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Top Things to Do in Laredo This Summer

Located on the Southern U.S. border, Laredo, Texas, is a charming city steeped in history and offering an abundance of activities to entertain you and your family this summer. The city has a historic downtown with museums and incredible architecture, modern restaurants serving delicious cuisine, and fun for all ages both indoors and outdoors. Laredo is a destination you don’t want to miss. Review these stellar highlights of things to do in Laredo this summer.


Located on the Southern U.S. border,
Laredo, Texas, is a charming city steeped in history and offering an abundance of activities to entertain you and your family this summer. The city has a historic downtown with museums and incredible architecture, modern restaurants serving delicious cuisine, and fun for all ages both indoors and outdoors. Laredo is a destination you don’t want to miss. Review these stellar highlights of things to do in Laredo this summer. Read more
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The Max not the Minimum


Located just north of Laredo, The MAX: A Robert Trent Jones II Signature Design Course overlooks the Rio Grande River and has already been acclaimed as one of the best public courses in Texas! Golfers can enjoy stunning views of the Rio Grande valley throughout the course but especially on the four holes that play directly on the waterfront. Read more
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XV Laredo Sister Cities Festival


It’s almost time for the 15th annual edition of the Laredo International Sister Cities Festival (LISCF) slated for July 7-9, 2017 at the Laredo Energy Arena (LEA), 6700 Arena Boulevard. More than 199 booths from Mexico and other countries will set up for the three-day event on the floor and concourse of the LEA. Read more

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Laredo host PONY Girls Softball World Series



The City of Laredo will be play host to tens of thousands visitors for the 2017 PONY Girls Softball World Series from July 18-22, 2017 of players, coaches, parents and visitors alike.

With over 100 teams from a great many states, and from countries such as Mexico and Aruba, we expect to provide a high-quality experience for all who visit our city. Read more

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10 Things You Didn't Know About Laredo

Laredo offers plenty of history you might not know about the city. Like how Laredo is the largest inland port in the U.S., or every year the city holds a month-long event that celebrates George Washington's Birthday, Washington's Birthday Celebration. But what about other little-known facts the city holds? Did you know Laredo is the only city in Texas to fly under seven flags, and not the traditional six, or Casa Ortiz is more than a beautiful and historic home with gorgeous views of Mexico and the Rio Grande; it’s also the oldest continuously used residence in Texas?

Learn more about the hidden history gems in Laredo, Texas, a destination rich in both culture and history. Read more

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The Laredo Water Museum


By Veronica Gamboa


The Laredo Water Museum is located at 2702 Anna Ave. in Laredo, Texas and operates Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm. This museum is the third of its kind in Texas and one of the few in the country.The museum seeks to.. Read more
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Disney's Beauty and The Beast, the Broadway Musical

By Laredo Theater Guild International

Laredo Theater Guild International presents Disney's Beauty and The Beast, the Broadway Musical live on stage at the Laredo Community College, at the Guadalupe and Lilia Martinez Fine Arts Center Theatre. Read More

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The Early Bird Gets the Worm


By Selina Villarreal

Rise and shine my lovelies! Every third Saturday of the month Laredo Main Street hosts El Centro de Laredo Farmers Market at Veterans Plaza (1300 Farragut) in historical downtown Laredo from 9AM to 1PM.

Some of the goods you’ll find are locally grown fruits and veggies, organic eggs, plants, delicious food and fresh baked treats. Read More

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Photo courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/southwestsportswirenews/ 

Look up in the sky, it’s a bird, it’s a plane…. No, it’s a plethora of kites!


March 3, 2017
By Selina Villarreal

Spring Break is here! For those of you not heading to the beach, let me tell you about Laredo’s 9th Annual Spring Break Kite Festival.

This has to be one of my favorite family friendly activities. This year the Kite Festival will be taking place on Wednesday, March 15th from noon to 7pm at North Central Park. The festival is hosted by two local City Council Members, Charlie San Miguel and Nelly Vielma. Read more >
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The Outlet Shoppes at Laredo set to open March 16


March 2, 2017
By Connie Dyer

After 20 months of work that included demolition of the former River Drive Mall, site work, and new building construction, The Outlet Shoppes at Laredo will open its doors to the public on Thursday, March 16, 2017. The 358,000-square-foot center will offer two-levels of retail located in the heart of downtown Laredo, with easy access to and from I-35 and International Bridges 1 and 2. CBL & Associates Properties, Inc., and Horizon Group Properties co-developed The Outlet Shoppes at Laredo, with Horizon responsible for leasing and management. The new center will feature some of the best brands in outlet retail, including Michael Kors, Nike, Abercrombie & Fitch, Tommy Hilfiger, and Under Armour. Read more >
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Laredo welcomes visitors to arts events


March 2, 2017
By Brendan Townsend

On the weekend of March 3 – 5 Laredo, TX is hosting a number of events which may be of interest to arts lovers looking for an escape.
Laredo is a micro-environment that plays host to dozens of migratory wild-birds, and other unique natural visitors that attracts many persons to South Texas who are escaping the frigid northern temperatures. But what most people outside of the local area don’t know is that Laredo is also the home of the most nationally celebrated symphony orchestra in South Texas. Read more >
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LBV Environmental Science Center


March 2, 2017
By Tom Miller

As we began the Spring Semester, 2017 the 200,000th visitor to the Lamar Bruni Vergara Environmental Science Center at the Laredo Community College walked through our doors. On exhibit are over 100 native animals and 100 native plants, many such as Lucky the bobcat and Happy the javelin, have been with us for more than 12 years. Read more >
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Cravings. Everyone has them, right?

February 14, 2017
By Selina Villarreal

Lately my sweet tooth has been acting up and what can I say, I’m weak. I give in easily to temptations. I was craving a funnel cake. I know I could probably make one at home but ain’t nobody got time for that. Facebook has been my go-to lately for recommendations of all kinds. A new restaurant, activity, retail shop, if I see it on Facebook there’s a good chance I’m going to stop by and check out the place. Read more >
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WBCA Carnival

January 31, 2017


The WBCA Carnival sponsored by McDonald’s of Laredo is one of the biggest and eagerly anticipated events, definitely for the reason that fun and entertainment is available for thirteen days!, which includes an extra day of entertainment, Monday February 20th, 2017!

The carnival arrives at the Laredo Energy Arena parking lot on Thursday, February 9th, 2017 and includes 42 rides ranging from the soaring Ferris Wheel, roller coasters, and for the enjoyment of the little ones; The “Tilt-A-Whirl”, “Giant Wheel”, a World Class Kiddie Land and more. Don’t forget carnival food is available such as; turkey legs, cotton candy, corn dogs, pizza, funnel cakes, and more… Read more >
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WBCA Stars & Stripes Air Show Spectacular

January 30, 2017

The WBCA Stars and Stripes Air Show Spectacular Sponsored by Miller Lite will take place during the 120th Washington’s Birthday Celebration on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at the Laredo International Airport (Maher Entrance). Tickets for the event are $10 for adults and free for children 12 and under. Preferred seating and viewing locations will be available for purchase inside the air show grounds: Flight Line Chalet $25; Sky Box $10; Bleachers $5. Additional sponsors include Falcon International Bank. In-Kind Sponsor: Rudy’s BAR-B-Q.

The Washington’s Birthday Celebration Association (WBCA) has formally announced Brigadier General Sean A. Ryan as the air show marshal for the 2017 WBCA Stars and Stripes Air Show Spectacular Sponsored by Miller Lite. Read more >
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Laredo Birding Festival 2017

January 30, 2017

Visitors are invited to share in the passion and challenge of admiring wildlife in and around Laredo!
The Laredo Birding Festival (LBF) 2017 attendees will experience a broad range of field trips, a birding track set up with the efficacy and mobility that lends itself to small and medium-sized birding groups. Thirteen daily field trips from
February 8-11, 2017, all hosted from the historic La Posada Hotel, make this event
uniquely urban-based. Yet attendees also come away with a rural get-away experience
included in each and every day. It comes with the exclusive opportunity to see and
immortalize south Texas fowl, flora and fauna like never before! Read more >
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Amazon Kingfisher

Amazon Kingfisher 

The Amazon Kingfisher lands in Laredo


December 5, 2016

After making her first recorded U.S. debut in Laredo in 2010, the Amazon Kingfisher is back in Laredo at Zacate Creek. Her first visit drew in nearly 1,000 birders in the first 10 days that she was here.
Earlier this month, six years later after her first visit, this green beauty was spotted in the same area, creating a sensation for birders who have come to visit her from near and far.
Zacate Creek is located in the middle of Laredo, Texas, right on the international border with Mexico. The bird has been frequenting a stretch of the creek between the dam and the water treatment facility. There is public parking nearby, on Ventura Street.
This is the third documented ABA Area record of this species, which ranges widely from southern Tamaulipas, Mexico into South America as far south as Uruguay and Argentina. Read more >
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A Quick Guide to Shopping in Laredo


Whether you’re shopping for the holidays or looking to purchase a few things on your own wish list, Laredo is an excellent place to start. The city is home to a handful of shopping malls and unique shopping destinations that guarantee you’re going to find one-of-a-kind items you can’t find elsewhere, including imported Mexican goods and art pieces for their homes. Here’s a quick guide to some of the top places to shop in Laredo, Texas.
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Second Laredo Big Bad BBQ Cook-Off


October 25, 2016

If you like the taste of perfectly BBQ chicken, succulent pork ribs and juicy brisket, then come get your fill at the second Laredo Big Bad BBQ Cook-Off 2016 taking place November 11 & 12 at the Uni-Trade Stadium parking lot.
Teams will compete for the title of Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion with a total of $20,000 payout in those three categories, as well as jackpot categories in fajitas, carne guisada and beans. Over the two-day cook-off, attendees can enjoy live music, a DJ, and activities, food, arts and crafts vendors, bar-be-que sampling and even, a chance to judge the official entries. Entry for the event on both days is $5 or one new toy per adult, all to
benefit the Laredo Police Department Community Relations Unit Blue Santa Program. Children 17 and under enter free of charge. Read more >
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Bolillo’s Café Enchiladas Mexicanas

Bolillo’s Café Enchiladas Mexicanas 

Weekend Guide to Laredo: Top Things to Do


October 25, 2016

Laredo has been often been called one of the best road trip destinations in South Texas (see this and this, for example). And we agree. If you’ve been to Laredo a dozen times or you’ve never visited before, there are some things you just shouldn’t miss. Here’s a list of some of the top things to do in Laredo on a weekend trip, and share your own ideas and photos with us on social media using the hashtag #HolaLaredo.

The Queen of Cuisine

Big cities like San Antonio pride themselves on their Mexican cuisine, but Laredo is arguably the best place to find delicious, Mexican-inspired dishes in South Texas. Bolillos is one of Laredo’s most popular Mexican spots, where the options range from fish tacos to enchiladas and Mexican hot dogs—all very authentic. On a weekend trip to Laredo, eating starts early with breakfast and brunch, so visit during breakfast hours to try out its signature bolillos—oval shaped bread with all the breakfast fixin’s on top. (The cafe is joined with a bakery, Cakeland, making it ideal for diners to grab sweets after their meals.) Read more >

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Tales from the Edge: Big Bad BBQ Cookoff


September 23, 2015

Laredo prepares to host cooking teams from near and far in November for a $20,000 dollar competitive payout on the perfect trifecta of meats- chicken, pork ribs, and brisket at the Big Bad BBQ Cookoff presented by Budweiser. The International BBQ Cookers Association sanctioned event is set for the grounds of the Laredo Energy Arena starting Friday, November 13 and wrapping up the afternoon of Saturday, November 14, 2015.
Friday’s event schedule is from 6:00-11:00 p.m. and will feature Laredo’s own Jolly Ranchers and then headliner, David Lee Garza starting at 9:00 p.m. And you are going to want to come back on Saturday, from noon to 7:30 p.m. to taste what you smelled on the grill Friday, and to enjoy the country crooning of Gabe Garcia starting at 5:00 p.m. Read more>
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El Buen Comer Restaurant – Culinary Scene


August 20, 2015

Our CVB office is located in downtown Laredo. Not too long ago, we discovered this little restaurant, El Buen Comer. It quickly became a staff favorite for ordering breakfast tacos that they were kind enough to start delivering via bicycle service. It was also a place we’d go to and eat in during our lunch breaks.
Business went so well for them that it was time for them to blossom out, spread their wings, move on up… and they did. We were sad to see them go, but happy for them that they were growing. They relocated to the Del Mar/Springfield area. Read more >
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Foodie Fans: The Culinary Fun is Here! -Tales from the Edge


August 20, 2015

Ever wonder why Mexican food is so popular these days? Ever think about how ergonomic a taco is? What is it about that beef skirt steak or fajita that makes it taste so good?
Laredo can help answer these questions and so much more, because one of the culinary secrets of well prepared and delicious Mexican food is found at the bottom of a molcajete. Learn about this pestle and mortar culinary prep tool at a special immersive experience, hosted along Laredo’s famed San Bernardo Avenue and in conjunction with its merchants association, at Vega’s Interiores Mejicanos at 4002 San Bernardo Ave. This traditional set of tools has been used for generations in Latino food preparation and this course takes you through traditional and unconventional ways to use the molcajete. Offered on the first Saturday of the month, each class begins at 3:00 p.m. or earlier (based on the weather) on the patio at Vega’s and costs $25.00 per participant. Each person receives an hour and half of instruction, a light meal, beverages and a take home memento; reservations may be made by calling Sandra R. Taylor at 956.645.2512. Read more >
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Things Will Be Great When You’re Downtown…


August 20, 2015
By Selina Villarreal

Downtown Laredo is on the verge of getting some fancy neighbors, the Outlet Shoppes located right on the banks of the Rio Grande. Don’t give me that eye roll, I know it has taken a bit of an eternity but I can finally see a light at the end of this tunnel.
But, before those fancy neighbors step in, let me take up some of your time and tell you what it is that I currently and have always loved about downtown Laredo – shopping! Especially bargain hunting. Shopping is built in to the female genetic code. There’s that one chromosome that gives females the super power to find bargains all over the place. After all, shopping is the new cardio. I call this a win-win situation.
The other day I overheard two of my co-workers (Carmen and Beatriz) mention they needed to go shopping for evening gowns. I nudged myself into their conversation and told them about a store located in our downtown district – New Yorker’s Apparel (1102 Iturbide Street). Read more >
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Ramada Plaza – Be Our Guest


August 20, 2015

For years we knew it as the Holiday Inn Civic Center, now it has a new name and a new look! The Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Worldwide is a high-rise hotel property along IH-35 with a great location just a few minutes away from a visitors favorite, the Mall del Norte; and free shuttle transportation to the Airport, International Bridge and restaurants within 3 miles.
They have 200 spacious guest rooms with an array of amenities including complimentary wireless internet. Being a high-rise you will get a unique view of our wonderful city and if you are a frequent traveler you can join the Wyndham Rewards program and start earning points with your stay.
As a full service property, the Ramada Plaza has a full service restaurant, Terraza Verde, where you can enjoy their breakfast or weekday business noon buffet; and the Covey Lounge & Grill that offers Happy Hour and live music on Fridays and Saturdays. Read more >
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El Capataz – Culinary Scene


July 22, 2015

By Selina Villarreal

I was surfing the net the other day. Do people still use that term… “Surfing the net?” I’m totally dating myself. Well, I came across this little diddy: http://www.texashighways.com/cuisine-confidential/item/7652-cuisine-confidential-el-capataz-roberto-gonzalez-laredo.

Something about the power of persuasion that manages to get me out of bed, pause my marathon Netflixing and venture out in to the real world and do I dare say mingle with actual real people. Well, that’s what I did, thank you Texas Highways.

I decided to stop by El Capataz and satisfy my craving of fish and chips (in my head I’m saying that in my best British accent). I need to be ready if anyone ever decides to invite me across the pond. Gotta say, I was not disappointed. Who knew yumminess like this existed if you just put some pants on and stepped away from Netflix? Why didn’t y’all let me in on this little secret sooner? Read more >

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A meeting of historical characters that you can listen in on – Tales from the Edge


A meeting of historical characters that you can listen in on
By: Blasita J. Lopez
Laredo was founded in 1755 by Spanish Army Captain Tomas Sanchez; did you know that you can meet “him”?
A troupe of local actors portray Tomas Sanchez, Jose Reyes Ortiz, Leonor Villegas de Magnon, Antonio Zapata and other characters and take you on a walk through Laredo’s early history in the very spots where they themselves once stood from 1755 through the 1880’s. This is a recently launched tourism attraction that we call Teatro Tejano de la Calle! It is a short walk through the historic epi-center of our community in the form of a live theatrical performance. It’s what I like to call a special curbside history lesson set to the backdrop of historic downtown Laredo.
The Convention and Visitors Bureau joined in with the historic La Posada Hotel and a local theatrical director to organize this new tourism attraction in the downtown area. With support of local authorities, pedestrians get to visit La Posada as the starting point, make their way to San Agustin Cathedral, then over to Casa Ortiz, and finally back to San Agustin Plaza, all the while re-living certain significant moments of Laredo history as each character is telling it.
Available for $5.00 a person, every first Thursday and third Saturday of the month; Tickets go on sale at La Posada one hour before the event beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tour begins at the hotel lobby at 6:30 p.m. For additional information, contact La Posada Hotel at 956-722-1701.



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An Art Walk on the Edge of Texas – Tales from the Edge


May 19, 2015

An Art Walk on the Edge of Texas
by Blasita J. Lopez
In current day trends, people have so many more ways to meet, Skype Conferences, Instameets on Instagram and Google+ Hangouts, all on-line and over the World Wide Web, but what if, we went back to our roots?
Several downtown Laredo spots have long been natural gathering scenes because of our unique system of town squares, or plazas, as we like to call them here. It’s a tradition that has been passed down through generations and borrows from Spanish and Mexican influences over two centuries. In Texas, only San Antonio and Laredo have more than two plazas, according to one of our sources and friends at the Texas Historical Commission.
In order to preserve this heritage, a new series of activities launched earlier this year are great platforms that allow visitors and locals alike to enjoy each other and downtown Laredo from a new point of view. Read more >
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“Dinner and a movie” in Laredo – Alamo Drafthouse Coming Soon!


May 19, 2015

By Selina Villarreal

“Dinner and a movie” in Laredo is about to get a makeover. Coming soon to north Laredo is the Alamo Drafthouse – San Isidro. For those that aren’t familiar with the Alamo Drafthouse concept, it’s a dinner theater. No more having to go to one place for dinner and crossing your fingers you’re out of the restaurant in a timely manner and hauling it to the movie theater.

With the Alamo Drafthouse – San Isidro, it’s all under the same roof. All you gotta do is walk up to the ticket window, purchase your tickets, find your seat and begin browsing the menu. An early arrival is key. This will ensure that you get to browse the menu and place your order while the main lights are still on. Once you’ve made your selection, jot it down on a piece of paper that is provided with the menu. A server will then swoop down and take your order. Don’t worry, during the feature you will still be able to add on to your order, all you gotta do is fill out another handy paper slip. Your check will be handed to you about thirty minutes before the movie ends to ensure a timely checkout.

If you find that you’re running ahead of schedule, there’s no need to drive around on miscellaneous errands waiting for showtime, arrive early and stop by Glass Half Full, a lounge inside the theater that will be offering an extensive menu of draft and bottled beers, wine and food. Sit back, relax and enjoy some lovely libations while you wait for your friends to arrive.

The Alamo Drafthouse doesn’t only show the latest blockbuster movies, get ready for sing-alongs, movie marathons and independent film screenings.

A golden rule that all Alamo Drafthouse properties abide by is that they don’t allow talking or texting in the middle of a movie. Always remember to double check your mobile phone that it’s in silent mode, or if you’re a little forgetful like me, you might want to leave that phone in your vehicle. This will help you avoid a tap on the shoulder from an usher asking you to step out of the theater.

Before doors open, make sure you’re signed up for their Victory program. This free rewards program is for loyal customers to rack up points with every ticket purchase to earn discounted tickets, coupons for food and beverages, get the insider info on upcoming new releases and more. It’s 100% free and you can sign up online: http://drafthouse.com/laredo/laredo

The San Isidro location is currently under construction at 11210 East Point Drive. The 32,000 square foot space will feature Sony 4k digital projection and Dolby Digital sound.

Have any questions on the Alamo Drafthouse – San Isidro? Interested in applying for a position? Visit their website http://drafthouse.com/laredo/laredo or send your resume to:jobs.laredo@rdpalamo.com.

I’ll see you at the matinee!

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Courtyard by Marriott – Be Our Guest


May 19, 2015

Interstate Highway 35 welcomes visitors to Laredo and is also their first choice for accommodations, with a wide array of properties, ready to welcome all travelers. The Courtyard by Marriott is conveniently located on this corridor, near downtown and is now sporting a new look. The rooms have been recently remodeled and have everything you need for a very pleasant stay.
At this property you will be just 5 minutes away from Mall del Norte, Wal*Mart, and 40 blocks of Mexican import shops, so prepare yourself for some amazing retail therapy. Plan your day with the hotel’s GoBoard located in the lobby, then rest in a stylish new designed room with plush bedding and flat screen TV; after a good night sleep, energize yourself at the fitness center or by having breakfast at the hotel’s Bistro, were you can choose from a great variety. At the end of the day you can relax in their outdoor heated pool, or choose one of the many restaurants close by.
Now if the purpose of your trip is not complete relaxation, Courtyard is also a great destination for business travelers. With work stations in every room, high speed wireless internet access, complimentary printing at their business center and let’s not forget about Starbucks coffee! If you are bringing your group, this modern property has a well equipped conference room with internet access, video projector and speaker phone for conference calls.
So if you are looking for a great location and excellent amenities, Courtyard by Marriott in Laredo is a great option!
Courtyard by Marriott is located at 2410 Santa Ursula Avenue.
Phone 956.725.5555
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La Laguna Mariscos & Sushi – Culinary Scene


May 19, 2015

By Aileen Ramos
I had heard wonderful stories from my co-workers about La Laguna, one said that if I wanted to eat the whole sea, that was the right place to go. So it was not a complete surprise the first time I went with a visiting TV crew from Austin and saw their vast menu, that I made this one of my favorite seafood restaurants in town. Read more >

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Spas – Staff Favorites


April 16, 2015
By Karen Garza

Ever since NBC’s television show Parks and Recreation brought #TreatYoSelf back into our lives, all that’s been in my head is what can I find that will make me happy. I’ve already taken one too many shopping trips across the city this year, and have eaten my heart out at my favorite spots, so my new focus is spoiling myself with beauty and rejuvenation services. Laredo is home to some fantastic places that will leave you feeling beautiful and refreshed. So, whether you are looking for a day of solo pampering or a day out with friends and significant others, any of these places is sure to leave you coming back for more! Read more >

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Laredo Tourism Ambassadors: A Texas friendly force – Tales from the Edge


April 15, 2015
By Blasita J .Lopez

Greeted with a friendly smile and welcoming attitude, a recent tour group set off on an urban adventure, walking around the streets of Laredo during CaminArte. They were helped along a special historically significant route in downtown by four outgoing, happy volunteers as they completed an evening art walk. Officially dubbed Tourism Ambassadors, this crew of four helped CVB staff welcome, greet, chat, engage, visit, orient and generally guide participants on the art walk along the designated route, ensuring that no one got lost or turned around. Read more >

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Best Western San Isidro – Be Our Guest


April 15, 2015

The Best Western San Isidro in Laredo is known for true southern hospitality.
When visiting Laredo you can find a home away from home at the Best Western San Isidro. Conveniently located just a few minutes away from great retail offerings like Independence Plaza, Best Buy and Academy, just to name a few; as well as an array of dining options. Texas A&M International University is just down the road on Loop 20 as well as the Laredo Energy Arena and Uni-Trade Stadium.
During your stay, you will be delighted by their hot breakfast waiting for you each morning, with fresh baked pastries and flour tortillas made from scratch, fresh juices and seasonal fruits. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, and in this beautiful property you can also enjoy free parking, and high-speed internet access. The staff is committed to providing excellent service to all their guests.
And for special events, the Best Western San Isidro has a state-of-the-art digital meeting room/banquet facility that can accommodate up to 65 guests. Read more >

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Lolita’s Bistro – Culinary Scene


April 15, 2015

Lolita’s Bistro is one of my favorite restaurants in Laredo, their approach to the different ingredients they use is very unique. It is a combination of the old and the new, for example, their Tostaditas de Salpicon, remind me of my grandmother’s salpicon, but when I want something new and refreshing, they certainly don’t disappoint, with entrees like their Sesame Peanut Crusted Tuna.

With work from local artists hanging on the wall that adds to the ambiance, this bistro is perfect for any occasion, from a family gathering to a girls night out. Also I have to add, the staff provides great service from the moment you walk through the door. Read more >

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Laredo’s Home Teams


April 15, 2015

It’s that time of the year, to get off your comfortable couch and go check out our home teams! May marks the beginning of the season for our championship winning soccer team the HEAT, and our local baseball celebrities the LEMURS. These two teams promise to give us a season full of excitement! And in September we welcome the SWARM to Laredo, bringing basketball back to the Laredo Energy Arena.

Laredo Heat starts their pre-season with a game on May 8, vs. United States Air Force National Team and their first official home game is on May 23rd, vs. Mississippi Brilla at the Texas A&M International University Soccer Complex. Laredo Heat will play a total of 7 home games so definitely make time to go support our home team. You will have a blast watching the Laredo Heat playing towards another Southern Conference Championship title. (Home games are usually played at the TAMIU Soccer Complex –Kick-Off @ 8PM) Read more >

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Mexican Import Shops


March 17, 2015
By Veronica Gamboa

When visiting Laredo you must stop and explore our many import shops around town. Whether it’s piñatas, flower pots, wrought iron or talavera, you are sure to find it here. Many of the products are handmade by artisans who still practice their art in Mexico, so you’ll know you’re purchasing something that’s different. Read more >

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Boutiques – Staff Favorites

March 17, 2015
By Karen Garza

I can’t believe we are already in March! I am still thinking that the year just started. It’s been two months now that I’ve stuck to my resolutions to get healthier so I believe it’s time to go shopping for some new clothes and accessories! Even if you didn’t have any resolutions, it’s the perfect time to start planning your Spring wardrobe.

I went around the office to see what local shops offered the best in fashion and there was definitely a consensus. Here are some of the Laredo CVB’s staff favorites to shop: Read more >

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SpringHill Suites – Be Our Guest


March 13, 2015

SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Laredo is an award winning property that will surprise you! No matter if you are traveling to Laredo for business or leisure, this hotel is a great option. Located on IH 35 just a few minutes away from Mall del Norte and downtown, this property has stylish and smartly designed suites that include: micro-fridge, coffee maker, hair dryer, Iron & board as well as complimentary wired/wireless Internet Access. Read more >
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Border Olympics, A Sporting Tradition – Tales from the Edge


March 11, 2015
By: Blasita J. Lopez

Border Olympics is one of the storied Laredo traditions that has lived on in the community’s lore for well over 80 years. It’s a wonderland of spectator sports including baseball, softball, basketball, soccer, golf and tennis. The most popular spring tourney, and also the oldest, is high school track and field; and college golf has garnered the most prestige over the years as the second oldest collegiate golf tournament in the nation. The likes of Baylor, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Houston, Rice, Michigan State, and Lamar have participated recently, as well as, many other recognizable NCAA division one schools. It remains a crowd favorite having been a mainstay on many collegiate golf schedules for decades and is hosted by the Laredo Country Club from March 13-14, 2015. It features 36-holes of skillful play the first day and finally 18-holes of championship play on day two. Read more >

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Jett Bowl North – Culinary Scene


March 11, 2015
By Monica Andrade

While many think of a bowling alley as a bowling alley… the mention of Jett Bowl sends my taste buds in to overdrive! I’m an enchilada lover and my favorite place to go and get my enchilada fix is at Jett Bowl North. Read more >

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Golf on the Edge


February 13, 2015

Golfers are continuously searching for the best and most unique golf courses out there, and The Max in Laredo, Texas is certainly a jewel to be discovered. This 18-hole public course features 7,297 yards of golf, was designed by Robert Trent Jones II. Just a few months after opening in 2013 it ranked among the top 50 municipal golf courses in the U.S. by Golfweeks Magazine. Read more >
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Embassy Suites – Be Our Guest


February 11, 2015
by Veronica Gamboa

Check-in to the full service modern Embassy Suites hotel and enjoy great facilities and excellent service that can accommodate leisure and business travelers. It is located in mid-town on 110 Calle Del Norte, just a few minutes away from Interstate 35 and approximately 5 miles from the Laredo International Airport and Texas A&M International University. Read more >

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Zen Seafood & Sushi Grill – Culinary Scene


February 11, 2015
By Joel Vazquez

Our city is known for its authentic Mexican cuisine, but in the last couple of years we’ve seen a variety of sushi restaurants opening and making an impact in our community.

One of my favorites is Zen Seafood & Sushi Grill.. They offer a huge selection of fresh and fried rolls plus seafood. My recommendation is that you start with some edamame as your appetizer; Chef Charly created a special sauce that gets you hooked on eating all of them and craving more. Ordering an entrée will be a difficult task because when you are looking at the menu everything looks so good and trust me I pretty much tried every roll and everything is delicious. Read more >

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Border Beer Fest – Tales from the Edge


February 11, 2015
By Blasita Lopez

Border Beer Festival on Tap
Beer and food has a new way of presenting itself in the fourth annual Border Beer Fest this month at the Laredo Energy Arena! Set for Saturday, February 28, from 7:00 p.m. – midnight, the event will feature the appearance of major breweries, craft brewers, tips on home brewing, food pairing workshops, the history of beer, and the Beerlympics. The $25 dollar admission fee gets you a tasting glass, sample taste ticket, food, pairing workshop access and live entertainment! Read more >

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TownePlace Suites by Marriott – Be our Guest


January 15, 2015

Coming soon to Laredo is the TownePlace Suites by Marriott. An award winning hotel with more than 230 locations in the US and Canada. The new property is currently under construction but will open its doors this spring on Jacaman Rd. Read more >

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Laredo Birding Festival 2015 – Tales from the Edge


January 15, 2015
By: Blasita J. Lopez

Visitors are invited to share in the passion and challenge of admiring wildlife in and around Laredo!

The Laredo Birding Festival (LBF) 2015 attendees will experience a broad range of field trips, a birding track set up with the efficacy and mobility that lends itself to small and medium-sized birding groups. Thirteen daily field trips from February 5-7, 2015, all hosted from the historic La Posada Hotel, make this event uniquely urban-based. Yet attendees also come away with a rural get-away experience included in each and every day. It comes with the exclusive opportunity to see and immortalize south Texas fowl, flora and fauna like never before! Read more >

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La India Packing Company – Culinary Scene


January 15, 2015

One of my favorite things about visiting La India, is that it is a multisensory experience; after ringing the bell and walking through the door, the aroma of hundreds of spices hits you, preparing you for a delectable meal. The Tasting Room Café transports you to your grandmother’s house and the clever way in which the blends and spices are used gives every dish, even Mexican classics like “Pollo con Mole” a distinctive flavor. Read more >
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Washington’s Birthday Celebration 2015


January 15, 2015

Hey y’all, it’s me Selina! Time for me to mesmerize you with my words and pictures and get you and your family down to Laredo, Texas.

February in Laredo means many things to me, my mom’s birthday, my dad’s birthday and Washington’s Birthday Celebration time! For now, I’ll pass on talking about how amazing, supporting and loving my parents are and instead focus on some of my favorite WBCA festivities.

There are over 25 events during the Celebration! If you’ve never been to Laredo, February is one of the best times to pack up the family and head on down I-35 South all the way to mile marker 1. For over 100 years, Laredo has played host to the Washington’s Birthday Celebration. This Texas-sized party is one for the books. You’ve got two parades, an air show, a jalapeño festival, a two week run carnival, fireworks and so much more all jam packed into four weeks of fun.

Here are some of my favorites: Read more >

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Meson de San Agustin – Culinary Scene


December 15, 2014

Hello, Arnold Cazares here to introduce a hidden jewel in downtown Laredo. A family restaurant, El Meson de San Agustin, located on Grant Street next to the San Agustin Cathedral, is an interesting place to dine in the heart of the city. Known for its Mexican cuisine and traditional atmosphere this restaurant is a must when visiting Laredo.

With its classic Mexican architecture – large wrought iron window decor, bright orange colors, and beautiful wooden doors – El Meson of San Agustin will definitely catch your attention. The name “El Meson” goes all the way back to 1848. A meson was a place where travelers were welcomed to rest and eat for a certain amount of money. El Meson de San Agustin was used as such, offering their hospitality and kindness. Today we can find the same type of welcoming atmosphere. Read more >

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La Quinta Inn & Suites Airport – Be Our Guest


December 15, 2014

La Quinta Inn & Suites Laredo Airport is a great option for both leisure and business travelers, with a cheerful environment and upbeat staff, you will certainly feel refreshed after your stay. Located on Loop 20, this award-winning hotel with modern and comfortable rooms is just a few minutes away from the Laredo International Airport and TAMIU. Read more >
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Many reasons to visit Laredo,TX – Tales from the Edge


December 15, 2014

When you visit Laredo you are automatically right on the spot ofwhere Texas begins! As you explore this community on the border with Mexico you discover just how culturally significant it is with its blend of language and influences that date back to 1755 when it was founded by a Spanish army captain, Don Tomas Sanchez. You will see these factors curbside in one of our many town squares; San Agustin Plaza is a prime example in our historic downtown with architecture that stems from European and Mexican designers, and without a doubt you will taste the culture in our food. Read more >
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Holidays in Laredo, Texas


December 15, 2014
By Monica Andrade

The things that Laredoans associate most with any event, memory and/or holiday are the culinary treats which are widely influenced by Laredo’s Hispanic heritage. I surveyed CVB staff to see which delicious delights they look forward to, answers included menudo (a traditional Mexican soup), tamales (corn husk wrapped dough stuffed with anything from meats or cheese to fruits or vegetables), bunuelos (deep fried dough drenched in a syrup of various ingredients), hojarascas (traditional Mexican cookies), empanadas (baked or fried pastry turnovers filled with a variety of savory ingredients), and champurrado (a chocolate based corn flour drink). Call CVB for a recommendation on where some of these goodies can be found. Read more >

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Night of Lights at NavidadFest 2014


December 1, 2014

The countdown begins: 2 Days until the fun starts!

Laredo, TX Monday, December 01, 2014

Where can you get a snow slide, ice skating, train rides, cookies & cocoa, watch the tree lighting with Santa Claus all for free? At the Navidadfest 2014! Interested attendees should mark their calendars for December 3, 2014 from 6:00-9:00 p.m.

The early evening event features more child-oriented activities than even before and a stunning tree-lighting countdown complete with a color-wash display on the front of the Laredo Energy Arena that will dash away all the hum-bugs! Read more >

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Obregon’s Mexican Restaurant – Culinary Scene


November 14, 2014
By Aileen Ramos

Our city is known for its authentic Mexican cuisine, and I love to find those local jewels that validate that statement.
Obregon’s Mexican Restaurant is located on Saunders Avenue, and as soon as you go in you can catch a glimpse of the kitchen and the wonders that come out of there.

My favorite thing about Obregon is being welcomed with a cup of beef or chicken soup, specially during this time of the year! While enjoying your soup you can browse their menu full of everything you expect at a good Mexican restaurant and more. Read more >




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La Posada Hotel – Be Our Guest


November 14, 2014
By Veronica Gamboa

La Posada Hotel has been welcoming guests from around the world for over 50 years. A history lesson in itself, the hotel is composed of the old High School and a 19th-century convent, located in the heart of downtown Laredo.

A few years ago the hotel underwent a $17 million renovation to improve the facilities and offers guests world-class accommodations. La Posada also features two award-winning restaurants, Zaragoza Grill in the main building and The Tack Room, located in the elegant Bruni Home, which dates from the 1800’s.

La Posada hotel has 208 guest rooms, and due to the diverse origin of the four different historic buildings there is a variety of rooms. You can choose from scenic rooms, to rooms that open out onto one of the lush courtyards. The suites are spacious, and are in various locations, from our Junior and Executive Suites, to the Vice Presidential and Presidential Suites. Read more >

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Sports – Tales from the Edge


November 14, 2014
By Blasita J. Lopez

Sports is a uniquely unifying type of event that transcends all boundaries! When we have a passion for that hometown squad, nothing will stop us from coming out with team colors-ablazing! And in Laredo, we have several great ones to choose from, that offer entertainment value for the spectator, especially our visitors.

Let’s start with semipro, the Laredo Lemurs, a recent addition to the sports scene. Did you know that you can get into a game for as little as $5? This is a steal! And the quality of the game is good baseball, inside an even more outstanding venue, the Uni-Trade Stadium; a $20 million project put in place by the City of Laredo for enhancement of life in our community. So any summertime visitors should really take time to check it out. Read more >

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By Veronica Gamboa

By Veronica Gamboa 

Experience our History!


November 13, 2014
By Veronica Gamboa

Walk down memory lane in downtown Laredo…

Every day you can learn something new and exciting about how things and places began, and Laredo historical sites and buildings tell you a story about our city. Read more >
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Residence Inn by Marriott – Be Our Guest


October 7, 2014
By Joel Vazquez

The newly remodeled Residence Inn by Marriott is a great option when visiting Laredo, Texas. The hotel offers an array of amenities, including free Wi-Fi, hot breakfast buffet and manager’s receptions held Monday through Thursday. Located off I-35, it provides easy access to Mall Del Norte, and other shopping areas. It is just a few miles away from the Laredo International Airport, Laredo Energy Arena, Uni-Trade Stadium, and Texas A&M International University (TAMIU). Read more >

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History – Tales from the Edge


October 6, 2014

Laredo is making old things new again!

I have always said you can get your curbside history lessons on the old streets of Laredo, but maybe you don’t know just how exciting those stories are, or just how important they are to the community that is thriving today.

We have all the classic tales, there’s one legend about buried gold in our Casa Ortiz structure. Aside from the treasure and spoils story there, there is supposedly a ghost and the most outstanding fact is that it is the oldest, most continuously used residence in the State of Texas. The building is located right in the historic epi-center of our downtown in the Villa de San Agustin Historic District. Read more >

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Scratch Sandwich Co. – Culinary Scene


October 6, 2014
By Aileen Ramos

Scratch Sandwich Co. “Scratch” is not only the name of this deli, but the way they prepare everything; located on E. Del Mar Boulevard this local eatery will not disappoint. I became an instant fan after I tried their “When Harry Met Sally” sandwich! Delicious New York pastrami, swiss cheese, scratch-made sauerkraut and thousand island dressing. My mouth is watering just writing about it! Plus their chips are the perfect pairing.

But Scratch is not only about sandwiches, they also have salads and wraps, and if you don’t see anything that grabs your attention on the menu, you can build your own. Read more >

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Running in Laredo, Texas


October 6, 2014
by Aileen Ramos

RunStrong & Kick-Asphalt Half Marathon

Nothing can stop Laredo’s runners, not their busy schedule or 100-degree weather; you will see people going up and down different roads and enjoying the trails, like the one located inside North Central Park, at any time of the day. So it is no surprise that a group of local runners got together to form RunStrong Laredo and then established the Kick-Asphalt Half Marathon. Read more >


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“Best Of” Golf Holes in America


September 5, 2014

Jason Bruno, the editor of LINKSNATION.COM wrote a piece about the best golf holes in the U.S. and Laredo was included.

It is great to have “The MAX” included with some of the great courses like Merion, Aronimink, Calusa Pines, Concession Golf Club, and others.You can find Hole #15 in the list.

Sisters of Mercy Exhibit


September 4, 2014

The Sisters of Mercy have been in our city for 120 years, and with this exhibit, presented by the Webb County Heritage Foundation, we can see the positive influence they’ve had in the community. The Sisters had a vision to serve the people of Laredo, so in the late 1800’s, with just a few hundred dollars and a 6 bedroom home donated to them, they set to open a clinic for the growing population. Read more >

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El Centro de Laredo


September 2, 2014
By Selina Villarreal

One thing I look forward to each month is the Laredo Main Street El Centro de Laredo Farmers Market. This gives me the opportunity to spend a morning with my family and friends and pick up some yummy goodies such as seasonal produce, plants, herbs, organic coffee and a healthy snack.

The Market takes place every 3rd Saturday of the month at Jarvis Plaza in downtown Laredo from 9am – 1pm. Remember, the early bird gets the worm! There is free parking available (with Farmers Market purchase) at the El Metro Transit Center located just across the street from Jarvis Plaza. Read more >

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Caffe Dolce – Culinary Scene


September 2, 2014

Caffe Dolce is a unique restaurant that combines exceptional food with art and music. Located in downtown Laredo this local favorite will satisfy your cravings.

Well known for paninis and sandwiches, made with fresh ingredients, some of them right from their garden, that you can pair with a cucumber or prickly pear lemonade or different teas. Read more >

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A foodie’s heaven – Tales from the Edge


September 2, 2014

Guilty pleasures. . . Yes, that’s what I said, I am talking about those things that are temptations and that it takes a mountain of will power to resist! Food is my indulgence. I love to eat home- cooked Mexican and fused Tex-Mex food! It doesn’t get any better than Laredo! Read more >

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Motel 6 Laredo Airport – Be Our Guest


September 2, 2014

One of our newest hotels in town, the Motel 6 Laredo Airport features a new design, modern and comfortable. It will beat your expectations.

Ideally located near the Laredo International Airport, the Laredo Energy Arena, Uni-Trade Stadium, the Texas A&M International University and several popular restaurants in our fast-growing city. Read more >

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It’s almost time for the Laredo International Sister Cities Festival


July 8, 2014

It’s almost time for the 12th annual edition of the Laredo International Sister Cities Festival (LISCF) slated for July 18-20, 2014 at the Laredo Energy Arena (LEA), 6700 Arena Boulevard. Mexico will be well represented with 45 cities and 13 states that will set up for the three-day event on the floor and concourse of the LEA. Additionally, returning this year after a long absence will be Laredo’s namesake and Sister City, Laredo, Cantabria, Spain will be a part of the Festival. Read more >
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HEB & the City of Laredo Bring Sizzling Patriotic Family Fun


June 23, 2014

The City of Laredo is once again hosting this year’s annual 4th of July celebration, presented by H-E-B and thanks to partners Guerra Communications, KLDO-Univision and Uni-Trade Stadium, and sponsors Family Chevrolet and Southern Distributing/Miller Lite, this event, which will be held on Friday, July 4, 2014, from 5:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. at Uni-Trade Stadium, 6320 Sinatra Parkway, promises to be a sizzling, patriotic and family-friendly and fun celebration. Read more >

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Heat to Bring 1st Soccer Golf Tournament to Laredo


June 23, 2014

Laredo’s newest sports venue will host the city’s oldest sports franchise for a unique opportunity to fuse the region’s most passion-inspiring activities. The Laredo Heat announced their hosting of the 1stAnnual Soccer Golf Tournament hosted by Bud Light and Laredo Heat SC at the Max A. Mandel Municipal Golf Course on July 2.

The tournament will see all its proceeds benefit the Laredo Heat Soccer Club and Academy, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. The mission of the club is to get youth to learn to play soccer, get advanced players into competitive tournaments and teach the next generations the rules of the game and the importance of proper training, exercise and doing well in school. Read more >

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Max A. Mandel Municipal Golf Course Offers Free Shuttle Bus


June 18, 2014

The Max A. Mandel Municipal Golf Course, designed by world-renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones II, is enhancing the customer experience by adding a complimentary, roundtrip shuttle bus service to the golf course from all Laredo area locations including hotels, the airport and local businesses. Conference groups hosting an event at The MAX are also eligible for free shuttle service. The shuttle, which seats 10 people comfortably with plenty of room for golf bags, is wrapped completely in a vibrant MAX vinyl print. All rides must be booked in advance by calling (956) 726-2000

For the full story visit World Golf.com

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Max to Offer Shuttle Service


June 4, 2014

Always looking for ways to enhance their customer’s experience at the Max, the City of Laredo and Foresight Golf have added a free shuttle bus service to and from the golf course to the airport and local hotels, for golfers and customers of the Max, who book their rides in advance.

“We are excited to be able to offer another level of service to our out of town customers who are coming into our community to enjoy the competitive play that the Max offers,” said Peter Palacios, South Texas Regional Manager for Foresight Golf. “We want to make sure everyone leaves feeling as if they have just had the best golfing experience ever.” Read more >

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Golf Digest – Best New Courses for 2013


June 4, 2014

The Max A. Mandel Municipal Golf Course, designed by world-renowned architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr., is featured in the current issue of Golf Digest and listed among the Best New Courses for 2013.

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Golf News for Friday, November 22, 2013 / Courses

Max A. Mandel Municipal Golf Course in Texas honored

Laredo, Texas-- The Max a Mandel Municipal Golf Course, designed by world-renowned architect Robert Trent Jones, jr., is featured in the current issue of Golf Digest and listed among the best New Courses for 2013.

"We are honored to know that The MAX is recognized by Golf Digest as one of the best new golf courses of the year. To have the endorsement of such a respected publication lends added credibility and gives us another reason to tout Laredo. We have created a treasured quality of life.
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Golfweek’s Best: Municipal Courses 2013


June 4, 2014

Less than a year after opening, the Max A. Mandel made it to Golfweek’s Best: Municipal Courses 2013 List. A Robert Trent Jones II design, the golf course ranked in number 40.

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Dallas Morning News – Best new course in Texas


June 4, 2014

Best new course in Texas: The Max in Laredo tests top-flight players, novices

The Max A. Mandel Municipal Golf Course — or The Max as it is known here — is in position to benefit from an explosion of interest in the sport. It is The News’ best new course in Texas, and that’s not just because it is the only new course in Texas to open since June 2012.

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eSouthernGOLFzine.com


June 4, 2014

“Unlike most new courses, The Max already appears to be a well-established mature golf course, other than the shiny looks there is nothing about this course that makes it play like a new course. Even the clubhouse and entrance have an authentic old west feel to it. The Max is an eSouthernGOLF.com MUST Play Course!” Alan Darty visited Laredo recently and had the opportunity to play at the newest golf course in town.

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El Financiero – Mexico


June 4, 2014

La apertura de la Casa Club en el nuevo campo de golf Max A. Mandel en Laredo fue cubierta por el periodico mexicano El Financiero

A continuacion la nota:
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Milenio Monterrey


June 4, 2014

La apertura de la casa club en el Max A. Mandel Municipal Golf Course en Laredo, Texas se publico en el periodico Milenio en Monterrey.

A continuacion la nota.
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Back 9 Network


June 4, 2014

“Nancy Lopez helps shine spotlight on Max A. Mandel Golf Course” Charles Everett, host, told the story of the clubhouse opening featuring golf leyend Nancy Lopez.

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American Golfer Blog


June 4, 2014

In August 2013 the American Golfer Blog featured the Clubhouse Grand Opening by golf leyend Nancy Lopez

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GolfTexas.com


June 4, 2014

“With a new clubhouse, Max A. Mandel Municipal Golf Course in Laredo really is the Max” Mike Bailey wrote a wonderful story about The Max. He is hoping to return to play the course again.

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Avid Golfer Magazine


June 4, 2014

Robert Rodriguez from Avid Golfer Magazine had the opportunity to visit the Max A. Mandel Golf Course earlier this year. He wrote a great piece that appeared on the Spring 2014 issue titled “Takin’ It to The Max -Golfers should make a run for the border and play the Max A. Mandel Municipal Golf Course”

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Texas Energy Summit, Expo & Conferences May 22-23, 2014

Texas Energy Summit, Expo & Conferences May 22-23, 2014 

Texas Energy Summit, Expo & Conferences May 22-23


May 2, 2014

The international business community has a high interest to analyze the Mexican Energy Reform and the new bi-national panorama.

The city of Laredo and other groups and associations lead by the city, have decided to support and sponsor high level informative events regarding the Energy Reform of Mexico. This represents an opportunity for Mexican government officials to promote the policies and interests of Mexico, likewise to entrepreneurs from the region to promote their associations and investments in international business creating alliances with companies from Eagle Ford Shale and the state of Texas. Read more >
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Famous Trumpeter Performs at TAMIU April 16


April 16, 2014

Renowned trumpeter Mary Elizabeth Bowden will share the stage with pianist Dr. Joachim Reinhuber in the final Master Performers @ TAMIU Recital Wednesday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Texas A&M International University Center for fine and Performing Arts Recital Hall.

Admission is free and open to the public.

The Master Performers @ TAMIU series is sponsored by the Salinas Charitable Trust Fund, TAMIU Residential Life and a donation from Hector and Annabel Hall. Read more >
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Laredo Lemurs Season Tickets 2014


April 15, 2014

Lemur Fans:

I am here to give you guys some great news for this 2014 season. We are only 30 days away from opening night and I have a great offer going on for all of Laredo! This year we have Mini-Packs available in which it gives you access for 10 lemur home games of your choice for only $90 dollars. Payment plans are still available!! So act fast before the great seats are gone!! For more information on season tickets or sponsorships contact Juan Salinas at 956-267-0336.

Thanks,

Juan Salinas
Sales and Marketing Manager
Laredo Lemurs Baseball

PO Box 451343
Laredo, Tx 78045

956-753-6877 – Office
956-267-0336 – Cell
juan@laredolemurs.com

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Notes From The Edge 1


April 10, 2014

This month is our inaugural newsletter and a good one, don’t you think?
Congratulations to the staffers that got it going and rolled it out. I think it is going to be a great communication tool to support the Laredo Convention and Visitors Bureau prime mission of influencing travelers to choose Laredo as their destination. And part of what we do to positively influence those travel decisions to come to Laredo, is travel our selves. We have a variety of staff that goes to different parts of Texas, the U.S. and Mexico to stay connected to outside audiences, and to talk it up. We sell the destination to different people in various ways. Well in late February and early March we had deployed a couple of teams to two different places. Read more >
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Arena announces Yuri promo


April 4, 2014

The SMG-managed Laredo Energy Arena announced Thursday a discounted ticket promotion for the Yuri show scheduled for Friday, May 2 at 8:30 p.m. at the LEA.

Tickets are now available at $10 off the original price for most price levels. New ticket prices are just $63, $43 and $33. The first five rows have also opened up with prices at $103 per ticket (other fees may apply). All tickets are on sale now at all Ticketmaster outlets including Ticketmaster.com, the LEA box office, charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and select H-E-B Ticketmaster outlets.

“The promoter wanted to make sure that Yuri’s biggest fans had a chance to see her live in concert and so we are extending this special ticket promotion for a limited time,” said Xavier Villalon, general manager of the SMG-managed Laredo Energy Arena.

For more information, please visit www.learena.com or www.facebook.com/LaredoEnergyArena.

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Deftones comes to Laredo May 27


March 10, 2014

Grammy-award-winning alternative band Deftones have booked the Laredo Energy Arena for an explosive show for one night only on Tuesday, May 27, 2014. Tickets are $33 and $28 for general admission seating and go on sale to the general public on Friday, March 7 at 10 a.m. at all Ticketmaster outlets including the LEA box office, Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and select H-E-B Ticketmaster outlets.
A special pre-sale will begin Thursday, March 6 at 10 a.m. for LEA e-blast subscribers. Go to www.learena.com to become an e-blast subscriber today.
“The public has expressed great interest in bringing alternative band Deftones. I’m glad to say that we’ve worked it out and made this happen,” said Xavier Villalon, general manager for the SMG-managed Laredo Energy Arena.
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STCE’s Comic Con @ TAMIU set for January 25 – 26

January 23, 2014

Today’s guest blog is from STCE’s Comic Con@TAMIU event organizer, Mr. M. Jalomo.

STCE’s Comic Con @ TAMIU, Laredo’s premier gathering of pop culture, collecting, comics, anime and cosplay, will be held on January 25-26 at the Student Activity Center on the campus of Texas A&M International University. The two-day event will be filled with various vendors, gaming competitions, Cosplay Contest, movie and TV stars and comic book creators.

Celebrity guests at STCE’s Comic Con @ TAMIU include Marina Sirtis who appeared as Counselor Deena Troi in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Michael Biehn who played the iconic roles of Kyle Reese in the Terminator, Corporal Dwayne Hicks in Aliens and Johnny Ringo in Tombstone, Walter Jones, The Original Black Power Ranger, Simon Fisher-Becker who has appeared in Dr. Who and Harry Potter, Travis Love from the Walking Dead and Jennifer Blanc who appeared in the Dark Angel Series. Jett Lucas who appeared Star Wars Ep II and Ep III. Jett is also the son of Star Wars Creator George Lucas.

The event will also feature panels where fans can interact with the celebrities and creators.

Two additional guest in attendance will be internationally renowned cosplayer Mariedoll and comedian the Alien Warrior Comic.

STCE’s Comic Con @ TAMIU will also have several live comedy shows from the Alien Warrior Comedian who has appeared in numerous nationally televised comedy competition.

In addition to celebrity autograph booths, the event will have Artist Alley with comic books creators. The creators will be there displaying their work.

Artists will be available to do sketches and commissions for art lovers as well.

STCE’s Comic Con @ TAMIU will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m to 4 p.m. on Sunday

Admission will be $10 for an adult single-day pass, $15 for an adult two-day pass, $5 for a child’s (ages 6-12) single-day pass and $8 for a child’s two-day pass. There is are a limited number of VIP tickets available which include a private meet and greet with Travis Love from the Walking Dead. Tickets can be purchased online at www.STCECOMICCON.com or at Legacy Comics located at 5901 McPherson Road Suite 2B and at Laredo Pizza Factory located at 9652 McPherson Ave Ste 100.

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Uni-Trade Stadium to Host Mexican League Baseball Games


January 22, 2014

Family Chevrolet, Uni-Trade Stadium & the Laredo Lemurs are excited to announce that two of the Mexican Leagues most successful franchises will be coming to Laredo to play in spring training exhibition games in Laredo this March.

The Cancun Tigers, who won the Mexican League Championship in 2013, will play two games at Uni-Trade Stadium.

The first of the two games will take place on Saturday, March 22nd against the Veracruz Eagles, winners of the 2012 Mexican League Champion at 7:00 pm.

The second spring training game will take place on Monday, March 24 with the Cancun Tigers taking on an All Star team from Nuevo Laredo (“Tecos”) at 7:00 pm.

Tickets for the Mexican League spring training games go on sale this Friday, January 24 at 10:00 am. You can get tickets online or by calling (956) 7LEMURS. You can also purchase tickets at the Uni-Trade Stadium box office during regular business hours.

Laredo Lemurs season ticket holders will receive tickets to these games as part of the season ticket agreements. A limited number of luxury suites and group tickets are available by calling (956)7LEMURS.

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Brigadier General William “Bill” Hall named 2014 Air Show Marshal for the WBCA Stars and Stripes Air Show Spectacular


January 14, 2014

LAREDO, TX – The Washington’s Birthday Celebration Association (WBCA) has formally announced Brigadier General William “Bill” Hall as the air show marshal for the 2014 WBCA Stars and Stripes Air Show Spectacular Sponsored by Miller Lite. Along with Brigadier General Hall the WBCA is pleased to announce the entertainment lineup for the 16th annual WBCA Stars and Stripes Air Show Spectacular. Read more >
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Alicia Villarreal, Yolanda Del Rio headline Mariachi Extravaganza and Grito Competition


January 14, 2014

LAREDO, Texas – The largest Mariachi event of the year is coming Saturday, March 1 at the Laredo Energy Arena.

Six Mariachi artists and three mariachi groups will grace the stage of the LEA on March 1 as part of the Mariachi Extravaganza and Mexican Grito Competition. Headliners are none other than Grammy-award-winner Alicia Villarreal and Mexican actress and ranchera singer Yolanda Del Rio.

Other artists include San Antonio native Sebastien De La Cruz, who sang the National Anthem before game three of the NBA Finals in San Antonio, Elida Reyna, Michael Salgado, Roel Nava, Dinora, Alexsandra, Marichai Los Coronelas, Mariachi Origen y Tradicion, and Laredo’s very own Mariachi Los Arrieros.

“This event is huge! You don’t want to miss these amazing performances from the best artists and the grito competiton,” said Xavier Villalon, general manager for the SMG-managed Laredo Energy Arena.

Tickets are $90 which includes a meet and greet and a seat within the first three rows, $65, $45 and $25 (facility fee included) and go on sale to the general public on Friday, January 17 at 10 a.m. at all Ticketmaster outlets including the LEA box office, Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and select H-E-B Ticketmaster outlets.

A special pre-sale begins Wednesday, January 15 at 10 a.m. for LEA e-blast subscribers. Visit www.learena.com to become a subscriber today!

Rafael Benavides

Marketing Manager

Laredo Energy Arena, an SMG-managed facility
6700 Arena Blvd., Laredo, Texas 78041

Office: (956) 523-6578
Fax: (956) 523-7746

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Taste of Laredo returns to the LEA with more food, music and fun for everyone


January 14, 2014

LAREDO, Texas – The tastiest event of Washington’s Birthday Celebration is here! Come and enjoy delicious food, beer and wine tasting, music and a whole lot of fun at this year’s Taste of Laredo on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 7 p.m.!

Dozens of restaurants and eateries will participate in the largest and most famous food festival in Laredo. And if you are up to the challenge, we dare you to participate in the Blazing Wing Eating Competition sponsored by Buffalo Wild Wings, and our Pizza Eating Competition sponsored by Hungry Howie’s Pizza.

Musical guests for the evening will be Austin-based Top 40, Dance and Hip Hop cover band Electric Circus, who is sure to keep you in good spirits and dancing all evening long on the floor.

“We’re very proud and excited to host the Taste of Laredo – one of the most anticipated festivities of the Washington’s Birthday Celebration,” said Xavier Villalon, general manager for the SMG-managed Laredo Energy Arena.

Tickets are $25, (an extra fee will be incurred to participate in the beer and wine tasting section). Children 12 years and younger enter free!

Act fast because as tickets are limited and go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, January 15 at 10 a.m. at all Ticketmaster outlets including the LEA box office, Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and select H-E-B Ticketmaster outlets.

A special pre-sale begins Tuesday, January 14 at 10 a.m. for LEA e-blast subscribers. Visit www.learena.com to become a subscriber today!

Rafael Benavides

Marketing Manager

Laredo Energy Arena, an SMG-managed facility
6700 Arena Blvd., Laredo, Texas 78041

Office: (956) 523-6578
Fax: (956) 523-7746

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