Photo courtesy of Circuit of the Americas.

Fuel up on caffeine at Austin’s first Cars and Coffee showcase of the year at Circuit of the Americas (COTA). The popular exhibitions are back with a special incentive for show cars at their March 12 event. This is one of the track's several recurring events series that gets people to the track for low-stakes, affordable entertainment, like the recently returned Bike Night.

Every month, rain or shine, hundreds of gearheads and enthusiasts gather at COTA to admire some of the state’s most beautiful, powerful, and exotic cars. Attendees will get a chance to look at their fair share of American muscle, JDM cars, racecars, classic automobiles, and many more. The event is free for spectators, who can park in Lots C and D for free, or Lot A with a $10 registration for show cars.

The March 12 meetup will feature a new element for show car entrants: a voucher for one free admission to the Super Lap Battle at the track. The Super Lap Battle is an annual, Super Bowl-esque "time attack challenge" where racers compete for the best lap time around COTA's 3.4-mile track.

Also making its debut this year is a new for-sale lot near COTA Karting for spectators interested in shopping for a new daily driver or show car.

COTA’s schedule for Cars and Coffee is as follows:

  • March 12 – Super Lap Battle
  • April 30 – Chin Track Days
  • May 28 – Monaco GP Watch Party & Ride Smart
  • June 18 – Father’s Day
  • July 16
  • August 13
  • September 24
  • (No October date set as of publication)
  • November 19 – Edge Addicts

Cars and Coffee runs from 8 am to noon. Parking lots open at 7 am. For more information about Cars and Coffee, visit circuitoftheamericas.com.

Photo courtesy of COTA

Rev up for the return of COTA's full-throttle MotoGP Grand Prix in Austin

Ready to Roar

If you're looking for some adrenaline-inducing racing at one of the best tracks in the United States, get ready for the MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas at Circuit of The Americas, happening April 14-16.

COTA's 20-turn, 3.42-mile track sets the perfect scene for thrilling head-to-head racing between the best MotoGP daredevils in the world.

This year, April's three-day spectacle is introducing a new event for the qualifying session: the sprint race. During this intense race, held prior to Sunday's Grand Prix, the riders will go all-out, reaching speeds of up to 220 mph as they navigate the twists and turns of the Circuit.

The world championship of racing weekend includes hours of on-track racing action with MotoGP, Moto2, and Moto3, and also features plenty of off-track entertainment. Check out the expanded fan zone sporting of hundreds of activities, demo rides from top manufacturers, amusement rides, and Texas' delicious signature barbecue.

Looking for a memorable ride like no other? The Cycle Corral is the perfect add-on experience. You'll get the opportunity to ride your own bike during a parade lap of the full circuit Saturday afternoon, an exclusive commemorative gift from COTA, and premium motorcycle parking in Lot D.

All tickets for this year's Austin race — the only North American stop, by the way — include access to a reserved seat and standard access to general admission areas around the circuit. There are great vantage points to be found all around the Circuit.

Spectators can take their pick between 3-day Grandstand or Bleacher seats, or splurge for an upgraded experience with one of COTA's three hospitality packages.

With these packages, you can sample some of the best local cuisine from award-winning chefs, cool down with a wide array of drinks and premium bar service, and watch the white-knuckle racing action from some of the best vantage points around the Circuit.

If you want to embrace spring in Austin and make the track your home for the weekend, sleep under the stars with two camping options: Premium Trackside RV and the Hilltop Campground.

Don't miss your chance to experience the ultimate rush of MotoGP and witness the world's best riders take on one of the most challenging circuits on the calendar. Get your tickets now at TheCircuit.com.

COTA MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix

Photo courtesy of COTA

It's been called the greatest spectacle on two wheels.

Photo courtesy of Circuit of the Americas.

Bike Night returns to Austin's Circuit of the Americas in March


If you’ve ever wanted to get your wheels on the Circuit of the Americas track, now’s your chance. After a highly successful 2022 season that saw more than 11,000 in attendance, Ascension Seton’s Bike Night at COTA is returning in March with a new service for riders.

Ascension is introducing bike rentals for the first time on designated nights for its 2023 events. Riders of any age or experience level are welcome to take a lap around the track and enjoy one of the many post-ride tailgate activities at the track picnic area. Refreshments and food options will be available at the pavilion in the paddock.

For a more competitive approach, riders can download Ascension Seton’s partner app Stratva to track their progress on track and earn the chance to win prizes, such as Valero fuel cards. Riders will also have the opportunity to get a view of the track from the 251-foot Observation Deck or participate in any of the upcoming theme nights.

Adam Bauman, Vice President of orthopedics and sports performance at Ascension Texas, shared in a release that he looks forward to seeing attendees for their 2023 season.

"Ascension Seton is a proud partner of the Circuit of the Americas, and cycling the COTA track for Bike Night season is such a unique Austin experience for cyclists," he said.

Dates for the 2023 Ascension Seton Bike Night at COTA season include:

  • March 7 and 14
  • April 4 and 25
  • May 9, 16, 23, and 30
  • June 6, 13, 20, and 27

10-date season passes ($89) and registration for adults ($10 online or $12 on-site) and children 11 and under ($5) are available at circuitoftheamericas.com.

Photo by Amber Heckler

Tech company revs up support for women in STEM at special F1 event in Austin


Women in STEM and F1 collided on Wednesday, October 19, at a private event hosted by computational software company Cadence Design Systems. Last week, Cadence was ranked 19th in the 2022 World’s Best Workplaces list. Senior VP of Global HR Tina Jones spoke highly about the pride she felt about Cadence’s company culture and their goals for leaving the world better than they found it in regards to sustainability and giving back to the community.

One of the ways Cadence is giving back to the community is through their Giving Foundation. The foundation is investing in organizations like Girlstart, an Austin-based nonprofit whose mission is to empower young girls’ interest in STEM through educational programs and camps.

“We are determined to make a difference in access to STEM education for those who have been traditionally underrepresented,” Jones said.

Jones announced Cadence would make a $25,000 donation to Girlstart to help further the organization’s mission and to invest in the future women they want to hire.

“We want to start at Kindergarten and take them through 12th grade and give girls confidence in STEM,” Jones said, “Girlstart is doing that here in Austin, and we’re super proud to be associated with them.”

Girlstart Executive Director Shane Woods was present to accept the donation. During her speech, Woods discussed the importance of broadening young women’s understanding of what STEM is and nurturing a positive mentality so they can stay inspired in their careers.

Part of Woods’ work is to make sure girls know about the different fields that “need STEM eyes” such as biomedical engineering, environmental sustainability, and social justice.

Girlstart has locations all around Texas, including Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and the Rio Grande Valley, as well as locations in other states like California, Illinois, Washington, and Massachusetts.

The rest of the event centered around Cadence’s partnership with F1 team McLaren Racing, with three primary team members in attendance – CEO Zak Brown, Team Principal Andreas Seidl, and driver Daniel Ricciardo.

Ricciardo has never been shy about his love for the capital of Texas. He said he was naive about the city when F1 first arrived in 2012, but now it’s one of his favorite places. Circuit of the Americas is one of his favorite challenging tracks, noting the “high speed snake section” at turns three through eight that remind him of similar turns Maggotts and Becketts at Silverstone.

“A circuit that really pushes the car to the limits is fun,” he said, “That’s what I love about Austin.”

McLaren’s partnership with Cadence is significant for more than their expertise with computational fluid dynamics. Both companies share similar goals in regards to environmental sustainability and equality. In 2021, McLaren became the first F1 team to release an annual sustainability report, showing they are on track to achieve carbon net zero by 2040. In that same year, they announced Emma Gilmour would be the team’s first female racing driver, racing in Extreme E alongside Tanner Foust.

When asked about what they predict the next 10 years of Formula 1 will look like, Brown and Ricciardo agreed they hoped to see F1 still thriving and at the pinnacle of motorsport, while also giving recognition to the rise of other motorsports. Brown said he would like to see the introduction of rotational races in other countries.

“We have a lot of countries that want races. We’re at a maximum schedule of 24…I would love to see us in 30 countries, but 24 times a year. You might land on 18 permanent races and then have 10 that rotate every two years or something like that,” Brown said. “I think there’s room to grow the sport globally."

Photo by Amber Heckler

8 best events to rev up excitement for Formula 1 weekend in Austin


This October has been packed full of events to garner out-of-town and local attention, and it’s not stopping yet. Coming in the wake of ACL, the upcoming United States Grand Prix looks to draw as many – if not more – crowds for the most popular international motorsport that has been racing in Austin since 2012.

Since Netflix’s release of Drive to Survive in 2019, interest in Formula 1 has increased significantly within the United States. The 2019 US Grand Prix had 268,000 attendees, and the 2021 return of F1 in Austin (after 2020’s race cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic) saw 400,000 attendees at the event, making it the biggest Grand Prix in history. This year’s race has a lot to live up to.

If you’re coming in from out of town looking for some non-track events to feel your way through Austin, or you’re a local looking to avoid some of the trackside traffic, here are eight F1 events happening throughout the city leading up to the race.

Red Bull at Northside
The current leading team in the constructor’s and driver’s championship will be at the Domain this Wednesday beginning at 5 pm. Located at The Lawn, there will be opportunities to test your racing skills with F1 racing simulators, a Red Bull F1 race car to take selfies with, live music by a DJ, official merchandise and more. While you’re there, you can check out one of the many restaurants, bars, and high-end shops the Domain has to offer.

Williams Racing Drivers Meet & Greet
In partnership with Duracell, the Williams Racing team will be at the Pflugerville Home Depot on Thursday from 3 to 7 pm. There will be a track to test your skills at remote control car racing and more. Williams Racing drivers Alex Albon and Nicholas Latifi will be racing RC cars and having a meet and greet at the event from 6 to 7 pm.

Happy Hour with Danica Patrick
One of the most successful female racecar drivers is pursuing a new adventure in her retirement with her own wine and candle brands. Tarrytown’s Hearth & Soul boutique will be hosting a wine-tasting and candle-autograph session with Danica Patrick from 6 to 7 pm on Thursday. Patrick’s Voyant candles are launching exclusively at Hearth & Soul.

Fashion Show at The Howard Social Club
Treun House Atelier is unveiling its new Signature Collection focused on sustainability Friday from 4 to 8 pm at The Howard Social Club. The free F1-themed show will also feature live music by a Scottish pipe band, an art showcase by Kiril Jeliazkov, a supercar showcase and an auction to win a supercar ride at Circuit of the Americas, with proceeds benefitting their sponsored charity Safe in Our World.

Williams Racing presents DJ Cassidy Pass the Mic Live
DJ Cassidy began his ‘Pass the Mic’ series online during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, and it became a critically-acclaimed prime time TV series with BET. This Friday at 9:30 pm he’ll be at Austin City Limits Moody Theater with guest stars Robin Thicke, Wyclef Jean, and Shaggy for his latest Pass the Mic Live show. There are hints about “a few familiar faces” from the Williams Racing team at the event, which could suggest drivers Alex Albon and Nicholas Latifi. Tickets can be found here.

Circuit Series After Parties with Kid Laroi, Zedd and Post Malone
The Circuit Series After Party first premiered last year with The Chainsmokers, Travis Scott, and DJ Irie. The second annual Circuit Series After Party will take place this Friday and Saturday beginning at 9 pm at the Austin American Statesman. Kid Laroi, Zedd and DJ Irie are set to play Friday night, while Post Malone and Zack Bia will perform Saturday night.

BleauLive Austin Race Nights
For more nightlife entertainment, Fairmont Austin will host BleauLive Austin Race Nights on Friday and Saturday from 9 pm to 2 am. DJ Vice, Konstantina Gianni and The Chainsmokers are set to perform Friday night, while Charly Jordan, DJ Shift, and Marshmello will perform Saturday night.

TRACKSIDE BONUS: Mini-Pecan Street Festival at COTA
For those who will be at the track to watch the race, there will be a special Austin pop-up festival debuting all weekend. The Pecan Street Festival is the longest-running art festival in Austin and is currently in its 45th year of operation. The festival is usually held biannually in May and September. This weekend’s pop-up will feature 40 artisan vendors and can be found in the infield near ONEderland beginning Friday at 8 am.

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Our 13 favorite films, parties, and moments from SXSW 2023


Another year of South by Southwest (SXSW) has come and gone, and we have the sore throats and trapezius muscles to show for it. The conference offered some inspiring moments, celebrity sightings, and the networking can never be beat — especially for the tireless penny pinchers and tree huggers who took the bus or got rides. But it was the local aspect that swept us away this year.

There were more than 25 conference tracks and hundreds of showcasing artists wrapped up in the 2023 festivities. Even an attendee who makes three events all 10 days only covers less than 10 percent of the schedule — and that’s not even counting all the unofficial parties. This year, we were proud to see the brightest cultural lights in Austin shining through on an international stage, and our favorite picks reflect that duality.

From hyperlocal to here-there-and-everywhere, here are our top films, concerts, parties, and more from SXSW 2023.

Most adventurous meal:National Geographic dinner
Austin chefs were busy during SXSW, but Arlo Grey’s Kristen Kish was busy long before the festival even started. The Top Chef winner is debuting a new National Geographic series this week, and CultureMap was lucky enough to get a sneak peek at a private preview dinner. The menu paired ingredients inspired by the remote locations featured in the four-part docuseries, giving us a culinary glimpse of Kish’s adventures in Restaurants at the End of the World, premiering March 21 on Disney+. — Hannah J. Frías, Editor

Favorite new product: Calibrate Wellness brunch
Speaking of busy chefs, Nic Yanes (Juniper, Uncle Nicky’s) recently launched Calibrate Wellness, a line of delicious Delta8 edibles with his co-founder Janice Omadeke, a former tech CEO of The Mentor Method (and the first Black woman with a venture-backed tech exit in Austin). The pair shared their wares during a special Future of Food brunch on the first Sunday of SXSW, with food from 1417 French Bistro. Inviting guests to try four different flavors of dosed or undosed samples, Yanes and Omadeke discussed their mission at Calibrate to provide safe, delicious, and even nutritious cannabis products. Considering we had a long day of SXSW ahead, we tried the undosed versions (the matcha one and the peanut butter were standouts), but we may or may not have saved a sample for a venture out to Willie Nelson’s ranch later in the week. — HJF

A new obsession:Balimaya Project
One of the best parts of SXSW is the international curation. Jazz re:freshed, a contemporary jazz record label in London, hosted an “outernational” showcase highlighting British jazz, which happened to feature Balimaya Project when I wandered into the seemingly defunct Seller’s Underground. The large band — too many to count through the packed crowd — piled onstage, but the figurative spotlight fell mostly on the kora player, Jali Bakary Konteh. The West African instrument is something between a harp and a banjo, and the crowd was transfixed by its spiraling tones and rhythms. The groove included lots of percussive elements and assertive horns for one of the most sonically and physically engaging live shows of the festival. — Brianna Caleri, Assistant Editor

Most inspiring documentary:Going Varsity in Mariachi
There was no shortage of star-studded premieres at SXSW this year, but my favorite film of the fest was Going Varsity in Mariachi. Mexican-American filmmakers Alejandra Vasquez and Sam Osborn have created something truly special with this one, blending the story arc of a high school underdog team with realistic, joyful, and at times raw insights into South Texas border culture. The film follows Edinburg North High School’s mariachi team on their road to the state championship, and all the challenges they face along the way — individually, and as a team. Paired with an incredible original soundtrack, the film often felt visually more like a Wes Anderson creation than a documentary, capturing the colors and sounds of life in the Rio Grand Valley and inviting viewers on a vibrant emotional journey. — HJF

Going varsity in mariachi

Courtesy SXSW

Going Varsity in Mariachi captures the colors and sounds of life in the Rio Grand Valley, inviting viewers on a vibrant emotional journey.

The power of a place:Join or Die
There was one event I couldn’t stop telling people about, and I did it like this: “A political scientist found that joining one group,” [pause for emphasis], “reduced someone’s chances of dying by half.” This was met with many incredulous stares. Join or Die, a documentary, did justice to the incredulity of its premise, treating the concept of social capital and the power of joining groups with a necessary seriousness, but keeping the tone approachable. After all, the goal is to invite more people to get involved, not to push a doomsday narrative about the collapse of social infrastructure, one of the driving problems that prompted the research. I distilled some of the film’s major points and made recommendations on Austin groups to join for CultureMap readers. — BC

Favorite unofficial party: Rolling Stone X Bumble party
One of the wildest things about SXSW is the plethora of unofficial parties that pop up in intimate Austin venues across town. One of my favorites took place at Howard’s Bar, co-hosted by Rolling Stone and Bumble to kick off Rolling Stone’s inaugural music showcase. Both the party and the showcase celebrated emerging women’s voices in the music industry, providing a stage to elevate the next generation of influential artists. The party itself featured a curated setlist from Madison McFerrin (a.k.a., Melismata Mama), which attendees bopped to while enjoying specialty cocktails and bites from Rosie’s Wine Bar, Howard’s Bar & Club, and Swedish Hill Sweets. Notable guests included actress and musician Scout LaRue Willis, singer-songwriter Remi Wolf, Grammy-nominated artist Valerie June, model Nicole Trunfio, members of The Bros Fresh, and more. — HJF

The Austin element:Local bands
As intoxicating as a good international find is, SXSW is a great time to connect with local talent. One audience member before a show sounded disappointed to learn that Caleb de Casper was local, and left to find something more unattainable year-round. From what I saw, that audience member missed out. De Casper strutted out in sneaker heels, a sparkler bra, and body hair, and delivered his usually synth-pop tunes in a harder rock style with a reminder that SXSW underpays artists and that the dragged out performance may be “illegal next year.” I also appreciated the theatrical and funky grooves of Walker Lukens, and was proud to introduce a visiting friend to one of Austin’s most established performers outside of the pop mainstream, swamp-funk band Shinyribs. He was smitten. — BC

Shelter from the storm: The Young Wife
One challenge of SXSW is that everything you want to attend seems to happen at the same time. After missing the film’s opening night on Sunday, March 12, I was glad to catch The Young Wife for an intimate showing at the AFS Cinema, a satellite SXSW location. Directed by Tayarisha Poe (Selah and the Spades), The Young Wife follows a young woman on her wedding day as she grapples with the meaning of love in the face of an uncertain world. Relative newcomer Kiersey Clemons (Somebody I Used to Know) plays the titular character, alongside an impressive cast that includes Emmy-Award winner Sheryl Lee Ralph. Leon Bridges makes his acting debut opposite Clemons, and while I will admit that was my main draw, I enjoyed the film’s moody aesthetics, which paired perfectly with the tornado-level storm that washed out festival events in other parts of Austin that night. — HJF

Spellbinding art:Kite Zo A (Leave the Bones)
Fans of Beyoncé’s Lemonade and other visual albums may be swept away by Kite Zo A, something between that and a cultural documentary. The “sensorial film” travels to Haiti and places a special emphasis on movement and ritual, following dancers, rollerbladers, parade revelers, and more to the sounds of Haitian band Lakou Mizik and electronic artist Joseph Ray. “Kite Zo A,” in Haitian creole, means “Leave the Bones” — that is, an evil or oppressive force may consume a person’s living form, but their essence remains. Although the film does address some politics, poverty, and a spirit of resistance, it takes an immaculate and celebratory spiritual tone thanks to some attentive editing and the omnipresence of Vodou as a cultural overlay. — BC

Most seductive sound: Quinn x Bumble brunch
Bumble kept the focus on women with its second SXSW party of the week. On the heels of their “You Come First” Valentine’s Day campaign, Bumble partnered with audio erotica app Quinn for a SXSW brunch. The luxurious Hotel St. Cecilia provided a perfectly sensual setting for the event, which served as the exclusive premiere of a new Quinn Original Audio - the third episode to 'The Misty Door' series, voiced by actor Jesse Williams. Guests were invited to catch a sneak preview of the audio and left with customized goodie bags. — HJF

A gateway experience:NoSex|SexParty
File this under “really useful, but still finding its legs.” A collective of sexual health, sexy entertainment, and hookup facilitators (including Austin’s own Afterglow, a women-led, ethical porn creator), joined forces to throw a sex party without the messy bits. It was crowded and a little awkward since most attendees came with their SXSW posses and weren’t dressed for the occasion. Downstairs, there was flogging, body painting, a sensual movement workshop, and an ongoing screening of a new Afterglow film. Upstairs, some of us chatted about practicing morally tricky kinks in a safe and considerate way, and buying food trucks. Once you know the ins-and-outs of someone’s most intimate fantasies, the conversation can go anywhere. — BC

Best escape: Potluck + Luck Reunion
One of my SXSW highlights every year is escaping the fest altogether, heading out to Willie Nelson’s ranch in Spicewood for his annual Luck Reunion. The event is the perfect antithesis to the standard over-crowded, over-stimulating SXSW affair, inviting attendees to celebrate great music on smaller stages with a more intimate crowd. In 2023, Luck Reunion became its own mini-festival, expanding beyond the main music night to include three food-focused events. My favorite was Potluck, a family-style dinner where proceeds go to Nelson’s longtime charity partners, including Farm Aid, Wholesome Wave, and the Texas Food & Wine Alliance. This year’s iteration paid homage to the main agricultural crops of indigenous cuisine (maize, squash, and climbing beans), and included a private performance from the living legend himself. I was lucky enough to snag a front row spot, where I got a wink and a wave from Willie and thus have reached the pinnacle of my career. I can retire happy. — HJF

Venerated English rock singer Peter Gabriel adds Austin date to long-awaited 2023 tour

Bring the Sledgehammer

English rock singer Peter Gabriel has added 13 new North American cities to his worldwide "i/o - The Tour," including a stop at Austin's Moody Center on Thursday, October 18.

The massive tour, Gabriel's first solo jaunt since the "Back to Front Tour" that took place from late 2012 to early 2014, kicks off in Krakow, Poland on May 18. The Austin concert will be one of the three final dates on the 48-city tour, alongside Dallas on October 19 and Houston on October 21.

The tour is in support of the new album, i/o, Gabriel's first new release since 2011. Although an exact date for the release has not been announced, new music from the album is being released on the full moon of each month in 2023; the now-available song for March is called "Playing For Time."

On the tour, fans will get to see Gabriel playing new material from the new album, as well as hits, fan favorites, and the unexpected. Gabriel will be joined by regular bandmates Tony Levin, David Rhodes, and Manu Katché.

Gabriel got his start as the original lead singer of the band Genesis, with which he released six albums in the early 1970s. He left for a solo career in 1975, releasing his first album in 1977. The pinnacle of his career came with the 1986 album So, which contained the indelible hits "Sledgehammer," "In Your Eyes," and "Don't Give Up" with Kate Bush.

The general onsale for the newly added shows will start on Friday, March 24 at 10 am at LiveNation.com. Fans will have access to a special presale through Peter’s Fan Club mailing list, starting on Tuesday, March 21.

Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets in the U.S. beginning on Wednesday, March 22 at 10 am until Thursday, March 23 at 6 pm through the Citi Entertainment program.

Fans can also purchase VIP packages, which may include premium tickets, access to the pre-show lounge, limited edition gift items, and more

Peter Gabriel - i/o – The Tour North American Dates

  • September 8 Quebec City, Quebec Videotron Centre
  • September 9 Ottawa, Ontario Canadian Tire Centre
  • September 11 Toronto, Ontario Scotiabank Arena
  • September 13 Montreal, Quebec Bell Centre
  • September 14 Boston, Massachusetts TD Garden
  • September 16 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Wells Fargo Center
  • September 18 New York, New York Madison Square Garden
  • September 20 Washington, D.C. Capital One Arena – NEW SHOW
  • September 22 Buffalo, New York KeyBank Center – NEW SHOW
  • September 23 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania PPG Paints Arena – NEW SHOW
  • September 25 Columbus, Ohio Nationwide Arena – NEW SHOW
  • September 27 Cleveland, Ohio Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse – NEW SHOW
  • September 29 Detroit, Michigan Little Caesars Arena – NEW SHOW
  • September 30 Chicago, Illinois United Center
  • October 2 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Fiserv Forum – NEW SHOW
  • October 3 St. Paul , Minnesota Xcel Energy Center – NEW SHOW
  • October 7 Vancouver, British Columbia Rogers Arena
  • October 8 Seattle, Washington Climate Pledge Arena
  • October 11 San Francisco, California Chase Center
  • October 13 Los Angeles, California Kia Forum
  • October 14 Palm Springs, California Acrisure Arena – NEW SHOW
  • October 16 Denver , Colorado Ball Arena – NEW SHOW
  • October 18 Austin, Texas Moody Center – NEW SHOW
  • October 19 Dallas, Texas American Airlines Center – NEW SHOW
  • October 21 Houston, Texas Toyota Center – NEW SHOW

Exclusive new terrace helps travelers fuel up for takeoff at the Austin airport


A brand new experience for designated travelers is arriving at the airport. In partnership with Chase Sapphire, the Sapphire Terrace was unveiled on March 20.

Chase Sapphire Reserve card members now have a dedicated space to relax, enjoy complimentary beverages from local makers like Austin Eastciders and (512) Brewing Company, and try any of their grab-and-go snacks.

The terrace is an indoor-outdoor space that features art from local artist and muralist Rex Hamilton inspired by the vibrant colors and native flowers of Texas.

Chase terrace ABIAEntrance to the Sapphire Terrace at the Barbara Jordan Terminal within the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.Courtesy of Chase Sapphire

In addition to complimentary local beverages, the terrace features convenient bites, shuffleboard, a giveaway, and more.

Even though the lounge will be a card member exclusive experience, members can bring up to two guests.

The Sapphire Terrace is open to card members at 10:30 am on March 20. After the grand opening, daily hours will be from 10 am to 8 pm.