Memorial Day weekend marks the start of Surf City’s free movies and concerts at Soundside Park, lasting until Labor Day.
SURF CITY — The town has kicked off its thirteenth summer hosting concerts and movie nights at Soundside Park, just northeast of Topsail Island’s new high-rise bridge.
After last night’s showing of Spiderman: Into the Spider-Universe, Jacksonville-based band The Carousels will perform this evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
For the first time, the town is allowing small coolers of beer and wine for the concerts only, according to Lori Howard from the Surf City Parks and Recreation Department.
“We’re hoping it will attract more of the adult crowd this year to come out and watch some great shows,” Howard said.
Tonight’s concert is the only performance held on a Saturday evening; five additional shows will be held on Thursdays. The town will also serve free popcorn during the Friday movie nights.
Because the movies will begin at sundown, Howard said she is interested in how the new bridge affects when the movies will start as it blocks the sun from its location south of the park. The movies will be projected on a 26-foot blow-up screen, Howard said.
The summer’s movie line-up also includes summer blockbusters Captain Marvel and Lego 2 and the live-action remake of Disney’s classic The Little Mermaid. After skipping a few weeks in June, movies will resume on June 14 — the last day of classes for the Pender County School District — and will show every Friday night through Labor Day, August 2.
Howard said she hopes attendance this summer isn’t affected by the nonexistence of the old swing bridge, which formerly connected Surf City’s mainland to Topsail Island along Roland Avenue. Before the swing bridge was demolished and scrapped in January, traffic would pass the park — and signs advertising the concert and movie nights — while entering or exiting the island.
Sneads Ferry-based food truck Missy’s Deli Dogs and Pelican’s SnoBalls (New Orleans-style shaved ice) will be on hand for the concert tonight. Howard said more food trucks will be at concerts later in the summer: Little Johnny’s Crab Shack is scheduled for June 27, July 11, and July 18 while Bill’s Front Porch is scheduled for June 20 and July 25.
Soundside Park is located at 517 Roland Ave.
“[H]ead north off the roundabout, take your first left onto Roland Avenue, and we are at the end of the road,” Howard said. “Parking is limited but there are new spaces created along Roland Ave now and you can park in parking lots at Soundside Park.”
View the summer schedules for Movies in the Park and Sounds of Summer below:
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