Parties / Optional Tours

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Opening Party

Wednesday, August 11th from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm.

Welcome to Austin! MHEDA’s Opening Party will take place at Micheladas Café y Cantina in the heart of downtown Austin (and only 2 blocks from the hotel!) Voted Top Rooftop Patio by Eatery and Top 10 Savory Bites by The Austin Chronicle, this is the place to enjoy custom local drinks, sizzling Tex-Mex cuisine, live entertainment and beautiful views of the city. The Opening Party is a great way to reconnect IN PERSON (!) with your fellow MHEDA Members. Note: The Opening Party is included in your convention registration fee


Closing Party – Dinner & Show

Friday, August 13th from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

End your MHEDA Convention experience by attending our Closing Party! Enjoy a decadent dinner, refreshing drinks with your MHEDA friends and special after-dinner show. Note: The Closing Party is included in your convention registration fee.


Kayak Tour (Optional event)

Saturday, August 14th from 9:00 am – 11:00 am – $110 per person

Follow our experienced guide on a fun tour under the famous Bat Bridge and along Lady Bird Lake to see stunning views of the Downtown Austin skyline. The Tour destination is at the beautiful spring-fed waters of Barton Springs, the natural wonder of Austin!


Secret Foodie Tour (Optional event)

Friday, August 13th from 11:30 am – 2:00 pm – $170 per person

Austinites are prideful and passionate about the diversity in their culinary and cultural life. You’ll try wonderful foods created for their city with dishes dating back to the Aztec days. We’ll walk together to the best restaurants in Austin to make your city visit truly memorable. Enjoy a guided food tour of Center City, Downtown historic district with 4 stops and guided by a passionate and experienced local guide. Note, due to the nature of this tour, we may not be able to accommodate dietary restrictions.