Summertime and outdoor movies go hand-in-hand. Sure, you won’t see the latest blockbuster at your local park, but you will get to see movies that are either cheap or totally free and take advantage of a host of special activities, giveaways and local food trucks before the flicks. If you’re ready to spend a fun-filled evening under the stars, scroll down for our guide to this summer’s best outdoor movies playing in a park near you.

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General Rules & Suggestions

While you’ll want to double-check each venue for their own set of rules, generally these rules apply to outdoor movies:

1. All movies begin as dusk (unless otherwise noted).

2. Crowds tend to get situated very early for outdoor movies, so the earlier you can arrive, the better for you.

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3. Outside food and beverages are permitted (no glass containers).

4. Some venues will have alcohol available on site, but no outside alcohol is allowed.

5. No smoking or vaping is allowed.

6. Bring your low-back lawn chairs, inflatable couches and blankets to keep comfy and warm.

7. Unless otherwise noted, assume that your pooch needs to stay home. Psst…there are a few dog-friendly showings. Keep reading on.

8. Many events offer movie-friendly snacks on the cheap, but it doesn’t hurt to pack some juice boxes and other goodies—just in case they run out before you get there.

9. Not every movie listed below is “family-friendly.” Those titles that are questionable are marked with an (*) asterisk.

Seattle

Outdoor Movie Nights
Peddler Brewing Company got a jump-start on their outdoor movies offering free movies every Thursday, rain or shine, since May. Some films are family friendly while others are best to leave the kids with a sitter. Bring a blanket and some snacks to enjoy with your brew.

Thu.; July 11: The Hangover*
Thu., July 18: The Princess Bride
Thu., July 25: 10 Things I Hate About You*
Thu., Aug. 1: Back to the Future*
Thu., Aug. 8: Point Break*
Thu., Aug. 15: Pitch Perfect*
Thu., Aug. 22: The Sandlot
Thu., Aug. 29: The Big Lebowski*

Peddler Brewing Company
1514 N.W. Leary Way
Seattle, WA 98107
360-362-0002
Online: peddlerbrewing.com/movies

Cost: Free
Times: Movies start at 8:30 p.m.

Center City Outdoor Cinema
Outdoor movies are popping up all over downtown Seattle parks this summer beginning on July 12, with some events happening at the same time but at different locations. Pre-movie activities begin at 6 p.m. and movies start at dusk. Please call the rain-out line (206-684-7710) after 1 p.m. on the day of the event to check the status. With that said, all movies presented at Westlake Park will be shown rain or shine! For directions to each park, visit the city’s website.

Fri., July 12: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Cascade Playground)
Fri., July 12: Aquaman (Westlake Park)
Fri., July 19: Up (Cascade Playground)
Fri., July 19: Christopher Robin (Westlake Park)
Fri., July 26: Shrek (Cascade Playground)
Fri., Aug. 2: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Freeway Park)
Fri., Aug. 2: The Original Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory (Westlake Park)
Sat., Aug. 3: Crazy Rich Asians* (Hing Hay Park)
Fri. Aug. 9: Best in Show* (Freeway Park)
Fri.,, Aug. 9: Jurassic Park* (Westlake Park)
Sat., Aug. 10: Iron Monkey* (Cantonese) (Hing Hay Park)
Fri., Aug. 16: Won’t You Be My Neighbor (Freeway Park)
Fri., Aug. 16: Captain Marvel (Westlake Park)
Sat., Aug. 17: Mirai*(Hing Hay Park)
Fri., Aug. 23: Crazy Rich Asians* (Freeway Park)
Fri., Aug. 23: Incredibles 2 (Westlake Park)
Sat. Aug. 24: Up (Hing Hay Park)
Fri., Aug. 30: Labyrinth (Freeway Park)

Cost: Free
Time: Pre-show activities begin at 6 p.m.; movies begin at dusk

Movies at the Muralphoto: Seattle Center

Seattle Center Movies at the Mural 
The Space Needle serves as a backdrop for these moonlight movies during weekends in July and August. Bring a picnic dinner and buy your popcorn and candy on site. Or grab some chow at The Amory before settling in for the big show on a state-of-the-art 40-foot screen. As an added bonus, each movie is preceded by a short original film created by students at Cornish College of the Arts.

Good to know: If the skies are unforgiving, be sure to call the rain hotline (206-684-7200) before you go. Info is updated after 2 p.m. Bring the kids (when appropriate) but leave the pooch at home.

Sat., July 27: The Princess Bride (PG)
Sat., Aug. 3: Crazy Rich Asians* (PG-13)
Sat., Aug. 10: Bohemian Rhapsody* (PG-13)
Sat., Aug. 17: Dirty Dancing* (PG-13)
Sat., Aug. 24: Black Panther (PG-13)

Seattle Center – Mural Amphitheatre
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
206-684-7200
Online: seattlecenter.com

Cost: Free
Time: Movies start at dusk; around 9 p.m.

Cinema Under the Stars
Two family-friendly movies will be shown this year on the 26′ inflatable screen in Columbia Park. Popcorn and candy will be available and donations for the Rainier Valley Food Bank will gladly be accepted.

Sat., July 20: Spider-Man-Into the Spider-Verse
Sat., Aug. 17: The Lego Movie 2

Columbia City Park
3515 S. Alaska St.
Seattle, WA 98118
206-725-7517
Online: rainierartscenter.org

Cost: Free
Time: Event entry opens at 8 p.m.; movies start at sunset

Skyway Outdoor Cinema
Since 2003, the Skyway Outdoor Cinema has presented four weeks of Friday night films for the whole family for free. Food trucks pull up as early as 7 p.m. followed by a special pre-show and then the big event.

Fri., Aug. 2: Incredibles 2
Fri., Aug. 9: The Princess Bride
Fri., Aug. 16: Aquaman
Fri., Aug. 23: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

12610 76th Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98178
Online: mywesthill.org/skyway-outdoor-cinema

Cost: Free
Time: Food trucks roll in as early as 7 p.m.; movies begin at 9 p.m.

South of Seattle

Movies in the Park – Bainbridge Island
Battle Point Park is home of the Movies in the Park this summer featuring four family-friendly flicks on Fridays and light concessions available on site.

Fri., Aug. 16: Incredibles 2
Fri. Aug. 23: Trolls
Fri., Aug. 30: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Fri. Sept. 6: Solo: A Star Wars Story

Battle Point Park
11299 Arrow Point Dr. N.E.
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
206-842-2306
Online: biparks.org/special-events

Cost: Free
Time: Seating begins at 8 p.m.; movies begin at dusk

Renton Outdoor Movies
This summer, four different movies will be presented at four different Renton parks. Admission for all of them is free with the exception of How to Train Your Dragon 3 at the Henry Moses Aquatic Center. Space is limited there and tickets are $5. For full directions to each park, visit the city’s website.

Sat., July 20: Aquaman (at Piazza Park)
Fri., Aug. 9: How to Train Your Dragon 3 (at Henry Moses Aquatic Center)
Fri., Aug. 16: Incredibles 2 (at Tiffany Park)
Fri., Aug. 23: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (at Highlands Park)

Cost: Free
Time: Movies begin at dusk

Online: rentonwa.gov/cms/one.aspx?pageId=9619592

Summer Bash and Movies in the Park – Tacoma
Metro Parks Tacoma says, “You bring the popcorn and we’ll bring the stars!” Presented by Sound Credit Union, these outdoor movies will be presented at different parks each week. For directions to each park, visit the Parks department’s website.

Fri., July 19: Incredibles 2 (Kandle Park)
Sat., July 27: Ralph Breaks the Internet (Wright Park)
Fri., Aug. 9: Mary Poppins Returns (The Center at Norpoint)
Fri., Aug. 16: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Steward Heights Park)
Fri., Aug. 23: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (STAR Center)

Cost: Free
Time: Movies begin at dusk; check website listing for pre-show activities and times

Online: metroparkstacoma.org/bash/#.V3mUzLgrLIU

Dive In Movies
Wild Waves Theme & Water Park presents its “Dive In” movie theater located at the Wave Pool on Fridays from July 5 through August 9. The Dive In Movies are free for both Season Pass ticket holders and those with a daily park admission ticket. Stay after the park closes, grab a tube and hop in the Wave Pool to kick back with the latest release or flashback favorite! Movies begin approximately at 9 p.m. View this summer’s movie schedule below.

Fri., July 6: Solo: A Star Wars Story
Fri., July 12: Aquaman
Fri., July 19: Incredibles 2
Fri., July 26: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
Fri. August 2: Finding Nemo
Fri. August 19: The Goonies

Wild Waves Theme & Water Park
36201 Enchanted Pkwy. S.
Federal Way, WA 98003
253-661-8000
Online: wildwaves.com/dive-in.php

Cost: Included with park admission

photo: Pixabay

Summer Sounds & Cinema – Auburn
The City of Auburn is mixing live entertainment and blockbuster movies on Friday nights. In addition to awesome flicks, you’ll find food concessions, food trucks, inflatables and an ArtRageous hands-on art activity each night! Each event is held at a different park, so be sure to visit the website for more information.

Fri., July 26: Incredibles 2 (Lea Hill Park with Beatles tribute band Creme Tangerine)
Fri., Aug. 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet (Sunset Park with The Marlin James Band)
Fri., Aug. 9: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (Les Gove Park with Joanie Leeds)

Cost: Free
Time: Entertainment begins at 7 p.m.; movies begin at dusk

Online: auburnwa.gov

LeMay’s Drive in Movies – Tacoma
Held at ACM’s Haub Family Field, you can choose to watch a flick from your car or get cozy in a lawn chair with a blanket. Come early and grab some dinner at the picnic concession stand (gates open as early as 4:30 p.m.) but with the 40-foot tall screen, chances are good that you’ll be able to see the movie wherever you park.

July 6: Ferris Beuller’s Day Off
July 27: The Goonies
Aug. 10: How to Train Your Dragon 3
Aug. 24: Captain Marvel

LeMay America’s Car Museum
2701 East D. St.
Tacoma, WA 98421
253-779-8490
Online: americascarmuseum.org/event/drive-movie

Cost: Free (does not include admission to the museum)
Time: Opens at 4:30 p.m.; movies begin at dusk

Movies in the Park – Tacoma
Four movies plus two different parks equals lots of fun. Come for the pre-show activities and stay for the movies. In between, snack on pizza and ice cream. Psst…this is the only location featuring Tim Burton’s Dumbo! Each event is held at a different park, so be sure to visit the website for more information.

July 12: Bolt (dog-friendly movie at Meridian Habitat Park)
July 26: The Lego Movie 2 (with the Seattle Reptile Guy at Meridian Habitat Park)
Aug. 16: The Little Mermaid (Sprinkler Recreation Center)
Aug. 23: Dumbo (Meridian Habitat Park)

Cost: Free
Time: Pre-show activities begin at 7 p.m.; movies begin at dusk

Online: co.pierce.wa.us/3328/Movies-In-the-Park

Friday Fun Family Movie Nights in the Park – Gig Harbor
Held at Skansie Brothers Park, a whole slew of movies will be shown including the original Mary Poppins film followed by Mary Poppins Returns the next week. Pre-show activities will be provided by Harbor WildWatch and Kitsap Bank will be handing out free popcorn.

July 5: The Neverending Story
July 12: Inside Out
July 19: Mary Poppins
July 26: Mary Poppins Returns 
Aug. 2: Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero

Skansie Brothers Park
3207 Harborview Dr.
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Online: gigharborguide.com/movies-in-the-park

Cost: Free
Time: Come early for pre-show activities; movies begin at dusk

photo: Outdoor Movies at Marymoor Park

Eastside

Outdoor Movies at Marymoor Park
Now in its 15th season and presented by BECU, this popular park-turned-movie venue is more than just movies. While your family waits for it to get dark, they can enjoy the local food trucks, live entertainment, trivia contests and vendors. And you don’t have to leave Fido at home because every showing is dog-friendly (as long as you keep Fido on his leash.) Psst…be sure to bring your cell phone, so you can enter the trivia contests. All movies will be shown rain or shine, so pack an umbrella just in case.

Wed., July 10: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (entertainment by Talia Keys)
Wed., July 17: Bohemian Rapsody* (entertainment by DJ Disco Vinnie)
Wed., July 24: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (entertainment by Cirque Cadia)
Wed., July 31: Top Gun (entertainment by Bach to Rock Music School)
Wed., Aug. 7: Incredibles 2 (entertainment by The Sweet Goodbyes)
Tue., Aug. 13: The Sandlot (entertainment by Brian Ernst)
Thur., Aug. 22: Grease* (entertainment by DJ Disco Vinnie)
Wed. Aug. 28: The Princess Bride (entertainment by Cirque Cadia)

Marymoor Park
6046 W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy. N.E.
Redmond, WA 98052
360-733-2682
Online: epiceap.com/movies-at-marymoor

Cost: $5/person (cash) or $6/person (credit). Ages 5 & under Free. Parking is $5.
Time: Event entry opens at 6:30 p.m.; movies start at dusk after event entertainment

Carillon Point Outdoor Movie Nights
Grab your low-back chairs and blankets and come ready to relax and enjoy a late night movie on a huge screen overlooking Lake Washington on Saturday nights in July and August. All proceeds from the evening will benefit Hopelink, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting self-sufficiency to all members of the community. Some concessions like popcorn, soda and candy will be on hand for purchase.

Sat., July 6: Mean Girls*
Sat., July 20: Crazy Rich Asians*
Sat., Aug. 3: The Incredibles 2
Sat., Aug. 17: Solo: A Star Wars Story

Carillon Point
4100 Carillon Point
Kirkland, WA 98033
Online: carillon-point.com/all-events

Cost: $5 suggested donation (benefits Hopelink)
Time: Movies begin at dusk; the plaza will be open one hour prior for seating

Crossroads Movies in the Park
The Crossroads Shopping Center is partnering with the City of Bellevue Parks and Recreation this summer to bring you four Thursday night outdoor films this August. Each movie will be shown under the stars on a huge, 40-foot inflatable screen with a state-of-the-art projection and sound system. Along with free admission, each movie also includes free family activities beginning at 7:30 p.m. and free popcorn!

Good to know: In the case of inclement weather, the decision to cancel the movie will be made no later than 3 p.m. on the day of the showing. Please call 425-452-4240 for cancellation updates.

Thur., Aug. 1: Christopher Robin
Thur., Aug. 8: Ralph Breaks the Internet 
Thur., Aug. 15: Incredibles 2
Thur., Aug. 22: Mary Poppins Returns

Crossroads Shopping Center
15600 N.E. 8th St.
Bellevue, WA 98008
425-644-1111
Online: bellevue.com/outdoor-movies

Cost: Free
Time: Event entry opens at 7:30 p.m.; movies begin at dusk (around 9 p.m.)

Bellevue Outdoor Movies

photo: Collin Walker/Bellevue Parks and Community Services

Bellevue Summer Outdoor Movies at the Park
Partnering with Charles Schwab and Viome, Bellevue Parks and Community Services present its popular outdoor movie series to Bellevue Downtown Park. The best part? Each showing includes free admission, free pre-movie entertainment and free popcorn! Each week, a different non-profit agency will be on hand, so that audiences can learn more and donate to their causes as they see fit. Each movie will be shown on Tuesday nights at dusk from July 9 to Aug. 27.

Tue., July 9: Hotel Transylvania 3
Tue., July 16: A Dog’s Way Home
Tue., July 23: Smallfoot
Tue., July 30: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
Tue., Aug. 6: The Lego Movie 2
Tue., Aug. 13: Ferdinand
Tue., Aug. 20: Wonder Park
Tue., Aug. 27: Back to the Future*

Bellevue Downtown Park
10201 N.E. 4th St.
Bellevue, WA 98004
425-452-6885
Online: bellevue.com/outdoor-movies

Cost: Free
Time: Pre-movie entertainment begins at 7:30 p.m.; movies begin at dusk (approximately 9 p.m.)

North of Seattle

Edmonds Outdoor Movie Nites
Grab your low-back chairs and comfy blankets and take the kiddies to the Frances Anderson Center Field for two great movie nights this summer. Bring your own snacks or purchase refreshments on site.

July 27: Moana
Aug. 3: Wonder

Frances Andersen Center Field
700 Main St.
Edmonds, WA 98020
425-771-0230
Online: facebook.com/events

Cost: Free
Time: Event entry opens at 7 p.m.; movies begin around 9 p.m.

Cinema Under the Stars – Everett
Located at Thornton A. Sullivan Park on Silver Lake, your family can plan a day at the beach and then cuddle in for a late night movie. Along with blockbuster titles, each movie will feature special pre-movie entertainment. Snacks will be available for purchase, but they are cash only.

Fri., July 19: Incredibles 2 (with Imagine Children’s Museum)
Fri., July 26: Ralph Breaks the Internet (with the Reptile Man)
Fri., Aug. 2: The Lego Movie 2 (with Monroe Bricks and Minifigs)
Fri., Aug. 9: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Fri., Aug. 16: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (with Imagine Children’s Museum)

Thornton A. Sullivan Park
Camp Patterson Field
11405 Silver Lake Rd.
Everett, WA 98208
425-257-7117
Online: everettwa.gov

Cost: Free
Time: Pre-movie entertainment begins at 7:30 p.m.; movies begin at dusk

photo: City of Everett

Popcorn in the Park Movie Series – Marysville
With the snappy title of Popcorn in the Park, the city of Marysville is hosting another summer of outdoor movies on Saturday nights at Jennings Park Lions Centennial Pavilion. You bring the kids, the Marysville Kiwanis will bring the popcorn! The fun begins each night at 7 p.m. with special activities and the movie beginning approximately at 9 p.m.

Sat., July 13: A Dog’s Way Home (with “dog gone” fun with Save-A-Mutt)
Sat., July 20: Ralph Breaks the Internet (build a candy car; live music with Bluemoon Boy)
Sat., July 27: Bumblebee (VW Bug car show)
Sat., Aug. 3 Incredibles 2 (dress up as a superhero night)
Sat., Aug. 10: The Karate Kid (35th Anniversary Kung Fu 4 Kids night)

Jennings Park
6915 Armar Rd.
Marysville, WA 98270
360-363-8400
Online: marysvillewa.gov/698/Summer-Movies-in-the-Park

Cost: Free
Time: Event entry opens at 7 p.m.; movies start around 9 p.m. (times vary depending on sundown)

Sail-in Cinema – Everett
This summer, you and your kid crew can sail-in to the Friday night outdoor movies at the Port of Everett’s North Guest Docks 6 & 7 (first come, first served) or watch by land at Boxcar Park. Come early to grab a good seat and get a bag of popcorn courtesy of the Port of Everett. Movie concession items will also be available for a fee. And as a bonus, Mom and Dad can can enjoy the movie with an adult beverage from the Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce.

Good to know: In the event of rain or extreme weather, the movie will be cancelled.  Cancellations will be posted on the Port of Everett’s website as well as its Facebook and Twitter pages. If you are watching by boat, you can listen with the sound system or tune into a radio frequency on your boat (to be provided at the start of the movie).

Fri., July 19: Battleship* (showtime: 9:10 p.m.)

Fri., July 26: Transformers* (showtime: 9:05 p.m.)

Fri., Aug. 2: Remember the Titans (showtime: 8:55 p.m.)

Fri., Aug. 9: Pirates of the Caribbean (showtime: 8:45 p.m.)

Fri., Aug. 16: The Proposal* (showtime: 8:30 p.m.)

Fri., Aug. 23: Moana (showtime: 8:20 p.m.)

Boxcar Park
615 13th S.E.
Everett, WA 98201
Online: portofeverett.com

Cost: Free
Time: Come early. Movies begin at the times listed above

Movies Under the Moon – Monroe
August is movie month in Monroe. As the sun sets earlier, the movies begin earlier. Plan to arrive early and stake your spot, then enjoy a picnic dinner and settle in for some fun in Lake Tye Park.

Aug. 2: Incredibles 2
Aug. 9: Ralph Breaks the Internet
Aug. 16: Mary Poppins Returns
Aug. 23: Black Panther

Lake Tye Park
14964 Fryelands Blvd.
Monroe, WA 98272
Online: monroewa.gov/calendar

Cost: Free
Time: 8 p.m. each night

photo: City of Poway

Movies in the Park – Snohomish/Darrington/Lake Stevens
Families in the North Sound can take in family flicks under the stars at three different locations this summer. Be sure to arrive early for the pre-movie entertainment provided by BridgeCity Church, North End Jazz and Community Transit. If you forget to pack snacks, the Mill Creek Lions Club will once again be selling movie snacks (think: popcorn, candy, soda, water). directions to each park, visit the Snohomish County Parks and Recreation’s website.

Thu., July 11 – The Goonies, Old School Park in Darrington (showtime: 9:35 p.m.)

Thu., July 18 – Ralph Breaks the Internet, Old School Park in Darrington (showtime: 9:28 p.m.)

Thu., July 25 – Incredibles 2, Willis Tucker Park in Snohomish (showtime: 9:19 p.m.)

Thu., Aug. 1 – How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Willis Tucker Park Snohomish (showtime: 9:08 p.m.)

Thu., Aug. 8 – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Lake Stevens Community Park (showtime: 8:58 p.m.)

Aug. 15 – Mary Poppins Returns, Lake Stevens Community Park (showtime: 8:45 p.m.)

Cost: Free (donations encouraged and will benefit Snohomish County Parks)
Time: Event entry opens at 7:30 p.m.; movies start at times listed above

Online: snohomishcountywa.gov/1098/Movies-in-the-Park

—Jeffrey Totey & Kristina Moy

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