These Summer Drive-In Events Are Socially Distant But Still Super Fun

Summer in Columbus is usually full of a variety of big events. But this year things are looking a little different.

With large gatherings still unable to take place, drive-ins are making quite the come back. I’ve always been a fan of the iconic South Drive-In, but non-traditional venues are getting in on the fun too.

Easton, Polaris, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, and the Ohio History Connection are all hosting summer Drive-In movie series. At Ohio History Connection, they’ll be celebrating Ohio-born director Steven Spielberg all summer long.

The movies will play one day a month and admission is free. Three films will be featured including:

  • Sat., June 13th – Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Sat., July 11th – Jurassic Park
  • Sat., August 8th – Ready Player One

At Easton, they’re showing films nearly every night of the week. They’ve teamed up with restaurants at Easton to have food delivered straight to your car as you’re watching the films. The movies are announced for the Sunset Series a couple of days in advance and tickets are $10 per car. You can get more info, including showtimes, right here.

Cinema Under The Stars will be a recurring event at Polaris, with a variety of family-friendly screenings that are free. You can learn more about the showings by visiting the Polaris Fashion Place event calendar, where you can also find a link to reserve your spot.

The Columbus Zoo will be hosting Drive-In ZOOvies beginning June 19 and running every Friday and Saturday until July 11. Tickets are $30 per car for non-members and $25 per car for members. Opening weekend will feature showings of “The Secret Life of Pets 2” at 5:30 pm followed by “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” at 9:30 pm. For more info, you can visit

On June 14, a Drive-In Food Truck Rally is going down at MAPFRE Stadium in celebration of 614 Day. The trucks will be taking orders in advance, then there will be plenty of space to pull up and grab your eats. You can check out all of the vendors right here.

Of course, you can’t talk about drive-ins without talking about the aforementioned South Drive-In. They have officially reopened with new COVID-19 guidelines in place and are showing a variety of old and new releases this summer. This weekend you can totally relive the 1980s by checking out their screenings of E.T. and Back to the Future. Tickets are $9.50 for adults and $2 for kids 5-11. Children 4 and under are free.

Who’s ready to have some socially distant fun this summer?

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