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.

2019 Parties

Saturday, July 27, 2019
12 pm, 3 pm, 6 pm & 9 pm | The Kubrick at Central Grade

One of the many perks of being a Friend of the Festival is joining us for one of our most treasured festival traditions – a day of exclusive screenings of two of our favorite films that can’t be viewed anywhere else at the fest! Never fear, if you are not a Friend yet, you can still sign up in time for this bonus festival day that is completely on us. So here’s the deal: free cake, free movies, free popcorn, and free drinks, plus special guests, and a guaranteed good time! Read more about the Friends program here.

Free for Friends

Sunday, July 28, 2019
11 am – 2 pm Party, Movie @ 2 pm | Rain or Shine
Open Space & State Theatre

Our annual Founders Party is a celebration for our sponsors, a group who make the Traverse City Film Festival so uniquely spectacular. At the Open Space overlooking Grand Traverse Bay, our donors enjoy breathtaking views of beautiful Northern Michigan and partake in a tasty brunch complete with all the Sunday Funday essentials like mimosas and bloody marys. We will then travel to the State to watch a sneak of one of the very best films from the festival this year. Not a sponsor? It’s not too late! Our sponsors support the festival in a big way, while also enjoying benefits like early ticket purchase and priority entry. Email for more info.

Free for Sponsors

Tuesday, July 30, 2019
8:30 pm – 12:30 am | Rain or Shine
Front St. between Park St. & Cass St.

Celebrate the start of the best week of the summer when we shut down Front Street for our Opening Night Party! Join filmmakers and film lovers for live music, dancing, and food from our renowned local restaurants. A lively celebration beneath the twinkling lights of the State Theatre marquee, the atmosphere is nothing short of electric. NEW this year: visit the Base Tent for arcade games, bocce, cornhole and carb-heavy, salty snacks, which will come in handy as your all-access party pass also includes favorite local beers, wine, and specialty mixed drinks. The irresistible combination of Northern Michigan’s small-town charm and the glamour of Hollywood makes for an unforgettable event!

Ticket: $50

Saturday, August 3, 2019
8:30 pm – 12:30 am | Rain or Shine | Lot V
Corner of Front and Pine

If you think you know the Filmmaker Party, think again. With a brand spanking new party location we’re also bringing a brand new vibe–something along the lines of neon space cowboy bonanza complete with fun touches like a mechanical bull and cotton candy. Plus all the great cocktails, mouthwatering snacks, bopping live music, and the phenomenal company of fellow festival attendees and visiting filmmakers that you’ve come to know and love. Plus, you’ll be on hand for our Awards Ceremony as the festival honors the marvelously talented group of filmmakers that make up the class of TCFF 2019.

Tickets: $50

Sunday, August 4, 2019
7 pm – 9:45 pm
Open Space

Our annual, free-for-the-community Closing NightBash takes place at the Open Space on Sunday night, right before the closing night screening of Mary Poppins Returns. Let’s go fly a kite with our family, float up like a balloon with fun, and trip the light fantastic as we skip through our own version of 17 Cherry Tree Lane right in our downtown Bayfront. As the sun goes down, we’ll have fun and games, bouncy houses, giveaways, and a special photo booth to enjoy with friends. It will be practically perfect, in every way.

Free for Everyone

Monday, August 5, 2019
6 pm – 9 pm | Rain or Shine
Front Lawn at the Village of Grand Traverse Commons

The festival may be over, but it always goes out with one last bang! TCFF would not be possible without the time and talents of our helpful, dedicated, and brilliant volunteers and this is our chance to thank them as well as we know how. At this post-festival-palooza, create lasting memories with your fellow volunteers, and toast to closing out another successful festival with the best group of people around! Want to attend? Volunteer at the festival! It’s easy to sign up at

Free for Volunteers