Carrollton Offers Free Summer Movies, Concerts, and a Luau Downtown
Whether you’re into concerts, movies, or want to shake those hips at a Hawaiian luau, there’s something for every member of the family to enjoy this summer in Historic Downtown Carrollton (1106 S. Broadway Street).
Justice League (2017) PG-13 will be shown in Downtown on June 9. Superman (Henry Cavill) is dead, the Earth is in mourning, and Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) must scour the world for recruits to stop the evil Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds) and his army of extraterrestrial Parademonds. Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg, and even Lois Lane join the super duo as they attempt to defeat the flying army that’s been hiding among mankind for millennia.
Wonder (2017) PG will be shown on July 7. The movie stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson as Isabel and Nate, a couple who have homeschooled their young son August "Auggie" (Jacob Tremblay) born with Treacher Collins syndrome, a rare facial deformity. By fifth grade, the couple decides to send Auggie to a private school. Auggie must face mainstream middle school for the first time and is ostracized by nearly all of the student body. Follow his journey as he tries to fit.
Coco (2017) PG will be shown on August 11. Enjoy the story about Miguel, a 12-year-old boy who secretly dreams of becoming a musician like Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt), a deceased popular actor and singer of his mother’s generation. One day, the boy finds a missing piece of a family photo and believes that Ernesto is his great-great-grandfather. He decides to enter a talent show for the Day of the Dead and finds himself on a journey of family discovery. Among accolades, the film won the Academy Award for best animated feature and best original song for “Remember Me”, and received the Golden Globe Award for best animated movie.
Bring a blanket and lawn chairs for a movie under the stars and an evening of entertainment.
The Lava Luau, Saturday, June 16, 3-9 p.m.
Rain or shine, kick off summertime with a gathering of family and friends to officially welcome the Texas summer season with music, food, decoration, and dance. Luqman Rashada from American Idol and The Voice: Season 6 brings his “old soul” voice and guitar from 3-4 p.m.; DJ Dr. Skotch spins some choice cuts from 4-4:30 p.m. and 7-7:30 p.m.; and Halau Ho’ola Ka Mana O Hawai’i-Dallas returns to the luau preserving Hawaiian culture and performing hula kahiko and auana for guests from 4:30-5 p.m. and 6:30-7 p.m. The Tiki Torches four-man band, a luau favorite, leans heavily on Polynesian-infused blues and surf sounds with a little bossa nova added for good measure and reaches outward to the unique jazz of exotica from the ‘50s and ‘60s from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Enter contests for a chance to win prizes for Hawaiian fashion, hula hooping, or doing the limbo. To end the evening, get ready to shake your hula skirt and let your lei fly. Poly Hwy will perform a variety of music ranging from Blues to Island Reggae.
Bring a blanket to relax on the grass or sit at one of the multiple bistro tables with chairs while taking in the luau’s sights. Coolers are permitted and bug spray and sunscreen are encouraged. Friendly canine companions and service dogs are welcome to join as long as they are on a leash and cleaned up after. All pets must be accompanied by someone at least 18 years of age.
Concert on the Square Series, Saturdays, 7-9 p.m.
The Bad #7s will play in Downtown on June 23. This ‘80s cover band plays songs you know from hard rock to pop, country to classic rock, blues to current rock, and ‘80s tunes to today’s hits with flavors of Latin and jazz.
Texas Country singer Melissa Ratley will entertain Downtown crowds on July 21. Ratley started tinkering with songwriting at the age of six, but didn’t take up the passion until she was 16. For Melissa, “music is power, drive, and creating a symbiotic relationship with the audience.” She has performed at Adair’s in Dallas, The Twilight Lounge in Deep Ellum, The White Elephant Saloon in the Stockyards of Fort Worth, and opened for Janie Fricke at the Kessler.
On August 25, RAW Acoustic, a three piece modern/classic rock cover band with a lighter touch, will fill the Downtown air with sounds of everything from John Mayer to Alice in Chains.
Bring a blanket and lawn chairs to enhance your listening experience. Food trucks will be on-site for all three concerts to satisfy the hungriest of music lovers.
For more information on all events in Historic Downtown Carrollton, visit cityofcarrollton.com/downtown.