South by Southwest is just around the corner, but here are some Austin parties we hope to make before March 8.

Feb 15: Austin Samba presents “Carnavalia!” Paramount Theatre.

This is our choice for a pre-Lenten blow-out.

Feb. 15: Heart & Soul Luncheon. Fairmount Hotel.

The Rise School of Austin takes the spotlight at this event.

Feb. 15: “Indian Ink” opens. Long Center’s Rollins Studio Theater.

Austin Shakespeare’s production of Tom Stoppard’s play runs through March 3.

Feb. 15: “Xanadu” opens. Morris Theatre in Lakeway.

This delightful romp inspired by a silly cult movie runs through March 3.

Feb. 16: Capital City Men’s Chorus' “Journey Home.” Austin Club.

An evening of cabaret arrives at the revitalized 1870s Millett’s Opera House.

Feb. 16: Serenata Wine Dinner and Auction. Four Seasons Hotel.

This Austin Opera event salutes Mary Ann and Andrew Heller.

Feb. 19: ACA Honors from Austin Creative Alliance. Ground Floor Theatre.

Event lionizes Amy Wong Mok, Cine Las Americas, Riders Against the Storm and Eddie Wilson.

Feb. 20: Austin Women in Culinary. Eberly.

Bites and sips benefit Les Dames d’Escoffier Austin Chapter.

Feb. 21: Fostering Love Gala for Carrying Hope. Brazos Hall.

Former Longhorns star Quan Cosby is the guest speaker for this group that helps kids entering foster care.

Feb. 22-23: Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. Bullock Texas State History Museum and Paramount Theatre.

Bobbie Nelson, Christopher Cross, Steve Earle, Billy F. Gibbons and Bob McDill will be honored during this two-day event.

Feb. 22-23: Brahams’ Requiem with Austin Symphony and Conspirare. Long Center.

Two of Austin’s stellar major arts companies join forces for this epic work.

Feb 22: Wonders & Worries Unmasked. JW Marriott.

A Venetian carnival theme benefits this nonprofit that looks after children facing a parent’s serious illness in Central Texas.

Feb. 23: Austin Oyster Festival. Republic Square.

A delicious outdoor fest that benefits Central Texas Food Bank.

Feb. 23: Little Black Dress Soirée for Dress for Success. Philips Event Center.

This fine charity prepares women for the job market with more than just apparel.

Feb. 26-27: Texas Medal of the Arts. Various locations.

Matthew McConaughey, Brandon Maxwell and Stephen Harrigan are among the distinguished honorees.

Feb. 27: Austin Music Awards. ACL Live.

Join this annual celebration of all things Austin music.

Feb. 28: Celebration of Achievements for Capital Idea. Red Oak Ballroom.

This luncheon for this group that trains folks for the workforce is at the Norris Conference Center.

Feb. 28: Texas Independence Day Dinner. Bullock Texas State History Museum.

Charles Butt and Leonardo “Flaco” Jiménez are the History-Making Texans this year.

Feb. 28: Austin Entertains for Junior League of Austin. Fair Market.

Chefs and bartenders are the stars of this growing event.

Feb. 28: 25th Anniversary Pizza Party for Salvage Vanguard. Home Slice North Loop.

Makes us feel old that this youthful company is already 25!

March 1: Front & Center: An Evening Celebrating Live Arts and Community. Long Center.

Can you believe it’s already time for the Long Center’s 11th annual gala?

March 2: ATX Hearts Veterans Ball. Hyatt Regency Austin.

Unique event benefits the Samaritan Center, which aims to improve the mental, physical and spiritual health of veterans in Central Texas.

March 7: Texas Film Awards. AFS Cinema.

The Austin Film Society tips it hat to Brooklyn Decker and other talents at this catered dinner.