About TSG Austin Editor Leigh Ann Kalman:
Leigh Ann Kalman was born and raised in Austin. After attending Westlake High School, she graduated from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. Following graduation, she moved to San Francisco, where she began working in events and enjoying all that the Bay Area had to offer. After a few years, Leigh Ann moved back to Austin to work for SXSW—and to get married (it was a busy spring!). Shortly after, she and her husband, Matt, relocated to Manhattan, where they lived in Gramercy for three years as she continued working in corporate marketing and events.

Eventually the East Coast winters forced Leigh Ann and her husband South, and they returned to Austin, where Leigh Ann was presented with the opportunity to become the new Editor of The Scout Guide Austin. Having been an avid fan of The Scout Guide for many years, she was absolutely thrilled to start this new chapter, and still can’t believe that her job is to brag about her hometown. She has loved meeting all of the talented artists, artisans, entrepreneurs, and visionaries that make the city so unique (and “weird”) and sharing the best of Austin with everyone.

Leigh Ann and Matt, a native of England, reside in South Austin and enjoy traveling back to the UK to visit his family and friends.

Leigh Ann’s Three Favorite Reasons to Visit Austin, Texas: 

  1. Live Music. “It’s no secret that Austin is ‘The Live Music Capitol of the World,’ and visitors would be hard-pressed to leave without seeing a live band. While the annual festivals like SXSW, Austin City Limits, and Fun Fun Fun Fest are a great way to soak in a weekend of live music, one can’t forget to visit the tried and true venues like The Continental Club and The Broken Spoke that started it all.”
  2. Food and Drink. “Austin’s culinary scene is huge, and has something for everyone. From award-winning restaurants to countless food trucks to local BBQ and Tex-Mex institutions, you can’t go wrong! Also worth checking out is Austin’s growing list of craft breweries, as well as the local wineries throughout the nearby Hill Country.”
  3. Nature. “Austin has so many wonderful escapes that are within close proximity to the city center. Some favorites include the Barton Creek Greenbelt, Barton Springs, and Hamilton Pool. If visiting during ‘bat season,’ watching the world’s largest urban bat colony emerge from the South Congress Bridge at dusk is a must!”