Visit Austin Foundation Events

The Visit Austin Foundation hosts several events in the community annually. Learn more about initiatives such as the Tourism and Hospitality Career Fair, Give Back Gig and more.

Interested in supporting these efforts? Contact our team for more information.

Upcoming Events

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Give Back Gig

May 22, 2024 | Assembly Hall

In honor of National Travel & Tourism Week (NTTW), join the Visit Austin Foundation and the Austin hospitality community in celebrating our industry and supporting a great cause. NTTW is an opportunity for us to highlight both the economic and social impact of our industry.

This year’s Give Back Gig will celebrate Austin’s culinary industry, bringing together some of Austin’s hottest chefs with up-and-coming talent from our local Travis Early College High School culinary program for a unique tasting experience. Highlights include a special tasting menu, developed in collaboration with the chefs and students, specialty cocktails and beverages, live music and amazing raffle items.

Chefs include:
Chef Jakub Czyszczon | The Garrison, Fairmont Austin
Chef Allie McMillan | ATX Cocina
Chef Amanda Turner | Olamaie
Chef Paul Wensel | Hestia

Proceeds from the event will support the Visit Austin Foundation as well as the Les Dames d’Escoffier - Austin Chapter.

Click here to get tickets

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Visit Austin Foundation Executive Education Series

Multiple Dates, April - December, 2024 | Locations Vary

Visit Austin Foundation is collaborating with Texas McCombs  Executive Education to offer a new leadership training series for the Austin hospitality community in 2024. Gain useful business knowledge, grow your leadership skills and network with peers in the local tourism and hospitality industry. Learn more about our upcoming sessions and sign up today.

Upcoming sessions include:
April 24 | Becoming a More Effective Negotiator with Galen Paulson, Ph.D.
June 13 | Discover Your Personal Power to Kick Ass in Business and in Life with Gay Gaddis
August 29 | Advocacy with John Daly, Ph.D.
December 5 | Executive Presence with Katie Pritchett, Ph.D.

Click here to view schedule and register

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Austin Tourism Insider Training Program

Multiple Dates, January - May, 2024 | Visit Austin Offices

Looking for an opportunity to grow your knowledge of Austin? The Austin Tourism Insider (ATI) Program is designed to support Austin tourism and hospitality employees, corporate new hire onboarding, and Austin hospitality enthusiasts. The program will provide expert knowledge of Austin and its tourism assets, improve confidence in suggesting options for visitors and elevate their experience, reinvigorate passion for the industry and community, and foster deep-rooted connections with others and the city we proudly support.

Click here to view schedule and register

Recent Events

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Amplify Austin Hospitality Happy Hour

March 6, 2024 | Bar AC at The Otis Hotel Austin, Autograph Collection

The Visit Austin Foundation's annual Amplify Austin Hospitality Happy Hour is a great opportunity to network with peers, hear local live music, get to know other hospitality professionals, and help support our fundraising efforts for the Austin hospitality and tourism workforce. A portion of the proceeds from this event benefits scholarships and education programs provided by the Visit Austin Foundation.

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Thanks FORE Giving Topgolf Tournament Benefiting the Visit Austin Foundation

November 16, 2023 | Topgolf

The Austin Sports Commission and Visit Austin Foundation team up to host the Thanks FORE Giving Topgolf Tournament each year. Attendees can show their appreciation to their staff, clients and community, all while having some fun and winning big prizes during the friendly Topgolf competition! Following the tournament, attendees enjoyed a fajita buffet, beverages and live music at the awards and networking reception. Proceeds benefited the Visit Austin Foundation and Austin Sports Commission.

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Cheese Parables for Life & Work: A Tasting Experience with the Antonellis

August 3, 2023 | Renaissance Austin Hotel

The Visit Austin Foundation hosted a networking and educational tasting experience with Antonelli's Cheese Shop. Austin's own cheesemongers, Kendall and John Antonelli, guided attendees through a tasting of five cheeses paired with wine, other accompaniments and insightful conversation. Attendees also had a chance to experience spectacular, Hill Country views in the Glass Oaks Room at Renaissance Hotel Austin while mixing, mingling and networking with industry peers.

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Give Back Gig

We partied for a cause, Austin-style at the 2023 Give Back Gig! In honor of National Travel & Tourism Week (NTTW), the Austin Hospitality Community came together to give back. NTTW is an annual recognition of both the economic and social impact of our industry. The event supported hospitality industry workforce development initiatives through the Visit Austin Foundation as well as affordable healthcare for Austin’s low-income, working musicians through HAAM – Health Alliance for Austin Musicians.

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Practical Actions to Solve Your Workforce Challenges | Webinar with Jason Dorsey

We had an incredibly positive response after our Visit Austin 2022 Annual Meeting keynote speaker, Jason Dorsey, rocked the event with his unexpected, practical (and hilarious) insights into what works for each generation in the workplace. Jason returned in April to deliver a one-time live web training for attendees, where he shared his brand-new insights and practical strategies (most of which cost zero dollars ) to drive recruiting, retention, training, and talent development, all brought to you by The Visit Austin Foundation.

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Amplify Austin Hospitality Happy Hours

The Visit Austin Foundation hosted two Hospitality Happy Hours at Bar Peached and Austin Taco Project during Amplify Austin in March 2023. A portion of the proceeds benefitted scholarships and education programs provided by the Visit Austin Foundation. Plus, it was a great opportunity to network with peers, get to know other hospitality professionals and to help support our fundraising efforts for the Austin hospitality and tourism workforce during Amplify Austin Day!

Thanks to our great sponsors, Tito's Handmade Vodka, for supporting the Visit Austin Foundation and for matching a portion of donations during Amplify Austin. Music provided by local musician Miggy Milla, @miggymilla, and Jo James, @jojamesmusic.

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Local & Live at the Austin Visitor Center, benefiting the Visit Austin Foundation

In October 2022, the Austin Visitor Center and Visit Austin Foundation invited visitors and locals to experience Local & Live, featuring free live music performances from Austin musicians and a curated selection of art, Austin-themed apparel, home goods and accessories to shop from local artisans. A portion of proceeds benefited the Visit Austin Foundation. 

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Local & Live at the Austin Visitor Center, benefiting the Visit Austin Foundation

The Austin Visitor Center and Visit Austin Foundation invited visitors to experience Local & Live from March 13-19, 2022. Attendees enjoyed free live music performances from seven Austin bands and musicians and shopped a curated selection of art, apparel, home goods, accessories and more from local artisans. A portion of retail sales benefited the Visit Austin Foundation.

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Downtown Austin Front-of-House Clean-Up Day

As visitor's make their return to Austin, Visit Austin and Downtown Austin Alliance came together in May 2021 to refresh our city's "Front of House" to make sure Austin is guest-ready. Hundreds of volunteers came together for the inaugural hospitality industry ATX-FOH refresh – a morning of outdoor beautification projects throughout downtown and other hospitality hubs.

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Antonelli's Cheese Tasting: Benefitting the Visit Austin Foundation

Our first fundraiser of the year was a virtual cheese tasting led by a cheesemonger from local favorite, Antonelli's. Attendees tasted their way through a curated selection of cheeses, pairings, charcuterie and chocolates all while showing some love for the Visit Austin Foundation.

Participants had the opportunity to make a donation to the Foundation during registration. 100% of donations go toward the Foundation's scholarship and workforce development programs. We thank you for your generosity, as we rely on support from partners like you to equip our local hospitality workforce and further advance our industry.

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Understanding Save Our Stages: Shuttered Venue Grant Federal Relief Programwebin

Access the Webinar Recording & Presentation Materials

Learn about the Shuttered Venue Grant Program, more commonly known as Save Our Stages. We’ll review which types of businesses and organizations are eligible, how to calculate the potential amount of your grant and the priority of grant awards. We’ll also review what is currently known about the application process.

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Embracing Change: Methods for Managing Responses and Remaining Focused

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Learn methods and techniques for managing responses and remaining focused during periods of unprecedented change. Brian Hogg, a Leadership Development Consultant and Executive Coach for the Leadership Foundry, will teach us how to refocus our energy, manage our emotional reaction and embrace the opportunities that change can bring. While we may not be able to control the outside influences on our life, the one area we can control is our response.

Visit Austin Career Fair

Tourism & Hospitality Career Fair

The Tourism & Hospitality Career Fair offers participants the opportunity to network and meet with employers seeking local talent from entry to executive level, representing over 2,600+ available positions.