Small Towns, Big Events: Traverse City Film Festival
Northern Michigan might be home to a number of small towns and cities, but that doesn't mean for a second that there is nothing going on. Far from it! We're lucky to be home to dozens of world-class events all year long. One of the absolute favorites, of course, is the Traverse City Film Festival. Since 2006, the festival has grown into an absolutely landmark for Northern Michigan, turning the eyes of the film industry north for five days each summer.
From July 25-30, over 100 features and 107 shorts will be shown in a dozen venues located in Traverse City, Suttons Bay, Frankfort, and more. The charming venues draw locals and travelers alike to new, unique spaces to view films from all over the world. It's the Metropolitan touching the small town, a taste of the globe right here in the home of cherry pie.
Over 120,000 visitors enjoyed the festival in 2016, more than three times since the inaugural edition. That growth has allowed for more ambitious plans, and those plans are supported by over 3,000 volunteers! Locals lend a hand to make these great events happen as a point of pride and out of a sense of community.
This year, the festival has also put a bit of a spot light on the region's other claim to fame, food. A growing foodie mecca, Northern Michigan boasts restaurants, vineyards, and breweries that are drawing rave reviews, and they get just a bit of a nod with the selection of films that focus on food this summer.
We're proud of the Traverse City Film Festival and what it brings to our Northern Michigan communities, and the entertainment it provides for our friends and families. There are few things as memorable as joining all your friends and neighbors at the Open Space for a free, outdoor movie on the shores of Grand Traverse Bay. Enjoy the movies, everyone!