12 Places to Catch a Free Outdoor Flick This Summer

Baystateparent Magazine
Nothing says summer like an outdoor movie showing.

There’s nothing like watching a movie under the stars. Along with traditional drive-in theaters, you can catch an outdoor flick at these pop-ups this summer. The best part? They are all free! 

Movies at RiverFront Park 

The Fitchburg Recreation Department puts on free screenings of family-friendly movies on Friday nights throughout the summer. The movies are shown on a 25-foot portable screen, and begin after sunset. Bring blankets, chairs and snacks.


7/1: Jungle Cruise 

7/8: The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie

7/15: Encanto

7/22: Spider-Man: No Way Home 

7/29: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings


8/5: The Mitchells vs. The Machines

8/12: Cars

8/19: Sing 2

8/26: Clifford the Big Red Dog 

Screen on the Green 

The Westborough Public Library presents outdoor movies on the big screen at Bay State Commons at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday nights through August 4. Bring your blanket or lawn chair. Uhlman's will be there with ice cream for purchase, too! Movie titles TBA. 

Movies on the Hopkinton Common 

Find a spot to sprawl out on the Hopkinton Town Common as the town’s Parks and Recreation Department offers free movies on Thursday nights throughout the summer. 


7/14: Encanto

7/21: Spider-Man: No Way Home

7/28: Raya and the Last Dragon 


8/4: The Mitchells vs. The Machines 

8/11: Star Wars: A New Hope 

Movies on the Worcester Common 

Shows begin at sundown but movie-goers are advised to arrive at the Worcester Common around 6:30 p.m. Attendees can bring their own seating or use seating available on the Common and can purchase refreshments on-site or bring their own.


7/21: Encanto 


8/18: Spider-Man: No Way Home

Summer Flicks at Patriot Place 

Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy a summer evening at Patriot Place. Family-friendly movies are shown on Wednesday nights throughout the summer, with pre-show entertainment beginning at 6 p.m. and films starting at sunset. 


7/6: Encanto 

7/20: Cruella


8/3: The Mitchells vs. The Machines 

8/24: Spider-Man: No Way Home 

Discovery Museum’s STEM + Movie Nights on the Lawn 

Enjoy hands-on STEM activities and then settle in to watch a family favorite movie on the lawn. Frozen treats available from VeeBop’s Ice Cream truck. The fun starts at 7 p.m. 


7/21: FernGully 


8/11: Hidden Figures 

Movies by Moonlight at Boston Harbor Hotel 

After a two-year hiatus, Movies by Moonlight Fridays return with an all-star lineup of movies shown against the backdrop of the starlit harbor. Movies begin at dusk. 


7/8: Sing 

7/15: Grease 

7/22: Wizard of Oz 

7/29: Luca 


8/5: Crazy Rich Asians 

8/12: Guardians of the Galaxy 

8/19: Encanto 

8/26: Dune 

Science on Screen at the Greenway

The Coolidge Corner Theatre and the Museum of Science Boston are teaming up for a series of outdoor screenings that also serve as educational opportunities on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. The free outdoor screenings are at 8 p.m. at the Greenway's Wharf District Park (located between Milk and India Streets in Boston).


7/13: Tremors 


8/10: Fast Five 

Sunday Movies at Christopher Columbus Park 

A summer evening, harbor views, a great movie enjoyed outdoors are all part of this Boston tradition. Bring a chair or a blanket and a picnic basket or some pizza. Movies begin at dusk, between 8-8:30 p.m. 


7/17: Sandlot 

7/24: Dirty Dancing 

7/31: Philadelphia 


8/7: Meet the Parents 

8/14: Selma

8/21: Batman Begins 

Theatre Thursdays on Revere Beach 

Enjoy a movie night on the beach. The town’s Parks and Recreation Department hosts this fun series, with entertainment including music, popcorn and cotton candy starting at 6 p.m. Movies begin at dusk. Rain dates are the following Friday night. 


7/7: Sing 2 

7/14: Dog 

7/28: Afterlife 


8/4: Encanto 

8/11: Jungle Cruise 

8/18: Luca 

Family Flicks at the Prudential Center

Free, family-friendly movies are shown on the Prudential Center’s South Garden every Saturday starting through the summer. Picnic blankets and low beach chairs are welcomed. All movies start at dusk.


7/9: Encanto 

7/16: Shrek 

7/23: The Parent Trap 

7/30: Luca


8/6: Space Jam 

8/13: Tangled 

8/20: Sing 2 

8/27: Trolls: World Tour 

Mayor’s Movie Nights 

From August 2 to September 1, free outdoor movies are offered across Boston’s neighborhoods. Each screening is held in a different neighborhood, and all shows begin at dusk. 


8/2: The Mitchells vs. The Machines (Jamaica Pond) 

8/9: Sing 2 (Healy Playground, Roslindale) 

8/15: Luca (East Boston Memorial Park)

8/16: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Ronan Park, Dorchester) 

8/17: Space Jam: A New Legacy (Marcella Playground, Roxbury) 

8/22: Encanto (Iacono Playground, Hyde Park) 

8/23: Soul (Ramsay Park, South End) 

8/25: Encanto (Charlestown) 

8/29: Raya and the Last Dragon (Hardimon Playground, Brighton) 

8/30: Soul (Moakley Park, South Boston) 

9/1: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Boston Common)