11 galas that will help Austin’s social season blossom this spring
Greater Southwest Optimist Annual Scholarship Gala
What: For 40 years, the Greater Southwest Optimist Club has raised funds for scholarships and local youth projects. The gala will include a complimentary wine reception, dinner, dance and the presentation of the annual “Excellence in Education” award.
Cost: $80 individual tickets; sponsorships start at $100
Where: Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark, 4140 Governors Row
Pug Rescue of Austin Spring Gala
What: Celebrate the changing of the seasons and your love for pugs with this event featuring a pug-themed silent auction, live music, food from two local Italian restaurants and a full roster of alcoholic beverages
Cost: $35 individual tickets; sponsorships start at $500
Where: Mercury Hall, 615 Cardinal Lane
Austin Diaper Bank Bash
What: A night of celebration as the nonprofit raise funds to support families in Central Texas with diapers, wipes and period supplies. There will be dinner, drinks, dancing and live and silent auctions.
Cost: $100-$250 individual tickets; sponsorships start at $1,000
Where: Junior League Community Impact Center, 5330 Bluffstone Lane
Flight of Fancy with Women and Their Work
What: This magical evening is inspired by the birds of art history. Women and Their Work’s highly anticipated spring bash is an immersive multimedia art experience with performances, installations, face painters, photo booths and more. Come dressed avian chic.
Cost: $250-$350 individual tickets; sponsorships start at $1,000
Where: 1710 Lavaca St.
Trinity Center’s Barbara Jordan Celebration
What: A benefit and tribute to original benefactor Barbara Jordan, with cocktails, good food and good company, to support the center’s services for Austin’s homeless neighbors
Cost: $125 individual tickets; sponsorships start at $1,200
Where: Bethell Hall at St. David’s Church, 301 E. Eighth St.
Austin’s Fab Five Benefiting Seedling
What: The purpose of Austin’s Fab Five event is to raise funds for Seedling’s mentor program, serving children challenged by parental incarceration, and to recognize five exceptional people who have had a significant impact on young people, in their profession and in our community.
Cost: $180 individual tickets; sponsorships start at $1,800
Where: Hyatt Regency Austin, 208 Barton Springs Road
8th Annual Storybook Heroes Awards
What: BookSpring aims to raise the necessary funds to support getting the right books to the right children at the right time in their lives. This year's keynote address is by award-winning Austin author Sarah Bird.
Cost: $150 individual tickets; sponsorships start at $750
Where: Westin at the Domain, 11301 Domain Drive
Taste of Mexico 2020
What: Explore the diversity and richness of Mexican cuisine with this year's festival, which will bring together more than 50 of Austin's most exciting restaurants and beverage purveyors and will delve into the influence of chilies, benefiting Mexic-Arte Museum’s art education programs
Cost: $55-$70 individual tickets through March 13; $65-$80 after that date
Where: Brazos Hall, 204 East Fourth St.
Paramount Gala 2020
What: Let the good times roll at the Paramount Theatre’s anniversary gala, featuring Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and Preservation Hall Jazz Band, with additional music by New Breed Brass Band and Corey Henry & the Treme Funktet.
Cost: $500 individual tickets; sponsorships start at $4,000
Where: The Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave.
Rock on For PKD
What: The Austin chapter of the PKD Foundation, aimed at finding treatments for polycystic kidney disease, hosts a benefit with live music, games, fun and food, as well as raffles and a door prize
Cost: Free; for every $25 online donation, receive a door prize ticket. Sponsorships start at $250.
Where: Rock House Bar and Trailer Park, 6900 Ranch Road 620 N.
31st Annual Bandana Ball
What: Cowboy chic attire, Texas fare with flair, boot-scootin’, ace-high games and entertainment combine with great fanfare for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas’ annual benefit
Cost: Sponsorships start at $1,500
Where: Omni Barton Creek, 8212 Barton Club Drive