Summer ushers in swinging tunes and spectacular films

Going to the theaters or even a concert can sometimes be expensive, but as of July 6, the city of Vancouver began offering free concerts and movies to the public. Three days a week there will be music floating through parks until Aug. 11. There will also be free screenings of both classic and current films hosted by the 2016 Summer Movie Series until Aug. 12.

The City of Vancouver will present a wide array of movies ranging from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” to “The Princess Bride.” Every Friday through July 29 a movie will be shown at the Columbia Tech Center. Select parks throughout the Vancouver area will also host Friday night films as part of the series until Aug. 12.

The movie nights will also have activities and prize giveaways starting at 7 p.m., and since the films will not start until dusk, attendees will have time to relax and find good seats. Attendees need to bring their own blankets or lawn chairs, along with any snacks and drinks they may want while watching the movie.

In addition to showing free movies, the City of Vancouver will also host a variety of live band performances. The concert series will feature a variety of musical genres, ranging from tribute bands like Petty Fever to the classical style of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Concerts will be located at Esther Short Park Wednesdays at noon and Thursdays at 6 p.m. and will run from July 6 to Aug. 11. The melodies will drift through the Columbia Tech Center Sundays at 6 p.m. from July 10 to July 31. Attendees can bring their own food, but there will be plenty of food booths and vendors to choose from located in the park.

The City of Vancouver is still looking for volunteers for the 2016 Summer Movie Series. Those interested in volunteering for any of the films can fill out a volunteer ambassador form on the City of Vancouver’s website. For more information about either entertainment series, including a list of what films are being shown and which bands are playing, visit the City of Vancouver’s website at cityofvancouver.us/parksrec/page/2016-summer-concerts-and-movies.

Photo credit: City of Vancouver

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