Arlington’s summer movie and concert series began in late June and will continue into August this year with multiple movie and music opportunities for families.
The big change for this year is that the entertainment series is moving to the downtown area for at least this year as Terrace Park undergoes improvements.
“We changed it up this year,” said Sarah Lopez, community revitalization project manager with the city of Arlington.
“We plan on doing some reconstruction work at Terrace Park,” she said. “We want to reshape the Terrace auditorium so that it is easier to sit on."
That project is out to bid right now and the city hopes that it can do the improvements to the park in August and September.
Next year some of the series may return to Terrace Park or they may remain in the downtown area, said Lopez.
“We’ll evaluate at the Parks Commission at the end of the year what event works best where, since we do have this nice new stage downtown, but we also like our venue at Terrace Park because that also is such a great amphitheater,” said Lopez.
Movies this year will be showing at the Olympic Theater.
Those showings include “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” which is being shown on July 19, and “Dumbo” which is being shown on Aug. 2. The two films both begin at 7 p.m.
Concerts happening at the Legion Park stage include the Kornstalk Festival from July 12 to 14 throughout most of both days, Aardvarks Utd. Band on July 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Land of Color Concert on Aug. 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Waking Maya Band on Aug. 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Strutz Party in the Park festival on Aug. 24, and the Harvest Fest on Sept. 7.
Lopez said that the city likes providing entertainment for the summer.
“It’s great for the community to have good, free music and movies they can take their families out to,” she said.
“It’s also an attraction that helps bring people into Arlington,” she said.
People enjoy that it is free and that parents can bring their kids to different types of music, said Lopez.
This year’s concerts were also moved to Friday nights to better fit in with the downtown area.
“People can stay out later in the downtown, maybe have dinner there and check out some of the shops,” said Lopez.
“We have a really good lineup and we’re excited for what is coming to town,” she said.
Also new this year is that the Stilly Valley Chamber of Commerce will provide a beer garden at each concert and food trucks will be available.
More information about Arlington events is available at their website at arlingtonwa.gov.