Austin parties we love: Early 2018

After a holiday break, the Austin social scene warms up rapidly. Peek at some parties we eagerly anticipate.

Jan. 27: Opening night of Austin Opera’s “Ariadne auf Naxos.” Long Center.

Jan. 27: Dell Children’s Gala. Austin Convention Center.

Jan. 27: Human Rights Campaign Austin Gala. JW Marriott.

Jan. 31: Promise to Children Award Luncheon for Camp Fire Central Texas. St. David’s Episcopal Church.

Feb. 2: Angelina Eberly Luncheon for Austin History Center Association. Driskill Hotel.

Feb. 3: Rodeo Austin Gala with Jack Ingram, Bruce Robison and Charlie Robison. Palmer Events Center.

Feb. 3: Casablanca for CASA of Travis County. JW Marriott.

Feb. 3: Corazón Awards for Con Mi Madre. After-party with Bidi Bidi Band. Brazos Hall.

Feb. 3: Puppy Bowl for Austin Humane Society. 124 W. Anderson Lane.

Feb. 3: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner for Project Transitions. The Thinkery and other venues.

Feb. 10: Winemaker Valentine Luncheon. Fall Creek Vineyards.

Feb. 10: Carnaval Brasileiro. Palmer Events Center.

Feb. 11: The Nobelity Project’s Feed the Peace Awards. Four Seasons Hotel.

Feb. 11: Women’s Symphony League presents Red Haute Valentine Party. Omni Barton Creek Resort.

Feb. 12: Austin Blues Revue and mixer. Antone’s Nightclub.

Feb. 15: Rockin’ Round Up for Any Baby Can. ACL Live.


Are you ready for a real American Freestyle Bullfight?

What’s American Freestyle Bullfighting? Austin is about to find out.

Professional bullfighter Dusty Tuckness, of Meeteetse, Wyo., is tossed in the air by bull Kid Twist as rider Wesley Silcox, of Santaquin, Utah, scrambles for safety during the third go-round bull riding event at the Wrangler national finals rodeo in Las Vegas. Contributed by Brian Jones

Forget the capes and swords of the Spanish tradition. This extreme sport is not unlike what rodeo bullfighters do in the ring to protect bull riders — and everyone else.

On Oct. 28, Rodeo Austin will present a new event, Bulltoberfest, which will combine beer, food trucks, live music and a festival atmophere.

I’m in already. Twelve bullfighters will face off with tough bulls in a bracket-style tournament to win $25,000. It will take place on the Rodeo Austin grounds near the Texas Expo Center.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 15.

This addition to the fall entertainment calendar is part of Rodeo Austin’s long-range plan to be a year-round attraction, along with hopes of completely redeveloping the entirely inadequate Expo Center.

RELATED: New CEO wants to put Rodeo Austin back at the center of the city’s culture.