In 2016, Louisville musician Ben Sollee and his buddy Hal Riedling decided to combine their two passions — biking and movies — into a community event that hearkened back to the good old days of drive-in movies. Thus, Hal & Ben’s Bike-In was created and held a few times throughout the summers since.
Now, Olmsted Parks Conservancy has come on board to help sponsor the events, and the first one will be held Saturday, June 15, at Shelby Park. The free party will begin at 5 p.m. and feature live music, food, drinks and a screening of the film “Microcosmos,” a 1996 documentary about bugs, on a large inflatable projection screen.
Sollee and Riedling are still very involved and helped curate the series, which continues each month through October and will be held at various parks throughout the city. (See schedule below.)
On Saturday, the bill features music from Casey Powell, Down to Mars and Nerd Flow, with food from Red Top Hotdogs and beer from Lexington’s West Sixth Brewery.
There also will be activities for the kids, including an art bus, a KMAC tent, a butterfly release from Idlewild Butterfly Farm and tailgating games like corn hole, Connect Four and checkers.
“Microcosmos” will begin when the sun goes down and will take viewers into the creepy, crawly world of backyard bugs.
Attendees are encouraged to bike to Shelby Park for the event, or, if you live too far, just pack up the car and throw in some chairs.
The upcoming dates and locations for the Neighborhood Bike-Ins are below. Admission is free, and you can reserve spots on Facebook.
- Saturday, June 15 — Shelby Park
- Saturday, July 20 — Bingham Park
- Saturday, Aug. 17 — Boone Square
- Saturday, Sept. 21 — Victory Park
- Saturday, Oct. 19 — Tyler Park