Columbus Outdoor and Drive-In Movie Experiences for Summer 2021

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Local businesses are getting creative with their outdoor summer movies in 2021! Check out one of these drive-in movie options for your family this summer!

The summer of 2020 is unlike any other! The summer is usually packed full of movie deals and outdoor movies in every neighborhood and suburb. While the summer of 2020 isn’t going to look exactly like that, you don’ have to miss out on a movie under the stars!

Malls and theaters are opening their parking lots for drive in movies! Check out these movie options that are either happening every night or on a limited basis! And don’t forget South Drive-In Theatre which is  a permanent drive-in theater on the south side of Columbus!

1. Moonlight Movies at Polaris Fashion Place

Drive in movies will take place on Fridays in May at Polaris Fashion Place in the Main Entrance parking lot. The movies are free but you can reserve your ticket online. ALL DATES ARE SOLD OUT FOR 2021.

2. Movies at Moonlight at Easton Town Center

Free outdoor movies will take place on Tuesday evenings in June in the Town Square at dusk. 2021 movies include:

June 1: Wizard of Oz
June 8: The LEGO Movie 2
June 15: Field of Dreams
June 22: Despicable Me
June 29: Sonic the Hedgehog

Socially distant circles for guests will be available on a first come first serve basis!

3. South Drive In Theatre

South Drive In is a permanent drive-in movie theatre. The theater is open weekends only. Online ticketing is available, however cards and cash will be accepted at the gate. Kids 4 and under are free every night and kids ages 5-11 are only $2. A concession stand and restrooms will also be available. There are two screens and 4 movies are shown each evening.

4. Skyview Drive In

Skyview Drive-In is a permanent drive-in movie theater in Lancaster! Tickets are currently only sold online. Kids 3 and under are free and ages 4-11 are $4 each. 12 and up are $8/each. Movies start at 9:00 PM. There is a concession stand with a full menu available or you can purchase a food permit for $5 to bring in outside food.

5. Free Friday Flicks in the Park

Register online to watch a movie in your car in the parking lot of the Community Center in Hilliard! 2021 dates so far include June 18.

6. Gahanna Summer Drive-In Series


Head to Headley Park for drive-in concerts and movies! Register in advance if you want to attend!

7. Movie on the Lawn at C3 Church

On select Fridays at C3 Church in Canal Winchester, they will show a movie on the lawn! Popcorn and snacks are provided.


–>> Need more to do this summer? Sign up for a Summer Reading Program or try out one of these 25 Fun Outdoor Activities in Columbus for the Whole Family! <<– Or take a look at this list of over 100 fun things to do in Columbus!

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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, July 10-12, 2020

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Need something to do with the kids this Weekend? Try out one of these 10 Columbus and Ohiobased activities with your family this weekend!

Check out this list of events for the upcoming weekend and if you need even more ideas make sure to check out:

1. Huntington Park Movie Nights

Watch a movie from the Huntington Park outfield! Tickets must be purchased in advance and shown on your smartphone. Capacity will be limited. Seating is first come first served. On Friday, all tickets are $5 for Jurassic Park and on Saturday, adults are $5, kids are $4 and children 2 and under are free for Frozen II. 

2. KidX Summer Series at Polaris Fashion Place

This kid-friendly event takes place outside at the Lifestyle Center Fountain from 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM on Fridays. This year the event will be a completely DRIVE-THRU event that includes music, crafts, characters and free ice cream! This week’s theme is Heroes and Villains.

3. Easton Sunset Series Drive-In at Easton Town Center

Drive in movies will be shown in the newest Easton development east of Nordstrom’s parking lot. They will take place nearly every night and you must purchase your ticket in advance! Cost is $10 per car. Movies are announced on a weekly basis.

4. Westerville Music and Arts Virtual Festival

This weekend’s Music and Arts Festival will feature live performances on Saturday and Sunday. There will be carry out food trucks, and the opportunity to shop from artisans.

5. Visit the Paul Busse Garden Railway at Franklin Park Conservatory 

Visit this outdoor railroad on display in the Grand Mallway! The display is made from items found in nature, miniature garden, waterfalls and magical scenes! You must purchase your ticket in advance to visit the Conservatory!

6. Drive-in Zoovies at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 

Watch a movie in the parking lot at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium! Movies will be played on Fridays and Saturdays at 5:30 PM and 9:30 PM. A different movie will be played each night. Cost is $30 per vehicle for non-zoo members and $25 per vehicle for Zoo members (includes one free bag of popcorn for members). Add on a Zooper Snack Pack for $20 which includes 4 bottled beverages and 2 bags of popcorn. 

7. Roll with the Trolls at Skate Zone 71

Skate with Poppy and Branch and enjoy Troll Trivia on Saturday from 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM! Admission is $8 and Skate Rental is $4.

8. Saturday Cinema in Lancaster

Enjoy a free drive-in movie (Charlotte’s Web) in the Stebelton Snider Parking Lot on Saturday night. You must register in advance to attend this event.

9. Community Drive In Movie Night at The Naz

Watch a Drive-In Movie each Sunday night at The Naz Church at 6:30 PM. This weekend’s movie is Dora and the Lost City of Gold.

10. Get an Update on Polar Bear Cub Kulu at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

A new polar bear cub was born at the Columbus Zoo and you can watch Kulu on video here:


–>> Need more to do this summer? Try 5 Cool Outdoor Activities for Kids in the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks or one of these 12 Columbus Parks to Try this Summer <<–

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*Please be aware,  information is gathered from multiple community sources.  Times, dates and locations are subject to change. There may be a fee to participate in a featured activity.  Please call ahead or check links to confirm activities. Inclusion of an event on this list is not considered an endorsement. Please use your best judgement when attending public events and consult your doctor if you have questions regarding the safety level of a public event. Read my disclaimer here. Enjoy what you do today!*

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