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Author: Austin Dressman

adressman@visithouston.com

  • February 23, 2017
    February 23 is National Chili Day! Texas is known for its traditional take on the spicy beef and chili pepper stew. Chili was even made the official state dish by the Texas Legislature. But leave it to Houston to take the traditional and turn it into something deliciously different. From chili mac and cheese to python snake chili and nationally acclaimed chili dogs, Houston has all your chili bases covered. We put together a list of the best chili creations around Houston. Time to hunker down
  • February 15, 2017
    Houston’s biggest summer music festival is set to kick off with some of the biggest names in music. The ninth annual Free Press Summer Fest (FPSF) will take over Eleanor Tinsley Park on the banks of the Buffalo Bayou June 3-4, 2017. The festival typically showcases some of the most revered indie-rock, EDM, and hip-hop music artists. This year’s headliners are Lorde, Flume, G-Eazy, Cage the Elephant, Houston-native Solange, The Shins, Tove Lo, Carnage, Post Malone, Lil Uzi Vert, Jon...
  • December 20, 2016
    The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) announced today that the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup will be held in Houston and 13 other U.S. cities July 7-26, 2017. Houston hosted the Copa America Centenario last year and has hosted Gold Cup games in the previous six tournaments. Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium will be one of 14 U.S. venues in 13 cities which have been selected to host matches over the 20-day tournament. BBVA will host two games...
  • Minute Maid Park Renovations Credit: Minute Maid Park
    December 2, 2016
    The Houston Astros announced yesterday that Torchy’s Tacos and Shake Shack would be available to fans at Minute Maid Park in 2017. Last season, it was announced that Minute Maid Park’s center field wall, affectionately nicknamed “Tal’s Hill” would be removed and scaled back to make way for new seating and restaurant options. The wildly popular restaurants have been Houston fast food favorites since opening this past year. “We couldn’t think of a...
  • Houston Marathon Credit: Houston Marathon
    November 15, 2016
    Houston marathon runner Larry DeSpain has raised over $75,000 for charity over the past three years. As the top individual fundraiser in the Run for a Reason program, Larry runs every Chevron Houston Marathon on behalf of a meaningful cause. Each year, approximately 2100 charity runners represent over 60 charities raising more than $24 million since 1995. “I am not a destination runner and have only run the Houston Marathon. But the organization and support of the Run for A Reason program
  • October 21, 2016
    Anthony Bourdain filmed a Houston-focused episode of his world travel and food show, Parts Unknown this past summer. Though the episode airs October 30 on CNN, check out this exclusive episode teaser to see if you can spot some familiar Htown favorites: See the trailers here and here . Want to work your way through his culinary tour before the episode airs? Check out our roundup of all the known restaurants and shops Bourdain visited while in town.
  • north houston bike park Credit: North Houston Bike Park
    October 12, 2016
    Houston has been awarded the 2020 UCI BMX World Championship leading up to the Tokyo Olympic Games. The 6-day event is expected to draw 3,000 amateur participants and 300 professional athletes from over 40 countries to the North Houston Bike Park . North Houston Bike Park, currently under construction, is part of a 30-acre extreme sports complex including a world-class BMX Race Track, concrete vert features, street course, pump tracks, tot track, bike trails and an outdoor events center that can
  • September 16, 2016
    Long before she was dubbed “Queen Bey” or “Sasha Fierce” Beyoncé Knowles-Carter spent her childhood and formative teenage years in Houston’s Third Ward neighborhood. Since then, she has sold over 100 million records, won 20 Grammy Awards, and performed all over the world. The international icon is headed home to Houston next week for the final leg of her Formation World Tour . Houstonians know Beyoncé rarely visits Htown without making some...
  • university of houston cougars Credit: advocare texas kickoff FB page
    September 1, 2016
    Houston is the place to be over the Labor Day weekend. The fall season is officially kicked off each year with the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff college football game at NRG Stadium along with numerous other events around town. From epic tailgating parties to international festivals and world class art, Houston’s got your Labor Day weekend plans covered. Festivals Are you a die hard #GoCoogs fan or a #BoomerSooner? Regardless of who you’re rooting for, you don’t want to miss the...
  • NRG Stadium Texans Credit: Austin Dressman
    August 18, 2016
    Houston Texans and NRG Park officials announced stadium renovations and new food and beverage options just in time for Super Bowl LI in Houston. Along with stadium-wide WiFi and a new artificial turf field, local chefs presented a variety of new Houston-centric dishes and beverages that will be offered throughout the season. Ronnie Killen ( Killen’s Barbecue , Burgers , and Steakhouse ) and Chris Shepherd ( Underbelly ) presented their new dishes alongside Aramark’s latest menu...
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