2018 Emmys: Stars Step Out for Lavish Parties to Kick Off TV’s Biggest Night

TV’s biggest weekend is finally here and the party is getting started WAY before the live telecast tonight.

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: (L-R) Kate McKinnon, Elizabeth Moss, Jeffrey Katzenburg, Sandra Oh, Millie Bobby Brown and Sterling K. Brown attend MPTF's Evening Before Emmys on September 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for MPTF) *** Local Caption *** Kate McKinnon;Elizabeth Moss;Jeffrey Katzenburg;Sandra Oh;Sterling K. Brown;Millie Bobby Brown

TV’s biggest night is FINALLY here!

To get things ready for the 2018 Emmys, tons of nominees and casts from your favorite shows came together this weekend for a variety of lavish events around Los Angeles.

From Entertainment Weekly’s star-studded shindig to the 12th annual “Evening Before” party benefitting MPTF (Motion Picture & Television Fund), there was no shortage of festivities going on this weekend.

Big names from the casts of This Is Us, Queer Eye, Saturday Night Live, The Handmaid’s Tale, GLOW, Modern Family, black-ish, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, and Atlanta stepped out, but keep scrolling to see the best moments from every Emmy Pre-Party below.

The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards air tonight, September 17th @ 8PM ET/5PM PT on NBC.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – SEPTEMBER 14: (L-R) Tichina Arnold, Ricky Martin, Sydelle Noel, and Samira Wiley attend The Hollywood Reporter & SAG-AFTRA 2nd annual Emmy Nominees Night presented by Douglas Elliman and Heineken at Avra Beverly Hills Estiatorio on September 14, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for The Hollywood Reporter)

On Friday, September 14, The Hollywood Reporter and SAG-AFTRA hosted their annual Emmy Nominees Night at AVRA Beverly Hills, celebrating the 70th Annual Emmy Award contenders.

Guests in attendance included Darren Criss, Tiffany Haddish (2018 Emmy winner for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series), Samira Wiley (2018 Emmy winner for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series), Ricky Martin, Tracee Ellis Ross, Trevor Noah, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, Jeffrey Wright, Judith Light, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Louie Anderson, Dascha Polanco, Busy Philipps, Sandra Lee, Sarah Drew, Thandie Newton, Kenyon Dixon, Casey Wilson, Cheryl Hines, Madeline Brewer, Mandy Patinkin, Amanda Brugel, Adam Pally, Adina Porter, Adrian Dev, Angela Sarafyan, Brandon Victor Dixon, Britney Young,  Henry Winkler, Kelly Jenrette, Naomi Grossman, Rachael Harris, Ron Cephas Jones, Sam Richardson, Tichina Arnold, and Patricia Richardson.

LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 15: (L-R) Angelique Cabral, Torrey DeVitto, Arielle Kebbel attend the 2018 Pre-Emmy Party hosted by Entertainment Weekly and L’Oreal Paris at Sunset Tower on September 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly )

Entertainment Weekly celebrated TV’s biggest weekend with their annual pre-Emmy party on Saturday (September 15) honoring the 2018 Emmy nominees and the stars of the new fall TV season. Past and present nominees, fall TV talent and industry elite came together with presenting sponsor L’Oréal Paris to celebrate this year’s accomplishments and toast to the very best in television at Sunset Tower Hotel in Los Angeles, with tunes from DJ Michelle Pesce.

Held at the Sunset Tower Hotel, the guest list featured hundreds of celebs across all television shows on every platform.

CENTURY CITY, CA – SEPTEMBER 16: Pamela Adlon, Olivia Edward, Mia Swier, Darren Criss and Celia Imrie attend FX Networks celebration of their Emmy nominees in partnership with Vanity Fair at Craft on September 16, 2018 in Century City, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)

FX Networks, in partnership with Vanity Fair, hosted a private cocktail party to celebrate FX Network’s Emmy nominations on Sunday (September 16) at CRAFT in Los Angeles. With celebs such as Pamela Adlon, Louie Anderson, Zazie Beetz, Yvette Nicole Brown, Darren Criss, Olivia Edward, Billy Eichner, Donald Glover, Stephen Glover, Max Greenfield, Lesley Grossman, Brian Tyree Henry, Ron Howard, Cheyenne Jackson, Nina Jacobson, Jonathan Krisel, Judith Light, Mikey Madison, Ricky Martin, Margo Martindale, Janet Mock, Hiro Murai, Gary Newman, Our Lady J, Billy Porter, Edgar Ramirez, Costa Robin, Xosha Roquemore, Keri Russell, Lakeith Stanfield, Holly Taylor, and Dana Walden on the guest list, shows that were recognized included “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” “Atlanta,” “American Horror Story: Cult,” “The Americans,” “Baskets,” and “Legion.”

LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 16: (L-R) Kate McKinnon, Elizabeth Moss, Jeffrey Katzenburg, Sandra Oh, Millie Bobby Brown and Sterling K. Brown attend MPTF’s Evening Before Emmys on September 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for MPTF) *** Local Caption *** Kate McKinnon;Elizabeth Moss;Jeffrey Katzenburg;Sandra Oh;Sterling K. Brown;Millie Bobby Brown

Also on Sunday, September 16, the entertainment industry came together for the 12th Annual “Evening Before” Party, Benefitting MPTF (Motion Picture & Television Fund) in Century City.

The television industry, from Emmy presenters and nominees, to other TV industry members, helped raise funds to support their industry colleagues and friends who benefit from MPTF’s charitable programs and services such as financial assistance, crisis counseling, care giving support and of course the legendary retirement facility in Woodland Hills that is “home” to television and film veterans alike.

The 12th Annual “Evening Before” Host Committee consisted of Julie Bowen, Rachel Brosnahan, Sterling K. Brown, Ty Burrell, Darren Criss, Tracee Ellis Ross, America Ferrera & Ryan Piers Williams, Claire Foy, Sophie Hunter & Benedict Cumberbatch, Allison Janney, Judith Light & Robert Desiderio, Kate McKinnon, Debra Messing, Mandy Moore, Elisabeth Moss, Jane Musky & Tony Goldwyn, Bob Odenkirk, Sandra Oh, Issa Rae, Keri Russell & Matthew Rhys, Octavia Spencer, Chrissy Teigen & John Legend, Milo Ventimiglia, and Lena Waithe.

Browse through the gallery to see all of the celebs at each Emmy’s party below. 

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.