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Circuit of the Americas this morning announced details of several concerts and festivals that will take place downtown during Formula One week, scheduled for November.

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Rapper Flo Rida (right) and Latin artist Enrique Iglesias (below) will perform at the Austin Convention Center, which organizers said will be transformed into a stylish nightspot called “COTA Club,” organizers said.

Flo Rida will perform Nov. 16, and Iglesias will perform Nov. 17. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Sept. 28 at www.ticketmaster.com.

Aerosmith and Cheap Trick are also scheduled to perform at the Erwin Center on Nov. 16 as part of the Formula One festivities.

Tickets for that concert go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday at TexasBoxOffice.com.

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The concerts will run in conjunction with two major events planned for downtown Austin: Fan Fest Powered by Mobil 1, which is being organized by the circuit, and another organized by Run-Tex called Experience Austin.

The festivals, which would take up several blocks of downtown, are scheduled from the evening of Nov. 16, through early Nov. 19, organizers say.

Fan Fest, centered around Congress Avenue and Colorado Street near the Warehouse District, will “celebrate Formula One the sport” and will feature displays by a number of Grand Prix racing teams and sponsors, along with live music and food.

A list of free, live performances scheduled for the stages at the Fan Fest will be released next month at www.austinfanfest.com. Organizers said it will be open to the public.

Circuit officials are also planning several after-parties for the evenings of Nov. 16 through 18.

Latin musician Juanes will perform on Nov. 16, rapper Lupe Fiasco (below) will perform Nov. 17 and the Wallflowers will play Nov. 18 at the ACL Live at the Moody Theater downtown. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Sept. 28 at www.acl-live.com.

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The circuit is also hosting an “Official After Party” on Nov. 18 at the Bob Bullock State History Museum that will feature Ghostland Observatory, the Wailers and more, officials said. Tickets also go on sale at 10 a.m. Sept. 28 at ticketmaster.com.

“Racing enthusiasts from around the world will converge in Austin this fall to celebrate the return of Formula 1 racing to the United States, and we want to throw a Texas-sized party to show our guests what makes our city special,” circuit President Steve Sexton said in a statement. “From racing team exhibits, simulators and interactive displays, to a sampling of Austin’s cuisine and live music scene, the best of motorsports will meet the best of the Lone Star State in downtown Austin for three days this November.”

Another festival, Experience Austin is planned for the area downtown near the Capitol and will be “your typical Austin street festival,” with food, drink, music and artists, Alexandra Stewart, community events coordinator for Run-Tex, has said.

Organizers have applied to the city to close 28 blocks downtown in the area between Lady Bird Lake, Interstate 35, MLK Jr. Boulevard and Lavaca Street for the festivities. Some of those closures would last a week, organizers have said.

All three applications for street closures are in a public comment phase that ended Monday.

Circuit organizers originally planned to hold a music festival at Auditorium Shores and had sought an exception from the City Council because 25 days of events are already scheduled there, the maximum allowed under city rules.

However, the Junior League of Austin had already scheduled its fundraiser and holiday market, A Christmas Affair, at nearby Palmer Events Center at that time and was worried about traffic and parking problems, as well as a possible loss in fundraising.

Circuit and Junior League organizers had productive meetings but couldn’t reach consensus, said Andy Mormon, chief of staff to Mayor Lee Leffingwell.

So the mayor withdrew a proposal he had authored to allow the music festival at the parkland overlooking downtown.

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Formula One downtown festivities

Austin Fan Fest, downtown; free
6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Nov. 16
10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Nov. 17
10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Nov. 18.
For more information, visit www.austinfanfest.com

Austin Convention Center, 500 East Cesar Chavez St.
• Flo Rida: Nov. 16
• Enrique Iglesias: Nov. 17
Doors will open at 7 p.m. both nights with shows starting at 8.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Sept. 28 at www.ticketmaster.com

Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River St.
• Aerosmith: Nov. 16
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday at www.TexasBoxOffice.com

ACL Live at the Moody Theater, 310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd.
• Juanes: Nov. 16
• Lupe Fiasco: Nov. 17
• The Wallflowers: Nov. 18
Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and all shows start at 9 p.m.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Sept. 28 at www.acl-live.com

Bob Bullock State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave.
• Ghostland Observatory, Fitz & the Tantrums, the Wailers, DJ Jillian Ann and Tje Austin: Nov. 18
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Sept. 28 at www.ticketmaster.com

Top photo: Ghostland Observatory performs at an outdoor concert downtown in March. The Austin band is scheduled to perform at an official after party Nov. 18 at the Bob Bullock State History Museum downtown.

Ricardo B. Brazziell/American-Statesman

All other photos: The Associated Press

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