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7 Tips for Travelers to the Traverse City Film Festival

 

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It’s time for the annual Traverse City Film Festival. It’s a great chance to discover new movies, attend fun events and enjoy the hospitality of our city. We thought we’d share a few tips on how to be a traveler — not a tourist — during the film festival.

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Film Festival Tips for Travelers

  1. Take advantage of the free festival shuttle provided by BATA. The Bayline will bring you into town from your hotel. And look for details about their festival loop traveling between film venues. The buses are all ADA accessible, air conditioned and have wifi.
  2. Travelers know it pays to be flexible. If you didn’t get tickets to a movie, try the standby line. You just might get in, even if you don’t get to sit with your friends.
  3. Not all the movies are shown at The State and The Bijou. Make sure you know where your movie is playing before you get in line.
  4. Speaking of lines, bring a little patience. Don’t be that tourist who thinks lines are for other people.
  5. As long as you’re here to binge watch, why not be a traveler and venture out to our surrounding communities and take in a movie at The Garden in Frankfort, the Bay Theatre in Suttons Bay or check out northern Michigan’s only drive-in movie theater at the Cherry Bowl Drive-In in Honor.
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  6. The outdoor movies in the Open Space are not to be missed. They’re free, they’re family-friendly and there’s usually something for everyone. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and arrive before dusk to claim your spot on the lawn. Here’s the Open Space lineup for this year:
    Tuesday | Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
    Wednesday | 9 to 5
    Thursday | The Greatest Showman
    Friday | Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
    Saturday | Black Panther
    Sunday | Coco
  7. The Traverse City Film Festival is the perfect excuse to spend the day downtown. Try a new restaurant, grab a drink with some friends, or do a little wine tasting. Our Dining Guide can be a helpful resource if you’re looking to try something new. It’s fun to be a traveler for the day, even if you’re a local.

Check out this year’s TCFF promotional video below:

We hope you use our tips to be a traveler during the Traverse City Film Festival. Enjoy the shows!

By |2018-12-12T08:45:08+00:00July 31st, 2018|Arts & Culture, Events, Family Fun, Travel Tips|0 Comments

New Award Added to Frankfort48 Film Contest

Frankfort48 Film Contest logo

We are excited sponsor the Traverse Traveler Choice Award at the Frankfort48 Film Contest. The 2nd annual event will take place June 21-23, 2018 at the Garden Theater in Frankfort. This unique contest offers teams of all ages and experience levels a chance to share a story of their creation using the power and beauty of film. We’re proud to showcase this region in film on our Traverse Traveler Visitors Channel everyday. That’s why we jumped at the chance to get involved in the Frankfort48. If you love movies, love making videos, or just love Frankfort, you’ll want to read on.

Here’s How the Frankfort48 Film Contest Works

Participants have 48 hours to create a 3-5 minute film celebrating the beauty of northern Michigan. The Frankfort48 Film Contest is open to teams of any size or age, amateur or professional. Registered teams will be given three required elements that must appear on screen: a character, a prop and a line of dialog. They will have from 9am on June 21st to 9am on June 23rd to develop a concept, scout locations, film, edit and submit their film via Vimeo. That’s 48 hours of frantic fun in Frankfort!

The contest awards will be determined by an experienced panel of celebrity judges including Michael Bofshever, Jamie Donnelly and Stephen H. Foreman. Members of the Visitors Media team will participate in the judging to select the winner of the Traverse Traveler Choice Award.

What’s at Stake

The Frankfort48 Film Contest cash prizes include:

1st Place: $500 plus 2 VIP passes to the 2018 Frankfort Film Festival

2nd Place: $250

3rd Place: $100

Traverse Traveler Choice Award

The Traverse Traveler Choice Award winning film will be featured in a promotional ad for next year’s Frankfort48 Film Contest. The ad will air on our Traverse Traveler Visitors Channel, playing in over 3000 hotel rooms in the greater Traverse City area. We’ll put together a special prize package for the winning team along with the opportunity to take part in the ad creation.

2017 Frankfort48 Film Contest photo

2017 Frankfort48 Film Contest Participants

Join us for the Public Screening

On Saturday June 23, 2018 at the Frankfort Garden Theatre the contest entries will make their debut on the big screen. We want to encourage the public to join us at the screening. Check out the amazing short films these teams can pull together in just 48 hours. It’s a testament to the power of film, the dedication of creative minds, and the beauty of northern Michigan… a place we’re lucky to call home.

How to Enter

To secure your entry visit the Frankfort48 website. To download the entry form with all the details click here. It’s only $25 per team to participate in the Frankfort48 Film Contest. If you’ve got the crew, the stamina and the creativity to pull it off, we can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Here’s a look at last year’s first place film, When it Rains:

By |2018-12-12T08:49:16+00:00June 8th, 2018|Arts & Culture, Community Spotlight|0 Comments

9 Things to do with Kids on a Spring Staycation in Traverse City


Is a vacation or staycation in Traverse City on your mind this spring? The kids have been cooped up at home long enough. Spring Break is a popular time for the locals to get-away, which means it’s a little less crowded on the streets and in the hotels. So here’s my list of 9 things to do with kids on a Traverse City staycation. Watch the videos for more details on each destination!

 

Breakfast at Round’s

If you’re traveling for vacation odds are nobody has to cook. So, I think it’s fitting that a staycation includes going out for breakfast. If you’re an early-riser check out Round’s, a true local hang-out, where the raspberry french toast is out of this world. Look for their menu in our Dining Guide.

 

Free Movies at The State

The State Theatre and Bijou by the Bay have a once-annual free movie fest, which lines up with Traverse City’s spring break. That means free movie tickets, and lots of family-friendly films all week! If your break doesn’t match ours don’t despair! These arthouse volunteer-run theaters offer great kids programs including $.25 kids matinees EVERY Saturday. And you can’t beat the popcorn and candy prices either.

 

Bounce it Out at Busy Bodies

Sometimes you just need a place to let the kids run, skip and bounce out that energy they’ve been storing all winter. Busy Bodies Bounce Town is the solution. With wristband access you can spend an hour, go grab a bite to eat and come back later that day to wear them out before the car ride home.

 

Hike through the Art Park

The Michigan Legacy Art Park is a hidden gem, and worth a drive to Crystal Mountain in Benzie County. Discover larger than life sculptures tucked between the trees along a beautiful hiking trail. These permanent art installations are impressive any time of year. March and April can still be snowy in the woods, so wear your boots, or rent a pair of snowshoes.

 

Eat Lunch at Scalawags

Scalawags Fish & Chips in downtown Traverse City is the perfect lunch spot for the whole family. The restaurant is decorated tip to tail in fishing-themed memorabilia and artwork. The fish is incredibly fresh and prepared right after you order. Tell the kids to watch for Spongebob as he pops up every time the front door opens.

 

Bowling and Laser Tag at Lucky Jacks

If you’re entertaining teens or tweens and the weather isn’t cooperating, I’ve got just the place for you. Lucky Jacks has indoor fun for the whole family. From bowling and laser tag, to arcade games, bumper cars and did I mention they have a full restaurant and bar? Yep, this spot checks a lot of boxes for some good old fashioned family fun.

 

Explore History at The Village

One of the nation’s largest historical renovations is taking place just off the beaten path in Traverse City. The Village at Grand Traverse Commons is a former state asylum with stunning 19th century architecture, and a fascinating history. Sign-up for a guided historic tour of the buildings, or spend your time hiking the trails all around Traverse City’s central park. Ask for the path to the hippy tree for an instagrammable discovery.

 

Play at the Great Lakes Children’s Museum

Traverse City is blessed to be surrounded by water. As Michiganders we want to ensure the importance of the Great Lakes is not lost on our youngest adventurers. Kids can explore our watery resources in hands-on exhibits, playscapes and activities at the Great Lakes Children’s Museum.

 

Discover Sleeping Bear Dunes

The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is always on our list of things to do with kids. On a sunny day the views of Lake Michigan are blue and beautiful no matter the season. Hiking the dunes or riding a bike along the Heritage trail are great springtime adventures. Start at the Visitors Center in Empire and ask about the Jr Ranger program for some activities that will entertain and educate the youngest visitors.

 

So when it’s too warm for snowmen, but too cold for swimming, there are still plenty of things to do with kids of all ages in Traverse City. If you live here, it’s a good reminder to get out and enjoy the reasons why. If you’re traveling to Traverse City…welcome! The trees might be leafless, and the pot holes large, but activities abound for you and your traveling band.

By |2018-12-12T09:14:57+00:00March 21st, 2018|Adventure, Family Fun, Travel Tips, Videos|0 Comments

Cherry Bowl Drive-In Triple Feature Weekend

Ice Age 3 movie graphicNight at the Museum movie graphicx-men origins wolverine movie graphicDrive-In Movie Features
Friday, September 25 – Saturday, September 26th

 

 

Annual Triple Feature Weekend

Ice Age 3, rated PG

Night at the Museum, rated PG-13

X-Men Origins – Wolverine, rated PG-13

 

Movies are always a double feature and always family friendly. Rain or shine, dusk is the time. The Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre is located on US-31 in Honor, Michigan.

For more information visit their website at www.cherrybowldrivein.com. For a map to their location visit our Attractions page.

By |2009-09-25T14:08:50+00:00September 25th, 2009|Attractions, Benzie|0 Comments

Cherry Bowl Drive-In Chic Flick Weekend

Julie & Julia movie graphicthe Proposal movie graphicDrive-In Movie Features Friday, September 18 – Saturday, September 19th

 

 

Chic Flick Weekend!

Julie & Julia, rated PG-13

The Proposal, rated PG-13

 

Movies are always a double feature and always family friendly. Rain or shine, dusk is the time. The Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre is located on US-31 in Honor, Michigan.

For more information visit their website at www.cherrybowldrivein.com. For a map to their location visit our Attractions page.

By |2009-09-18T10:27:40+00:00September 18th, 2009|Attractions, Benzie|0 Comments

Cherry Bowl Drive-In Features 9/11 – 9/12

 

Harry Potter Movie graphicTime Travelers Wife movie graphicDrive-In Movie Features Friday, September 11 – Saturday, September 12th

 

 

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, rated PG

The Time Travelers Wife, rated PG-13

 

Movies are always a double feature and always family friendly. Rain or shine, dusk is the time. The Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre is located on US-31 in Honor, Michigan.

For more information visit their website at www.cherrybowldrivein.com. For a map to their location visit our Attractions page.

 

By |2009-09-11T21:00:01+00:00September 11th, 2009|Attractions, Benzie, Entertainment|0 Comments

Cherry Bowl Drive-In Features 8/7 – 8/20

G-Force movie graphicThe Proposal movie graphicDrive-In Movie Features Friday August 7th – Thursday August 20th

 

G-Force, rated PG

The Proposal, rated PG-13

 

Movies are always a double feature and always family friendly. Rain or shine, dusk is the time. The Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre is located on US-31 in Honor, Michigan.

For more information visit their website at www.cherrybowldrivein.com. For a map to their location visit our Attractions page.

By |2009-08-08T10:32:33+00:00August 8th, 2009|Attractions, Benzie, Entertainment|0 Comments

Cherry Bowl Drive-In Features 7/31 – 8/6

ice age movie graphicharry potter movie graphicDrive-In Movie Features Friday July 31st – Thursday August 6th

 

Ice Age 3, Dawn of the Dinosaurs, rated G

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, rated PG

 

Movies are always a double feature and always family friendly. Rain or shine, dusk is the time. The Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre is located on US-31 in Honor, Michigan.

For more information visit their website at www.cherrybowldrivein.com. For a map to their location visit our Attractions page.

By |2009-08-01T07:08:01+00:00August 1st, 2009|Attractions, Benzie|0 Comments

Traverse City Film Festival Opens with Street Party

Traverse City Film Festival imageTraverse City Film Festival Opens

Tuesday, July 28 from 5-9 PM there will be a Traverse City Film Festival Opening Kick Off Street Party on Front Street between Park and Union Street in Downtown Traverse City.

The event is free and features amazing balloon sculptures by New York artist Jason Hackenwerth, music by Charlie’s Root Fusion and Rojo Loco, and a 6 p.m. opening ceremony with Michael Moore, honoring 2009 Michigan Filmmaker Award Recipient Rich Brauer.

 

The 5th Annual Traverse City Film Festival runs from July 28th through August 2nd. There are still tickets available, click here to purchase online. And don’t forget about the free movies each night in the Open Space. For more details and information on the festival visit their website at www.traversecityfilmfest.org.

 

Looking for a break from the downtown action, check out Left Foot Charley & the Vino Factory in The Village on July 31st from 6-9pm. Tickets are $20 and include special food & wine pairings, exclusive winery tours and, of course, golden tickets. Call Left Foot Charley at 231.995.0500 to reserve a spot today.

Cherry Bowl Drive-In Features 7/15 – 7/30

Harry Potter and Half Blood Prince graphicMy Sister's Keeper movie graphicDrive-In Movie Features Wednesday July 15th – Thursday July 30th

 

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, rated PG

My Sister’s Keeper, rated PG-13

 

Movies are always a double feature and always family friendly. Rain or shine, dusk is the time. The Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre is located on US-31 in Honor, Michigan.

For more information visit their website at www.cherrybowldrivein.com. For a map to their location visit our Attractions page.

By |2009-07-15T20:05:47+00:00July 15th, 2009|Attractions, Benzie|0 Comments

Cherry Bowl Drive-In Features 7/1 – 7/14

Ice Age 3 movie graphicNight at the Musuem Smithsonian graphicDrive-In Movie Features Wednesday July 1st – Tuesday July 14th

 

Ice Age 3, rated PG

Night at the Museum 2, rated PG

 

Movies are always a double feature and always family friendly. Rain or shine, dusk is the time. The Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre is located on US-31 in Honor, Michigan.

For more information visit their website at www.cherrybowldrivein.com. For a map to their location visit our Attractions page.

By |2009-06-30T20:48:32+00:00June 30th, 2009|Attractions, Benzie|0 Comments

Cherry Bowl Drive-In Features 6/26 – 7/2

Up movie graphicTerminator Salvation movie graphic

Drive-In Movie Features Friday June 26th – Thursday July 2nd

 

Up, rated PG (This is not the 3-D version)

Terminator Salvation, rated PG-13

 

Movies are always a double feature and always family friendly. Rain or shine, dusk is the time. The Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre is located on US-31 in Honor, Michigan.

For more information visit their website at www.cherrybowldrivein.com. For a map to their location visit our Attractions page.

 

 

 

By |2009-06-28T18:16:12+00:00June 28th, 2009|Attractions, Benzie|0 Comments

Cherry Bowl Drive-In Features 6/12 – 6/25

Up movie poster graphicStar Trek movie poster graphicDrive-In Movie Features Friday June 12th – Thursday June 25th

 

Up, rated PG (This is not the 3-D version)

Star Trek, rated PG-13

 

Movies are always a double feature and always family friendly. Rain or shine, dusk is the time. The Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre is located on US-31 in Honor, Michigan. For more information visit their website at www.cherrybowldrivein.com. For a map to their location The Cherry Bowl on our Attractions page.

 

By |2009-06-12T11:49:58+00:00June 12th, 2009|Attractions, Benzie|0 Comments

Cherry Bowl Drive-In Features 6/5 – 6/11

Up movie graphicTerminator Salvation movie graphic

Drive-In Movie Features Friday june 5th – Thursday June 11th

 

Up, rated PG (This is not the 3-D version)

Terminator Salvation, rated PG-13

 

Movies are always a double feature and always family friendly. Rain or shine, dusk is the time. The Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre is located on US-31 in Honor, Michigan. For more information visit their website at www.cherrybowldrivein.com. For a map to their location The Cherry Bowl on our Attractions page.

 

 

 

By |2009-06-02T20:17:34+00:00June 2nd, 2009|Attractions, Benzie|0 Comments

Cherry Bowl Drive-In Features 5/29 & 5/30

 

Night at the Museum movie graphicTerminator Salvation movie graphicDrive-In Movie Features Friday May 29th – Saturday May 30th

 

Night at the Musuem, Battle for the Smithsonian, rated PG

Terminator Salvation, rated PG-13

 

Movies are always a double feature and always family friendly. Rain or shine, dusk is the time. The Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre is located on US-31 in Honor, Michigan. For more information visit their website at www.cherrybowldrivein.com. For a map to their location The Cherry Bowl on our Attractions page.

By |2009-05-28T08:40:50+00:00May 28th, 2009|Attractions, Benzie|0 Comments

Cherry Bowl Drive-In Opens May 1st

Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre graphicDrive-In Theatre Opens for 56th Season

Every year since 1953, the official start of summer in Northern Michigan has been marked by the opening of the Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre in Honor. The authentic 1950’s Drive-In Theatre offers the Finest in Food, Fun and Family Entertainment with a family-friendly double feature on weekends through May, then every night between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Shows start at dusk and families come early to enjoy a round of mini-golf, play a game of volleyball or have a delicious homemade dinner.

 

This year’s opening movies are Monsters vs. Aliens, rated PG, and Fast and Furious, rated PG-13.

New for the 2009 Season, owners Harry and Laura Clark have expanded Cherry Bowl Gifts and Goodies, located right next door to the Drive-In. “Now we’re offering great meals next door at Cherry Bowl Charlie’s Café inside Cherry Bowl Gifts and Goodies,” said Harry. The Café offers homemade sandwich and panini meals for $6.99 that include chips, an apple or carrots, and a homemade dessert. Those desserts are favorites of Café patrons and include pies, several flavors of cheesecake, fudge, cookies and brownies. Bakery items such as breads, croissants, and muffins are available for breakfast, too. Moviegoers can take advantage of special offers on meals at the Café before the show and can browse through the wide selection of Michigan-made gift items, too. Kids can build their own stuffed animal friend at the Cherry Bear Factory. Guests can dine in the Café, which offers free WiFi service, or call ahead for convenient carryout service.

A visit to the Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre is always an opportunity for families to make great memories. This year’s season offers lots of fun events between May and September to make your visit even more special. Check the theatre website at www.cherrybowldrivein.com for the most up to date list of events and current movie listings. Cherry Bowl Gifts and Goodies will remain open year-round for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

By |2009-04-28T20:00:20+00:00April 28th, 2009|Attractions, Benzie|0 Comments

Cherry Bowl Drive-In: Chick Flick Weekend

cherry bowl chick flick weekend posterWear your favorite jeans to the Chick Flick Double Feature at the Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre

 

Two nights of great chick flicks, fun and friendship are planned for September 12th and 13th at the Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre. The Double Feature for the weekend will be “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2” followed by “Mamma Mia”. 


In honor of the second movie from the wildly popular “Sisterhood” book series, a Favorite Jeans Contest will be held prior to the shows. Escape from a weekend of football by heading out to the Drive-In with all of your girlfriends. And who needs to cook? The Cherry Bowl Diner offers delicious Broasted Chicken and Crazy Harry’s Homemade BBQ Ribs for a picnic dinner. Visit Cherry Bowl Gifts and Goodies next door to the Theatre and receive free samples of cheesecake and fudge. Add this “Girls Night Out” to your fall schedule.
 

 
Open Fridays & Saturdays in September (231) 325-3413, www.cherrybowldrivein.com

 

By |2008-09-09T18:50:28+00:00September 9th, 2008|Attractions, Benzie|0 Comments