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.
Arabic music, belly dancing and belly-dance classes, complimentary Arabic sweets, candy, and coffee – all of these accompany a bazaar full of goodies from Syria, Egypt, and Morocco for exotic holiday gifts. 10am-10pm. Free.
This local music retailer brings bands, drinks, food, and contests to support local charities helping bring music and art to children across Texas. noon-5pm. Free.
Austin Bazaar, 2306 W. Howard Ln.
Learn about coal-fired power plants, enjoy some live music, or set the young ones loose on kids' activities. 2-5:30pm. Free.
Iguana Grill, 2900 RR 620 N., 512/266-8439
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.
Come and meet a dog or cat who might be a perfect match for you. Already have enough pets? You can purchase something from the baked goods table or bring supplies to help keep the unadopted animals happy and healthy. noon-6pm.
Tomlinson's Pet Store, 7301 FM 620 N.
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
An independent affiliate of Call To Action, the national Catholic reform movement, meets the third Saturday of each month. 10am-noon.
Want to party don't want a little distance from Downtown. Like so many of the events this weekend it will be a "Euro-style ultra-lounge," only this time it's in the rustic environs just outside of town. Sat., Nov. 17, 8pm-12mid. $100.
Barr Mansion, 10463 Sprinkle, 512/926-6907
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
Break in those new jeans and boots with a country dance. Barbecue and drinks keep you energized for a few more turns around the floor. Awards go to the best dressed cowboy and cowgirl. 6-9pm. $10 ($5, advance).
Anderson Mill Community Center, 11500 El Salido Pkwy.
The big weekend is finally here. See coverage starting on p.xx and a complete listing of F1-related events on p.xx.
Need some bike parts to finish off that two-wheeler of your dreams? This swap has the parts and the know-how if you have the bargaining skills. 10am-4pm. Free.
Longhorn Bikes, 2308 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/542-9505
Learn something about the architecture of the Neill-Cochran House before attempting to re-create it using gingerbread. Kids between the ages of 6 and 11 can also make a small, edible house to take home. Call to register and wear clothes that could use some frosting on them. 11am. $10.
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.
It's not every day that Franklin's serves dinner, so expect tickets for some of the best barbecue in the country to sell out fast. 6pm. $65.
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.
Connally High School, 13212 N. Lamar
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.
Twenty international beauties don their bikinis and compete for $10,000 while you enjoy appetizers, cocktails, and more. 8pm-2am. $195 and up.
TenOak, 409 Colorado, 512/472-2822
Young bands band together to help raise funds to help local musician Michael Fracasso keep up with his medical bills. Special guests performers include Katie from the Dum Dum Girls. 5:30-9pm.
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)
Paintings, photography, performance, and other non-"P" events populate this multimedia extravaganza. 10am-11pm. $7 ($5, advance).
Chefs Parind Vora and Bill McGrory prepare signature appetizers to pair with Andretti wines for the pleasure of wine lovers and race fans alike. Mario Andretti's appearance is rumored. The party is free for Formula One VIP badge holders – for everyone else, $50. 5-9pm.
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
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.