Behind the Scenes at Sundance: a Jon Hamm Dance Party, Charlize Theron Marching, Cute Date Nights and More
From a Jon Hamm dance party to the Women's March, Hollywood's snowy film festival has not disappointed
Every year, Hollywood invades Park City, Utah, for the Sundance Film Festival.
This year, celebrities like John Legend, Jon Hamm and more are making the most of their time in the snowy small town by rubbing elbows with their fans and hitting up the festival’s biggest parties – and PEOPLE is there to capture all the fun moments.
Monday, Jan. 23
12:05 a.m. – At The Polka King private party held at Chase Sapphire on Main, Jack Black was spotted breaking it down to polka music.
3 a.m. – Christina Milian (who stopped by Debbie Durkin’s The EcoLuxe Lounge — sponsored by Choices Recovery and Shriners for Children Medical Center — earlier in the day) got onstage at TAO Park City with Lil Jon and DJ Ruckus. The trio poured from a bottle of Magnum Don Julio 1942. Nick Cannon rolled in with his crew around 1:45 a.m. to the pop-up club, but “didn’t stay long” after heading straight to a private table, says a source.
Sunday, Jan. 22
1:45 p.m. – I Love Dick co-stars Kathryn Hahn and Kevin Bacon popped by the Tim Tam photo wall at The Variety Studio to snap a polaroid photo in support of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. “Kathryn shared a story that when one of her children was born, she took a polaroid photo every month for the first year,” says a source. Earlier in the day, Jeremy Renner was spotted doing jumping jacks near the Tim Tam bar to pump himself up for an early morning interview, adds the source.
3:47 p.m. – Jane the Virgin‘s Brett Dier posed with a super fan (and a baby!) outside of Rock & Reilly’s.
3:50 p.m. – Nick Offerman’s busy promoting his own project at Sundance, but he’s still one supportive husband. The star put up his feet on a couch at The Vulture Sundance Spot at Rock & Reilly’s and bragged about his wife Megan Mullally’s new show.
4:45 p.m. – Bacon eating bacon! I Love Dick star Kevin Bacon munched on Applegate Bacon Pizza (named after the star!) with Griffin Dunne, then struck a pose with the Bacon Bar sign at the Applegate Reel Food Café.
5 p.m. – He may be in Park City, but Keanu Reeves isn’t going to miss out on his football. After arriving at the Stella Artois Filmmaker Lounge with his sister, the To the Bone actor “requested that the game be put on” at a private dinner with his cast, says a source. Carrie Preston and Lily Collins (who sported SOREL boots and a Faithfull The Brand sweater to the premiere) celebrated along with Reeves.
9:30 p.m. – Analeigh Tipton was spotted catching a ride on a Porsche to head to the Mosaic Party at the RAND Luxury Lounge at the St. Regis to meet her pal Brittany Snow.
10 p.m. – Cute couple Laura Prepon and Ben Foster left the Kia Supper Suite together after cozying up at the annual Spotlight Awards hosted by The Creative Coalition (where Maestro Dobel’s Hot Toddy Tequila was served). “Ben seemed very protective of Laura. He was holding on to her arm as they walked in and kept by her side during the dinner,” says a source. “They definitely enjoyed dinner. She finished her plate!”
11 p.m. – Chloë Sevigny and Kevin Bacon caught a performance from Grateful Dead band members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir at Amazon Studios’ Sundance party in celebration of The Long Strange Trip.
Saturday, Jan. 21
Noon – Novitiate‘s Dianna Agron had a very important question to ask the Google Home on display at the Variety Studio presented by Orville Redenbacher: “What sound does a giraffe make?”
1 p.m. – After leading a crowd of about 8,000 people down Main Street for the Women’s March, Chelsea Handler, Charlize Theron and Mary McCormack stepped out of the snow and into The Hub presented by the Consumer Technology Association. The pals continued their day of activism, chatting about “the progression of human rights and how each person can make a change by calling their senators every day to demand attention on their initiatives,” an onlooker tells PEOPLE.
1:05 p.m. – Rashida Jones was looking to style her boyfriend Ezra Koenig and asked for a pair of Blundstone boots for him at the footwear brand’s activation at The Hollywood Reporter Media Lounge.
1:45 p.m. – At the Applegate’s Reel Food Cafe, Underground executive producer John Legend congratulated former Vice President Al Gore on his new documentary, An Inconvenient Sequel, before diving into the bacon bar and telling everyone how bacon-obsessed his wife Chrissy Teigen is!
2 p.m. – Walking Out star Matt Bomer was all kinds of excited when he spotted the Tim Tam bar of chocolate goodies at the Variety Studio. “Australians in the house!” he shouted.
5:55 p.m. – Social media star Gigi Gorgeous, who is in town to premiere her documentary This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous, had an impromptu photo shoot in front of an ice sculpture of the Hollywood sign outside the NYLON x Dream Hollywood Apres Ski event at Church Public House.
6:15 p.m. – MLB star Justin Verlander teased his fiancée, The Getaway‘s Kate Upton, about her driving skills at her film’s premiere party, which was hosted by BMW & Golf Digest Studios at Rock & Reilly’s.
7:30 p.m. – Orange Is the New Black star Samira Wiley and her partner Lauren Mrelli had a romantic dinner at Nobu at AT&T at The Lift to celebrate their anniversary. “They were beaming and giggling over the special dessert Nobu executive chef Gregorio Stephenson made in honor of the occasion, lit with candles,” says a source.
10:45 p.m. – I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore star Elijah Wood and his girlfriend Kerry Bishe were “really cute and just glowing” as they spent the night tucked in a corner with their legs and hands intertwined at the XYZ Films party at the Kia Supper Suite, an onlooker tells PEOPLE.
11:15 p.m. – Girls star Zosia Mamet and her husband Evan Jonigkeit cozied up to the bar together at the Tidal X: Vulture party at Rock & Reilly’s.
11:30 p.m. – Joshua Jackson stopped by to celebrate season 2 of Underground with the WGN America drama’s executive producer John Legend and stars Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Aldis Hodge at Riverhorse on Main.
12:35 a.m. – Mudbound star Mary J. Blige arrived at TAO Park City with her crew and headed straight for John Legend’s table next to the stage. Before heading out the door, Blige put a bottle of Tequila Don Julio Blanco into her red Givenchy purse to keep the party going later, an onlooker tells PEOPLE.
Friday, Jan. 20
10 a.m. – While at one of the Main Street lounges promoting her new teen drama Before I Fall, Jennifer Beals shut off the Trump inauguration that was playing in the background while waiting for an interview to begin.
10:30 a.m. – From the Bachelor mansion to snowy Sundance! Bachelor alum Becca Tilley participated in a morning yoga lesson with fitness experts Karena Dawn and Katrina Scott at the Tone It Up Wellness Lounge. “Not many people could get me excited for a morning yoga workout. Karena and Katrina make everything fun,” she told PEOPLE. “We went from yoga in the morning to dancing all night at Tao!”
11:30 a.m. – Benjamin Bratt enjoyed a “Cleaner Weiner” hot dog before facing off against brother Peter Bratt in a competitive game of ping pong on the patio while legendary musician Carlos Santana refereed at Applegate’s Reel Food Cafe at the Deadline Studio .
1:20 p.m – Elijah Wood opened up about his strangest audition at the IMDb Studio. “I actually auditioned for Moulin Rouge and I had to sing and dance,” he said. “And I don’t know how it turned out. I didn’t get the role, so that’s self evident.”
1:40 p.m. – Alison Brie and fiancé Dave Franco dished on their sex life at the the Variety Studio presented by Orville Redenbacher’s. They said their intimate encounter on set in The Little Hours was “the spiciest one” they’d ever done.
8:45 p.m – Matt Bomer and Joshua Jackson shared a toast of sake together at Nobu at AT&T at The Lift to commemorate Bomer’s first Sundance.
9:15 p.m. – Mary J. Blige was serenaded by her sister, Latonya Blige, actress Aisha Tyler and more as she celebrated her birthday, which was presented by The Hudson and D’usse at a private estate in Deer Valley.
Midnight – Majorie Prime star Jon Hamm had an ’80s dance party with the Ingrid Goes West cast at the Stella Artois Filmmaker Lounge.
Thursday, Jan. 19
9:30 p.m. – Kenny Loggins dined on a multi-course meal prepared by talent from the James Beard Foundation’s Celebrity Chef Tour — including Richard Blais, Briar Handly, David Mullen, Justin Rogers and Shirley Butler-Bordas — before getting a room of hundreds on its feet dancing to his hits, including “Footloose,” at the An Artist at the Table benefit.
10:00 p.m. – Dianna Agron and her hubby, Munford & Sons’ Winston Marshall, looked “really cute sharing a piece of cake” at the Maven Pictures party at Autograph Collection Hotels’ The Retreat, an onlooker tells PEOPLE.
12:20 a.m. – Alison Brie and Dave Franco spent the evening cuddling on the couch and chatting with friends at the private cast party for their new film The Little Hours at Chase Sapphire on Main.