Everyone has heard of drive-in movies. Sacramento now has a "bike-in" film festival, dreamed up by a group of art enthusiasts to small business owners.
The REEL Bike-In Film Festival at the Greens Hotel on Del Paso Boulevard showcases classic Hollywood hits, award-winning documentaries and independent films the first and third Thursdays of each month through October.
Up on Thursday: "Dogtown and Z-boys," a 2001 documentary about skateboarding culture.
Organizers encourage attendees to ride their bikes to the event, where they can settle in to watch the night's film on an outdoor screen once the sun sets.
Matt Chong, one of the festival founders, said the idea to make this a bike-in event stemmed from his assessment of how bike-friendly Sacramento is.
"People can really bike in from anywhere," Chong said. "We're getting people to realize how small and accessible Sacramento is by bike. There's no excuse not to make it out to events in other parts of the town."
Attendees who get to the hotel before the movie starts can grab a bite to eat at one of the food trucks that pull up or browse the pop-up shops set up in the rooms of the hotel. Participants also can grab a drink at the bar near the hotel lobby or take a dip in the hotel pool, which will be open to the public during the event.
"We wanted to provide people with a different way to entertain themselves rather than just sitting in a bar," said Chris Jarosz, whose Wicked 'Wich food truck is one of the participating vendors.
The event is restricted to those 21 and older.
"We're trying to use film as the common denominator to bring together and create a space for people that are creatives," Chong said. "This is supposed to be an out-of-the-box space for people who are really forward-thinking and design-savvy."
One of these "creatives" is Julia Beckner, a resident of North Sacramento and owner of the Just mobile boutique. She designs jewelry, scarves, and clothing items that are then handmade by artisans in Bali before being brought to Sacramento and sold at events such as REEL.
"Without the ability to keep things in a storefront, it means I need to keep things affordable," said Beckner. "That's part of why pop-up shops are so great for customers."
Other shopping opportunities will include local designer Noelle C.'s FineTuned Threads and the Gypsy mobile boutique.
All funds raised at REEL will be put toward buying supplies to paint murals along Del Paso Boulevard.
REEL Bike-In Film Festival
What: A film festival featuring food trucks and pop-up shops that you can ride your bike to
When: 6-10 p.m., first and third Thursday of every month through Oct. 1 (movies start at sunset)
Where: Greens Hotel, 1700 Del Paso Blvd.
Cost: Free to enter; bring cash for food and shops