Cian Connelly, Cecil Connelly, Joel Sanner and Shawn Connelly have a picnic in Seaholm High School’s gym in Birmingham while waiting for Birmingham Parks and Recreation’s movie night in 2017, which was moved inside for rain.

Cian Connelly, Cecil Connelly, Joel Sanner and Shawn Connelly have a picnic in Seaholm High School’s gym in Birmingham while waiting for Birmingham Parks and Recreation’s movie night in 2017, which was moved inside for rain.

File photo by Sean Work


Birmingham’s summer concerts, movie nights return Friday

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published June 10, 2019

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BIRMINGHAM — Breaking news alert: Summer is truly, actually and finally here.

After such a long winter and a soggy spring, Birmingham is ready to get outside and enjoy some fresh air. The city’s annual In the Park summer concerts and Movies Under the Stars series return to Shain Park beginning this weekend.

The music kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday, June 14, with the Birmingham Bloomfield Community Coalition’s Youth Action Board teen concert and showcase. Each year, the YAB celebrates the end of tests and school bells and the beginning of summer with a drug- and alcohol-free night out.

“The teen summer concert is a fun way to positively kick off the summer,” YAB Co-President Abby Williams said in a prepared statement. “This event is an important way to get our name out in the community and provide a fun concert for teens where they don’t need to make poor choices to have fun.”

There’s no cost to attend, and in the event of rain, everything will move over to the Birmingham Ice Arena. For more information, visit bbcoalition.org.

From there, the music keeps going at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, June 19-Aug. 14. And for those who want to take their lunch to Shain Park July 10 and Aug. 14, they’ll be able to enjoy concerts noon-2 p.m.

A highlight of this year’s series will be the United States Army Field Band’s Jazz Ambassadors, who celebrate their 50th anniversary this year. The 19-piece ensemble will hit the stage with big band and jazz tunes at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 7.

“It’s truly an honor to welcome the United States Jazz Ambassadors back in Birmingham this year,” Birmingham Director of Public Services Lauren Wood said in a press release. “We have an excellent lineup of bands all throughout the summer and look forward to another great In the Park summer concert series.”

A full schedule of concerts can be found at bhamgov.org/summer concerts.

Not far away at Booth Park, the popcorn will start popping at 7:30 p.m. June 14, July 12 and Aug. 23 for Friday movie nights, presented by the Birmingham Shopping District.

The free events include pre-show entertainment; free popcorn, ice cream and water; and giveaways. This year, the Wahlburgers food truck will be on-site for heartier cinema snacks. Once dusk falls, everyone settles in to enjoy the show: In June, the animated hit “Zootopia” will be the pick, followed by “The Sandlot” in July and “Monsters, Inc.” in August.

Jaimi Brook, the operations and events manager for the BSD, said the movie nights are a favorite with Birmingham families.

“Our first event coincides with the last day of school,” she said. “There’s something special about watching a movie under the stars.”

In the event of inclement weather, movie nights will be held the next day, Saturday. You can follow the Birmingham Shopping District on Facebook for day-of movie night updates, and get more information at allinbirmingham.com.

Shain Park is located at Merrill and Bates streets in downtown Birmingham. Booth Park is located at the intersection of Old Woodward Avenue and Harmon Street.

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