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Michael Barnes

Beat the holiday rush at these rousing Austin parties

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It’s all holidays from here on out for the Austin social scene. Here are some of the top party picks for the coming weeks. See you there!


Dec. 2: Lights of Love for Ronald McDonald House of Central Texas. Browning Hangar in Mueller.

Dec. 2: A Very Special Celebration for Special Olympics Texas. 1804 Rutherford Lane.


Dec. 2: Gusto Studio’s Concert & Well Aware Benefit. 2309 Thornton Road.

Dec. 3: Sims Foundation Heart of the City. Emos.


Dec. 3: Humanities Texas Holiday Book Fair. Byrne-Reed House.

Dec. 4: Dancing with the Stars Austin for Center for Child Protection. Hilton Austin.

Dec. 5: Conspirare Christmas. Long Center.

Dec. 6: Austin Food and Wine Alliance Culinary Grant Awards. The Carillon.


Dec. 6: Messiah: An Austin Symphony Christmas Tradition. Hyde Park Baptist Church.


Dec. 8: Honoring Bettie Meshack Mann. Russell Lee Elementary.

Dec. 8: Wexel Art One Night Pop Up Show: Gareth Maguire and Bob Schneider. 11715 Bee Cave Road.

Dec. 8: Holiday Party, Opening Reception & Art Sale. Mexic-Arte Museum.

Dec. 9: Trail of Lights Preview Party. Zilker Park.


Dec. 11: Austin Film Awards Holiday Party. The Backyard.

Dec. 12: UT Community Leadership Awards Ceremony. Carver Museum and Cultural Center.

Dec. 10: Black Ball for Black Fret. Paramount Theatre.

Dec. 20: 130th Anniversary Celebration. Driskill Hotel.