Dinner and a movie are the perfect fit, whether it’s date night or just hanging with friends. What makes it even more perfect is when it’s under a summer evening sky and the warming glow of a full moon.

With summer in full swing, bringing us longer days, cooler nights, and the start of the annual Dine Out LauderDEALS program, there has never been a better time to plan a Dinner and Movie Night than now.

Presented by the City of Fort Lauderdale’s BID and the Parks & Recreation Department, Movies by Moonlight marry the two deliciously. The final feature in the 3-part monthly Summer series, La La Land takes place on September 24.

Now, budget-conscious food lovers can enjoy the benefit of three-course meals ranging from $35.00 – $45.00 and end the night with a free movie at Las Olas Oceanside Park. As an added bonus, when guests dine at participating Dine Out restaurants through September 15, they will receive a complimentary VIP Ticket to Movies by Moonlight. Sponsored by Boccaccino Cafe & Pizzeria the VIP Ticket may be redeemed for a gift bag with Popcorn, Candy and Soft Drinks for Two ( a $15 value).

“We saw a huge resurgence of the drive-in movie last year with theaters and many entertainment venues closed,” stated Arianne Glassman, activation coordinator for The LOOP. “As we are getting out and enjoying familiar experiences again, timing Movies by Moonlight during LauderDEALS was our way of offering a budget-friendly option for a night out on the town.”

With activities beginning at 5pm, those heading to Fort Lauderdale Beach will have numerous options to fill the hours before the movie starts at sunset. Parents looking to shake off the workweek can get in a workout at the Open HIIT OutFIT Training class at 6pm. At the same time, their children attend the FLIPANY CATCH Kids Club and participate in educational activities with Mathnasium. There are also market vendors and live music from 5:30 – 8:00 pm if guests prefer to pack a picnic or order take-out from nearby restaurants and settle in.

Each of the movies begins at sunset, between 7:45 and 8:15pm. Friday, August 20, the feature film is the Golden Globe-nominated, multi-award-winning independent film, (500) Days of Summer. The final film, La La Land, is scheduled for September 24. Both films are rated PG-13 to appeal to a diverse audience.