The Tailgate | CultureMap Austin

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The Tailgate | CultureMap Austin

The Tailgate features tailgate-themed food from award-winning chefs, plus game-day inspired cocktails, activities, entertainment and more.

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Distribution Hall 1500 East 4th Street Austin, TX 78702

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Refund Policy

No Refunds

About this event

Join CultureMap Austin on November 3 for the launch of our newest signature event: The Tailgate.

In Texas, tailgating is more than a party in a parking lot — it’s a lifestyle. CultureMap's Tailgate is a celebration of the culture of sports — all sports — and the fans who cheer them on. This event combines the best parts of tailgating with the elevated, but playful experience you've come to expect of a CultureMap event. It will be fancy — but not stuffy — featuring chef-driven food and signature cocktails, plus game-day-inspired activities, entertainment, and more.

As part of our celebration, we will shine a spotlight on sports-related nonprofit organizations, their impact on the community, and the inspiring athletes that support them. Expect to meet and engage with notable sports figures in fun and surprising ways, especially during our VIP hour.

General Admission Tickets include bites by participating restaurants, complimentary premium beverages, and access to partner activations throughout the event.

  • Early Bird: $60 (limited time)
  • Regular Price: $75

VIP Admission Tickets include early admission (6 pm) for first access to bites by participating restaurants, free valet, and a dedicated VIP bar, along with access to elevated activations during the VIP hour

  • Early Bird: $99 (limited time)
  • Regular Price: $125

Early Bird tickets are available in limited quantities for a limited time. Get them now before they're gone.

Participating restaurants and chefs, including several Tastemaker Award-winners and nominees, will create tailgate-inspired tastings:

  • The Jerk Shack, featuring 2021 San Antonio Tastemaker Awards Chef of the Year Nicola Blaque
  • Counter Culture, 2022 Austin Tastemaker Awards Best Vegan Restaurant
  • Loro Asian Smokehouse & Bar, 2022 Austin Tastemaker Awards Neighborhood Restaurant of the Year Nominee
  • Project Pollo, 2022 Austin Tastemaker Awards Best Vegan Restaurant Nominee
  • Texas Sushiko, 2022 Austin Tastemaker Awards Best New Restaurant Nominee
  • Meanwhile Brewing, 2022 Austin Tastemaker Awards Brewery of the Year
  • Dorcol Distilling & Brewing Co., 2022 San Antonio Tastemaker Awards Brewery of the Year
  • Blue Owl Brewing, 2021 Austin Tastemaker Awards Brewery of the Year
  • Jewboy Burgers, 2021 Austin Tastemaker Awards Best New Restaurant Nominee

And more participating restaurants to be announced!

Nonprofit Partners:


The Tailgate is brought to you by Whole Foods Market and Austin Cocktails.

Event is 21+ Only. Sorry, no refunds.


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