The TCFF is for everyone, no wallet required! Using the tips below, you can enjoy world-class entertainment and excitement from morning to night for FREE, or at low cost, every day of the film festival.
It’s one our best ideas ever: free movies all day every day in The Buzz @ InsideOut Gallery. Free tickets to these screenings will be available online and at the Main Box Office when public ticketing begins on Saturday, July 18. And even if you’re unable to reserve a seat in advance, standby lines will form before each show. Look for The Buzz icon throughout the guide. New this year: great air conditioning.
Bring a lawn chair or blanket for an evening out with friends and family as you watch some of Hollywood’s most beloved classics on a gigantic screen right on the Bay at dusk. This year is extra special: we’re showing the best Open Space movies from the past nine years! Arrive early at 7 pm for FREE music and entertainment.
Explore the future of story in the lounge area outside the theater at InsideOut Gallery. Walk on in between 3 and 9pm Wednesday through Saturday to experience games and media projects that go beyond traditional screens. Go where film and technology intersect and you are part of the story. The magic of presence changes everything. Presented by MSU.
Bring your future cinephiles to the $1 kids film screenings Wednesday-Saturday at 9:30 am at Lars Hockstad Auditorium. Take in a great film, eat FREE popcorn, and then walk outside onto the beautiful lawn for our FREE party, brimming with film-related fun,activities, crafts, and games for kids from tiny tots to young tweens. Free flip books every day! Your kids won’t want to leave.
Running Wednesday to Sunday each morning at 9:30 am at the City Opera House, and on select evenings at 6 pm in Clinch Park, our FREE filmmaker panels bring together movie luminaries for lively, no-holds-barred conversations you won’t see anywhere else.
Following select 12 pm and 3 pm screenings, you can join fellow movie lovers at the Cinema Salon on the Patio at Clinch Park for informal, insightful discussions in the round about movies that are sure to generate conversation. And make plans to stick around for great music by our volunteer musicians.
Relax by one of Traverse City’s most popular beaches while enjoying the musical talents of some of our area’s leading artists on the Patio. Need another reason to stay and unwind all day on The Patio in Clinch Park? It’s just steps away from the delicious offerings at The River concessions stand.
For the low, low price of just $5, you can learn about filmmaking from world-renowned experts, college professors, and visiting filmmakers—a truly enriching and invaluable experience for any budding filmmaker or film fan.
If you can volunteer for three shifts or more, you will receive a FREE volunteer tshirt and get to attend the FREE pre-fest volunteer screening and post-fest volunteer party, all while making an important contribution to the festival. Plus, at the volunteer screening, we hand out FREE festival tickets to volunteers! Sign up on our website today at tcff.org, or call the festival office at 231-392-1134.
FREE Park and Ride Shuttle
We make it easy to get around the festival for FREE with our BATA shuttle buses. Just park on the west side of town in the Thirlby Field Parking Lot, or on the east side in the Cherry Lot at Northwestern Michigan College, and leave the driving (and the parking!) to us.
Chalk and Chocolate
Crooked Tree Arts Center, Top of Michigan Trails Council, and TART Trails present the first ever Chalk & Chocolate event in Traverse City on Saturday, August 1 from 10am-4pm. Artists of all ages and experience levels are invited to compete for cash prizes in this epic chalk art competition. Enjoy a chocolate tasting tent from 12 noon-4pm and watch as Ann Arbor street artist and juror David Zinn creates a special showcase piece. More info at crookedtree.org.