We want to make your festival experience the best it can be. When you arrive in Traverse City, stop by our newbie desk at the Main Box Office and get a welcome goodie bag including maps, festival and area information, a button, and more! Ask our experienced volunteers anything under the sun and we’ll provide all the information we can!
Park and Ride the Festival Loop
The festival offers a free shuttle to all of our venues Wednesday-Sunday from 8 am until the last filmgoers and volunteers are returned to their cars. Please park at the east side NMC Dogwood and Elm lots, near Milliken Auditorium, or the west side Thirlby Field Lot, where buses will stop every 10 to 15 minutes to pick you up and take you around the Festival Loop. Parking at the east side or west side lots are easy! From there, you can take the Free Festival Loop Shuttle while you park all day and night without worry or cost. The Loop stops at each movie theater, the free festival parking lots and the Larry C. Hardy Parking Deck and Old Town Parking Deck downtown. It’s free, green and easy!
For movies at Lars Hockstad Auditorium, please help us be good neighbors, exit quietly after nighttime shows, and do not park in the neighborhood. If you cannot use the Festival Loop or the accessible parking in the Lars Hockstad parking lot, please park in the City lots along Union Street, or in business lots after hours.
Bike Friendly Town
TC has ample bike parking that is conveniently located around Downtown Traverse City. Our bike friendly city continues to improve its trails and bike lanes. Bike racks are located on sidewalks in various locations throughout Downtown Traverse City, in the Larry C. Hardy and Old Town Parking Decks and at each festival venue. This year the TCFF will host a bike share program. Pick up one of our special TCFF fleet and conveniently ride between venues.
KidzArt Art Camp
KidzArt is excited to be working with the Traverse City Film Festival to make movies more accessible to people with children. KidzArt will be open every day of the Film Festival from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm* to offer the opportunity to attend a drop-in mini art camp. KidzArt’s Art Camp is for ages 3 and up with special requests for babysitters of children 2 and under. Available sitters will be paid directly by patrons. Sitters have Red Cross training and CPR certification.
Students will be invited to participate in both group and individual projects with the guidance of KidzArt’s certified instructors. KidzArt will offer age-appropriate painting, drawing, sketching, sculpting projects, and more. While the children are participating in KidzArt, family members will be able to attend movies at any of the Film Festival venues. KidzArt is located at 121 E Front Street, Suite 102, across from the City Opera House in Front Row Center.
Food is not provided for children, so parents are encouraged to pack snacks and beverages. A refrigerator is available onsite.
- Pricing is $7 per child per hour.
- For families of 3 siblings it will be $18 per hour.
- For families of 4 siblings it will be $22 per hour.
- For families of 5 siblings or more, it will be $25 per hour.
- For the babysitter of children 2 and under it will be $7 per child with no more than four in their care at a time.
*After 8pm the rate will be $10 per child regardless of age or siblings.
Reservations MUST be made within 24 hours of your movie time. We will not guarantee a spot, as we are limited in space to 12 children total. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.