Family movie night can move from the living room to the outdoors this summer. Instead of huddling on the couch, you and the kids can sprawl out on a blanket and take in a flick under the stars. Here’s nine spots to catch an outdoor movie this summer. Best part? They’re all free!

Classic Movies by Moonlight

Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston

The Boston Harbor Hotel transforms its harbor-side terrace into an outdoor cinema on Friday nights. Revisit Hollywood’s silver screen and modern classics on the waterfront. Movies start at dusk. More info here. 

June 28: Casablanca

July 5: The Parent Trap

July 12: Moana

July 19: Jurassic Park

July 26: Sleepless in Seattle

August 2: Raiders of the Lost Ark

August 9: Aquaman

August 16: Ghost

August 23: Star Wars: The Forces Awakens

August 30: Captain America: The First Avenger


Family Film Festival

Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., Boston

Movies are shown under the stars on Saturdays in the South Garden. Children’s activities and giveaways start at 6 p.m. and movies begin at sundown. Rain dates held the following Tuesday. More info here. 

July 6: The Lego Movie 2

July 13: Mary Poppins Returns

July 20: Incredibles 2

July 27: Ralph Breaks the Internet

August 3: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

August 10: Smallfoot

August 17: Alice in Wonderland (1951)

August 24: Hotel Transylvania 3

August 31: Dumbo (2019)


Hopkinton Movies on the Common

1 Ash St., Hopkinton

These Thursday night movies begin at dusk, around 8:30 p.m. Check Hopkinton Recreation Facebook for confirmation on the Monday prior to the movie.

July 11: Mary Poppins Returns

July 18: Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse

July 25: The Lego Movie 2

August 1: Bumblebee


Davis Museum Summer Film Series

Davis Museum, 106 Central St., Wellesley

Free movies are screened every other Thursday on a screen in the museum plaza. Arrive as early as 7 p.m. for tours of the permanent collection inside the Davis and art-making activities for all ages. Movies begin at sundown. At all screenings, there will be free popcorn, as well as beer for adults. More info here. 

July 11: Back to the Future

July 25: WALL-E

August 8: The Fifth Element


Free Friday Flicks

DCR Hatch Shell, 47 David G. Mugar Way, Boston

A summertime tradition in Boston, these family films on the Esplanade attract thousands of moviegoers. Movies start at sundown, but arrive early to grab your spot on the lawn and enjoy free games and giveaways. The fun starts at 6 p.m. More info here. 

July 12: Mary Poppins Returns

July 19: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

July 26: Bumblebee

August 2: The Lego Movie 2

August 8: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

August 16: Captain Marvel

August 23: Dumbo (2019)


Worcester Movies on the Common

Worcester Common Oval, 455 Main St.

Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy a family-friendly flick on the Worcester Common. Vendors on hand selling beverages, sandwiches, popcorn and more. Common opens for seating at 6:30 p.m. and movies begin at dusk.

July 18: E.T.

August 22: How to Train Your Dragon 3


Summer Sunday Movies

Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park, Atlantic Ave., Boston

Every Sunday from July 21 through August 25, families can spread out on the lawn at Christopher Columbus Park and take in free movies at the harbor’s edge. Movies will begin at sunset, and showings are to be determined. Check for updates.


Cinema Under the Stars

Northborough Crossing, 9102 Shops Way, Northborough

Grab some comfy chairs for a Friday night flick outside front of Wegman's. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. with face painting, live music and popcorn, with the movie starting at 8 p.m. 

August 3: Coco

Mayor Walsh’s Movie Nights

Various locations

Movies are shown various parks throughout Boston in this summertime series. Films start at dusk. More info here. 

August 5: The Incredibles 2 – Fallon Field, Roslindale

August 12: Ralph Breaks the Internet – Moakley Park, South Boston

August 14: Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse – Ramsay Park, Roxbury

August 19: Dumbo – Rogers Park, Allston-Brighton

August 20: Black Panther – Walker Playground – Mattapan

August 21: Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse – Ronan Park – Dorchester

August 22: Wonder Park – Hynes Playground, West Roxbury

August 26: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World – Noyes Park, East Boston

August 27: Dumbo – Winthrop Square – Charlestown

August 29: The Lego Movie 2: Iacono Playground, Hyde Park

September 6: Avengers Infinity War – Frog Pond, Beacon Hill