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Austin's free film series Movies in the Park premieres 2019 lineup

Austin's free film series Movies in the Park premieres 2019 lineup

Austin Parks Foundation movies in the park
Fan favorites from the '80s, '90s, and early 2000s are the stars of this year's lineup. Photo by Liz Kreutz

As the saying goes, "Pollen and sneezin' brings the summer season." Well, people don't say that, but they should. Regardless, summer is coming, and while there are the inevitable downsides, such as profuse sweating during minor physical activity and mosquitos, there are also fun traditions like the Austin Parks Foundation's Movies in the Park.

For more than 10 years, the foundation has been offering its free movie series, a celebration of summer, community, and Austin's public green spaces. This year, APF and Alamo Drafthouse's Rolling Roadshow will host films in nine parks across the city, including the recently renovated Parque Zaragoza Neighborhood Park on the east side.

“We’re so excited for this year’s lineup, which features a variety of nostalgic classics that we hope will bring the Austin community out to enjoy their neighborhood parks with their friends and families,” said Colin Wallis, CEO of Austin Parks Foundation in a release.

The 2019 series begins March 29, and runs through October 17. This year's lineup:

  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial — March 29 at 8 pm
    Northwest District Park
  • Zoolander — April 12 at 8:15 pm
    Zilker Park by The Monkey Tree
  • The Road to El Dorado — May 3 at 8:15 pm
    Dick Nichols Park
  • The Little Mermaid — May 23 at 8:30 pm
    Dove Springs Park
  • Clueless — June 6 at 8:45 pm
    Palm Park
  • Angels in the Outfield — June 20 at 8:45 pm (with special baseball-themed activities, The Texas Playboys Baseball Club, and RBI)
    Parque Zaragoza Neighborhood Park
  • Space Jam — July 11 at 8:45 pm
    Martin Middle School Fields
  • Freaky Friday — September 13 at 8:00 pm
    Dottie Jordan Neighborhood Park
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire — October 17 at 7:30 pm
    Duncan Neighborhood Park 

Each film is free, open to the public, and comes with a makeup rain date found here

Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs, dogs on-leash, and picnics, though food trucks will be available at each screening. APF also wants to remind movie-goers that glass and styrofoam containers are not allowed in Austin parks.