Bummed that so many summer concerts, festivals and sporting events have been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic? The setback to 1950 turned into a rescue entertainment this season.
As we enter the summer with social distance, the drive-in theater experiences a truly resurgence thanks to the winning combination of fresh air environment and seating in your car.
As the classic drive-in theater 300s were scattered across the country, drive-in pop-ups appeared, well, everywhere – in the mall parking lot, unused concert venues and sports stadiums and in open fields. This phenomenon occurs in big cities like Indonesia Omaha, Nebraska and small towns like Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. From Shoreline, Washington for Brevard, North Carolina, and from Chicago, Illinois for Charleston, West Virginia, drive-ins have sprung up like daisies.
And they are not just for movies today. Earlier this month, Keith Urban became the first major artist to hold a drive-in concert when he performed for several hundred medical personnel who took refuge in cars and trucks at the Stardust Drive-In Theater in Watertown, Tennessee. Across the country, drive-in venues hold films, concerts, comedy nights, children’s shows and more.
And watch this space: During an investor call this month, Live Nation President and CEO Michael Rapino said that the promoter of the event will test a summer drive-in concert in his 40 amphitheater parking lot. That can bring some big names to a drive-in near you.
In the meantime, mark your calendar for this car-centered event that can take your summer from meh to extraordinary.
This page will be updated when new events are announced and the lineup is extended.
May 16 – June 14, Derry, NH: Tupelo Music Hall Drive-In Drive Experience
Indoor concerts may be banned in the future, but Tupelo Music Hall in Derry, New Hampshire makes a quick pivot to the drive-in entertainment in the front parking lot. His schedule offers a little bit of everything, from acoustic music shows to comedy nights and children’s shows.
How to attend: For information and tickets, see event website.
May 21 – June 6, St. Louis, MO: Drive-in Louis
The enclosed St Louis Outlet Mall parking lot has been transformed into a star drive-in that holds live music and movies, complete with a large stage, five LED jumbotron screens, and an FM transmitter that pumps sound to the car stereo. Every night promises music and film, with headliner, blues artist Jeremiah Johnson, scheduled to appear on June 6.
How to attend: Concerts and films are scheduled every night until May 30 and June 5-6. See full schedule and buy a ticket on the event website.
Starting June 3, Dallas, TX: DIFF Drive-In Series
The Dallas International Film Festival is one of many events that did not occur on schedule this spring. As entertainment, festival organizers hold a series of summer drive-in movie nights at the Four Corners Brewing Company, south of downtown Dallas, where the films will be projected on Samsung’s huge screen. The series starts with The Goonies on June 3 and will run all summer.
How to attend: For information, see DIFF Facebook page.
June 4-7, Arlington, TX: Concert in Your Car
With major league baseball on hold until July, the Texas Rangers make use of their new Globe Life Field Stadium – or, at least the parking lot – by holding a series of four-day concerts “designed to give music fans live performances, while maintaining social distance.” for the Concert series in your car including Eli Young Band, Whiskey Myers, Pat Green, Josh Abbott Band and Kevin Fowler.
How to attend: Buy a ticket on the event website.
Beginning June 25, Across the United States: The Tribeca Drive-In Film Series
Thanks to Robert De Niro and his partner, Jane Rosenthal, for bringing what was promised to be a great summer series in cinemas in America.
Their company, Tribeca Enterprises, in partnership with IMAX and AT&T, has launched an initiative to “give families a safe and comfortable entertainment experience in cities and towns across the country, because the nation is taking steps to emerge from locking up coronaviruses, “according to a statement.
The series will present a mix of new, classic and independent films, as well as special music and sports events. De Niro framed the project as a way to “re-create the classic movie viewing experience for people to enjoy together safely.”
How to attend: Tribeca Drive-In calendar, ticket information, and location will be announced in the coming weeks TribecaFilm.com. Tribeca Drive-In collaborates with the United Drive-In Theater Owners Association, which has more than 140 member theater in 40 countries.
June 26-27, Fort Collins, CO: Beanstalks in the Drive-In
A highlight of Colorado’s summer music calendar, the beloved Beanstalk Music & Mountains Festival usually takes place on the banks of the Colorado River, located in a very beautiful mountain valley that is a paradise for nature lovers.
This year, festival goers will gather to watch half a dozen bands perform directly from their cars, at the Holiday Twin Drive-In in Fort Collins. The host band, Magic Beans, has built a reputation as one of the country’s main jam young artists, and four other bands complete this year. lined up.
How to attend: Buy a ticket on the event website.
July-August, City of New York, NY: Uptown Drive-In
This summer, the coolest fest in New York City took place in the Bronx. Every weekend that starts in July, the Yankee Stadium parking lot will turn into a giant drive-in carnival complete with a giant stage offering live music, big screen movies, games, sweepstakes, prizes and more – along with dinner service at curbside from some of the best Big Apple street vendors. Participants will be able to see entertainment through the windshield of their car and listen on their car radio.
Uptown Drive-In plans to offer an evening experience on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and a family-friendly lunch series on Saturday and Sunday.
This event was the brainchild of MASC Hospitality, a NYC-based company in charge of the Bronx Night Market and the Bronx Beer Festival.
How to attend: All-inclusive tickets will be available only online, on a first come, first served basis. Register here for warnings.
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