov. 16-18, 9pm. $50-90.

ACL Live at the Moody Theater, 310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd., 512/225-7999

Nights at the Convention Center

The Convention Center has been transformed into a party palace and Friday has Flo Rida and Cobra Starship ($55). Enrique Iglasias and Nelly take care of Saturday ($70). Fri.-Sat., Nov. 16-17, 7:30-11:45pm.

Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/404-4000

Pole Position Art Show

Kevin Paige Art hosts this exhibition of F1 inspired works in a party atmosphere. That means live music and drinks in case you didn't know. Registration is required. 8pm. Free.

The Palm Door, 401 Sabine, 512/391-1994

Racing Flicks at Blue Starlite

Five movies over the course of two nights including Taladaga Nights and Cannonball Run. Fri.-Sat., Nov. 16-17, 7pm. $25-60.

Blue Starlite Drive-In at Austin Studios, 1901 E. 51st, 512/850-6127

Santa's Ranch

Santa's tired of waiting for global warming to catch up at the North Pole. He's spending most of his pre-Christmastime among the 1.5 million lights of Santa's Ranch. Why not join him? Through Dec. 30, 6-10pm. $24 per car.

9561 N. I-35, New Braunfels (two miles south of Tanger Outlet Mall)

The Acro Cats Ambush Austin

These cats have been more than herded. That's right, ladies and gentlemen, these circus cats ride skateboards, jump through hoops, and play in a rock band (!). Nov. 12-18: Mon.-Wed., 7pm; Thu.-Fri., 7 & 10pm; Sat., 4, 7, & 10pm; Sun., 1, 4, & 7pm. $18.

Blue Theatre, 916 Springdale, 512/927-1118

The Sapphire Room Supper Club

Renowned local chef Shawn Cirkiel adds a nightclub vibe to his Downtown restaurant for F1. Great eats are a given, but live music from Suzanna Choffel, Tameca Jones, and Sara Overall make it even more worth your while. After 10pm El John Selector takes over the DJ booth for unstoppable dance-floor antics. Fri.-Sun., Nov. 16-18, 8-10pm (dinner), 10pm-1am (after party). $300.

parkside, 301 E. Sixth, 512/474-9898

VSA Texas Holiday Art & Gift Show

Support local artists with disabilities and get some holiday shopping done at the same time. Braille cards, prints, ornaments, books, and original art all await your holiday dollars. Through Dec. 24, Mon.-Fri., 9am-5pm. Free.

AGE Building, 3710 Cedar, 454-9912


Blanket Drive

Share the warmth and donate new or gently used blankets, towels, and pillows to five area nonprofits – including Austin Children's Shelter and SafePlace – via city newcomers Sleep Experts. Through Thanksgiving.

Sleep Experts locations or the Girl Scouts of Central Texas

Downtown Ghost Tours

offer nooks-and-crannies walking tours that spotlight the dead to bring Austin's history and geography to life. Fri.-Sat., 8pm.


Emancipet Free Days

This mobile spay/neuter clinic might be in your neighborhood today. Check to find out. Fri.-Sat., check-in begins 8am (first come, first served). Free.


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