Outdoor Movies

Watching movies on a big screen outdoors has become a summertime tradition in numerous communities across Maryland. 



Movies On The Beach, Ocean City
Movies On The Beach, Ocean City
Photo By: Rachell Smith Photography
Outdoor Movies on Jumbotron, National Harbor
Outdoor Movies on Jumbotron, National Harbor

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.

Oakland's Pocket Park Movies
Pocket Park Movies for the family take place on Thursday evenings through August 16, 2018.  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 16, 2018 - Peter Rabbit


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.

September 21, 2018 - School of Rock
October 19, 2018 - The Nightmare Before Christmas

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 26, 2018 - Annie (2014)

August Date-Night Movies (Thursdays):
August 23, 2018 - The Blindside
August 30, 2018 - Mean Girls

September Family-Fun Movies (Sundays):
September 2, 2018 - A Wrinkle in Time
September 9, 2018 - The Wizard of Oz
September 16, 2018 - The Wiz (1978)
September 23, 2018 - Moana
September 30, 2018 - The Lion King

September Date-Night Movies (Thursdays):
September 6, 2018 - Black Panther
September 13, 2018 - Black Panther
September 20, 2018 - Last Call: Pitch Perfect
September 27, 2018 - Marshall

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 23, 2018 - Coco
August 24, 2018  - Black Panther
August 25, 2018 - The Lion King
August 26, 2018 - Wonder Woman

Movies in the Parks, Rockville, Montgomery County
Enjoy Rockville’s free outdoor movies in the parks on the big screen, each Wednesday, August 1 through August 22, 2018.  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 22, 2018 - 8:00 PM   - Moana

Wheaton, Montgomery County
TGIF Summer Series within the Wheaton Urban District features live music concerts and blockbuster movies every July and August. 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 10, 2018 - The Greatest Showman

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. 

August 24, 2018 - Cars 3

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.

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 23, 2018 - Hidden Figures
August 30, 2018 - Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery


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.
August 18, 2018 - Despicable Me 3

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 15, 2018 - Thor: Ragnarok (Drive-In Movie)
October 27, 2018 - The Adams Famile (Drive-In Movie)

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.  Please visit Ocean City's Website for a complete listing of showings.

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