Cinema al Fresco
The experience of outdoor movies allows viewers to enjoy food, drink and good company in a variety of casual settings while seeing the stars under the stars.
Here are locations in Maryland that have free outdoor movies. In some instances, viewers can purchase food and drink on-site.
Zoovies at the Tri-State Zoological Park
Come out to visit the Tri-State Zoological Park "after hours" at 7 PM and stay for a family friendly movie at dusk (9 PM), in the outdoor amphitheater, with native wild sound effects. There is s a special $5 Zoo after hours tour. There is seating for 100, but feel free to bring blankets. Refreshments will be available.
August 13, 2016 - 7:00 PM - Kung Fu Panda 3
Carroll Creek Amphitheater, Frederick County
Brought to you by Downtown Frederick Partnership, guests 21+ are invited to join us for our FREE Movie Night on the Creek. Beverages will be provided by Wantz Distributors and Spin the Bottle Wine Company, snacks will be provided by Jojo's Restaurant & Tap House, along with pre-show entertainment by Frederick Playlist! Pre-show entertainment begins when the gates open at 7:00pm and the feature presentation will begin at 9:00pm. Remember, admission is FREE and you must be over 21. You are welcome to bring your own snacks and beverages, but NO outside alcohol!
August 19, 2016: Indiana Jones - Raiders of the Lost Ark
September 16, 2016: Back to the Future
October 21, 2016: (Double Feature) Hocus Pocus & Beetlejuice
National Harbor, Prince George’s County
Located along the edge of the Potomac River, National Harbor presents, Movies On The Potomac, free movies on the Plaza during the summer. Family-fun movies are on Sundays and Date Night movies on Thursdays. (Coolers and outside food are not permitted.) National Harbor has more than 30 eateries, 40 retailers and six hotels.
August Family-Fun Movies (Sunday):
8/7 - Cars
8/14 - The Karate Kid
8/21 - Hook
8/28 - Cool Runnings
August Date-Night Movies (Thursdays):
8/4 - Remember the Titans
8/11 - The Longest Yard
8/18 - Zoolander
8/25 - Online Movie Poll
September Family-Fun Movies (Sundays):
9/4 - Tomorrowland
9/11 - Wreck it Ralph
9/18 - Zootopia
9/25 - Online Poll
September Date-Night Movies (Thursdays):
9/1 - Casino Royale
9/8 - Men in Black
9/15 - Ocean's 11
9/22 - Meet the Parents
9/29 - Ocean's 12
Rockville, Montgomery County
The Comcast Outdoor Film Festival, the country’s original outdoor film festival, returns to Strathmore this season. The free event benefits NIH Children’s Charities. Picnic blankets, low beach chairs, and small coolers are welcome. Summer barbecue faves and drinks will be available for purchase.
Sat. August 20 - Jurassic World - Rating: PG-13 - Duration: 124 minutes
Sun. August 21 - Minions - Rating: PG - Duration: 91 minutes
Mon. August 22 - The Wizard of Oz - Rating: G - Duration: 102 minutes
Movies in the Parks, Rockville, Montgomery County
Enjoy Rockville’s free outdoor movies in the parks on the big screen, each Wednesday, July 29 – August 26. Bring chairs, blankets, food and drinks and enjoy five different movies at five different neighborhood parks throughout the city. Movies begin at dusk (approximately 8 p.m.). All movies are free.
Wednesday, Aug. 3 Inside Out Montrose Park, 451 Congressional Ln. PG
Wednesday, Aug. 10 Finding Nemo Glenview Mansion, Front Lawn, 603 Edmonston Dr. G
Wednesday, Aug. 17 The Sandlot Woodley Gardens Park, 900 Nelson St. PG
Wednesday, Aug. 24 Up Fallsgrove Park, 700 Fallsgrove Dr. PG
Wheaton, Montgomery County
Location: Wheaton Triangle (2424 Reedie Drive).
Bring a chair or a blanket and friends and enjoy both a concert and movie every Friday, July 8 through August 26. Concerts begin at 7pm. Movies begin at dusk.
August 5 The Scotch Bonnets (Reggae) / Creed
August 12 Verny Varela (Latin) / Kung Fu Panda 3
August 19 Black Masala (Brass Band, Funk) / Joy
August 26 The Groove Killers (Top 40, R&B) / Minions
Whalen Commons Summer Movie Series, Poolesville
Location: 19701 Fisher Ave, Poolesville, MD 20837
Bring your family and friends. Picnic blankets or chairs are recommended for comfortable viewing under the stars. Admission is free and popcorn is available to purchase! Showtime starts at 8:30 PM
August 19: Little Giants
August 26: Zootopia
Bel Air, Harford County
The Town of Bel Air Cultural Arts Commission invites you to Outdoor Movies at Shamrock Park. Pre-show entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m., with movies starting at sunset. Bring your own blankets, and enjoy free popcorn! All movies are family friendly and will be announced later in 2016.
August 9, 2016: Zootopia
August 26, 2016: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Ellicott City, Howard County
Please be advised, due to the flooding that occurred on Saturday, July 30, Ellicott City is currently closed as crews and officials work to assess and clean up the area. Please check howardcountymd.gov for up-to-date information.
The Wine Bin, 8390 Main St. in the historic area, shows movies in its parking lot on Saturday nights through September. A wine tasting is available prior to each movie. Coolers of ice are available to chill wine and beer. Historic Ellicott City has an assortment of antiques and specialty shops, galleries, and eateries. Please check website for movie listings.
Federal Hill, Baltimore
Named one of the "World's Best Free Things" by Travel + Leisure Magazine, the American Visionary Art Museum's Flicks From The Hill series is held on Thursday nights in July & August through August 28 at the Hughes Family Outdoor Theater, where movies are projected onto an impressive 30-foot wide screen suspended by a giant golden hand! Showtime is at 9 p.m., but the fun begins at 5 p.m. with free admission to the museum.
August 4, 2016: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
August 11, 2016: Life is Beautiful
August 18, 2016: Dreamgirls
August 25, 2016: American Graffiti
Little Italy, Baltimore
Cinema al Fresco is a series of Italian-related films on Friday nights in July and August. The movies are projected on the outside wall of Ciao Bella (a restaurant at High and Stiles streets) from the third-floor window of a private home. Folding chairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Live music starts at 7 p.m., movies start at 9 p.m.. Little Italy has nearly 30 eateries – some offer carry-out and movie-night specials; regardless there is free popcorn!
Towson, Baltimore County
The Summer Moonlight Movie Series is held in the lower level parking lot at The Shops at Kenilworth on select Fridays during the summer. The movies will begin at dark (around 8:45 p.m.), but come early for prizes, games, and fun! Be sure to bring your own chair and picnic dinner.
Friday, August 19, 2016: Inside Out
North Beach, Calvert County
Movies on the Beach: A local favorite; visitors are always WELCOME!
The movies on the beach are projected onto a large, inflatable screen in the sand. Bring your beach chair or blanket and get comfy on the beach! In addition to movies on the beach, the Town is now showing a “drive-in” movie in September and October on the visitor parking. And the best part is, all the movies are FREE!
August 20, 2016: Wreck it Ralph
September 17, 2016: Jurassic World -- Drive-in Movie (visitor's parking lot)
October 29, 2016: Goosebumps -- Drive in Movie (visitor's parking lot)
Ocean City, Worcester County - Movies on the Beach
Free movies on the beach for the entire family! Bring your beach chair or a blanket and enjoy the night beside the ocean.
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