Ann Arbor Summer Festival has announced their 2022 Top of the Park Movie Lineup. The Top of the Park movies return after a two year hiatus. This year’s schedule is sure to be a hit with families. I took one look at it and said “Someone’s got a Disney+ subscription” with several movies from the streaming service on the list.
My family loves attending Top of the Park, particularly when we can meet up with friends. My daughter and I particularly enjoy seeing the movies. On the other hand, my husband doesn’t like the late hour of the movies since he has to work the next day.
Our Experiences at Top of the Park
We love attending Top of the Park. On nights that we plan to see the movie, we typically have dinner at home and arrive around 9p. Check out our Review from attending a Top of the Park movie in 2014. Even if we don’t stay for the entire movie, my daughter enjoys watching part of the movie. Since we have many of the movies accessible via Disney+, Netflix, or Amazon Prime, we’ll continue watching the movie the next day.
I’m hoping we can attend a few Top of the Park events this year as a family. We’ll just have to juggle my teen’s social life and job. Or make it a date night.
Snacks are available at Culinary Row. The 2022 Food Vendors have not yet been announced, but you can usually buy drinks, ice cream, popcorn, and cotton candy. Personally, I’m hopeful that Slows BBQ will return for the nights that we have dinner at Top of the Park.
Events from our Sponsors
Read the Book…Watch the Movie
This year, the Ann Arbor Summer Festival has partnered with Booksweet for Read the Book…Watch the Movie. For each movie in the series, Booksweet has a curated list of companion books. News to me is that there is a YA fiction series based on the board game Clue (which is one of the movies). The first 100 people to shop from the list either in store or online will receive a free popcorn voucher.
2022 Top of the Park Movie Lineup
All of the movies for Top of the Park will be added to our Event Calendar later today. Movies are at 10p Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. This year all of the movies are rated PG or PG-13.
The movie lineup is below:🎞🍿 Sunday, June 12, 2022 Encanto - Top of the Park Movie
🎞🍿 Tuesday, June 14, 2022 Selma - Top of the Park Movie
🎞🍿 Wednesday, June 15, 2022 Minari - Top of the Park Movie
🎞🍿 Thursday, June 16, 2022 Pokemon Detective Pikachu - Top of the Park Movie
🎞🍿 Sunday, June 19, 2022 Soul - Top of the Park Movie
🎞🍿 Tuesday, June 21, 2022 Raya and the Last Dragon - Top of the Park Movie
🎞🍿 Wednesday, June 22, 2022 A League of Their Own - Top of the Park Movie
🎞🍿 Thursday, June 23, 2022 Spiderman: No Way Home - Top of the Park Movie
🎞🍿 Sunday, June 26, 2022 Clue - Top of the Park Movie
🎞🍿 Tuesday, June 28, 2022 Casablanca - Top of the Park Movie
🎞🍿 Wednesday, June 29, 2022 Avengers: Endgame (Movie Changed) - Top of the Park Movie
🎞🍿 Thursday, June 30, 2022 Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings - Top of the Park Movie
🎞🍿 Sunday, July 3, 2022 West Side Story - Top of the Park Movie
This year none of the movies are rated above PG-13. I appreciate that they are so family friendly.
There are so many family friendly movies. Of course even I want to see Encanto. I saw bits and pieces over the holiday with my nieces but we haven’t sat down to watch it as a family. I love Clue and am definitely marking my calendar. I’m hoping my daughter is free for A League of Their Own.
The movies are also listed on the Ann Arbor Summer Festival Calendar.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do the movies really start at 10p?
Yes, the movies really start at 10p. Top of the Park happens during the longest days of the year. It is not dark enough until 10p for movies to project.
Any tips for my kids to stay up late?
It took several tries for my daughter to make it through a Top of the Park movies. We would try to rest the afternoon before, but I have not been able to get my daughter to actually take a nap since kindergarten. She is naturally a night owl and would typically be up until 10:30p anyway.
I suggest choosing a shorter movie. For example Soul is 1hr 40 minutes vs Spiderman at 2hr 30, Those extra 50 minutes make a big difference. The level of interest also makes a difference.
I suggest having a backup plan. The first time my daughter tried a Top of the Park movie was a Harry Potter movie. We brought two cars because my husband only planned to stay until 11:30, my daughter gave up about 20 minutes after him. We were sitting with friends, and half their family gave up and got a ride home with us. As a consolation, the next afternoon we reunited to watch the rest of the movie. This made it easier for our girls to leave.
What should we bring?
Seating. There are usually folding chairs setup in front of the screen, but they are not very comfortable for an entire movie. We usually bring a blanket and some chairs and setup off to the side in the grassy areas. If using chairs we try to setup so we don’t block people behind us – setting up near trees or towards the back. If you have blankets, consider some cushioning like pillows or rolled blankets.
Warm apparel. Summer nights in Ann Arbor can get chilly. It isn’t a bad idea to bring sweatshirts or hoodies. If you don’t need to wear it, it can be used as a pillow.
Are bugs an issue?
It seems like everywhere we go on summer evenings, bugs are an issue. We have never had an issue with mosquitos at Top of the Park. We usually prepare by bringing some bug spray and ThermaCell lanterns, but never use them.
Can I bring snacks?
You can bring your own snacks, but Ann Arbor Summer Festival encourages you to buy snacks at Culinary Row. These stands help to support the free programming. The Festival tent usually has popcorn, sno-cones, and water/sodas. There is usually ice cream and coffee beverages available on Culinary Row.
More Top of the Park Events
Our Top of the Park Kids Guide is still being updated for 2022 as new announcements are made. As of May 10, we are still waiting on announcements of Culinary Row participants and any additional main stage shows. Kids Zone, Retreat, Spectacles, and other activities have been added.