Free family concerts and movies will return to Jennings Park this July as part of their annual summer series.
The Music & Movies series begins in early July and will continue through August.
The city of Marysville will bring three children’s concerts to the park and five family concerts.
“It’s always fun seeing the concerts in Jennings Park,” said Lauren Woodmansee, cultural arts supervisor with the city of Marysville’s Parks, Culture and Recreation Department.
“We have a great space for them,” she said.
Concerts are held at the Jennings Park Pavilion area.
“The beautiful pond is right there in the backdrop and there’s two different playgrounds for the kids nearby,” said Woodmansee.
She said that the concerts make for good picnic locations for families. “People just like to bring their big picnic lunch or dinner.”
Children’s concerts begin at noon on Wednesdays. Eric Haines will play July 10, the Brian Waite Band will play July 24 and Recess Monkey will play Aug. 7.
Family concerts begin at 7 p.m. on Fridays.
On July 12 local country, blues and rock group the Harvey Creek Band will perform.
Guitarist and vocalist Chris Eger will bring his blend of blues and rock to the park on July 19.
The Lynnwood School of Rock will give a performance on July 26.
The Aug. 2 show will feature the Jukehouse Hounds, an American roots band that features a cross-section of classic tunes.
The final performance on Aug. 9 will feature the Jimmy Wright Band which play oldies and classic rock.
Concerts are sponsored by Roy Robinson, Puget Sound Pediatric Dentistry, Sonic and Windermere Real Estate.
“All four of those agencies provide the funding necessary to put on these shows,” said Woodmansee.
The Saturday movie series from the city will be shown near the Jennings Park ball fields.
“They start at dusk so that can be pretty variable,” said Woodmansee, although that is typically around 9 p.m.
Marysville Kiwanis provides free popcorn at the events.
The city also plans to bring activities to this year’s films.
“New this year is that before the start of every movie we’re having some special activity related to the movie,” said Woodmansee.
The city will show “A Dog’s Way Home” on July 13 and local group Save-a-Mutt will hold a dog food drive at that time.
“Wreck-It-Ralph” sequel “Ralph Breaks the Internet” will be on the screen on July 20.
“The WhistleStop Sweet Shop will be helping kids make some candy cars,” said Woodmansee.
Transformers film “Bumblebee” will be shown on July 27 with a Volkswagen car show with some classic and modified cars on display.
On Aug. 3 the movie series will show “The Incredibles 2” and kids are encouraged to dress up like a superhero for the event.
Finally, “The Karate Kid” will be played on Aug. 10 with some karate demonstrations and activities from local business Kung Fu 4 Kids.
The city also plans to hold an Instagram contest each week as part of the movie series.
“Kids will be able to participate on Instagram by taking a picture of the week’s special clue,” said Woodmansee, and the winner will receive a VIP space at the event with some gifts as well.