Summer in the City: Party and Movies in the Park Are On

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After a yearlong hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Vancouver Parks and Recreation’s Free Friday Night Movies in the Parks will return this summer from July 9 through August 27, 2021.

Vancouver Parks and Recreation will also introduce new Party in the Parks neighborhood events this summer. However, the summer concert series has been canceled this year.

Start the weekend off right with Vancouver Parks and Recreation’s Free Friday Night Movies in the Parks. Movies begin at dusk and are family-friendly and closed captioned. Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy big-screen entertainment safely outdoors.

July 9: Trolls World Tour (PG) at Fruit Valley Park (3200 Fruit Valley Rd.)
July 16: Goonies (PG) at Fisher Basin Park (Southeast 192nd Ave. and Mill Plain Blvd.)
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 E. 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 is a series of free, smaller-scale gatherings designed to help neighbors connect and have fun while enjoying their local parks. Vancouver Parks and Recreation will offer music, games, and crafts for the whole family at eight neighborhood parks this summer.

In an effort to serve the most people while ensuring space for physical distancing, each of the selected parks will host two parties over the span of one week. The free Party in the Parks events will run from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs, and picnic meals to enjoy during the festivities.

Party in the Parks locations will be announced one week before the scheduled events with signs at the selected parks and communication through neighborhood associations and the Nextdoor social network.

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

The city of Vancouver  has decided to cancel its annual Six to Sunset and Noon Rhythms concerts at Esther Short Park and its Sunday Sounds at Columbia Tech Center this summer. The advanced planning, hiring, volunteer coordination, and fundraising needed to support the large scale of these summer concerts has not been possible this year due to reduced staffing levels in the Parks and Recreation Department caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The city hopes to see those concerts return in 2022.

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