Around Town: Movie in the Garden

Around Town is a series where I take you on a tour of my latest home, San Antonio, Texas, a city rich in history, culture, and Tex-Mex food. So grab your sombrero, put on your boots, and let’s get exploring!

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It’s that time of year again – the leaves are beginning to change, the wind is becoming a little cooler, and the San Antonio Botanical Garden is hosting Starlight Movies in the Garden. This is the perfect opportunity to grab your friends, pack a picnic, and enjoy a movie beneath the stars. For free!

I had the chance to attend their showing of Singing in the Rain last year with the boy. And we loved it! It’s the perfect event for a romantic date, family outing, or to fulfill your classic movie quota for the year. Best of all, it’s completely free to the public and exploring the garden is encouraged. It’s like 2 dates in 1!

This year’s movies are Casablanca (Sept. 27) and Gigi (rescheduled for Oct. 4). The gates open at 6:30 allowing everyone enough time to wander through the garden and find a seat.  Picnics are encouraged, but light concessions will also be sold (including beer and wine). So make sure to settle in before the movie begins at 7:30.

Events in Other Cities

Cities all over the world are in on the secret of outdoor movie awesomeness! So if you don’t live in San Antonio, do a little Googling. I bet there’s a movie coming to a park near you! Here are just a few that I found:

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Tips for Outdoor Screenings

1. Arrive early to get good seats.

Plan to arrive at least 30 – 40 minutes before the movie begins to secure a great view of the screen.

2. Bring something comfortable to sit on.

Blankets, lawn chairs and pillows are all good choices. However, if you bring a chair make sure that it has a low back. You don’t want to block anyone else’s view.

3. Dress appropriately.

Wear something comfortable, especially if you will be sitting on the ground. Also, wear clothing appropriate for the season. During the summer outdoor screenings can be sweltering, while Autumn screenings can be a bit chilly. So bring a sweater, blanket, or snuggle buddy if you’re watching a movie during the Fall.

4. Pack delicious food.

Bring delicious movie snacks! You can be traditional and pack popcorn, candy, and soda. Or you can really go all out and pack a delicious meal complete with wine. The choice is yours. Be creative!

Do you guys know of any outdoor screenings in your area? And what other interesting events should we try?