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Movies by Moonlight: 5 outdoor summer flick series

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As the peak summer season sets in, Central Ohioans are doing everything they can to stay outside at all times. This means taking every activity out-of-doors to savor the summer. One possibility that transfers easily to the outside is putting on your chicest loungewear and stepping out to watch movies under the stars. The list of places around Columbus that show movies outside in the evenings is a mile long, so no matter what part of Franklin county you reside in, you’ll have an outdoor theater at your fingertips all season long. A quick Google search will show you the dizzying multitude of options all around central Ohio. (614) has combed through the options to provide you with a map of movies. After all, everything feels better with a sweet summer breeze.

Northwest: Zoombezi Bay

If you live in Dublin or Powell, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, and Zoombezi Bay are already a big part of your life. But if you live elsewhere, it’s worth the drive to include the mega-attraction in your summer lineup. Every Friday night through August second, the water park will be open until 11 p.m. and feature family friendly “Dive-In” movies.

Next Up:
July 12: Jumanji: Into the Jungle
July 19: Jaws (in honor of Shark Week)
July 26: The Grinch (in honor of Christmas in July, presented by Wendy’s)

Central: Genoa Park

Ever since Nightlight (614) started a few summers back, it’s been all the rage. Season passes to the downtown movie night sold out at soon as they were offered, and tickets to individual shows regularly sell out well in advance. And it’s no wonder, this adult-oriented, recurring summer event has everything you want for a chill night out on the town. Food trucks, live entertainment before the main show, a selection of wines at each event, and perhaps most importantly, a brewery partnership with each show, so you can get your curated suds on the side with your pop-culture nostalgia.

Next Up:
July 11: Training Day

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Northeast: Easton Town Center Movies by Moonlight

Easton is an ever-evolving conundrum, but it seems to be continuously evolving to fit the needs and wants of its shifting clientele. Or maybe we’re just saying that because we’ve grown up with the mall and its myriad facelifts. They have plenty of kid-friendly activities throughout the summer, and the movie night is no exception. You can do some shopping, snag some snacks, and settle into the grass on the square to catch a flick with the kids as the sun sets.

Next up:
July 9: Pokemon: The First Movie July 16: Inspector Gadget
July 23: The Lego Movie 2
July 30: Muppets from Space

Southeast: Fryer Park, Grove City

Do y’all know about Grove City? This place is a well-kept secret little slice of heaven just outside the outerbelt. With a cute little downtown, high-walkability, and plenty to do with or without the kiddos, this town is worth putting on your list of places to check out, if you’ve never seen it in person. The movies are shown on a giant inflatable screen at the Fryer Park sledding hill. How picturesque is that?

Next up:
July 11: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald July 18: Incredibles 2
July 25: Christopher Robin

Southwest: Stradley Park, Canal Winchester

With the exploding house market, a quaint historic center, and the recent addition of Brew Dog’s hotel/dog park/recreation complex, Canal Winchester has got it goin’ on. Take off from Columbus and make a stop at one of the three Metroparks along the way: Three Creeks, Pickerington Ponds, or Walnut Woods (They have a dog swimming pool!) and then finish your summer night on the lawn of Stradley Park. This ick is meant for kids, as well as kids at heart.

Next up:
July 12: Spider Man: Into the Spiderverse

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Want to get away? Southwest making it cheap

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Southwest Airlines is hoping that enough of you are close to feeling safe to leave the house for more than a trip to the grocery store. In a bid to jumpstart their flagging business, Southwest has announced some pretty steep ticket discounts - as low as $49 each way to a host of cities departing from Columbus.

Flights must be booked at least 14 days in advance and travel must happen between May 26 and August 31. Most expect Ohio's 14-day travel quarantine rule to expire by August but be sure to take that into account if you decide to hop on a plane.

Some of the cities and deals we have imagined for you include:

A long weekend in Atlanta: $118 per person roundtrip from Friday, Aug 14 - Sunday the 16th. Keep in mind, it's about 100 degrees in ATL this time of year so be sure to have access to a body of water if you go.

A patriotic, weekend protest in Washington DC: $98 per person roundtrip, 4th of July weekend. See the sights (if they're open to the public) and stand somewhere with a sign with whatever outrage you have in mind.

A long 4th of July beach weekend in Ft. Lauderdale: $198 per person roundtrip from July 3-6 and you can stay at this cute Airbnb apartment that's just one block from the beach for $88/night.

Vegas baby! You're going to have to forget the weekends if you want the great flight deal. But we found August 5-7 available for $198 a person. Plus you can get into the Bellagio for $139 /night right now as an added bonus. Two nights of debauchery, a little gambling and some of the best restaurants in America. What could go wrong?

Of course, traveling may be risky business for some people and this all assumes the respective cities and attractions re-open and are relatively safe. But if you just need to get away, it's probably never been cheaper.

See other flight options here.

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¡Ándale, check out these 12 Cinco de Mayo fiestas!

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It's hard to imagine a Cinco de Mayo without the traditional tequila-induced hangover. Even though you may not be able to sip those margaritas on a sunny patio or at the bar, local restaurants have figured out a way to help you celebrate at home - margaritas included. Here's the not-so-skinny on living out your tequila and enchilada-fueled dreams.

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In order to bring a bit of normalcy back, we've teamed up with @hornitostequila and @daiquiri_daze_popup to open our doors back up for the day and serve a limited offering of some of the faves for Cinco de Mayo. Offerings include but are not limited to our basic-cable famous salsas and Columbus' most missed margs. A party pack for four will include a Spotify playlist and that good Cosecha pebble ice that MIGHT JUST help to make you feel like you're celebrating on our patio. Online pre-orders will start sometime tomorrow at www.toasttab.com/cosecha-cocina/v3 and go to the day of. Walk-in’s are also welcome! Stay safe Columbus. We miss you dearly. Thank you so, so much for your continued support and we'll see you on the other side. Offerings: • Margaritas - Single (Comes with Salt, Lime, and Pebble Ice) - Traditional - Hornitos Reposado, Dry Curacao, Fresh Lime, Agave $8 - Next Episode - Hornitos SIlver, Dry Curacao, Hibiscus, Habanero, Lime $8 • Chips and Salsas $4 Koki's Chips, Roasted Tomato and Mint and Tomatillo-Avocado salsas Single/Extra Salsa $2 • Sage Margarita Jell-O Shot $2 • Cinco De Mayo Pack for 4 $40 (4) Margaritas of your choice, (2) Orders Chips and Salsas, (4) Jello-O Shots, Spotify Playlist, Ice, Limes, Salt, Super Cool Cactus Decanter • Chicken Tinga Taco Kit for 2 $20 (Pre-Order Only) Chicken Braised in Mild Red Chillies, Corn Tortillas, Avocado Salsa, Pickled Red Onion

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Are you ready to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? This year our Fiesta is at your house with our 5 de Mayo Fiesta Combo 🇲🇽 You can get a combo for 2 or 4 Amigos! Each Amigo gets: • One Queso or Guacamole with fresh chips and Salsa 🧀 🥑 • Three Tacos of your choice (Shredded chicken, ground beef, or Al Pastor)🌮 • Two Lime or Flavored Margaritas We will be also dropping some 5 de Mayo T-Shirts inside some orders as a gift! But you can support our team by purchasing one for $10! *Promo available on 5/5/20 all day. Pick up only • • #eat614 #columbusfoodie #columbusfoodscene #topcolumbusrestaurants #614magazine #614eats #buckeyes #happyhour #mexicanfood #margarita #girlsnightout #tacos #guac #collegegirls #collegelife #restaurant #margarita #asseenincolumbus #college #campus #columbusfoodscene #columbusohio #osugrad #ohiostate #socialdistancing #quarantine #quarantinelife #cincodemayo #togetherasbuckeyes #osugrad

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Flanagan’s has your Saturday night covered with unique drive-in concert

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With the usual slate of summer festivals and events cancelled due to the pandemic, we're going to have to get creative if we want to have any fun at all in the weeks to come. In that spirit, the team at Flanagan's Pub in Blacklick is hosting a special drive-in concert this Saturday, May 2, that offers a good time from the relative safety of your own vehicle.

Described as "Sonic, meets drive in movie, meets live concert" on the Flanagan's Facebook page, this special event running from 6PM-9PM on Flanagan's north lawn will feature live music from artist Brad Moore, with full service carry-out food from the pub also available.

Upon arrival, drivers will directed to the field north of Flanagan's parking lot. Attendants will be on hand aid with parking, and to ensure that a proper space is left between vehicles to promote social distancing. From there, servers wearing gloves and masks will deliver a single use menus to each vehicle and handle all carryout orders. Then, it's just a matter of kicking back to enjoy the show (but please take note: Flanagan's requests that all guests at this event remain in their vehicle at all times).

To aid in parking when you arrive, Flanagan's has produced this handy map:

Flanagan's is located at 3001 Reynoldsburg-New Albany Rd in Blacklick. For more information, visit Flanagan's on Facebook, or reach them by phone at (614) 855-7472.

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