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.
Cumberland Comes Alive Movies
Enjoy evenings as Cumberland Comes Alive with Outdoor Movies that are suitable for the entire family. Bring lawn chairs or blankets to this free series.
August 19 - Back to the Future (PG) - 7:00 PM Constitution Park
Oakland's Pocket Park Movies
Pocket Park Movies for the family take place on Thursday evenings through August 17, 2017. Films begin at dusk and take place at the Mountain Fresh Pavilion in Oakland. Each film is sponsored by a local business or private sponsor. Please bring your chairs or blankets for this free entertainment.
August 20, 2017 - The Secret Life of Pets
August 17, 2017 - Pete's Dragon
Carroll Creek Amphitheater, Frederick County
Brought to you by Downtown Frederick Partnership, you can enjoy FREE Movie Night on the Creek. 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 and beverages are available for purchase. This year's lineup features a variety of films including family-friendly, classics and even a Harry Potter night!! Get there early to claim your spot. Gates open an hour before dusk.
August 18, 2017 - 9:00 PM: Shrek
September 15, 2017 - 8:00 PM: 10 Things I Hate About You
October 20, 2017 - 7:00 PM: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
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 (Sundays):
August 6, 2017 - 6:00 PM: Space Jam
August 13, 2017 - 4:00 PM: DOUBLE FEATURE: The Karate Kid (1984)
& The Karate Kid (2010)* *Double Feature movies will begin at 4:00 PM
August 20, 2017 - 6:00 PM: The Mighty Ducks
August 27, 2017 - 6:00 PM: Remember the Titans
August Date-Night Movies (Thursdays):
August 10, 2017 - 6:00 PM: Central Intellegence
August 17, 2017 - 6:00 PM: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
August 31, 2017 - 6:00 PM: Rocky (1976)
September Family-Fun Movies (Sundays):
September 3, 2017 - 4:00 PM: DOUBLE FEATURE: Cinderella (1997) & Cinderella (1950)*
*Double Feature movies will begin at 4:00 PM
September 10, 2017 - 6:00 PM: The Little Mermaid
September 17, 2017 - 6:00 PM: Mulan
September 24, 2017 - 6:00 PM: Beauty and the Beast (1991)
September Date-Night Movies (Thursdays):
September 7, 2017 - 6:00 PM: Footloose
September 14, 2017 - 6:00 PM: Sleepless in Seattle
September 21, 2017 - 6:00 PM: Back to the Future
September 28, 2017 - 6:00 PM: Beauty and the Beast (2017)
Rockville, Montgomery County
The Comcast Outdoor Film Festival, the country’s original outdoor film festival, returns to the Strathmore Campus. The free event benefits NIH Children’s Charities. Picnic blankets, low beach chairs, and small coolers are welcome. Come early for pre-show activities and grab dinner from Ridgewell's summer grill.
August 24, 2017
August 25, 2017
August 26, 2017
Movies in the Parks, Rockville, Montgomery County
Enjoy Rockville’s free outdoor movies in the parks on the big screen, each Wednesday, August 2 through August 23, 2017. Bring chairs, blankets, food and drinks and enjoy four different movies at four different neighborhood parks throughout the city. Movies begin at dusk (approximately 8 p.m.). All movies are free. Check Movies in the Parks for the slate of films.
August 9, 2017 - 8:00 PM
August 16, 2017 - 8:00 PM
August 23, 2017 - 8:00 PM
Wheaton, Montgomery County
TGIF Summer Series within the Wheaton Urban District features live music concerts and blockbuster movies every Friday, July 7 through August 25, 2017. Concerts begin at 7pm. Movies begin at dusk.
Whalen Commons Summer Movie Series in Poolesville screens films at 19701 Fisher Ave, Poolesville. 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 is 8:30p.m.
August 4, 2017 - 8:30 PM: Grease
August 25, 2017 - 8:30 PM: Harry Potter
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 7:15 p.m., with movies starting at sunset. Bring your own blankets, and enjoy free popcorn! All movies are free and family friendly. Titles will be announced in the summer of 2017.
August 14, 2017
August 28, 2017
Ellicott City, Howard County
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.
Kenilworth Mall, Towson, Baltimore County
Summer Moonlight Movie Series on Friday Evenings at Sunset take place at Kenilworth Mall. Movies begin at Dark (around 8:45pm) but come early for prizes, games and fun. Please check on-line for rain dates.
August 11, 2017 - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
August 25, 2017 - Sing
Federal Hill, Baltimore
Named one of the "World's Best Free Things" by Travel + Leisure Magazine, the American Visionary Arts Museum's Flicks From the Hill series is held on Thursday nights in July & August at the Hughes Family Outdoor Theater. 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 and lots of activities. In case of inclement weather, the movie will be screened indoors on the third floor of AVAM's Jim Rouse Visionary Center.
August 10, 2017 - The Nutty Professor (1996)
August 17, 2017 - Moonstruck
August 24, 2017 - E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
Little Italy, Baltimore
Cinema al Fresco is a series of Italian-related films offered on selected 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, generously donated by several generations of this Little Italy family. Folding chairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so bring a blanket. 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.
Current line-up includes:
August 4 - Under the Tuscan Sun
August 11 - Rocky
August 18 - Ocean's Elevan (1960)
August 25 - Cinema Paradiso* (8:30pm)
North Beach, Calvert County
The North Beach American Film Festival spotlights multi-cultural and diversity in American Life. Festival screening on the Waterfront and at Town Hall. The event will offer seven screening blocks, complete with two special presentation waterfront screenings at sunset as well as educational seminars and an awards ceremony.
Check http://www.nbaff.org/ for updates and ticket information. Festival fees apply.
Movie on the Beach: A local favorite; visitors are always welcome! The movies are projected onto a large, inflatable screen in the sand. Bring your beach chair or blanket and get comfy on the beach! Movies begin at dusk. Free.
August 19, 2017 Zootopia
Drive-in Movie on the Bay: North Beach offers “drive-in” movies during September and October at dusk in the visitor parking lot. Free.
September 16, 2017 Dr. Strange - Drive-in Movie (visitor's parking lot)
October 28, 2017 - Ghostbusters - Original - 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.
118th Street Beach: Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m., weather permitting, through August 30, 2017, Carousel Hotel
27th Street Beach: Mondays and Fridays, 8:30 p.m., weather permitting, through August 11, sponsored by the Commander Hotel.
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