It’s your chance to be a part of the action! Filmgoers and filmmakers come together for one of the greatest parts of the fest — parties! Savor the best of TC’s cuisine and libations while basking in the wonderful glow of our film loving community.

Official Filmmaker Bar Nights – Movies on Tap
Indulge in a refreshing beverage while mixing with TCFF filmmakers, volunteers, and filmgoers at our designated nightly meetups and afterparties. Note: Saturday’s event is a special Happy Hour before the Filmmaker Party! Find more info here.

2018 Party Schedule

Saturday, July 28
12 pm, 3 pm, 6 pm & 9 pm | The Kubrick at Central Grade

TCFF friendship is not without its benefits. Because only TCFF Friends of the Festival get to join us at one of our most beloved traditions — a day of exclusive screenings of two of our favorite films you won’t see anywhere else at the fest. And fear not comrades, not only is there still time to sign up to become a Friend and enjoy this bonus day at the festival completely on us, but after a year of serving perfectly delicious, but ultimately inferior sweet treats, we are excited to say that the SHEET CAKE IS BACK! So free cake, free movies, free concessions — what’s keeping you away? Read more about the Friends program here.

Free for Friends

Sunday, July 29
11 am – 2 pm Party, Movie @ 2 pm | Rain or Shine
Open Space & State Theatre

At our Founders Party, our sponsors get to enjoy a day of what makes the TCFF so singular. They get to revel in the beauty of our region at a spectacular new location right on Grand Traverse Bay in Open Space while enjoying a delicious brunch catered by Raduno and Common Good Bakery. And then meander over to the State Theatre to watch a sneak peak of the very best films from the festival’s slate of Just Great Movies. 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 including early ticket purchase and priority entry. Email for more info.

Free for Sponsors

Tuesday, July 31
8:30 pm – 12:30 am | Rain or Shine
Front St. between Park St. & Cass St.

On Tuesday night, we’ll roll out the red carpet as the people of Traverse City come out to welcome the world to beautiful Northern Michigan at an exhilarating celebration held under the sparkling lights of the State Theatre marquee. The air turns electric and the atmosphere magnetic as we shut down Front Street and flood it with filmmakers and film lovers, live music, dancing, and the delicious tastes of our renowned culinary scene. Your all-access party pass also includes favorite local beers, wine, and specialty mixed drinks. Combining TC’s small town charm and the glamour of a Hollywood premiere, there’s nothing else quite like it.

Ticket: $50

Saturday, August 4
8:30 pm – 12:30 am | Rain or Shine | Century 21
Northland Parking Lot | Corner of State & Park Streets

On Saturday night, the urban square on the corner of State and Park Streets transforms into a twinkling outdoor club for a night filled with tantalizing food, generous drinks, live music, and great company at our Filmmaker Party. Swap stories with friends old and new, meet and mingle with visiting filmmakers and film lovers from across the globe. As the evening continues, our Awards Ceremony takes center stage as the TCFF Founders honor an incredibly talented group of moviemakers. Indulge, imbibe, socialize, just don’t kill this party’s incredibly intoxicating vibe.

Tickets: $50

Sunday, August 5
7 pm – 9:45 pm
Open Space

“Seize the moment” and join us in Open Space on Sunday night for our annual community closing night party, followed by a screening of Pixar’s Oscar-winning “Coco.” You won’t have to travel to the Land of the Dead to find a blessing at this year’s special closing night fiesta featuring a colorful photobooth, interactive games inflatables, and more! So grab your guitar and bring the whole familia (cause “nothing is more important than family”) to an evening so fun, we can feel it in our bones.

Free for Everyone

Monday, August 6
6 pm – 9 pm | Rain or Shine
Front Lawn at the Village of Grand Traverse Commons

The last hurrah! TCFF doesn’t truly come to a close until we celebrate our dedicated, talented, and generous volunteers at a post-festival shindig where the drinks flow as generously as our heartfelt thanks. Share memorable moments with your fellow volunteers and toast to a job well done. Close out an unforgettable week, redeem your SWAG tickets, and hang out with the very best group of people around! The only way to attend is to become a volunteer by signing up at

Free for Volunteers