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.
with opener Cheap Trick. 8pm. $65-200.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
The big weekend is finally here. See coverage starting on p.xx and a complete listing of F1-related events on p.xx.
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.
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.
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
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
Juanes, Lupe Fiasco, and the Wallflowers keep your nights busy in that order. Fri.-Sun., Nov. 16-18, 9pm. $50-90.
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.
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.
Five movies over the course of two nights including Taladaga Nights and Cannonball Run. Fri.-Sat., Nov. 16-17, 7pm. $25-60.
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)
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
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
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.
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
offer nooks-and-crannies walking tours that spotlight the dead to bring Austin's history and geography to life. Fri.-Sat., 8pm.
This mobile spay/neuter clinic might be in your
neighborhood today. Check www.emancipet.org
to find out. Fri.-Sat., check-in begins 8am (first come, first served). Free.