Sundance film festival

The Complete Insider’s
Guide to Sundance Film
Festival Parties and
Events

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The 2014 Sundance Film Festival has already begun in Park City, Utah and the anticipation of movie premieres is in full force. There may be red carpet interviews and photo ops stars are expected to be at, but once their work is done, it’s all fun and play. Private snowboarding lessons, dance parties and even Soul Cycling classes—count us in!

Kicking off the week’s festivities starting Friday and going through Sunday is the Park City Live Day Lounge. Within the exclusive lounge, the Billboard & Sonos Home Theater Lounge will feature TVs with Sonos Playbar speakers and will host interviews with special guests. The PCL Lounge will also feature the Moto X Lounge with the latest Motorola technology.

SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino presents The Sayer's Club popup which will kick off weekend one of the festival with a performance by Grammy-nominated band, Capital Cities. Event partners include Red BullEvian, and Pernod Ricard (Absolut ElyxStella ArtoisJameson,Perrier Jouet, etc.), and so get ready for a boozy bash!

“For ONE Night Only”—Jan. 17—celebrities who like to party will be spotted at the VIP pop-up lounge Goodnight Gansevoort. The ONE Group has partnered with Gansevoort Hotel Group to bring live DJ entertainment to the after-dark dance party. Considering previous years’ attendees included Kate Bosworth, Bruce Willis, Seth Rogen and Emma Roberts, it sure won’t be short of A-listers.

Another hip place at Sundance will be at the Sky Lodge’s SoulCycle Suite and BELLA Juice Bar where there will be classes running Friday, January 17 through Sunday, January 19. The popular spin class, adored by Katie Holmes and Lena Dunham, will be exclusive to those who secure their spot on one of the 30 bikes—and we already hear that Anne Hathaway will be one of them!

While taking a break from all things glamorous, celebs will get a chance to have their own private snowboarding lessons at the Oakley Learn to Ride event. Happening January 17 and January 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Main Street’s Downstairs nightclub will host top ranked pro athletes including Olympic medalist Danny Kass and Dingo from Fuel TV’s The Adventures of Danny and the Dingo.

The fun continues on Sunday with Paige Hospitality Group’s Third Annual Sundance Game Watch occurring at the Village at The Lift. Beginning at 3:00 p.m., celebs, entertainment industry execs and invited members of the media will get to watch the AFC and NFC championship football games on Element Electronics televisions. And the best part? McDonald’s is providing the snacks.

For those who prefer more upscale cuisine, the ChefDance event going on Friday and Saturday will feature gourmet meals prepared by former Top Chef contestants. Other events that will happen January 17 to January 19 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. include It’s So Miami Lounge and Live Your Adventure at the Eddie Bauer Adventure House. Scheduled guests at these events include Aaron Paul, Anna Kendrick, Joe Manganiello, Wes Bentley, John C. Reilly, Juliette Lewis and Rose McGowan.

Last but not least, the Supper Suite by STK will take over Table One’s restaurant space at the Sky Lodge Hotel—and there’s no doubt A-list celebs like Michael Fassbender and Maggie Gyllenhaal will be stopping by. The Suite will host the Creative Coalition Spotlight Initiative Gala Awards Dinner on Friday honoring actors Josh Gad, Jonathan Pryce and Emile Hirsch among others. Later that night, an official cast reception will award the cast of Cooties starring Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson and Alison Pill. The invite-only events continue on Sunday with the official cast dinner for Listen Up Philip (Jason Schwartzman, Krysten Ritter), The One I Love (Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss) and A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, produced by Elijah Wood. Guests will enjoy cocktails from Dobel Tequila, wine pairings from Johndrow Vineyards and, of course, entrees from the famous steakhouses’ menu.

Throughout the Sundance Film Festival, guests and ticket holders can check out YouTube’s Utah outpost, which will have must-see panels and screenings. Park City Live will also be having their own Concert Series featuring Kaskade and Skylar Grey (Jan. 17), Kendrick Lamar (Jan. 18), Steve Aoki (Jan. 19), Nervo (Jan. 20) and Ludacris (Jan. 25). For more details visit parkcitylive.net