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Who knew that it would take a global pandemic in order for drive-in entertainment to have the comeback it deserves? Now that we’re finding safe ways to have a little fun beyond our four walls, local companies are getting creative. Check out these 3 upcoming drive-in concerts in Birmingham as well as where you can catch a drive-in movie.
1. The Black Jacket Symphony Presents Concerts from the Car
- When: June 4, 11, 18 and 25
- Where: Hoover Met Complex
The Black Jacket Symphony proves that the show must go on. Every Thursday in June, they’ll be performing a different classic rock album. Their performances include:
- June 4 – The Beatles “Abbey Road”
- June 11 – Queen’s “A Night at the Opera ft. Marc Martel
- June 18 – Journey’s “Escape”
- June 25– Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers “Damn the Torpedoes”
Going to a Black Jacket Symphony concert is like reliving the first time you listened to your classic rock album all the way through. They combine musical precision with a just as impressive visual experience unlike any other.
The drive-in concerts will be held in the Hoover Met Complex parking lot so you can watch from the comfort and safety of your own car. The parking is designed based on car type to ensure large trucks don’t obstruct the views of small sedans.
2. Alan Jackson “Small Town Drive-In”
- When: June 12
- Where: York Farms in Cullman, AL
Alan Jackson is gearing up for his first-ever drive-in concert. He’ll be bringing almost three decades of hits to this unique experience.
Upon arrival, attendants will assign you to a space to park. Fans will be allowed to sit outside of their cars to enjoy the show while practicing social distancing. You can even set up your cooler, tune into the show on the designated radio station and jam from the back of your hatchback. It sounds like the ideal summer night to me!
3. Birmingham Arts Drive-In
- When: *UPDATE* Postponed until further notice due to the city’s curfew.
- Where: UAB campus + online
Wait until you hear the line-up behind the Birmingham Arts Drive-In! The Alabama Ballet, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Alys Stephens Center, Red Mountain Theatre Company and Opera Birmingham are teaming up to bring Birmingham an evening celebrating the arts.
Unfortunately, the event is sold out BUT you can still experience the best of Birmingham’s performing arts being streamed live via Youtube. The link will be shared on the day of the event by Alys Stephens Center.
Bonus: WBRC’s Jeh Jeh Pruitt will be the emcee and bring his contagious positivity with him.
Before you tune in, it’s probably a good idea to grab some food curbside. Check out our database of over 500 local restaurants, bars and businesses offering deals, curbside delivery and more.
Looking for drive-in movie ideas?
Drive-in movies are having a major comeback, especially in Birmingham. Check out these two companies throwing it back to the 50s and bringing blockbusters to you…in your car, of course.
Tropicaleo has been hosting its “Social Distancing Cinema” these past few weeks. If you’re looking to catch a drive-in movie and grub on some awesome Cuban food follow them on Instagram for future event updates.
Sidewalk Film + Cinema
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Drive-In Sunsets 🌅 Our first of four Movie Drive-Ins with @sidewalkfilm was a hit! Sold out in less than 12 hours and enjoyed by everyone who attended. Three more weeks of tickets for the drive in are available on @sidewalkfilm website. Grab dinner from one of our many restaurants via curbside and Togo to enjoy while watching this Saturday’s screening. #CommunityLove #TheSummitCares #BayerCares
Sidewalk Film and Cinema has mastered the drive-in movie craze. They’ve been showing movies to a sold-out parking lot at The Summit. The next few movies on their Starlite Pop-Up Drive-in are sold out, but don’t let that stop you. Follow them on Instagram to stay updated on their future screenings.