12 Places to Catch a Free Outdoor Flick This Summer
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!
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
7/22: Spider-Man: No Way Home
7/29: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
8/5: The Mitchells vs. The Machines
8/19: Sing 2
8/26: Clifford the Big Red Dog
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.
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.
7/21: 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
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.
8/18: Spider-Man: No Way Home
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.
8/3: The Mitchells vs. The Machines
8/24: Spider-Man: No Way Home
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.
8/11: Hidden Figures
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.
7/22: Wizard of Oz
8/5: Crazy Rich Asians
8/12: Guardians of the Galaxy
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).
8/10: Fast Five
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.
7/24: Dirty Dancing
8/7: Meet the Parents
8/21: Batman Begins
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
8/11: Jungle Cruise
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.
7/23: The Parent Trap
8/6: Space Jam
8/20: Sing 2
8/27: Trolls: World Tour
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)