The TCFF is for everyone, no pocket book required! Using the tips below, you can enjoy world class movie fun and excitement from morning to night for FREE, or low cost, every day at the film fest.
FREE Movies in Open Space Park
Bring a lawn chair or blanket for an evening out with the whole family as you watch some of Hollywood’s most beloved classics on a ginormous screen right on the Bay at dusk. Arrive early at 7 pm for FREE music and entertainment.
FREE Panels at the City Opera House
Running Wednesday to Sunday each morning at 9:30 am, our FREE filmmaker panels bring together movie luminaries for lively, no-holds barred conversations you won’t see anywhere else.
FREE Discussions at the Cinema Salon
Following select 12 pm and 3 pm screenings, you can join fellow movie lovers at the Cinema Salon in Clinch Park for informal and insightful discussions in the round.
FREE Music in Clinch Park
Relax by one of Traverse City’s most popular beaches while enjoying the musical talents of some of our area’s leading artists.
FREE Kids Fest and $1 Films
Bring your kids to the $1 Wednesday-Saturday 9:30 am kids films at Lars Hockstad Auditorium for a cultural and educational adventure, and then walk outside onto the beautiful lawn for our FREE lawn party that is simply brimming with fun. Your kids won’t want to leave — especially when they see the misting tents we have this year!
Film School Classes
For the low low price of just $5, you can learn about filmmaking from world-class experts, film professors and visiting filmmakers — a truly invaluable experience for any budding filmmaker or film fan. Talk about a return on investment!
After Glows at Fire Fly
Can’t afford a party ticket? Get a taste of the festival revelry by heading to Fire Fly for late night gatherings on Saturday and Sunday.
FREE Movies for Volunteers
If you can volunteer for three shifts or more, you will receive a FREE volunteer tshirt and attend the FREE pre-fest volunteer screening and post-fest volunteer party, all while making an important contribution to the festival you love. Plus, at the volunteer screening, we hand out free festival tickets to volunteers! Sign up on our web site today, or call the festival office at 231-392-1134.