Merriweather Movie Nights: Summer of Soul

DCACC brings you a night under the stars at one of the East Coast's best outdoor venues, Merriweather Post Pavilion. Grab a seat under the pavilion or bring blankets, pillows, and chairs for the lawn, and get ready to watch some of your favorite films!

In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson presents a powerful and transporting documentary-part music film, part historical record created around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture and fashion. Over the course of six weeks in the summer of 1969, just one hundred miles south of Woodstock, The Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park). The footage was never seen and largely forgotten--until now. SUMMER OF SOUL shines a light on the importance of history to our spiritual well-being and stands as a testament to the healing power of music during times of unrest, both past and present. The feature includes never-before-seen concert performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Ray Baretto, Abbey Lincoln & Max Roach and more.

Thanks to our generous sponsors, Merriweather Movie Nights are free to all this year! Bring a friend group, or make it a family outing! Simply register here, and you'll be on the list for Summer of Soul on July 21. Doors open at 6 PM, and the show is at 7 PM. We'll have a limited menu of food and beverages available at the concession stands, or you can bring personal food items per the Merriweather Post Pavilion policies.

Parking is available in the garages around Merriweather Post Pavilion. If you have questions, please contact us at We can't wait to see you at the Pavilion! 

Donation Option: Help us bring joyful, engaging arts experiences to residents of Howard County and beyond by making a tax-deductible donation to DCACC. Your support will help us continue to develop and produce events, programs, and partnerships to achieve of our vision of making Downtown Columbia a premier destination for arts, culture, and community.


Merriweather Movie Nights: Summer of Soul