Great Scott! You’ll have a hard time finding someone who doesn’t know about Marty McFly’s accidental joyride in a DeLorean time machine to meet his parents-to-be in 1955. Back to the Future is such a feel good movie, with characters you love or love to hate. If I’m scanning the channels and see it’s on, I’ll always stop to see Doc Brown’s crazy genius, Michael J. Fox (aka Calvin Klein) shredding in the past and present, and the magic of the Enchantment Under the Sea dance.

DeLorean with flux capacitor, fully capable of 88 mph

Not only does the flick celebrate 30 years since its release this year, we are also approaching the date Marty and Doc visited in the sequel: October 21, 2015. How can you mark the occasion, you ask?

  • The good folks at Indy Film Fest have partnered with the IMA to create Twin Pines Mall parking lot. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic, then settle in for a double feature (the first two in the trilogy) with related games and photo opps. Tickets are $20 and food and alcohol will be available for purchase. Movies begin at 6 pm.
  • Flat 12 Bierwerks is offering not only a viewing of the original movie, but also a tapping of Brux Capacitor! The amber French saison may be from the future, but it aged for two years in a bourbon barrel which previously contained black raspberry espresso mead. Try not to drool as you let that sink in. Be there at 4:29 for a pint and wear a costume if you want. Movies start at 5 pm and the party is free!
  • See the first movie in a new way when you come to the Hilbert Circle Theatre to watch on the big screen while the ISO plays the score live. You’ll also experience 20 minutes of new (future?) music from original composer Alan Silvestri! Tickets are $35-$85 and the lights go down at 7:30 pm.
  • The most traditional location, Studio Movie Grill, will show the second movie at 7 pm on the official date and again at 2 pm on Sunday, October 25. Admission is $3 and, as you may know, SMG offers a full dining experience and full bar for tableside orders and delivery.

No matter how you choose to celebrate, I know you’ll have 1.21 gigawatts of fun. Just be sure you don’t disrupt the space-time continuum.