Austin F1 Fan Fest draws to a close downtown


by QUITA CULPEPPER / KVUE News and Photojournalist MATT OLSEN

Posted on November 17, 2013 at 11:13 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 17 at 11:20 PM

AUSTIN -- A busy weekend came to an end Sunday night after a record-breaking win in the U.S. Grand Prix, and a four-day Fan Fest wrapped up downtown.

People from across the world traveled to Austin for the U.S. Grand Prix weekend. Quite a few, including Daniel Guzman and his daughter Elaine, came to Austin from close by.

“This whole experience is just great, it's just wonderful,” Guzman said. “As big race fans, we'll commute from San Antonio to see a race.”

Once the sun went down, the party got started.

Thousands listened to DJs blast beats and to local bands like Vallejo, who were just one of the bands playing on six different stages rocking downtown the last night of Austin Fan Fest.

Organizers estimated as many as 250,000 people attended the festival over the weekend.

It's an experience Tino Cantaffa from Pennsylvania said he won't forget and wants to repeat next year.

“The people, the hospitality, out of this world,” Cantaffa said. “Nothing not to like. Last night was Sixth Street between the Skinny Pig and Mooseknuckles, I think it was, a little bit of bull riding, what else is there to do? I'm fulfilled.”

“We've been running around town down here listening to Whiskey Shivers,” Austinite Megan Hart said. “It's been a fun weekend.”

After the party ended, it was time for the cleanup to begin.

The cleanup includes taking down all the barricades and reopening 12 blocks of downtown streets that have been shut down for the past few days. Some of the road closures will last through Monday as crews tear down.