Editor’s note: As of publication, all information was current. However, things may change as the state moves through different phases, so please verify with individual venues before packing the kiddos in the car for a late night adventure.

There’s something magical about a night under the stars watching your favorite family movie. While this summer may be a little different from prior years, we can still bundle the little buddies up in some cozy themed jammies and pack the popcorn for an outdoor movie night they won’t forget. These drive-in movies will be your favorite social distancing activity of the summer, we know it!

East Bay

 

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West Wind Solano Drive-In Movie Theater—Concord

Double features are the name of the game at this drive-in movie theater in Concord. Kids 5-11 are always $1.75 (under 5 are free), and parents can get a discount on Tuesdays when the family night discount makes adult tickets $5.50. Sign up for their email notifications to find out what movies are coming up. Recent family favorites have included Beauty and the Beast, the Wizard of Oz and Shazam

1611 Solano Way
Concord, CA
Online
: westwinddi.com

 

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Under-the-Stars Drive-In Movies—Pleasanton

In Pleasanton, you are invited to watch classics from your car at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. The pop-up drive-in will be showing movies through August 1 and each ticketholder will receive general admission to next year's fair. It's $35 per vehicle if you buy a ticket online or $40 when purchased at the event. You'll also have access to the Grab-n-Stay Food Truck Festival. 

Valley Ave & Road 12
Pleasanton, CA

When: Fri.-Sat. through Aug. 1
Online: redtri.com

 

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Picnic Flix Drive-In—Dublin

Purchase your tickets to the drive in! There's a limit to 50 cars and tickets must be purchased in advance. 

July 23: Sonic the Hedgehog
July 30: Little Rascals

Dublin High School
8151 Village Pkwy
Dublin, CA
Online: redtri.com

 

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Drive-In Movie Night

Drive-in and dine at the Alameda Landing’s Drive-In Movie Night! This event includes four weeks of free family-friendly movies located in the parking lot near Target and Shirasoni Japanese Restaurant. The parking lot will open at 7:30 p.m. and the movie will start at 8:45 p.m. Get your free ticket in advance online.

July 18: The Secret Life of Pets 2
July 25: Toy Story
Aug. 1: Ant Man and the Wasp

2600 – 2700 5th St.
Alameda, CA
Online: redtri.com

Peninsula/South Bay

 

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Capitol Drive-In—San Jose

The drive-in is open and ready to welcome you. Kids 5-11 are always $1.75 (under 5 are free), and parents can get a discount on Tuesdays when the family night discount makes adult tickets $5.50. Sign up for their email notifications to find out what movies are coming up. Recent family favorites have included Beauty and the Beast, the Wizard of Oz and Grease

3630 Hillcap Ave.
San Jose, CA
Online: redtri.com

Marin/North Bay

 

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Movies Under the Stars at The Lark—Corte Madera

The Lark Drive-In can comfortably accommodate 100 or more cars, and programming will include classic family fare, comedies, musicals, and many more. Movies will include Jurassic Park and Back to the Future on opening weekend; Space Jam, Grease, Dirty Dancing, Purple Rain, Willy Wonka or Mrs. Doubtfire for families with small children on certain nights, while a bit more mature hits like The Big Lebowski42nd Street, Great Gatsby, and diverse films like Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing will be for the older crowd. There will be a different film every night.

The Village at Corte Madera
North parking lot across the street from Nordstrom
1961 Redwood Hwy
Corte Madera, CA
When: Thurs.-Sat. July-October
Online: redtri.com

 

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Cameo Cinema Drive-In at Gotts—St. Helena

Enjoy a classic film at this all-new summer drive in. While practicing social distancing, you may select dinner and snacks from Gott's Roadside. Enjoy your dinner and treats at Gott’s picnic tables before the movie, or in your car. Don't forget to pre-order a jumbo bag of popcorn for only $5! 

933 Main St, CA-29
St Helena, CA
When: Thurs.-Sun. Through Aug. 30
Online: redtri.com

—Kate Loweth

Featured photo: Joe Penniston via flickr

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