There are so many free outdoor movie screenings this summer in and around Boston to take advantage of! This is a great way to catch a great movie outside for free! Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair or blanket for some extra comfort!
Here are the FREE Outdoor Movie Series for Summer 2017 in the Greater Boston area:
Boston Harbor Hotel’s Movies by the Moonlight
Boston Harbor Hotel has a free movies series every Friday night from June 9, 2017 to September 8, 2017 this summer outside starting at dusk.
- June 9: On Golden Pond
- June 16: No Movie – Live Music!
- June 23: Moonstruck
- June 30: Notting Hill
- July 7: Captain America
- July 14: The Notebook
- July 21: Cheaper by the Dozen
- July 28: The Little Mermaid
- August 4: Tootsie
- August 11: Casablanca
- August 18: The Jungle Book 2016
- August 25: My Big Fat Greek Wedding
- September 1: Fever Pitch
- September 8: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
To view the complete schedule or for more information, please head here.
Free Friday Flicks at the Hatch Shell
WBZ NewsRadio 1030 and the Department of Conservation and Recreation host this annual outdoor movie series. Free Friday Flicks are Fridays this summer at the DCR Hatch Shell starting June 23, 2017 to August 25, 2017. Movies start at dusk but the fun kicks off at 6PM.
- June 23: The Secret Life of Pets
- July 14: Sing
- July 21: The Jungle Book (Live)
- July 28: Finding Dory
- August 4: Moana
- August 11: The Lego Batman Movie
- August 18: Dr. Strange
- August 25: Star Wars: Rouge One
For more information about Free Friday Flicks at the Hatch Shell, please head here.
Magic 106.7 Family Film Festival at the Prudential Center
Magic 106.7 Family Film Festival takes place every Saturday night from July 1, 2017 to August 26, 2017 at the Prudential Center’s South Garden. Free outdoor movies start at dusk, but entertainment, children activities, and more start at 6PM. The rain date for all films are the following Tuesday if needed.
- July 1: Annie (1982)
- July 8: The Jungle Book (Live Action)
- July 15: The BFG
- July 22: Pete’s Dragon (Live Action)
- July 29: Finding Dory
- August 5: Moana
- August 12: The Little Mermaid
- August 19: Beauty and the Beast (Live Action)
- August 26: The Secret Life of Pets
For more information about the free Family Film Festival, please head here.
Sylvester Baxter Riverfront Park Movie Series
Enjoy a free movie under the stars at Sylvester Baxter Riverfront Park in Somerville on Saturdays from July 8, 2017 to August 26, 2017 starting at dusk.
- July 8: Secret Life of Pets
- July 15: Sing
- July 22: The Jungle Book (Live)
- July 29: Finding Dory
- August 5: Moana
- August 12: The Lego Batman Movie
- August 19: Dr. Strange
- August 26: Star Wars: Rouge One
For more information about free movie nights at Assembly Row in Somerville, please head here.
Sunday Night Movie Night at Christopher Columbus Park
Enjoy a free movie night on the lawn at Christopher Columbus Park every Sunday night from July 16, 2017 to August 27, 2017. The free outdoor event occurs from 6:30-9:30PM with the movie starting at dusk.
- July 16: Moonstruck
- July 23: Despicable Me 2
- July 30: Women in Gold
- August 6: Florence Foster Jenkins
- August 13: ET
- August 20: Hoosiers
- August 27: Hair Spray
For more information about Sunday Night Movie night, please head here.
Mayor Walsh’s Movie Nights
Mayor Walsh and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and Northeastern University are bringing free movies to Boston neighborhoods on select dates this August. All movies start at dusk.
- August 7: Wall-E, Hunt/Almont Park in Mattapan
- August 9: Sing, Fallon Field in Roslindale
- August 10: Shaun the Sheep, Town Field in Dorchester
- August 14: Storks, Doherty Playground in Charlestown
- August 17: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Savin Hill Park in Dorchester
- August 21: Zootopia, East Boston Stadium in East Boston
- August 24: Finding Dory, Hynes Playground in West Roxbury
- August 28: Pets, Ringer Playground in Allston
- August 29: Moana, Ramsay Park in Roxbury
- August 31: Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Iacono Park in Hyde Park
For more information about Mayor Walsh’s free movie nights, please head here.
Films by the Gate
Celebrate Asians and Asian Americans in film by watching classic kung fu films and other Asian films this summer at the Gate in Chinatown. This free film festival is August 25-27, 2017 at the gate in Chinatown.
Film schedule is TBD. For more up-to-date information about free Films by the Gate, please head here.
Classics on the Common
Head to Boston Common near Frog Pond in September for two free movie nights on Fridays at dusk.
- September 8: Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
- September 15: Top Gun
For more information about Classics on the Common, please head here.
Jaws on D
Narragansett presents a free movie screening of Jaws on The Lawn on D from 8:30PM to 10PM with activities starting at 5PM.
- June 30*: Jaws
For more information about Jaws on D, please head here.
*NOTE: I noticed that Narragansett is promoting the movie for June 24th but in the Lawn on D calendar it says Friday, June 30, 2017 and other publications, so I’m not sure if the movie got moved to next week or not, so use caution with this one before you head out.
Revere Beach Movie Nights
Free Theatre Thursdays with a free outdoor movie screening on the beach at dusk (with activities from 6-8PM) at either Kelly’s Roast Beef or William G. Reinstein Bandstand in Revere. All Thursday night movies will have a rain date of Friday night. There are also two free Saturday Date Night movies that start at dusk as well.
- June 29: Nine Lives at Kelly’s Roast Beef
- July 8: Jaws (Saturday Date Night Movie)
- July 13: Secret Life of Pets at Kelly’s Roast Beef
- July 20: Finding Dory at William G. Reinstein Bandstand
- July 27: The Jungle Book at Kelly’s Roast Beef
- August 3: Wreck-It Ralph at Kelly’s Roast Beef
- August 10: Little Giants at William G. Reinstein Bandstand
- August 19: Grease (Saturday Date Night Movie)
For more information about free movie nights at Revere Beach on Thursday nights, please head here and head here for more information about Saturday Date Night movies.
Movies by the Lake
Wakefield Community Access TV is sponsoring free movies by the Lake this summer in Wakefield, MA. Free outdoor movies will take place at Lake Quannapowitt by the Bandstand at nightfall.
- June 29: Ghostbusters (1984 version)
- July 13: The Sandlot
- July 27: Jurassic Park
- August 10: Monsters, Inc
- August 24: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
For more information about Free Movies by the Lake in Wakefield, please head here.
Free Family Movie Nights
Free outdoor family movies at French’s Common (across from Braintree Town Hall) in Braintree, MA at 8PM on select dates this summer.
- June 29: Secret Life of Pets
- July 12: Star Wars: Rogue One
- July 26: Sing
For more information about Braintree’s Free Family Movie Nights, please head here.
Patriot Place Summer Flicks
Free outdoor movies at NRG Plaza (right outside Patriots ProShop) at Patriot Place in Foxboro, MA on select dates this summer sponsored by Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt. Free summer flicks start at dusk but pre-entertainment begins at 6PM.
- June 21: Secret Life of Pets
- July 1: The Lego Batman Movie
- July 19: Finding Dory
- August 12: Moana
- August 16: The Little Mermaid
- September 1: The Angry Birds Movie
For more information about Free Sumer Flicks at Patriot Place, please head here.
Please leave a comment below if there are any more great and free movie series happening this summer in Boston or if there’s any errors mentioned above.
Please do your due-diligence to ensure that all information provided above is correct before you head out to a free outdoor movie showing, especially if there’s bad weather!
What is your favorite movie or outdoor movie series in Boston and beyond?