The 2016 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix race returns to Austin, Texas for its fifth consecutive year, October 21 – 23, at Circuit of The Americas (COTA). Here's what you need to know before you go:
The world’s premier motorsport series will intertwine with a variety of exciting performances and festivities for the entire family, evolving COTA into the ultimate American Sound Track for the race weekend. There will be numerous stages all over the track with live music throughout the day on both Saturday and Sunday, featuring performances by well renowned local and national acts.
Additionally, fans can check out one-of-a-kind performances at the Grand Plaza including soccer juggler and freestyler, Iya Traoré, who will wow the crowds with incredible tricks as seen on France’s Got Talent. There will also be a unicyclist showcase, body art, as well as an acrobatic, extreme stunt pogo performance by Pogo Fred, a multiple Guinness World Record Holder.
The weekend festivities also include headline performances Saturday and Sunday evenings at the track, by Usher and the legendary Roots Crew, and 10-time Grammy winner, singer, musician, and songwriter Taylor Swift. Three-day passes for the 2016 F1 USGP - which include access to both concerts - start at $150 and include tickets to Friday’s practice sessions, Saturday’s practice and qualifying sessions, and Sunday’s Grand Prix. F1 USGP tickets are available for purchase online.
Bud Light Fan Fest is a free celebration of motorsports and music held in the heart of downtown. The event takes place on Sixth Street between San Jacinto Blvd. and Neches St. and includes activities for race fans including car displays, a photo history of F1, activities from Facebook, Topo Chico, Advance Auto Parts, Bud Light drink specials at bars and much more. Performances by local bands set to play at the track will also take place on the second story balcony of Austin staple, Iron Cactus, from 5 p.m. to midnight on October 21, and from noon to midnight on October 22.
Photos courtesy of Circuit of The Americas.