“What’s old is new again” has taken on new meaning during the coronavirus pandemic. Tie-dying everything, Depression-era recipes like peanut butter bread and crazy chocolate cake, embroidery—all ways to entertain ourselves as we stay at home. But now, as states start to reopen, another pastime of generations past is making a comeback—one that from 2014 to 2018 was widely declared “dead”: the drive-in.
Drive-in theaters have been steadily shuttering since the ‘80s, but now that we’re searching for things to do while maintaining a healthy distance from one another, in the open air, they fill a void that hadn’t existed pre-pandemic. And these days, they’re offering so much more than the latest movie. Event management company Eventbrite has hosted more than 1,000 drive-in events so far this year—more than nine times as many as the same time period in the past two years. Texas, Ohio, Minnesota, Maryland and Connecticut have been hosting the most events, but Eventbrite only expects options across the country to increase this summer, since drive-ins tend to be most popular in August.
Start planning your road trips—here are some of the coolest events taking place across the country.