San Antonio is in full bloom with spring charitable events that let you eat, drink, and dance the night away to the benefit of local nonprofits and charities. This season, give back to organizations battling HIV and type 1 diabetes, advocating for children's health, and supporting students in the arts.
These nine must-attend charitable events offer plenty of opportunities to have fun and make a difference at the same time. Find even more ways to party with a purpose in our charity events calendar, part of CultureMap's Charity Guide, highlighting organizations that make our communities a better place.
26th Annual WEBB Party — April 19
Former American Idol contestant Ada Vox headlines this Fiesta San Antonio signature fundraising event for the San Antonio AIDS Foundation. This year's theme, "WEBB Party: Stayin' Alive," celebrates the disco era and transforms the historic Aztec Theatre into Studio 54. Proceeds from this hot party will help the foundation spread awareness of HIV and provide services to members of the community living with the disease. General admission is $75 ($65 for students and military), and VIP tickets cost $175. Ages and 18 and older only (bring a valid photo ID to get in). Event runs 7-11 pm.
Aztec Theatre, 104 N. St. Mary's St.
2019 Roses & Races: Derby Night Gala — May 4
The biggest fundraising event of the year for The Arc of San Antonio, this party promises an "elegant evening of elegant Southern cuisine, Kentucky Derby highlights, mint juleps, live and silent auctions, and everyone’s favorite: The Race to Independence." Money raised from the gala benefits thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Last year, organizers raised more than $220,000, which helped serve 2,000 individuals and their families. The event runs from 6-9 pm. Ticket prices vary, so head over to their event website for more pricing information.
La Cantera Resort & Spa, 16641 La Cantera Pkwy.
Texas Biomedical Forum Gala — May 4
This party, the 48th annual, in fact, usually draws more than 500 guests who mingle during cocktail and entertainment before a multi-course dinner prepared by The Argyle. Festivities also include dancing, casino games, and an after party. The gala raises money for the Texas Biomedical Forum, a women's organization that supports the Texas Biomedical Research Institute. For more information about attendance prices, visit the organization's website. Festivities start at 6:30 pm.
The Argyle, 934 Patterson Ave.
Promise Ball 2019 — May 11
The JDRF Promise Ball is a black-tie affair featuring a cocktail reception, dinner, auctions, and live music. The ball benefits JDRF (formerly the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), which is working toward a cure for type 1 diabetes. The party starts at 6 pm. Ticket prices vary. Check here for more information.
La Cantera Resort & Spa, 16641 La Cantera Pkwy.
Las Casas Founders Gala — May 16
Fun fact: in 2019, the Las Casas Foundation will cross the $1 million mark in scholarships for high-performing (pun intended) performing arts students. The organization's annual Founders gala is hosted in support of the foundation, and gala tickets include orchestra seats to Hamilton. The party begins at 6 pm, and tickets start at $1,200.
Majestic Theater, 224 E. Houston St.
Rise Recovery's 19th Annual Benefit Breakfast — May 17
Get an early start with this morning gathering to raise money in support of free local drug and alcohol intervention and treatment programs. This year's event features a keynote from authors David and Nic Sheff, the father and son who inspired the 2018 film Beautiful Boy, starring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet. Guests also can expect a silent auction and raffle before the program starts. The event begins at 7:30 am, and individual seats cost $150. For more information on pricing, go here.
Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade, 9821 Colonnade Blvd.
2019 Power of the Purse Luncheon — May 23
United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County’s Women United host their fifth annual fundraising luncheon, Power of the Purse, in celebration of the Women United's 20th anniversary. Proceeds from the event benefit the group's chief cause, the Childcare Scholarship Program, which supports parents pursuing higher education or full-time job training with childcare assistance. The event starts at 11 am. For more information about the event, contact the organization through its website.
Vistas at Valero, Building D, 1 Valero Way
Super Art Museum Ball — June 7
The San Antonio Museum of Art is celebrating its special exhibition Men of Steel, Women of Wonder. This black-tie affair promises cocktails, dinner, and dancing (check out the photo on the event page). The ball helps support the museum's mission, which includes "community outreach initiatives and educational partnerships." Tickets start at $1,000. For more price information, go here.
The St. Anthony Hotel, 300 E. Travis St.
San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind presents 9th Annual Art in the Dark — June 18
Celebrate "The Touch," "The Sense," and "The Feel" of art at this event, where peeking isn't allowed. Guests will experience artwork by local artists, potters, sculptors, and jewelry designers as people who are vision-impaired would — without actually looking upon it. The event benefits the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind & Vision Impaired's blind children’s programs. The event begins at 6:30 pm, and tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door. For more information about the event, go here.
LaVillita Assembly Hall, 401 Villita St.