Forget about the price buildup of tickets and concessions and skip theater lines to watch a movie outdoors, under the Earth’s natural big screen. Relive a classic E.T. moment with your wonder boy or round up a gang for a Minions moment. From family nights with free food and kid-friendly stations to carefree movies on the lawn, these awesome series are packed with a whole summer’s worth of feature films. Below are the outdoor movie locations in the DMV offering the largest selection of young family shows and a list of what’s on their schedule for G and PG films.

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Cinema Del Ray
Fun begins at 7 p.m.; shows start dusk.

June 17: Sing
July 15: Zootopia
August 19: Beauty and the Beast (original)
September 16: Moana

Where: Mount Vernon Rec Center Field, Commonwealth Avenue, Alexandria

Mosaic District Movies
Shows begin at 6 p.m.

June 18: Hook
June 25: The Lorax
July 2: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
July 9: Little Giants
July 16: The Little Mermaid
July 23: Up
July 30: 101 Dalmatians
Aug. 6: Tangled
Aug. 13: Snow White
Aug. 20: Mary Poppins
Aug. 27: The Lego Batman Movie

Where: Strawberry Park (Merrifield, Va)

Marketplace at Madison Crescent (Gainesville)
Shows begin at dusk.

Sept. 16: The Jungle Book
Sept. 23: Pete’s Dragon

Where: Crescent Park, behind Harris Teeter, at Madison Crescent Gainesville

Rosslyn Cinema
Shows begin at 7 p.m.

June 23: National Lampoon’s European Vacation
June 30: Some Like It Hot
July 7: Golden Eye
July 14: Father of the Bride
July 21: Moana
July 28: The Wizard of Oz
Aug. 4: When Harry met Sally
Aug. 11: Lego Batman
Aug. 18: The Avengers
Aug. 25: Mary Poppins

Where: Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Hwy. 

Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center
Show begins at 7 p.m. 

June 17: Rogue One
June 24: Secret Life of Pets
July 1: The BFG
July 8: The Mighty Ducks
July 15: Finding Nemo
July 22: Finding Dory
July 29: Sing
Aug. 5: A Dog’s Purpose
Aug. 12: Storks
Aug. 19: Angry Birds
Aug. 26: The Princess Bride
Sept. 2: Babe
Sept. 9: Lego Batman

Where: 14900 Potomac Town Pl. (Woodbridge, Va)

South Riding Movie Night
Movies start at sunset.

June 20: The BFG (Town Green)
June 27: The Jungle Book (South Riding Center)
July 11: Pets (Town Green)
July 18: Lego Batman (South Riding Center)
July 25: Moana (Town Green)
Aug. 1: Zootopia (South Riding Center)
Aug. 8: Sing (Town Green)
Aug. 15: Ratchet and Clank (South Riding Center)
Aug. 22: Pete’s Dragon (Town Green)

Where: Town Green & South Riding Center (South Riding, Va)

Centreville Starlight Cinema

Fun starts at 6 p.m.

Aug. 5: Moana
Aug. 12: Finding Dory
Aug. 19: Zootopia
Aug. 26: Storks

Where: 5875 Trinity Pkwy. (Centreville, Va.)

Four Mile Summer Movie Series
Movies begin at dusk.

June 30: Lego Batman
July 28: The Secret Life of Pets
August 25: Inside Out

Where: Four Mile Conservatory Building, 4109 Mount Vernon Ave. (Alexandria, Va)

District of Columbia

Movie Nights in Chinatown Park
Fun starts at dusk.

July 12: Moana
Aug. 16: Lion
Sept. 29: Mulan

Where: Chinatown Park, 6th and I Sts., NW

Capitol Riverfront
Movies begin at dusk.

June 22: Doctor Strange
June 29: Secret Life of Pets
July 6: Grease
July 13: Moana
July 20: Rogue One
July 27: Arrival
Aug. 3: La La Land
Aug. 10: Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them
Aug. 17: Beauty and the Beast 2017

Where: Canal Park, 200 M St., SE

Columbia Heights: Movie Nights in the Heights
Fun starts at 6 p.m.

June 16: La La Land
June 23: Lion
June 30: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Where: Harriet Tubman Elementary Field

Photo: National Harbor


The Blairs District: Movies Under the Stars
Shows begin at 8:30 p.m.

July 8: Captain America Winter Soldier
July 15: The Incredibles
July 22: Guardians of the Galaxy
July 29: Batman
Aug. 5: The Fault in Our Stars
Aug. 12: The Little Mermaid
Aug. 19: Hitch
Aug. 26: Princess Bride
Sept. 2: Pitch Perfect
Sept. 9: School of Rock
Sept. 16: The Breakfast Club

Where: Sonny’s Green (Silver Spring, Md)

Bel Air: Outdoor Movies at Shamrock Park
Shows begin at dusk.

June 23: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
July 14: Minions
July 28: Storks
Aug. 18: The Lego Batman Movie
Aug. 25: Finding Dory

Where: Shamrock Park (Bel Air, Md)

National Harbor Movies on the Potomac
Sunday movies begin at 6 p.m., Thursday movies begin at 7 p.m, and double feature movies begin at 4 p.m.

June 18: Jungle 2 Jungle
June 22: Passengers
June 25: Double feature: Babe and Sing
June 29: Hitch
July 2: Mary Poppins
July 6: Invictus
July 9: Annie, 2014
July 13: Mean Girls
July 16: Double feature: Happy Feet and Frozen
July 20: Love & Basketball
July 23: The BFG
July 27: Meet the Parents
July 30: Monsters, Inc
Aug. 3 The Blind Slide
Aug. 6 Space Jam
Aug. 10 Central Intelligence
Aug. 13 Double feature: The Karate Kid, 1984, and The Karate Kid, 2010
Aug. 17 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Aug. 20 The Mighty Ducks
Aug. 24 Top Gun
Aug. 27 Remember the Titans
Aug. 31 Rocky, 1976
Sept. 3 Double feature: Cinderella, 1997, and Cinderella, 1950
Sept. 7 Footloose
Sept. 10 The Little Mermaid
Sept. 14 Sleepless in Seattle
Sept. 17 Mulan
Sept. 21 Back to the Future
Sept. 24 Beauty and the Beast, 1991
Sept. 28 Beauty and the Beast, 2017

Where: The Plaza at National Harbor National Harbor

Movies on the Beach (North Beach, Md)
Shows start at dusk.

June 17: Secret Life of Pets
July 15: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Aug. 19: Zootopia
Sept. 16: Dr. Strange (Drive-In)
Oct. 28: Ghostbusters (original, Drive-In)

Where: 9023 Bay Ave. (North Beach, Md)

Hagerstown Outdoor Movies
Shows begin at dusk.

June 23: Wizard of Oz
July 7: Lego Batman
July 21: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Where: City Park (Hagerstown, Md)

Columbia’s Lakefront Summer Festival Movies
Movies begin at dusk.

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

Where: Columbia Town Center (Columbia, Md)


Where do you go with the fam to catch an outdoor movie? Tell us in the comments section below!

—Hilary Riedemann