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A wave of parties will flood Austin this spring season

Michael Barnes
Mack Brown, Jack Ingram and Matthew McConaughey During press conference at the Mack, Jack & McConaughey (MJ&M) Gala in 2016. [Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman]

Let us all hold hands and hope that this precious spring weather holds for all the parties, festivals and other Austin social events planned for the coming weeks.

April 16: Fusebox Eve. 1300 E. Fifth St.

The main fundraiser for this festival of innovative performances is at one of the temporary fest venues.

April 17: Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards. Long Center.

They stretch out into the evening, but the entertainment at this ceremony is matchless.

April 18: Back on My Feet Gala. JW Marriott.

This charity motivates people experiencing homelessness through jogging.

April 18: Future of Care Luncheon for Dell Seton Medical Center. Four Seasons Hotel.

A new abdominal organ transplant program is the focus of this informative luncheon.

April 18: Toast of the Town. Neill-Cochran House.

Yours truly talks about Austin in the 1850s during the St. David’s Foundation benefit in an historic home museum. The intimate parties continue through May 23.

April 20: Benefit concert for Music Moves Mountains Foundation. One2One Bar.

Nine musical acts play this event that supports music therapy and education.

April 24: Barbara Jordan Celebration for Trinity Center. St. David’s Episcopal Church.

Here’s a handy way to help out the street-bound neighbors of this downtown center.

April 25: Working for Wellness Luncheon. Austin Clubhouse.

Celebrate mental health and well-being for all at this casual benefit.

April 25: Reading Between the Wine. Abel’s on the Lake.

Literacy Coalition of Central Texas uncorks this party.

April 25: Umlauf Garden Party. Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum.

One of the loveliest parties of the year if the weather holds.

April 25-26: Mack, Jack & McConaughey for children’s charities. ACL Live.

This gargantuan event also includes a fashion show and golf game.

April 26: BookSpring StoryBook Heroes Luncheon. Renaissance Austin Hotel.

This lunch honors Dr. Fred Hansen, BookPeople, Half-Price Books and Literati.

April 26: Hidden Music: Conspirare Gala. Hotel Van Zandt.

An intimate way to hear Craig Hella Johnson supported by members of his ensemble.

April 26: One Reason Why: A Fair Trade Art Show. 4803 Burnet Road.

This show benefits Ten Thousand Villages.

April 26-28: Austin Food + Wine Festival. Vic Mathias Shores.

Gorge on delicacies and learn about food culture at this delicious event.

April 27: EASB Live from ATX. Camp Mabry.

The Elizabeth Anne Seton Board is among the backers of Seton’s health efforts.

April 27: Meredith’s Mission for Melanoma Gala. Hilton Austin Hotel.

Lunchbox from the “Bobby Bones Show” is the emcee.

April 28: An Afternoon of Enchantment. Line Hotel.

The Ballet Austin Guild spring tea is a full-on fandango.

April 30: Hope Awards for iACT. Bullock Texas State History Museum.

Honorees include Earl Maxwell, Bobby Jenkins, Ali Sait, Pria Gokhale and Congregation Agudas Achim.

May 1: Taste of Mexico for Mexic-Arte Museum. Brazos Hall.

More than 50 restaurants contribute to this sampling banquet.

May 2: An Evening at the Thinkery for CARY. The Thinkery.

Council on At-Risk Youth keeps kids out of the school-to-prison pipeline.

May 3: Women of Distinction Luncheon for Girl Scouts of Central Texas. Fairmont Hotel.

For the first time, the group awards Man Enough to Be A Girl Scout, staring with philanthropist and businessman John Paul DeJoria.

May 3: 40th Anniversary Benefit Concert for Any Baby Can. ACL Live.

Legacy giving is the subject of this installment of the charity benefit.

May 3: Spring Dinner Party. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

A magical evening in the Family Garden among the spring blooms.

May 3: Ann Richards School Foundation’s Reach for the Stars Gala. Four Seasons Hotel.

You won’t believe how much of the grown-up benefit showcases the school’s poised students.

May 3: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation fundraiser. American-Statesman.

Yes, our newspaper building is the venue for this well-attended event.

May 4: Red, Hot & Soul. Zach Theatre.

Always one of the city’s most energetic and entertaining parties.

May 4: Brunchin’ with Brooklyn Decker. Hilton Austin.

A midday meal to benefit the Andy Roddick Foundation.

May 4-5: Pecan Street Festival. East Sixth Street.

One of the city’s oldest street festivals returns to downtown.

May 5: A Marvelous Party: Best of Broadway. Lone Oak Barn, Round Rock.

Penfold Theatre Company raises money with musical retrospective.

May 7: Great Futures Spring Luncheon for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area. Fairmont Hotel.

UT Director of Athletics Chris Del Conte is the keynote speaker.

May 7: Shoal Creek Social for Shoal Creek Conservancy. Austin Central Library.

Luckily, the party venue is right on the Shoal Creek Trail.

May 9: Farm to Plate for the Sustainable Food Center. Barr Mansion.

Thirty chefs line up their best dishes for this pastoral party.

May 11: Corazon Awards for Con Mi Madre. JW Marriott.

Help out this group that helps mothers and daughters prepare for post-secondary education.

May 11: American Heart Association’s Austin Heart Ball. JW Marriott.

Bobby Dillard, co-CEO of Cielo Property Group, leads up this event.

May 11: B-52s headline Paramount Theatre gala. Paramount Theatre.

This party spills out onto Congress Avenue after the big musical act.

May 11-12: West Austin Studio Tour from Big Medium. Various locations.

The sibling to EAST, the younger WEST puts you right into artists’ workspaces.

May 13: There’s No Such Thing As a Free Lunch for People’s Community Clinic. Four Seasons Hotel.

This year’s luncheon honors Dr. Bruce Levy.