When the U.S. Grand Prix races into Austin later this week, you can expect a host of race enthusiasts, celebrities and parties to come with it. Here are some of the hottest — and most exclusive — F1 parties happening in the Capital City this weekend.
Austin Night Live
Thursday, October 30
The details: Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine and US Star host the third annual Austin Night Live, an evening of luxury to launch the 2014 U.S. Grand Prix. This private event is the perfect kick-off for F1 weekend — that is if you scored an exclusive invitation.
Tickets: Invite only
Better World Awards "Rock and Royal" after-party
Friday, October 31 at Hotel Ella
The details: The Better World Awards honors social and civil advocates Kweku Mandela and Olivia Gaylor-Long at a red-carpet awards ceremony on Friday evening. At 11 pm, the affair transforms into a after-party for ceremony attendees and F1 enthusiasts alike. At this international affair, "cocktail glam" attire is strongly encouraged.
My Yacht Club
Friday, October 31, and Saturday, November 1, at Ballet Austin
The details: Ballet Austin becomes an enchanted forest this weekend for the third annual My Yacht Club, where guests can revel in collector supercars, a shot-pouring aerialist and 24-karat gold-flecked champagne. On Friday night, dress in your Halloween finest for the chance to take home a gold leaf-wrapped bottle of champagne valued at $20,000.
Tickets: Individual tickets are $325; tables range from $5,450-$75,000
Blu at the W
Friday, October 31, and Saturday, November 1, at W Austin
The details: Blu at the W invades the stylish downtown hotel for two nights of luxury and late nights. On Friday, there is a special Brazilian-themed Carnaval just in time for Halloween, and you can literally dance the night away on both evenings at this party that continues until 4 am.
Full Tilt Fashion Show
Saturday, November 1, at W Austin
The details: Grab a front-row seat for the Full Tilt Fashion Show, also part of the Blu extravaganza. The show features local and international designers and stars, including Byron Lars, Daniel Esquivel, Midi Soliz, Linda Asaf and more. After the show, rejoin the late-night fun at Blu at the W.
Saturday, November 1, and Sunday, November 2
The details: Close out the weekend with the Amber Lounge, the "original Formula 1 experience," which originated in Monaco. This stylish entourage travels the Formula 1 circuit and lands in Austin this weekend at the former home of La Zona Rosa. A mecca for drivers, celebrities and race enthusiasts, the lineup includes a legendary "Girls Night Out" party and a post-race finale with performances from DJ Lora and John Martin, vocalist of Swedish House Mafia.