20 years already!? Named “One of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals In The World”—but easily one of the best parts of the MPLS + STPL Arts & Culture scene—the Sound Unseen film festival features movies about music that connects with both movie and music buffs. The tireless programmers often bring in films to premiere in Minnesota months before they hit rotation in other theaters—this year includes docs on PJ Harvey, Shannon Hoon of Blind Melon, the Dayton, Ohio, underground scene, and many, many more—and the parties are just as good at the flicks. Pro tip: A lot of these sell out, so grab tickets now. Various times. $12 advance, $14 at the door per movie. —Curt Stanski

Various locations like the Trylon, Parkway, BLB, and more