Traverse City Film Festival: Just Great Movies

Traverse City Film Festival Crowds

Traverse City Film Festival Crowds

Come for the films and enjoy a weekend in Traverse City!

If you’re from Michigan, chances are you’ve heard of Traverse City’s beauty, if not experienced it for yourself. Not only is Traverse City a perfect vacation destination, it is also a strong community full of arts and culture. And if there is one week out of the year that sums up all that the city has to offer and shows off its amazing community spirit, it would be the last week in July – the week of the annual Traverse City Film Festival.

The seventh annual festival began on Tuesday and runs through Sunday. The festival was founded in 2005 by the award-winning documentarian Michael Moore and two Traverse City natives, New York Times best-selling author Doug Stanton and photographer, John Robert Williams. It has grown over the years to feature over 150 screenings at seven venues across Traverse City, with a predicted 110,000 admissions for this year’s festival.

Downtown Traverse City - Flickr Photo Credit - Chris Arace

Downtown Traverse City

Seeing “Just Great Movies” and meeting over 100 filmmakers and guests is a great time in itself, but this festival is a celebration of more than just screenings. There are free concerts by local musicians before every screening and a special stage at Clinch Park and the all-new Kids Fest featuring $1 family movies from around the world. Don’t miss the Opening Night, Closing Night, and Filmmaker parties, where you can experience the area’s best food and drink (tip from an insider: these parties are worth attending for the stories alone). Year after year, the festival continues to grow, thanks to happy patrons returning and the amazing volunteers who make it happen.

After the movie, grab a bite to eat at some of northern Michigan’s foremost culinary destinations, or wander downtown for some shopping fun. History buffs shouldn't miss the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, transformed from an old state mental hospital. Last but not least, admire the nature that the city’s atmosphere is created around. Walk across the parkway to beautiful West Grand Traverse Bay, or take some time away from the movies for a scenic drive on the Old Mission Peninsula (with the added perk plenty of wineries for tasting along the way).

There are plenty of tickets left to great films and fantastic events happening through Sunday at this year’s Traverse City Film Festival. See you at the movies!

For more information about the festival visit the Traverse City Film Festival’s website.

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