PARTY with filmmakers, filmgoers, and volunteers—the people who give this festival its inimitable spirit—as we come together for the most remarkable week of the summer. Enjoy the best tastes of TC in an atmosphere ripe for photos and memories. Raise your glass to #tcff!

Official Filmmaker Bar Nights – Movies on Tap
Join us nightly for the festival’s Official Filmmaker Bar Nights — Movies on Tap. Find more info here.

Complete Details on 2018 Parties Will Be Announced June 29!

2017 Party Schedule

Saturday, July 22
12 pm, 3 pm, 6 pm & 9 pm | State Theatre

Enjoy the movie star treatment we reserve only for our Friends of the Film Festival at one of the festival’s most beloved traditions—the ever-popular screening parties that aim to start off the week on a perfect note. As a special thanks to our Friends, we screen two of the festival’s very best films and ones that won’t be shown anywhere else at the TCFF! Concessions are complimentary, and it certainly wouldn’t be a party without a little dessert. There’s still time to sign up to be a 2017 Friend of the Festival and take part in this exclusive day of movies.

Free for Friends

Tuesday, July 25
8:30 pm – 12:30 am | Rain or Shine
Front St. between Park St. & Cass St.

Kick off an unforgettable week with an electric celebration under the stars and the light of the State Theatre marquee. We’ll fill Front Street with music, dancing, filmmakers and film lovers, mouth-watering food, and all the best beer, wine, and mixed drinks your all-access ticket can buy. Enjoy a movie lover’s night out and help us welcome our guests from near and far to experience the dazzling allure of Traverse City during TCFF.

Ticket: $50

Sunday, July 23
6:30 pm Film, 8 pm Party | Rain or Shine
State Theatre & The Patio at Clinch Park

We’re back on the bayfront this summer to celebrate our fantastic sponsors, and this year we’re adding a sunset-dinner-on-the-beach twist. Beforehand, head to the State Theatre for a screening of one of the festival’s best films, and then join us on the Patio at Clinch Park for a gourmet soiree catered by NMC’s Great Lakes Culinary Institute. A wonderful movie, exceptional cuisine, robust libations, an unrivaled setting—it doesn’t get better than this. It’s not too late to become a sponsor and support the festival in a big way, while enjoying the party and other great benefits. Email for more info.

Free for Sponsors

Saturday, July 29
8:30 pm – 12:30 am | Rain or Shine | Century 21
Northland Parking Lot | Corner of State & Park Streets

It’s one of those only-in-Traverse City and only-at-the-TCFF experiences. We transform the urban square on the corner of State and Park Streets into a twinkling outdoor club for a night filled with tantalizing food, drinks, music, and good company. Talk film and share festival stories with friends old and new, locals and visiting filmmakers, and filmlovers from all over. Then at 9:30 pm, be there when the Founders present the festival awards to an incredibly talented group of moviemakers. The Filmmaker Party is the hottest ticket at the festival.

Tickets: $50

Sunday, July 30
7 pm – 9:45 pm
Open Space

“We Know the Way” to fun, and we’re bringing it to Open Space on Sunday night for our annual community closing night party, followed by a sing-along screening of the new Disney classic Moana. You won’t have to voyage very far to find a little bit of paradise at this year’s special closing night luau featuring a tropical photo booth, interactive games, inflatables, and more. So grab your fishhook, come dance with the water, and sing some sensational songs. It’s all FREE! “You’re Welcome!”

Free for Everyone

Monday, July 31
6 pm – 9 pm | Rain or Shine

Front Lawn at the Village of Grand Traverse Commons. The festival doesn’t truly come to a close until we celebrate our talented, dedicated, and generous volunteers at a post-festival fete where we let our heartfelt thanks show and the libations flow after an eventful week. Paint the Great Lawn red, share memorable moments with your fellow volunteers, and celebrate a job very well done. The spotlight’s on you. It’s your turn to enjoy some of the top tastes of Northern Michigan, generously donated by our sponsors. This party is the best way to close out an unforgettable festival week. But great as it is, it doesn’t compare to joys of volunteering. So sign up at, and we’ll see you at the party!

Free for Volunteers