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Movies return to Clark County parks this summer

Vancouver’s concert series is canceled, but there will still be music

By , Columbian Arts & Features Reporter

Vancouver parks will welcome back neighbors for summer entertainment in early July.

The city’s summer concert series — Six to Sunset, Noon Rhythms and Sunday Sounds at Columbia Tech Center — have all been canceled for summer 2021, but music will be included in some smaller-scale neighborhood parties in several local parks, with specifics to be released one week before each event.

After a year on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Vancouver is getting ready to host its Free Friday Night Movies in the Parks series, July 9 through Aug. 27. Bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy family-friendly movies that begin at dusk in different local parks around town. All films are closed-captioned.

Here’s the whole schedule:

  • July 9: “Trolls World Tour” (PG) at Fruit Valley Park, 3200 Fruit Valley Road.
  • July 16: “The Goonies” (PG) at Fisher Basin Park, Southeast 192nd Avenue and Mill Plain Boulevard.
  • July 23: “Raya and the Last Dragon” (PG) at Edgewood Park, 600 Edwards Lane.
  • July 30: “The Croods: A New Age” (PG) at Fort Vancouver Historic Site, 612 East Reserve St.
  • Aug. 6: “Wonder Woman 1984” (PG-13) at Washington School Park, 2908 S St.
  • Aug. 13: “Frozen II” (PG) at Hearthwood Park, 801 N.E. Hearthwood Blvd.
  • Aug. 20: “Onward” (PG) at Bagley Community Park, 4607 Plomondon St.
  • Aug. 27: “Scoob!” (PG) at Oakbrook Park, 3103 N.E. 99th Ave.

Learn more about Free Friday Night Movies at

Party in the Parks

While the city’s summer concert series have been canceled for this year, live music — along with games and crafts — will be part of the new Party in the Parks summer series.

In order to keep things small and manageable, dates, sites and specifics will be announced via signs and email notices just one week before each event, to be held in eight neighborhood parks. Two parties will be held in each selected park, from 4 to 8 p.m., on two different days during the same week.

To sign up for email notification of Party in the Parks events coming to your neighborhood, visit

Movies for nonprofits

Another outdoor Friday night movie series is in the offing at the Port of Ridgefield, 111 W. Division St., where five nonprofit agencies have joined to screen family-friendly films, drive-in style.

Festivities begin at 7:30 p.m. After parking your car, you can mingle, buy food from local vendors and learn about the evening’s host nonprofit. Then you’ll be asked to return to your car and tune your radio to enjoy the movie screening.

Admission isn’t free, but ticket dollars will support agencies that are desperate for a little love after a year of shrinking income and soaring need. Admission to one film starts at $25 per person or couple and rises to $50 for a couple plus one child, or $75 for a (legally) crammed-full car; a five-week pass to the whole Friday Night Flicks series starts at $100 for a single or a couple, then rises to $200 for a couple plus child and $300 for a crammed car.

Every admission ticket gets a movie snack pack.

Here’s the whole schedule:

  • July 9: “Zootopia” (rated PG), hosted by Police Activities League of Southwest Washington.
  • July 16: “Clue” (PG), hosted by Clark County Historical Museum.
  • July 23: “Field of Dreams” (PG), hosted by Ridgefield Main Street.
  • July 30: “School of Rock” (PG-13), hosted by Rock Solid Community Teen Center.
  • Aug. 6: “Remember the Titans” (PG), hosted by Leadership Clark County.

Learn more about Friday Night Flicks by visiting or, where you can buy tickets for individual nights or for the whole series.