A summertime tradition in the DC area is back. Grab a picnic blanket and pass a food truck because you can once again enjoy summer nights with free outdoor movie screenings. Here’s everything you need to know to see your favorite movies under the stars. (Are we missing your favorite outdoor movie series? Let us know! Email us at [email protected])
Outdoor Summer Movies in Washington, DC:
Adams Morgan’s Movie Nights returns after being voted one of DC’s best outdoor film series by readers of the Washington City Paper. This year’s lineup of her Road Less Traveled series includes favorites like The Princess Bride, Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Disney’s Encanto.
The series begins Tuesday, May 24th and will continue with free weekly screenings on Tuesday nights through June 21st at the Marie Reed School football field.
The Georgetown Sunset Cinema returns this summer. Visit Georgetown Waterfront Park for free outdoor movies on Tuesday nights August 2nd through September 6th. Films include The Goonies, Bridesmaids, and Black Panther.
NoMa’s weekly outdoor series, CiNoMatic, is showing movies every Wednesday at Althea Tanner Park now through June 8th.
This season’s theme is ‘Throwbacks!’ with nostalgic films like ‘Mrs. Doubtfire, The Sandlot, and Space Jam. You can view the full film schedule and register here.
Movies start at sunset, but plan to arrive early with a blanket or chair to secure a seat and a bite to eat from a local food truck.
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Outdoor Summer Movies in Maryland:
The Wine Barrel in Ellicott City, Maryland is hosting free Movie Nights May 27 through October 29. Viewers can purchase wine and snacks like popcorn, cheese and charcuterie to enjoy while watching a variety of films, from classics like ‘Dr. No” to new favorites like Disney’s “Jungle Cruise”.
Movies on the Potomac is back this year, showing family movies every Sunday at 6 p.m. and date night movies every Thursday at 7 p.m
Each month brings a new movie theme. Viewers can unleash their inner beasts with wildlife movies in May, travel far away in June, catch foodie movies in July and sing their hearts out with musical favorites in August.
All you need to bring is a chair or blanket to see these free performances. Groceries can be bought at nearby establishments.
Movies in the Parks in Rockville has returned to show free outdoor movies at four different neighborhood parks across the city, including Courthouse Park, Montrose Park, Potomac Woods Park and Calvin Park.
Spectators are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, food and soft drinks. The films start at nightfall (around 8pm).
Outdoor Summer Movies in Northern Virginia:
The Starlight Drive-In Cinema brings back another season of movie magic every Saturday at 5:00 p.m. for the community at Trinity Center (5860 Trinity Parkway, Centreville) to enjoy. Go here and click/tap on “Starlight Cinema” for the full schedule.
Viewers don’t need a car to enjoy this drive-in cinema. Picnics, blankets and chairs are accepted.
The Rosslyn Cinema is back with free movies on Friday nights in June at Gateway Park. The lineup includes “Encanto” and “National Treasure”.
From 5 p.m. beer and wine can be bought, and food trucks are also available. The films start around sunset.