Formula 1’s Fan Fest, Jodi Picoult to be highlights of the weekend

1. Formula 1 Fan Fest

5 p.m. Oct. 21, noon Oct. 22. Free. 6th and Trinity streets.

In celebration of the action revving up at Circuit of the Americas during the U.S. Grand Prix, Fan Fest is taking over Sixth Street between San Jacinto Boulevard and Neches Street with live music and exciting activities for race fans, including car displays, photos and exhibits. White Ghost Shivers, the Flying Balalaika Brothers and Riders Against the Storm are just some of the live acts performing at Sixth and Trinity streets on both days.

2. Jodi Picoult

7 p.m. Oct. 20. Free. Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E. Eighth St. 512-472-5050,

BookPeople is hosting this special author signing in a much larger space because of the draw of New York Times bestselling author Picoult, who is discussing her newest novel, “Small Great Things.” With incredible empathy, intelligence and candor, she has written a book about race, privilege, prejudice, justice and compassion and doesn’t offer easy answers. “Small Great Things” centers on a delivery room nurse whose race comes into play when she saves a baby in the nursery.

3. Austin Symphony’s “Rule of Three”

8 p.m. Oct. 21-22. $12-$75. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

For the Austin Symphony Orchestra’s third Masterworks concerts, faculty stars at the University of Texas’ Butler School of Music, violinist Sandy Yamamoto, cellist Josh Gindele and pianist Colette Valentine join Peter Bay and the orchestra for “Beethoven’s Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano in C Major” and — because good things come in threes — two other pieces. These are John Adams’ “Two Fanfares for Orchestra” and Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 6 in B Minor.”

4. Honey Fest at Texas Keeper Cider

11 a.m. Oct. 22. $10. 12521 Twin Creeks Road.

Texas Keeper and Two Hives Honey are teaming up to bring Austin a festival celebrating all things honey. Join the South Austin cidery for a day of bee education and revelry, which includes a tour with Tara Chapman of Two Hives Honey of an active hive, honey on and off the comb for sale from local purveyors and food from Austin chefs at Dai Due, Trace and Anjore. Plus, Texas Keeper is releasing its first cyser, a beverage consisting of honey and apple fermented together.

5. Umlauf Sculpture Garden’s Last Straw Fest

12 p.m. Oct. 23. Free. 605 Robert E. Lee Road.

Umlauf’s annual fall festival returns with fun for the whole family. The Last Straw celebration will have pumpkin carving, activities like face painting and balloon art demos, games, food trucks, crafts, yoga and more. Austin Animal Center is partnering with the Umlauf and will be at the event from noon to 4 p.m. with cute kittens to adopt. Vendors include Wholly Cow Burgers, Elixir Coffee, Jim-Jim’s Water-Ice and Gold Star Kettle Corn.

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