Downtown Traverse City serves as the cultural hub for the Grand Traverse Region. The historic City Opera House, and art deco movie theatre in the heart of Downtown, and vibrant night life provide an arrange of attractions and little something for everyone.
CITY OPERA HOUSE
Constructed in 1891, the City Opera House hosts exhibits, performance events, receptions, meetings and walk-in admirers. This historic landmark has recently been renovated and expanded to include a grand street-level lobby. See the beautiful City Opera House in a video here. Also learn more at the City Opera House website.
STATE THEATRE & BIJOU BY THE BAY
The award winning State Theatre and the newly renovated and stunning Bijou by the Bay, operated by the Traverse City Film Festival, offers films day and night. Learn more at the State Theatre & Bijou by the Bay website.
OLD TOWN PLAYHOUSE
Located at 8th and Cass Streets, the Old Town Playhouse features the year-round musical and dramatic work of the Traverse City Civic Players. Learn more at the Old Town Playhouse website.
CROOKED TREE ARTS CENTER
This always innovative and always changing art gallery brings fantastic and mesmerizing classes and pieces right to the heart of Downtown Traverse City. To learn more about their current exhibits and events, check out the Crooked Tree Arts Center website.
Three convenient visitor and information centers are located minutes from each other. The Visitor Center is operated by Traverse City Tourism and is open to answer questions, make reservations, or offer guidance.
The Traverse Area Chamber of Commerce promotes economic development hub for the region, providing research, data and information.
The Downtown Office (our office) is located at 303 E. State Street. From information on retailing opportunities and parking, to a list of stores or events, the Downtown office is a one-stop information source for downtown.
TRAVERSE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The Traverse Symphony Orchestra is northern Michigan’s leading regional performing arts ensemble. It is a professional, part-time orchestra with a core base of quality musicians from throughout the area. Many hold music-related positions as faculty and staff members of nearby Interlochen Center for the Arts & regional school districts.
TRAVERSE CITY FILM FESTIVAL
One of the midwest’s largest film festivals, celebrating Just Great Movies for a week at the end of July/beginning of August. Learn more at the Traverse City Film Festival website.
NATIONAL CHERRY FESTIVAL
The National Cherry Festival celebrates all things cherry during this one week festival in July. Learn more at the National Cherry Festival website.
Traverse City is proud to be an inclusive community. UpNorth Pride celebrates Pride Month in June with a week full of Pride celebrations in Downtown Traverse City. The week is capped off with the Visibility March, the largest in the State of Michigan.
Downtown Traverse City has long been the hub of entertainment for the region and remains the place to be and be seen when it comes to nightlife. After dining at one our amazing restaurants, check out a movie at the State Theatre, a performance at the City Opera House or a play at the Old Town Playhouse. Experience a variety of hotspots for all ages in Downtown TC!
Downtown Traverse City is the city center for shopping and entertainment, but the outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy as a a playground as well. See more of the outdoor offerings here.
A one stop shop for purchasing tickets for performing arts venues. Browse the MyNorth Tickets link to see what is taking place in the Grand Traverse Region.