What to do in Austin this weekend: Oct. 30-Nov. 2

OCT. 30—In support of Movember, a November tradition in which men grow a mustache throughout the month, TOMS Shoes celebrates by hosting a free event at its Austin location, 1401 S. Congress Ave., that allows men to start the month clean shaven. In addition, the event includes free whiskey drinks and an acoustic performance from Austin-based band White Denim. www.toms.com

OCT. 30
—The City Theatre continues to host the production "Farce Of Nature," a Southern-inspired comedy that follows the Wilburn family of Arkansas. The show runs on select dates through Nov. 16. 8 p.m. (Thu.–Sat.), 5:30 p.m. (Sun.). $10 (Thu. only), $15 (general), $20–$25 (front/second row reserved); group/student discounts available. 512-524-2870. www.citytheatreaustin.org.

OCT. 31—Local artists create and then hide Austin-themed pieces of work at notable locations throughout the city, and scavengers can find clues to their whereabouts under the hashtag #ATXFreeArtFriday. SprATX hosts the final of three citywide art searches. Follow the hashtag and the group's Instagram for more information the day of the event. All day. Times vary. Locations vary.

OCT. 31Dia de Los Muertos Texas Fireworks, a five-year Halloween tradition, returns in celebration of Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday for remembering and honoring those who have died. Money raised at this year's event benefits Austin-based charities Capital Area Food Bank, House the Homeless and Austin Harm Reduction. 9:30 p.m. Free. Kreig Baseball Fields, 517 S. Pleasant Valley Road. www.planetktexasfireworks.com

OCT. 31–NOV. 2—Circuit of The Americas hosts the 2014 United States Grand Prix, the American leg of the Federation International de L'Automobile Formula 1 World Championship. Team Mercedes heads into the event as the front-runner. 2 p.m. $139 (bleacher seating), $249 (general admission). Circuit of The Americas, 9201 Circuit of The Americas Blvd. 512-301-6600. www.circuitoftheamericas.com, www.formula1.com

Complementing this year's Formula 1 activity is the 2014 Fan Fest in downtown Austin featuring musical acts Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, De La Soul and Texas Tornados, among others. 5 p.m.–midnight (Fri.), 2–11:45 p.m. (Sat.), noon–5 p.m. (Sun.). Free. Downtown Austin (various locations). www.circuitoftheamericas.com/cotafanfest

NOV. 1
—Artist Ellen Heck holds an opening reception for her solo show, 'Connections,' a study of identity that features large-scale abstract works, intimate portraits and interactive projects such as a 9-foot-tall artist book, a connecting card game and more. The exhibit runs through Nov. 29. 6–8 p.m. Free. Wally Workman Gallery, 1202 W. Sixth St. 512-472-7428. www.wallyworkmangallery.com

NOV. 1—The fifth annual Austin Tequila Fest is hosted at Casa Chapala's new location on Research Boulevard and includes tequila, mezcal and sotol tastings. The Day of the Dead–themed event includes a VIP lounge and an after-party with music by DJ Mamaloni. Proceeds from the event benefit Austin Pets Alive. A discount is offered for purchasing tickets on the website. 5:30–midnight. $40 and up. Casa Chapala, 9041 Research Blvd., Ste. 100. 512-459-4242. www.casachapala.com

By Joe Lanane
Joe Lanane’s career is rooted in community journalism, having worked for a variety of Midwest-area publications before landing south of the Mason-Dixon line in 2011 as the Stillwater News-Press news editor. He arrived at Community Impact Newspaper in 2012, gaining experience as editor of the company’s second-oldest publication in Leander/Cedar Park. He eventually became Central Austin editor, covering City Hall and the urban core of the city. Lanane leveraged that experience to become Austin managing editor in 2016. He managed eight Central Texas editions from Georgetown to San Marcos. Working from company headquarters, Lanane also became heavily involved in enacting corporate-wide editorial improvements. In 2017, Lanane was promoted to executive editor, overseeing editorial operations throughout the company. The Illinois native received his bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and his journalism master’s degree from Ball State University.