Posted on Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
UPDATE: The creators of this event have reached out to let us know that this event has been postponed until 2017. The even’ts spokesperson said:
“We want to make this event the best it can be in order to not taint the BTTF brand at all, and things were not coming together to make that possible, so we made the tough, but necessary, decision to postpone the event.”
Our original article from September 27, 2016 follows below.
Last year brought endless amounts of celebration revolving around Back to the Future. Not only did it mark the 30th anniversary of the original time travel film from director Robert Zemeckis, but it also marked the year in which Doc Brown and Marty McFly traveled into the future in Back to the Future Part II. There were endless screenings, fan gatherings, and tons of new memorabilia released. But just because those milestones are passed us doesn’t mean fans are done celebrating.
The first annual Back to the Future Fan Celebration is coming next month, and the festivities will be happening at a location that will be very familiar to fans of the time travel franchise: Twin Pines Mall. Get the details on the 2016 Back to the Future Fan Celebration after the jump.
The Back to the Future Fan Celebration will take place in the parking lot of the Puente Hills Mall in City of Industry, California. For those of you who don’t know, this was the real location used for Twin Pines Mall, which becomes Lone Pine Mall after Marty travels back in time and knocks down one of Old Man Peabody’s pine trees in the original Back to the Future.
The best news about this particular fan celebration event, unlike most of the major celebrations of last year, is that it’s free. Fans will appreciate that it’s scheduled for October 25th, which marks 31 years since the DeLorean time machine first traveled through time. The event begins at 4 pm and runs until 1:16 am, which is when Marty arrived at the mall to help with Doc’s experiment.
There aren’t a lot of details on the event yet, but a press release (via HitFix) has promised live ’80s music, food trucks, contests, DeLoreans on display, book signings, vendors celebrity autographs and an outdoor screening of Back to the Future. While attendance is free, I’m betting that stuff like the autographs and food trucks will still cost money individually.
If it’s too short notice for you to attend this year, the hope is that this will be something for fans to come out for every single year on October 25th in the same location. More than likely it will be an even bigger celebration on milestone years such as the 35th and 40th anniversaries coming up.
To keep up to date on all the latest information for the event, check out the official website right here.