One of the best family date nights in town this summer? A FREE outdoor movie! From the Broadway Pier to Federal Hill, to Jacksonville and Carroll Creek in Frederick, there are so many places to catch a flick under the stars. Here is our ultimate (cool) guide to family-friendly FREE outdoor movies in Baltimore and beyond! 

Please remember that all of these movies are subject to change. Check the host location website for the most up-to-date info before you go!

The (Cool) Guide to Baltimore Outdoor Summer Movies - (cool) progeny

Family-Friendly Baltimore City Outdoor Movies

American Visionary Art Museum’s Flicks from the Hill

Federal Hill | Thursdays in July & August | 9 PM | Website

Grab a blanket, picnic under the stars, and watch a great film selection inspired by AVAM’s current exhibition. The Hughes Family Outdoor Theater features seating for more than a thousand on the natural amphitheater formed by Federal Hill; a 30-foot wide screen held from above by Adam Kurtzman’s Giant Golden Hand; a twinkling view of the city; and an amazing, all-ages, community experience that is FREE! PLUS the museum is open for FREE from 5 PM – 9 PM on flicks nights!

July 6 | Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (G)
July 13 | Napoleon Dynamite (PG)
July 20 | The Hundred-Foot Journey (PG)
July 27 | “Big” (PG)
August 3 | Julie & Julia (PG-13)
August 10 | The Nutty Professor (PG-13)
August 17 | Moonstruck (PG)
August 24 | E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (PG)

Center Plaza

Downtown Baltimore | Last Saturday of the Month | 8 PM | Website 

Downtown Partnership of Baltimore is hosting monthly “Pics in the Park” at Center City Plaza. Join them the last Saturday of every month at 8 PM. Bring your own blanket and picnic basket. FREE!

June 24  | Ghostbusters (PG-13)
July 29  | Elf (PG)
August 26  | The Oscar Nominated film La La Land (PG-13)
September 30 | Tim Burton classic and 80’s fan favorite, Beetlejuice (PG-13)

Little Italy Open Air Film Fest

Little Italy | Fridays in July and August | 9 PM | Website

The original b’more summer outdoor movies! Movies are projected onto the outside wall of Ciao Bella Restaurant in the Da Mimmo Ristorante parking lot. Live Italian music from 7 PM – 9 PM. Movies start at 9 PM. FREE POPCORN! Not all flicks are fam-friendly — some might be better for date night!

July 7 | Moonstruck (PG)
July 14 | Grease (PG-13)
July 21 | The Godfather (R)
July 28 |  The Godfather II (R)
August 4 | Under the Tuscan Sun (PG-13)
August 11 | Rocky (PG)
August 18 | Ocean’s Eleven (1960 version)
August 25 |  Cinema Paradiso (R)

Family Movie Nights at Power Plant LIVE

Inner Harbor | 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM | Dates Vary | Website

FREE family movie nights — and if you RSVP in advance, you get a free bag of popcorn! 

July 19 | Moana
August 15 |  Sing

Mt. Vernon Conservancy

Mt. Vernon | Dates Vary | 8:30 PM | Website

Throughout the month of August, the Mount Vernon Conservancy hosts a series of free outdoor films in Mount Vernon Place’s West Square. Each screening begins at 8:30 p.m.

June 28 | Chicago (PG-13)
July 5 | Mr Smith Goes to Washington (NR)
July 26 | Dreamgirls (PG-13
August 30 |  Arrival (PG-13)

Rhythm and Reels Movies in City Parks

Baltimore City Rec & Parks is hosting a ton of FREE outdoor movies in city parks this summer. All movies start at dusk. Check out the full list here

ABC Park (2311 Ashton Ave)
July 8  | Trolls (PG)
August 5 |  Zootopia (PG)
September 9 | Rouge One (PG-13)

Calvert Street Park  (2201 N. Calvert St.)
August 1 | Inside Out (PG)

Carroll Park (1500 Washington Blvd)
August 17 | Moana (PG)

Conway Park (601 W. Conway St.)
August 23 |Moana (PG)

Druid Hill Park (3001 East Dr.)
June 21 | Hidden Figures (PG)
July 12 | Sing (PG)
August 16| Secret Life of Pets (PG)
September 13 | La La Land (PG-13)

Florence Cummings Park (2501 Maisel St.)
June 17 | Space Jam (PG)

Herring Run Park (Chesterfield & Harford Rd)
July 22 | Honey I shrunk the Kids (PG) followed by The Big Lebowski (R)

Lakeland Park (2761 Wegworth Ln.)
August 9 | Jumanji (PG)

Middle Branch Park (3301 Waterview Ave)
September 22 |- Beauty and the Beast (PG)

Riverside Park (301 E. Randall St.)
June 24 | Jurassic Park (PG-13)

Roosevelt Park (1221 W. 36th St.)
July 19 | Creed (PG-13)

Solo Gibbs Park (1044 Leadenhall St.)
June 30 | Despicable Me 2 (PG)
July 15 | Trolls (PG)
September 8  | Frozen (PG)

Traci Atkins Park (401 S. Stricker St.)
June 29 |  Despicable Me (PG, 2010)

City Rec Centers

June 23 | The Lego Batman Movie (PG), Greenmount Rec Center
June 28 | Rouge One (PG-13), Collington Square Rec Center
July 6 |  Sing (PG), Coldstream Rec Center
July 7 | The Legend of Tarzan (PG-13), Herring Run Rec Center
July 14 | The Lego Batman Movie (PG), Morrell Rec Center
July 21 | Sing (PG), Cecil Kirk Rec Center
July 28 | Creed (PG-13) Rita Church Rec Center
August 4 | Trolls (PG), Oliver Rec Center
August 11 | Finding Dory (PG), Mary E. Rodman Rec Center
August 18 | Frozen (PG), Madison Rec Center
August 25 | Moana (PG), Ella Bailey Rec Center
September 1 | Zootopia (PG). Fred B. Leidig Rec Center

Summer Movies at Luigi’s

Hampden | Dates Vary | 8:30 PM | Website

That’s right. The Italian deli you love in Hampden is showing movies outback this summer. Refreshments available until 9:30 PM.

July 8th | Hidden Figures (PG)
August 12th | Mr Church (PG-13)

Family-Friendly Baltimore County Outdoor Movies

Summer Moonlit Movies at The Shops at Kenilworth

Towson | Dates Vary | Website

The Shops at Kenilworth are planning four Friday night outdoor summer movie events this summer. FREE! 

July 14 | La La Land
July 28| Secret Life of Pets
August 11| Sing
August 25 |Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

TGIF Movie Night at Basignani Winery

Sparks | Select Friday Nights | 6 PM – 11 PM | Website

Select Friday nights through the summer months are magical at Basignani Winery! Join them as they transform their lawn into an outdoor movie theater! From 6pm – 11pm, relax and enjoy a movie under the stars. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and sip your favorite Basignani wine. A fun date night idea!

July 7 | Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (PG-13)
August 11 | Larry Crowne
August 25 | Moonstruck (PG)

Metro Center Movie Nights

Owings Mills | Select Dates | 8:30 PM | Website

Head to Metro Center for some family fun! Dining specials available at eateries around Metro Center. Bring a picnic blanket and make a night of it!

July 14 | Boss Baby

“Under the Stars” Movie Nights at Manor Shopping Center

Jacksonville | Select Dates | Dusk | Website

Enjoy movies under the stars at the Manor Shopping Center – FREE family fun! Movies begin at dusk. Raindate is the following Thursday night.

June 21  | Sing
July 5 | Secret Life of Pets
July 19  | Rogue One (PG-13)
August 2 | Minions
August 16 |  Moana

Family-Friendly Harford County Outdoor Movies

Shamrock Park Outdoor Movies

Downtown Bel Air | 7:15 PM – 10 PM | Dates Vary | Website

Movies are not only free and family friendly but also come with popcorn and face painting! A fun night for the whole fam!

June 23 | Rouge One: A Star Wars Story (PG-13)
July 14 | Minions (PG)
July 28 | Storks (PG)
August 18 | The Lego Batman Movie (PG)
August 25 | Finding Dory (PG)

Family-Friendly Howard County Outdoor Movies

Lakefront Movies at Lake Kittamaqundi

Columbia | Dates Vary | 8:30 PM | Website

June 26 | Sing (PG)
June 30 | Sully (PG-13)
July 3 | Despicable Me 2 (PG)
July 7 |Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (PG-13)
July 10 | Disney/Pixar’s Cars (G)
July 14 | Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) (PG-13)
July 17 | Pete’s Dragon (2016) (PG)
July 21 | Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War (2016) (PG-13)
July 24 | Disney/Pixar’s Finding Dory (PG)
July 28 | La La Land (PG-13)
July 31 | Disney’s Classic: The Little Mermaid (G)
August 4 | Hidden Figures (PG)
August 7 | Disney’s Classic: The Princess and the Frog (G)
August 11 | The Lego Batman Movie (PG)
August 14 | The Secret Life of Pets (PG)
August 18 | Marvel’s Dr. Strange (PG-13)
August 21 | Disney’s Moana (PG)
August 25 | Kong:Skull Island (PG-13)
August 28 | Disney’s Zootopia (PG)
September 1 | Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (2017) (PG)
September 2 | Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (PG-13)
September 8 | Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (PG)
September 9 | Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (PG-13)

Movies at Merriweather Post Pavillion

Columbia | Dates Vary | Gates Open at 5:30 PM, Movie at 7:30 PM | Website

June 28 |The Last Waltz (PG)
July 26 | Moana (PG)
August 30 | School of Rock (PG-13)

Summer Movies in Old Ellicott City

Ellicott City | Saturday Nights | 8 PM | Website

Free outdoor summer movies sponsored by The Wine Bin run Saturday nights from Memorial Day weekend – September.  Bring a chair and a picnic then join us under the stars in the The Wine Bin parking lot.  Be sure not to miss the free wine tasting before each movie. The Bin offers popcorn, treats and bottled water to benefit Voices for Children of Howard County. (We’re listing all of the movies, but some are better for date night than family night!)

June 24The Martian (PG-13)
July 1 | Air Force One (R)
July 8 |  Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (PG-13)
July 15 |  Slumdog Millionaire (R)
July 22 | The Thin Man (1934)
July 29 |  La La Land (PG-13)
Aug  5 |  Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Aug 12 |  16 Candles (PG)
Aug 19 |  Moana (PG)
Aug 26 | Princess Bride (PG)
Sept 2 |  Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation (PG-13)
Sept 9 | Cool Hand Luke (PG)
Sept 16 |  Roman Holiday
Sept 30 |  Now You See Me  (9 PM, PG-13)

Family-Friendly Frederick County Outdoor Movies

Carroll Creek Movies

Downtown Frederick | 3rd Friday, June – October | 9 PM | Website

Pull up a lawn chair and get ready for Movie Nights on the Creek each 3rd Friday, June through October. Movies are shown in Carroll Creek Amphitheater. Admission is free and snacks & beverages are available for purchase.

July 21 | Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (PG-13)
August 18 | Shrek (PG)
September 15 | 10 Things I Hate About You (PG-13)
October 20 | Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (PG)


Editor’s Note: Image courtesy of Bel Air Downtown Alliance.