Food + Drink Events
For years, Austin Monthly and San Antonio Magazine have been engaging with readers off the page through events, featuring hot chefs and restaurants at exciting and unexpected locations. The Best of ATX and Best of the City (San Antonio) parties have become must-attend extravaganzas to enjoy live music and sample food and drink from the winners of the magazines’ annual celebration of the best of the best. A newer concept, Secret Suppers offer foodies a one-of-a-kind experience to enjoy a four-course meal from one of the city’s top chefs in one of the city’s coolest spots—with the unique element that both the chef and location are a surprise until the day of the event. We’ve also organized other popular food and drink events, like Best New Restaurants, a seated dinner featuring courses from each of the magazine’s selected best new restaurants, and San Antonio’s BBQ & Beer Fest, which brought to life a feature from the latest issue. No matter the topic, our curated selections of great bites and sips and reputation for a professional and fun atmosphere guarantee our audiences will show up ready to nosh!
Texas Music staff began producing music festivals more than 10 years ago, with multi-venue, multi-day showcases of great music in unique locations. They’re natural extensions of Texas Music’s online and print presence, which celebrates the diversity of music in the Lone Star State. The festivals, such as the Bastrop Music Festival, are made possible through partnerships with local city leaders and tourism entities who are looking to increase travel to their markets by appealing to music fans statewide and across the country. In 2020, Texas Music and Austin Monthly launched a new music series: Front Porch Sessions, which brings big name local artists to viewers’ living rooms via live-stream shows hosted on the “front porch” of our office or our sponsors’ locations.
Open Sky Media’s magazines have long been known as a resource for identifying the best of the best. Austin Monthly’s Best of ATX and San Antonio Magazine’s Best of the City are perennial favorites. OSM has extended that beyond the traditional city awards into niche industries. Launched in 2020, Austin Home and San Antonio Magazine debuted the Home & Design Awards: local competitions for commercial and residential architects, interior designers, artisans, builders, and landscape artists. A distinguished panel of nationally renowned professionals judge entries. Winners are featured in an issue of Austin Home and San Antonio Magazine and celebrated at a cocktail party and awards ceremony. In 2021, a new awards competition from Open Sky Media will celebrate Texas’ tourism industry. The Texas Travel Awards will welcome entries from cities and local businesses across the state to be named the best of Texas travel.