Outdoor Rainbow Summer series gets back to Marcus Center with films and concerts starting in July

The Rainbow Summer outdoor entertainment series will get back to the grounds of the Marcus Performing Arts Center in July.

The revived series will introduce a mixture of concerts, family-friendly movies and performances on Thursday nights from July 15 through September, as per a statement from Marcus.

A few events will be free; others will have an admission charge. They will be organized at the outdoor Peck Pavilion. Marcus is dealing with moves up to the area, including another LED video wall.

“Rainbow Summer Reimagined gives us a sense of nostalgia — both for those who remember Rainbow Summer from decades ago, as well as those who have been craving this return to normal over the past 16 months,” said Marcus CEO Kendra Whitlock Ingram in the statement.

Performance times and ticket costs will be declared later. The Marcus will post related data at

The schedule includes:

July 15: MPAC Summer Movie: “Cinderella” (free admission)

July 22: Marc Broussard

July 25 (Sunday): Kids from Wisconsin (free admission)

July 29: MPAC Summer Movie: “Center Stage” (free admission)

Aug. 5: Chicken Wire Empire

Aug. 12: MPAC Summer Movie: “Footloose” (free admission)

Aug. 19: Billy and the Downliners

Aug. 26: KLASS & The Student Body present “Back 2 Skool”

Sept. 2: De La Buena

Sept. 9: DLC Dance

Sept. 16: Terrance Simien and The Zydeco Experience

This outdoor entertainment series started in 1975 as the Alewives Jazz Festival. It was renamed and reconfigured in 1981 as Rainbow Summer, proceeding until 2003.