It all began in 1981, when Robert Redford snagged a group of friends to help create the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Every year, actors, directors, critics, reporters and movie executives head to the snowy mountains to recognize special performances in upcoming films — and, just maybe, find the next breakout hit or Oscar contender.
Here, Us Weekly rounds up just a few of Sundance's hottest parties, lounges and more that guests can expect to experience. The 2014 festival will take place from Jan. 16-24.
During the Day
Anne Hathaway is among those expected to attend SoulCycle at Sundance. The celebrity-filled spinning classes at the Sky Lodge will serve delicious juices and smoothies to guests at the BELLA Juice Bar, courtesy of BELLA housewares! It'll also have 30 bikes, rockstar instructors, energetic music and fresh juices.
Oakley Learn to Ride
This exclusive event offers guests an opportunity to release their inner adrenaline junky while snowboarding on the mountains with some of the world's top-ranked pro athletes, including Olympic medalist Danny Kass and Fuel TV's Dingo in a personal one hour private session.
Eddie Bauer Adventure House
Time to escape the cold! Guests can enjoy a good time at "Live Your Adventure" at the Eddie Bauer Adventure House, which gives guests unique outdoor adventures with an indoor rock wall, and lessons from Eddie Bauer's world-class-guide and athlete team.
LG Music Lodge
Big year! The LG Music Lodge will be celebrating its 10th anniversary with its guests this time around. Guests will be able to watch the big NFL Super Bowl playoff game on the big screen with a 100-inch Laser LG TV. Celebrities expected to attend include Aubrey Plaza, Anna Kendrick, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Cheryl Hines, Paul Reiser, Elijah Wood, Alison Pill and Rainn Wilson.
Park City Live Concert Series
Park City Live is traditionally one of the most popular venue's for parties and live events at the Sundance Film Festival. Located at 427 Main Street, the Park City Live Concert Series will host musical performances by O.A.R and Matisyahu, Steve Aoki, and Ludacris this year from January 16th through January 25th, and that's just to start! More acts are to be announced, but you can purchase tickets now at www.parkcitylive.net to enjoy the show.
Here is the lineup — so far!
Thursday, January 16 – O.A.R. and Matisyahu
Friday, January 17 – Kaskade/Skylar Grey
Sunday, January 19 – Steve Aoki
Monday, January 20 – Nervo
Thursday, January 24 – Dash Berlin
Saturday, January 25 – Ludacris
Udi's Gluten Free Table
Bon appetit! Guests can escape the insanity with a snack at Udi's, which will be featured at The Lift. Healthy gluten-free options will be available.
A-List Communications Supper Suite
Emile Hirsch and Michael Fassbender are expected to stop by the suite, sponsored by STK and Dobel Tequila, which will provide private dinners and lunch events.
QUAKER Good Energy Lodge
Guests can warm up and refuel at the Main St lodge, with Oatmeal, yougurt, bars and cookies. Christina Hendricks, Aaron Paul, and Adrian Grenier are expected to attend.
The Next Generation Filmmaker Series
Will be hosting dinner parties for celebrities such as Christina Hendricks and Chris Abbott
The Waldorf Astoria Park City
Once again one of the most coveted invites at Sundance has nothing to do with the films and their stars. Harvey Weinstein will leave the Stein Eriksen Lodge this year for an "Unforgettable" football viewing party at The Waldorf Astoria Park City. The very elevated Conference Championships viewing party will feature a custom ice bar, Bison and gruyere cheese sliders, Oysters Rockefeller and truffle popcorn. This party has become lore at Sundance, attended by the likes of Len Blavatnik, Ron Burkle and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the past.
Gift Suites and Lounges
Kari Feinstein's Style Lounge
Swag-a-thon! The lounge will give away everything from trips to luxury resorts in Mexico, electronics including a DJI Phantom 2 Vison flying camera, to snowboards and ski gear plus skincare and jewelry.
"It's So Miami Lounge"
Aaron Paul and Anna Kendrick will most likely pop up to the lounge, which features Patron xo cocktails, a tattoo artist, Tim Hortons Café and Bale Shop and Lifeway Kefir, and a sampling bar.
Eco Hideaway PARK CITY
This is an invite-only sustainable lounge that combines music, talent and brands like Marisa Kenson Collection and Minky Couture to honor the world's finest filmmakers.
TR Gifting Suites
Suites, featuring Dove Hair care will be offering grooming services for both men and women. Sean John will also be helping men by supplying some of the coziest snow jackets around to keep VIP guys warm and comfy in the cold.
Get ready! The Surflodge has transformed the Cisero's space on Main street into a mini Snowlodge. Kristen Stewart and Aaron Paul are expected to drop by.
Independent Film Makers Lounge
The lounge, presented by Xi3, will give celebs like Aubrey Plaza and Hayden Christensen access to a rendering farm, film panels, cocktails and more!
PLC Day Lounge
The lounge will be open from Jan 17-19 from 11:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. A carved out space within Park City Live will be transformed into the Billboard & Sonos Home Theater Lounge complete with TVs and SONOS PLAYBARs and will create a relaxing music environment for special guests, and will also host interviews from the Sonos Home Theater Lounge with talent.
Motorola will feature the Moto X lounge, debuting the latest design possibilities – the Natural Collection – available on the first fully customizable smartphone from Motorola. It will also premiere "Buggy Night," the upcoming release from the new, interactive entertainment experience exclusive to Moto X. On Jan. 17, celebrated artists Jan Pinkava, formerly of Pixar Entertainment, and Glen Keane, creator of many beloved Disney characters, will be on hand to discuss their work on the platform. Creative Recreation Shoes is also another partner included.
GREY GOOSE Blue Door
Film's favorite vodka will once again host one of Sundance's most exclusive venues where the talented casts The Skeleton Twins, Wish I Was Here & other movies will enjoy both food and perfectly executed cocktails late into the night.
TAO Group and Moet Nectar Imperial Rose
Get excited! This will be returning to recreate an underground club at Village at the Lift with live sets from Jonny Lennon, DJ Sinatra, DJ Politik, and Jesse Marco.
Bungalow 8 at Grey Goose Blue Door
Worldview Entertainment partnered with the infamous LDV Hospitality and Amy Sacco's Bungalow 8 (a hit at other festivals like Cannes and Toronto International) to host another invite-only pop-up in the heart of Main Street.
Paige Hospitality Group's Third Annual Sundance Game Viewing
Paige will give celebrities the chance to watch the AFC & NFC championship football games on Element Electronics televisions at the swanky Village at The Lift while enjoying McDonald's snacks.
Rock & Reilly's
This Yellowtail Cocktail Party will host several parties throughout the festival, and will have appearances by Krysten Ritter and Geoff Stults.
ONE Group Lounge
Gansevoort Hotel Group will host a VIP pop-up lounge with live DJ entertainment for the "Goodnight Gansevoort" and the "For ONE Night Only" after-dark dance parties, which have previously seen the likes of Kate Bosworth, Bruce Willis, Lake Bell, Seth Rogen and Emma Roberts.
Dream Downtown @ The Music Lodge
Dream Downtown, one of the hottest hotels coming all the way from NYC, along with 4AM (4 Artist Management) will host an Aprés Ski Fete at The Music Lodge at The 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The event will take place on Saturday January 18th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and feature top 4AM Talent DJ Theory and friends. The event will also feature digital content on one of the world's largest televisions provided by LG TV.
The 2nd Annual Catdance Film Festival
Hosted by the sexiest "cataloger," Gilles Marini, presented by Fresh Step and sponsoring ASPCA. The winner will receive $50,000 and a golden litter scoop.
SLS Las Vegas presents The Sayers Club
Straight from the hip Los Angeles underground music scene, The Sayers Club pop-up kicks off weekend one of Sundance 2014 with a special performance by Capital Cities at Downstairs (625 Main Street) on Friday January 18th. The Sayers Club pop-up will also host The Sayers Sessions, backed by Chris Holmes, who's slated to perform Saturday January 19th.