Visiting Austin? Here are the Top 7 Galas This Fall

On this site, obviously, we’re all for promoting Levy County. However, in an attempt to get more attention and publicity from other States and Counties, we’ve recently decided to (occasionally) cover news from other Southern States.

First off is Austin, the city that thrives with a slew of music and art festivals, fantastic food crawls, and free-flowing fun for all ages. It is, after all, home to one of the biggest musical events in the fall: Austin City Limits, which is the premier music and art expo that takes place from October 4-6 and 11-13 at Zilker Park.

This year’s iteration of ACL features headliners such as Guns N’ Roses, Mumford and Sons, Childish Gambino, The Cure, Cardi B, Billie Eilish, Tame Impala, and Robyn, among so many more musical acts.

But there’s so much more than just Austin City Limits.

The fall brings some of Austin’s best and most renowned fundraisers, festivals, and galas – and we have gathered 7 of our favorite picks for our Gala Guide this coming autumn.

We hope they inspire you to discover the sights, sounds, and flavors of Texas’ premier cultural hotspot. Enjoy!

1. Emancipet’s 20th-Anniversary Gala

Emancipet’s flagship gala is a celebration of 20 years providing low-cost spay and neutering services as well as veterinary services for pet owners in Austin. This is going to be a good one – the Emancipet gala features dinner, an awards night, and of course, an afterparty. It’s sure going to be a hip one, with performances from multi-awarded singer-songwriter and Austin native Alejandro Escovedo, as well as a rocking DJ set from Austin native DK Girlfriend ATX.

Date: September 21
Cost: Afterparty tickets start from $50 to $200, while sponsorships start at $2,500.
Tickets / Details: https://emancipet.org/events/gala/

2. New Milestones’s Bridging the Gap Gala

Bridging the Gap is a gala for the benefit of Integral Care, which is an organization that helps people build health to reach their maximum potential by supporting adults and kids living with mental illness and intellectual disabilities. The gala raises funds to expand programs for Integral Care’s beneficiaries and features bestselling author Brian Cuban (brother of Dallas Mavericks owner and billionaire Mark Cuban), as well as Hey Cupcake founder Wes Hurt.

Date: October 21
Cost: Individual tickets start at $175, while sponsorships start at $2,500.
Tickets / Details: http://www.newmilestones.org/bridging-the-gap-gala-2019/

3. Camp Contemporary 2019

In the mood to party in 14 acres of a lush, Italianate-style, and picturesque villa? The Contemporary Austin’s benefit gala takes the stately Laguna Gloria into a bustling, energetic evening camp for adults featuring art workshops, fine live music, and authentic Austin food experience – and so much more. All benefits go to the Contemporary Austin’s Education Fund, which supports art education programs at the Contemporary. That’s a cause we can all get behind, right?

Date: October 19
Cost: $175-$200 individual tickets
Tickets / Details: https://thecontemporaryaustin.org/event/camp-contemporary-2019/

4. Space Cowboy Ball 2019

Are you a space cowboy? Well, this is the gala for you. This event, for the benefit of the Earthlight Foundation, a non-profit, non-partisan organization to “support the expansion of life and humanity beyond the earth”, features a retro-space-disco theme supporting space education. Put on that sci-fi inspired outfit (or 70’s disco suit) and get down with VIP guests (previous guests include Amazon magnate Jeff Bezos, among others), live music, and a slew of futuristic acts, past, present, and future! With tech-minded guests like All the Stuff expert Robert Brown, this is the right place to discover futuristic trends.

Date: November 16
Cost: Sponsorships start at $1,000.
Tickets / Details: http://earthlightfoundation.org/space-cowboy-ball/

5. Imagine a Way’s Touch the Stars Gala

Imagine a Way supports and raises funds for early intervention and therapy for young children diagnosed with autism. It’s an event that will impact lives. Other activities include a silent and a live auction, a dinner, and an afterparty.

Date: October 4
Cost: Individual tickets start at $250, while sponsorships start at $2,500.
Tickets / Details: https://www.imagineaway.org/general/custom.asp?page=2019gala

6. Hospice Austin’s 14th Annual Beauty of Life

Hospice Austin’s 14th annual gala is presented by Heritage Title and Texas Oncology. You will get to have brunch with over 900 of Austin’s best-dressed and most generous, as well as participate in an auction. Furthermore, there’s going to be an exclusive marketplace featuring Austin’s best local businesses…and the best part? It’s for a good cause! Brunch will be prepared by television personality and chef, pie guru Kate McDermott, as she demonstrates “The Art of the Pie” firsthand!

Date: November 14
Cost: Individual tickets start at $175, while sponsorships start at $2,500.
Tickets / Details: https://www.hospiceaustin.org/get-involved-2/our-supporters/events/

7. TribFeast: A Dinner to Support Nonprofit Journalism

TribFeast is for the benefit of the Texas Tribune, and its drive to support nonprofit journalism. It will bring together thought leaders, elected officials, philanthropists crossing state lines, and features bestselling author Michael Beschloss as its VIP guest this year. Beschloss is renowned for his insightful take on the presidency, in what will be a conversation with Evan Smith, CEO for the Texas Tribune.

Date: September 27
Cost: Individual tickets start at $500, while sponsorships start at $2,500
Tickets / Details: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tribfeast-a-dinner-to-support-nonprofit-journalism-registration-60714347247