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.
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 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.! Get there early to claim your spot. Gates open an hour before dusk
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. Date Night movies are on Thursdays 7-9pm and Family-fun movies are on Sundays 6-8pm. National Harbor has more than 30 eateries, 100 retailers and eight hotels.
Movies in the Parks, Rockville, Montgomery County
Enjoy Rockville’s free outdoor movies in the parks on the big screen. Bring chairs, blankets, food and drinks and enjoy four different movies at four different neighborhood parks throughout the city. Movies begin at dusk (approximately 8pm). All movies are free. Check Movies in the Parks for the slate of films.
Poolesville, Montgomery County
Whalen Commons Summer Movie Series in Poolesville screens several films at Whalen Commons on Fisher Ave, Poolesville. Bring your family, friends, picnic blankets and chairs for comfortable viewing under the stars. Admission is free. Showtime is 8:30pm.
Bel Air, Harford County
The Town of Bel Air Cultural Arts Commission invites you to Outdoor Movies at Shamrock Park. Now food has been added. Summer Movie Nights will include Bel Air's only food truck rally. Trucks will be parking along Lee Street from 5-8pm. Have dinner, a pre-show and a show all together. Pre-show entertainment begins at 7:15pm with movies starting at sunset. Bring your own blankets. All movies are free and family friendly.
Ellicott City, Howard County
The Wine Bin, on Main St. in the historic area,often 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 as they run from July through October.
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 9pm, but the fun begins at 5pm 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.
Films on the Pier, Fell's Point Baltimore
Grab your friends and family, your favorite lawn chair or blanket, and head to Broadway Pier in Fell’s Point to see new releases at dusk on Wednesday evenings in July and August. Movies begin at 8:45 p.m. and are shown on a large screen at the end of the pier. Enjoy a relaxing atmosphere and picturesque waterfront views in historic Fell’s Point with restaurant vendors and more. Check out this year’s lineup of films here.
Free Outdoor Films, Mount Vernon Conservancy Baltimore
The Mount Vernon Conservancy hosts a series of free outdoor films in Mount Vernon Place’s West Square. Screenings begin at 7:30 and are free to the public, Attendees are encouraged to bring their own snacks and a picnic blanket or chairs. Check out more information and to view this year’s lineup of films.
North Beach, Calvert County
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.
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. Mondays & Fridays in late June, all of July and August, free movies can be seen on the beach at 27th Street. On Wednesdays in June, Junly and August, come for the movies on 118th St. Visit Ocean City's website for a list of showings.
Berlin, Worcester County - Free Outdoor Movies in the Park/s
Free movies are offered from June to late August with two films a month screened on select Friday evenings in one of several parks. Films include Runaway Bride and Tuck Everlasting, both shot in the town of Berlin. See if you can pick out where some scenes were filmed.
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