A wheely good time
More than 180 sports cars will hit the track during the Lone Star Le Mans, part of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. In addition to must-watch racing at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas, a 20-turn track with a 133-foot hill, the Grand Plaza atmosphere is firing on all cylinders. On May 4-6, activities include armadillo racing, mechanical bull riding, and a quick-draw shooting simulator. Grab a bite to eat and wander through the open paddock, where you can get up close to the tents and garages where the teams prep their cars.
- Circuit of the Americas is a huge venue that sits on 890 acres, so wear comfortable walking shoes.
- Pack sunscreen; the sun is bright out here.
- Learn more about the venue by taking a guided tour on Saturday or Sunday.
- Download the Circuit of the Americas app for iPhone or Android for the most up-to-date schedule throughout the event, including when drivers will be available for autographs.
Circuit of the Americas is a 20-minute drive southeast from Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt.
Drinking and Dining
Before you head to the races, fuel up at Geraldine’s with a breakfast favorite like short rib quesadillas or sourdough waffles. When you’re back, grab a cocktail in the bar or sit down to dinner against a backdrop of live music.
Live at Van Zandt
You better believe there is always someone on stage at the Van Zandt, even during the big local events. Check our list of live acts that are playing now.