Between the first flash of the opening ceremony to the final push to the finish line, Vegas’ four days of F1 is packed with countless attractions, A-list events, and luxe indulgences. With more than 170,000 visitors expected to descend on race weekend, the amount of planning can be daunting. That’s why we’ve curated an itinerary to help guide you through the hippest hotspots and happenings taking over the four-day festivities. Hotels such as The Venetian, Caesar’s Palace Villas or The Palms Casino Resort (which just underwent a $690 million reno) are the best bets as your F1 headquarters. The stellar concierge team at each property is working around the clock for last-minute guest requests.
Wednesday, November 15
Forego room service and start your day at Tableau for the best Croque Madame in town. Or sip on a Purify Smoothie and indulge in the restaurant’s famed ricotta and citrus dish (it fuses grapefruit with basil blooms and olive oil). The dining area is the perfect spot for easing into the day thanks to soft light pouring in through countless windows and charming Louis XVI dining chairs with hand-painted backsides.
After you’ve fueled up, head to Caesars Palace and rub elbows with Lewis Hamilton, Sergio Perez, and George Russell, all of whom are attending the official 12-hour F1 launch party. Stick around for the soon-to-be-announced lineup of onstage performers or sneak out and take advantage of the stellar shopping in Vegas. The top spots for giving your credit card a workout are Fashion Show Las Vegas, The Grand Canal Shoppes and the can’t-miss Louis Vuitton City Center (designed by starchitects at the acclaimed De La Garza firm). Each retail HQ has been preparing for F1, over-stocking their shelves for those in need of a last-minute party look.
Pre-book a Vitamin D Immune Boost Massage at Waldorf Astoria for an invigorating experience that will leave your muscles fully energized and moisturized. Then choose from a list of grand fetes. The Opening Ceremony starts at 7:30pm, where more than a dozen artists – including Andra Day, Journey, Keith Urban, Steve Aoki and will.i.am – are slated to perform ‘til wee hours. A top afterparty option is OMNIA Nightclub, where DJ Alesso will be spinning. If you’re one of the first 500 people through the door, you’ll get an automatic VIP ticket to see the The Killers at Caesars Palace later that night.
Thursday, November 16
If you’re feeling the need for a fresh start, book a room at the Mandalay Bay for access to the property’s 11-acre artificial beach area where eight pools will help revive you for the day ahead. The best reservation for a breakfast-of-champions is Veranda because of its famous Short Rib Hash (aka The Vegas Cure-All). If you have a sweet tooth, be sure to sample the apple cobbler French toast. In need of an extra boost? Order up the Elderberry Defense, an herbal tonic which blends hibiscus, juice, and cinnamon.
A short helicopter ride from Vegas brings you to the stunning Red Rock Canyon, a 13-mile vista that looks like a live landscape painting come to life. Thrill-seekers should book a ticket to Area 51 – an experiential, interactive fusion of art, music, sport, and tech. The space has been dubbed an amusement park on steroids thanks to holographic neon lighting and AI-enhanced imagery. Head back to the race area in time to catch the first practice of the Vegas Grand Prix, which begins promptly at 1pm.
Sneak in a disco nap before heading out for an action-packed night on the town. The first official F1 practice begins at 8:30pm and the best view in town is at The Paddock Club, which will be serving up gourmet food and premium drinks. You may want to opt out of any other after-practice after-parties and head directly to The Sphere — the hottest ticket in town. Here you’ll catch incredible talent playing on The Sphere’s $2.3 billion multimedia stage with acoustics to live for. Among the legends performing are Kylie Minogue, Mark Ronson, and Nile Rodgers with Chic. After your musical interlude head back to the track at around 12am to find out the qualifying teams and times.
Friday, November 17
If you’re a serious about caffeine, the Neon Capital’s most delicious wakeup call can be found at Sambalatte Torrefazione. This farm-to-cup spot touts sustainable sourcing and invites guests to customize their coffee by region-based beans (and the points of elevation they were picked in).
Get revved up with a guided Padlock Tour that brings you behind-the-scenes in the backstage areas of F1 (the first begins today at 1pm). The kind of premium access you want is all part of the Formula 1 Paddock Club Package – a hot ticket that gets you multiple perks, including a luxury suite above the pit lane with views of the start/finish line. It also offers all-day gourmet hospitality, premium wines, and an all-day champagne bar, as well as daily walks through the pit lane. F1 drivers often show up in the Club between key moments to chat up the fans.
Craving some quiet time before the big race? Book a table at The Eiffel Tower, where you eat can order the Trilogy of Imported Osetra Caviar 50 floors above the bustle of Vegas (the restaurant’s signature Beef Wellington is another solid option). If you’re more in the mood for full-on cuisine odyssey, nab a Krug Table at Restaurant Guy Savoy. As the only Krug Chef’s Table in the U.S., the seats give you a superb look into the kitchen as chefs prepare a 10-course tasting menu paired with Krug Champagnes. Make it an early meal so you can catch the practice run of the race at 8:30pm. Post-practice, consider renting a bungalow or cabana at Vista Las Vegas since Mark Wahlberg will be hosting a party with McLaren Formula 1 on Drai’s Rooftop Terrace.
Saturday, November 18
Start your own engines with a jolt to the body at the Sahra Spa. The must-try Red Flower Hammam Experience has guests lying on warm stones while being lavished with aromatherapeutic waters and a coffee and lemon blossom scrub.
Race day means cheering for your team from The Paddock Club, where champagne and premium wines are served all day and a menu put together by Wolfgang Puck. Engines begin to roar at 1:00pm.
The official F1 Paddock Club Lane Walk starts at 6pm following the Driver’s Parade at 8:50pm. Expect Driver Introductions to begin around 9:30pm, which the actual race occurring from 10:00pm-12:00am. Sport Illustrated magazine is throwing a series of swank bashes with its pop-up event space dubbed Club SI. Aside from racing royals, the party will also bring in off-track icons David Beckham and Shaquille O’Neal.
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