This summer, Thursday nights will be the place to be as Downtown Sioux Falls launches two free events: Rock Island Block Parties and Rooftop Cinema events.

Rock Island Block Parties will take place on the third Thursday of the month, June through August 2016, in the Avera Information Technology Center parking lot immediately south of the Rock Island Depot/Great Outdoor Store at 201 East 10th Street. The events run from 4:30 PM until 9:30 PM

Live music will fill the air while vendors sell beer, food and other beverages.  Outdoor games and activities are available. Prizes will be given away each night.

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The musical lineup for the Rock Island Block Parties includes:
June 16
5pm: Burlap Wolf King
7pm: Jack Klatt Band
July 21 - Navy Week
5pm: Navy Band Great Lakes "Horizon"
7pm: Rock Garden Tour
August 18
5pm: Hard Travelin'
7pm: Elliott Graber & The Family Vines

Rooftop Cinema are scheduled on the fourth Thursday of the month, June through August 2016, on the top level of the First Avenue Parking Ramp at 110 E 11th Street behind the Shrivers building. The events run from 7:00 PM till around 10:30 PM with the films beginning at dusk.

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There is no admission fee, bring your own lawn chairs and come early to enjoy lawn games, beer and food for purchase. Free parking is available inside the ramp, then take the stairs or elevator to the top floor.

All films are rated R so viewer discretion is advised. Films include:
June 23 Caddyshack
July 28 Zombieland
August 25 The Big Lebowski

Downtown Sioux Falls Communications & Membership Director Brienne Maner says downtown is vibrant on more than just the weekends:

Expanding on the popular First Friday block party and Moonlight Movies events, Rock Island Block Parties and Rooftop Cinema are designed to offer mid-week entertainment to the community at large, and for those planning an extended stay in downtown Sioux Falls. Join us as we transform a parking lot in the heart of the city into a mini music and beer festival and a parking ramp rooftop into an outdoor skyline cinema.

Duluth Trading Company gift cards will be given away each evening. Must be present to win.