Best Austin parties for an incredibly artful time

Design, photography and visual art count big in Austin’s social swirl this week.

Nov. 8: Austin Design Week Studio Tour. 4704A E. Cesar Chavez St.

Nov. 9: Pop Austin VIP Opening Night Party. Fair Market.

Nov. 9: Struggle for Justice: Four Decades of Civil Rights Photography reception. Briscoe Center for American History.

Nov. 9: A Night in Africa from African Leadership Bridge. Springdale Station.

Nov. 9: First Light: Preview Party for Creek Show. 708 E. Fifth St.

Nov. 9: Beat the Odds Benefit Concert with Pat Green. Stubbs.

Nov. 9 Due East Native Wildflower Dinner. Big Medium.

Nov. 9-12: Austin International Drag Festival. Various venues.

Nov. 10: ArtBash from Austin Alliance Austin. Native Hostel.

Nov. 10: Veteran’s Show from Austin Visual Arts Association. Austin ArtSpace.

Nov. 10: University of Texas Distinguished Alumnus Awards. UT Alumni Center.

Nov. 11-12: East Austin Studio Tour. Various venues.

Nov. 11: Patriots Ball. Georgetown Sheraton Hotel.

Nov. 12: Umlauf Presents Bernstein 100 Austin. Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum.

Nov. 12: Seton Development Board Gala salutes Luci Baines Johnson. Fairmont Austin.