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Where to find free outdoor movies, food vendors in Innisfil this summer

Summer evenings can be family movie night, with movies in the parks in Innisfil

Movies under the stars have become a “thing” in recent years.

Not drive-in theatres, but pop-up showings in parks on inflatable screens.

Families bring snacks, lawn chairs and blankets, and stay up late to watch Disney features or action films. Sometimes there are additional attractions – food trucks, games, live music – to entertain the crowds until dusk falls.

Innisfil’s ideaLAB & Library is hosting four Fresh Air Flicks at Innisfil Beach Park this summer, the 12th year for the outdoor showings.

Recently, it was Lilo and Stitch up on the big screen.

Activities began at 7 p.m., with entertainment by The Fitzees singing group, games of frisbee, crafts, an inflatable play area, and free all-natural, no-preservative chicken and pork hot dogs handed out by Maple Leaf, as a special promotion.

“It’s only our third time,” said Nina Pikula of Maple Leaf.

The promotion of the low-cal (140 calories per dog) hot dogs began at Pride in Toronto. Maple Leaf will be back in Innisfil at least once more during the summer.

The next screening at Innisfil Beach Park will be Beauty and the Beast on July 19, weather permitting.