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Celebrating National Travel and Tourism: #TealForTourism

Date published: 05.20.24

As National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) approaches its 41st anniversary, Laredo, Texas, is gearing up to celebrate the significant contributions of the U.S. travel industry.

Join Us on a Museum Adventure

Date published: 05.13.24

The Villa Antigua Border Heritage Museum, located at 810 Zaragoza St in Laredo's San Agustín Historic District, is housed in a beautifully restored two-story brick Italianate residence from the early 20th century, nestled by the banks of the Rio Grande.

Celebrating Mom: A Guide to Mother's Day in Laredo, TX

Date published: 05.06.24

As Mother's Day approaches, it's time to honor the incredible women who have shaped our lives with love, sacrifice, and endless support.

Let's Visit the Best Coffee Shops in Town

Date published: 04.29.24

Laredo Coffee, nestled in the heart of a vibrant coffee culture, offers a unique and immersive tour for coffee enthusiasts and curious minds alike.

Celebrating The 100th Anniversary of La India Packing Co Inc.

Date published: 04.22.24

Nestled in the heart of Laredo, Texas, La India Restaurant stands as a beacon of authentic Mexican cuisine, inviting locals and visitors alike to embark on a culinary journey rich in flavor and tradition.

Take Me Out To The Ball Game

Date published: 04.15.24

Baseball has long been hailed as America's favorite pastime, and in the heart of Laredo, Texas, the Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos bring the excitement and spirit of the game to life.

Yes, Laredo is a Very Pet Friendly Destination

Date published: 04.08.24

With its plethora of pet-friendly attractions, accommodations, and adoption opportunities, Laredo has rightfully earned its reputation as a haven for pet lovers.

Celebrating National Cocktail Day in Laredo

Date published: 03.18.24

On March 24th, Laredo, Texas, joins the nation in raising a toast to one of the most beloved libations with National Cocktail Day. This day is not just about enjoying a well-mixed drink but also about celebrating the artistry and craftsmanship behind each cocktail.

Embracing St. Patrick's Day in the Heart of Laredo, Texas

Date published: 03.12.24

As March unfolds, Laredo, Texas, transforms into a vibrant sea of green as the community gears up to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in a spirited and lively manner.

Let's Go to the Kite Festival!

Date published: 03.04.24

Get ready to embrace the winds of excitement as the City of Laredo Parks and Recreation Department proudly presents the 14th Annual Spring Break Kite Festival on March 13, 2024.

The Hidden Yummy Wonders of Laredo

By: Silke Jasso
Date published: 02.26.24

Beyond its historical significance and bustling trade industry, Laredo hides a treasure trove of flavors that captivate the taste buds and leave a lasting impression on those fortunate enough to explore its culinary landscape.

Crafting the Perfect Cocktail for Margarita Day, The Laredo Way

By: Silke Jasso
Date published: 02.19.24

The combination of Texan hospitality and the zest for celebration in Laredo makes Margarita Day a memorable experience for all!

Where to Celebrate Valentine's Day in Laredo

By: Silke Jasso
Date published: 02.12.24

Valentine's Day is a time to celebrate love, and what better place to do so than in the vibrant and culturally rich city of Laredo, Texas?

Celebrate National Pizza Day in Laredo

By: Silke Jasso
Date published: 02.05.24

Laredo, Texas, a city known for its rich cultural blend and vibrant community spirit, comes alive every February 9th to celebrate National Pizza Day. Our local pizzerias always have something to satisfy every craving. Here's where you can find some yummy pizzas to celebrate!

Did You Know?

By: Silke Jasso
Date published: 01.29.24

Laredo, the ultimate history buff's paradise, has some seriously cool secrets up its sleeve! Get ready to uncover the hidden gems in Laredo, Texas – a place where every street corner whispers tales of the past, and the culture is as rich as a double-fudge chocolate cake.

The WBCA Is Back! Here's Your Official Guide

By: Silke Jasso
Date published: 01.22.24

It's back! The most exciting event is right around the corner, and we can't wait to join in on the fun! Which events are you attending? Click here to see the schedule!

The Laredo Birding Festival is Right Around The Corner!

By: Silke Jasso
Date published: 01.19.24

Did you know that Laredo is actually a top place for bird watching? The city is home to hundreds of differed local and migratory birds, including Green Parakeets, Red-billed Pigeon, Scaled Quail, Morelet's Seedeater, Clay-Colored Thrush and Audubon’s just to name a few.

Fun Around Town

By: Selina Villarreal
Date published: 01.30.2023

Here's a listing for a variety of activities and adventures to be had when in Laredo. Perhaps you want to take it easy and take a little coffee tour or zip line thru the Laredo Safari and Adventure Park. Whichever direction you select you're sure to have a great time.

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Laredo's Coffee Tour

By: Selina Villarreal
Date published: 01.06.2023

Looking for another way to reach your daily steps goal? Take the Laredo Coffee Tour and visit several coffee shops around town.

*On-line listing edited after initial posting date to include Mas Cafe Por Favor.

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Holiday Market by Sister Cities

By: Selina Villarreal
Date published: 10.31.2022

See you in Laredo November 18-20, 2022 for the 2nd Annual Holiday Market by Sister Cities!

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October Happenings

By: Selina Villarreal
Date published: 10.14.2022

Looking for ideas on how to spend your free time in Laredo? Here's a listing of events taking place around town during the month of October. Have fun!

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Latte's in Laredo

By: Selina Villarreal
Date published: 09.22.2022

September 29th is National Coffee Day! Cold, hot, strong, smooth, bitter, desserty, whatever you're craving, here's a listing of coffee shops around Laredo that'll make sure you're taken care of!

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National Ghost Hunting Day

By: Selina Villarreal
Date published: 09.20.2022

The last Saturday in September is National Ghost Hunting Day. The Republic of the Rio Grande Museum offers a FREE self-guided haunted heritage tour. Visit the museum, grab a brochure and get walking!

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Happy St. Patrick's Day!

By: Selina Villarreal
Date published: 03.14.2022

It's time to start searching for four leaf clovers, start chasing rainbows to find the pot of gold and also time to celebrate Irish culture and traditions. Here's a listing of Laredo festivities planned for this year and don't forget to wear green. Enjoy, have fun and as always drink responsibly.

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By: Selina Villarreal
Date published: 02.23.2022

According to Merriam-Webster, a bartender is a person who serves drinks at a bar.

I think we can all agree a bartender is more that just someone who serves drinks. A bartender plays multiple roles, connoisseur of blended/mixed liquids, life counselor, music aficionado, best friend, shoulder to cry on, the list goes on and on.

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Murals in Laredo

By: Selina Villarreal
Date published: 07.13.2020

Art is defined as: “the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.”

With that being said, I can firmly say Laredo has very talented artists in town. These talented minds had the opportunity to showcase their skills and beautify the city with colorful murals. When you find yourself in Laredo, take a stroll and look for these hidden gems.

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Celebrating Earth Day at the El Centro de Laredo Farmers Market

By Selina Villarreal

April 10, 2018

The early bird gets the worm! This time around the early bird will be able to purchase farm fresh eggs!

Saturday, April 21st, Laredo Main Street will host their monthly El Centro de Laredo Farmers Market from 9am – 1pm at Veterans Plaza in historical downtown Laredo. Read more

April Caminarte – Art, Food, Handmade Crafts and Selena!

By Selina Villarreal

March 27, 2018

CaminArte time! Head on down to the Laredo Center for the Arts on Friday, April 6th for some artistic inspiration. Take in the beautiful architecture, walk the streets of Laredo and shake your Bidi Bidi Bom Bom. Read more

May the luck of the Irish be with you!

By Selina Villarreal
March 12, 2018

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. Time to put on your most festive “Kiss me I’m Irish” gear and head out in search of four leaf clovers, leprechauns and green beer. In browsing thru the internets I came across a couple of options for you to celebrate the Feast of Saint Patrick on Saturday, March 17th while you’re in Laredo. Enjoy, have fun and as always drink responsibly. Read more

It’s coming!

2018 Laredo International Sister Cities Festival

By Selina Villarreal
March 2018

Take out your calendars and SAVE THE DATE! On July 13, 14 and 15 the Laredo Energy Arena will transform into a Mexican mercado for the Laredo International Sister Cities Festival. Close to 200 vendors from over 13 Mexican states will be showcasing and selling their artisan products. Read more

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I Love U Chingos, Laredo!

By Selina Villarreal
February 2018

There’s so much talent brewing in Laredo. Let me take this time to introduce you to one of Laredo’s artists, Poncho Santos. I like to refer to him as “Mr. I Love U Chingos.”

‘I LOVE U CHINGOS’ is a light installation by the artist. It illuminates the space at the
Pan American Courts Food Truck Park located at 3301 San Bernardo Avenue.

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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

Concerts at the Laredo Energy Arena

The Laredo Energy Arena strives to bring an array of different entertainment, from the most popular genre, Latin shows, to family oriented spectaculars like Disney on Ice.

The month of August will feature one of the best-selling Latin artists, Cristian Castro, will perform inside the Laredo Energy Arena’s Club Annex on Saturday, August 5, 2017. Castro is one of the best-selling Latin artists and has worked with renowned Latin producers including Kike Santander, Rudy Pérez, and Richard Daniel Roman. In 2005, Castro released Días Felices with "Amor Eterno" and "Sin Tu Amor."

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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>

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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:

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 >

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.

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 >

“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:

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 or send your resume

I’ll see you at the matinee!

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

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >