Nothing says summer like watching a movie under the stars! Here is a list of family-friendly movies to catch outdoors this summer in the Northwest (this list is current for Summer 2018). Be sure to bring your own chairs and blankets and your own snacks, too! Some locations will have concessions on hand. Many of these events include live entertainment or kids activities before the show starts.
This is not a comprehensive list as so many towns offer movies in the park, so make sure to check out your town’s website or parks & recreation site to see if there are outdoor movies provided. This is just a variety of movies featured all around the western Northwest.
In addition to all the great outdoor movie opportunities we have listed below, we also have a couple more movie deals you might want to check out for the summer to keep kids entertained too:
Free & Frugal Outdoor Movies around the Puget Sound:
North Puget Sound area:
Bellingham – Fairhaven Outdoor Cinemas – Fairhaven Village Green; Events times vary according to sunset; Costs $5/person, 5 & under free. Pre-Show entertainment followed by movie. Refreshments available to purchase (popcorn & food). June 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28 and August 4, 11, 18, 25.
Edmonds – Outdoor Movie Nights – Movie begins at dusk (around 9pm) at Frances Anderson Center Playfield; July 27, Aug 3th. Refreshments will be sold. Free admission.
Everett – Cinema under the Stars at Silver Lake – 7:30pm – 11:30pm on Fridays (July 20, 27, Aug 3, 10, 17), pre-show entertainment at 7:30pm & shows start at dusk. Thorton A Sullivan Park (Camp Patterson) at Silver Lake. Free Admission. Snacks available for purchase with cash only.
Marysville – Popcorn in the Park – 9pm or dusk Saturday nights at Jennings Memorial Park; July 14, 21, 28, August 4, 11. Free admission.
Monroe – Movies under the Moon – 8pm Fridays at Lake Tye Park; Aug 3, 10, 17, 24. Hands-on kids activities before the movie starts. Free admission.
Mt Vernon – Starlight Cinema – Movies in the Park – Movies shown at Kiwanis Park on Friday’s; August 2, 17, 10, 24. To view what movies are playing, just visit the link above and go to the calendar month of August. Free admission.
Snohomish – Movies in the Park at Willis Tucker – 7:00pm seating on Thursdays (July 12, 19, 26 & August 2, 9, 16). There will be pre-movie entertainment and kid friendly activities. Concessions will be available for purchase. Free admission.
Greater Seattle & Eastside area:
Seattle – Movies at the Mural at Seattle Center – 9:00pm on Saturdays (July 28, August 4, 11, 18 & 25) – FREE. Catch a movie on a giant 40-foot screen right below the Space Needle. Bonus, they’ll be showing a short film prior to each movie screening.
Seattle – West Seattle Outdoor Movies – 6:30 pm on Saturdays, July 21, 28 & August 4, 11, 18, 25) – FREE. Pre-show entertainment precedes the show at dusk. Be sure to bring your own low back chairs. New this year they’ll have Food Trucks and Concessions!
Seattle – Movies at the Marina at Shilshole Marina – 6:00pm on Fridays, showtime at dusk (August 3, 17) – FREE. Watch a movie on a giant inflatable screen with Puget Sound as the backdrop. Enjoy some fun before the movie with Bricks 4 Kids. Free popcorn (while supplies last). Leashed dogs welcome.
Tukwila – FREE Family Outdoor Movie & Music at the Tukwila Community Center – August 3rd. – Free admission, they’ll be showing the movie Coco, at dusk 7:30pm is when the music begins.
Kirkland – Outdoor Movie Night at Carillion Point – Movie begins at dusk on Saturdays. They open an hour before for seating. (July 7, 21 & August 4, 18) – $5/suggested donation. Watch a movie on a screen while overlooking Lake Washington. Proceeds from the evening will benefit local non-profit Hopelink. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase with cash only.
Redmond – Movies at Marymoor Park – 6:30pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays (June 28th, July 5, 11, 18, 25, August 2, 8, 15, 22, 29) – $5/person cash, $6/person credit, Age 5 and under are free, $5/parking. There will be games, live entertainment, activities, and free glow necklaces to the first 200 people. Movies begin at dusk.
Renton – Ivar’s Family Fun and Films at Gene Coulon and Henry Moses – Saturday July 21. Fridays August 3, 10, 24. The movie at the Henry Moses Aquatic Center on August 3 starts at 8pm, tickets for sale at 7pm for $5 each. Then the other movie showings start at dusk and are free!
South Puget Sound area:
Auburn – Summer Sounds and Cinema – Dusk on Fridays (July 27, August 3 & 10) – FREE. The City of Auburn hosts live entertainment from 6:00pm-8:30pm, followed by a movie at dusk. Concessions for sale to support the Auburn Youth Council as well as food trucks!
Pierce County – Movies in the Park – 7:00pm on Fridays (July 13, 27 and August 17 & 24) – FREE. Enjoy a family friendly movie at various parks in Pierce County. Show up early for pre-show activities, games and concessions followed by a movie at dusk. The movie on July 27 will also feature a pre-movie concert by Recess Monkey 7pm – 8:30pm.
Bonney Lake – Movies in the Park at Allan Yorke Park – Dusk on August 7 and 11 – FREE. The annual event formerly known as Friday Night Flicks hosts movies outdoors.
Fife – Movies in the Park at Dacca Park Field – July 20, August 3, movies begin at dusk. – FREE. Kids, adults and leashed pets are welcome to enjoy a family friendly movie on a 24′ inflatable screen! July 20 is a special event for dogs from 5:30pm – 8pm. August 3 is a special event called touch a truck from 5:30pm – 8pm!
Tacoma – Drive-in Movies at America’s Car Museum – 4:30 parking lot opens with showtimes at dusk Saturdays (July 7, 21 & August 11). Experience an old-fashioned drive in by watching a movie from your car on a 40-foot outdoor screen! Concessions will also be for sale. This is a very popular event so be prepared to show up early!
Tacoma – Summer Bash & Movies in the Park – Various showtimes and locations (July 13, 28, August 3, 10, 17) – FREE. Enjoy a summertime tradition in Tacoma as parks throughout the city provide outdoor movies for the family.
Gig Harbor – Friday Family Fun Movies in the Park at Skansie Brothers Park – 7:30pm on Fridays in July (July 6, 13, 20, 27) – FREE. Family-friendly activities kick off the evening with a movie as soon as it is dark!
Lacey – Lacey in Tune Movies at Dusk at Huntamer Park – 7:00pm on Saturdays (July 14, 21, 28 & August 4) – FREE. Enjoy a concert at 7:00pm followed by a movie at dusk. Concessions will be on sale.
Tumwater – Screen on the Green at Tumwater Valley Golf Course – 7:30pm on Fridays in August (August 3, 10, 17, 24) – FREE. Watch a movie on the golf course! Grab dinner at the restaurant on site or bring your own picnic.
Lake Oswego – Movies in the Park – Thursdays at dusk (8:30 -9pm); Millenium Plaza Park; July 19, 26 and August 2, 9. Popcorn & other treats available for purchase.
Portland – Movies in the Park – There are movies in various parks around the city almost every night in the summer on Thursdays July 6 through September 1. Make sure to check out the schedule to see when there will be an outdoor movie at a park near you.
Portland – Flicks on the Bricks – Pioneer Courthouse Square – Friday evenings starting at 7pm with pre-movie music & the movie following at dusk. July 20, 27 and August 3, 10, 17.
Silverton – Movies at the Gardens – Every Thursday evening July 12 thru Aug 30. Doors open at 7pm & movie will be shown at dusk. Will go on rain or shine (they have an indoor facility if it’s raining). Admission is $4 adults, $3 teens, $2 ages 5-11 & 4 & under free.
Tualatin – Movies on the Commons – Saturday nights around 9pm (or dusk); Tualatin Commons; Snacks will be available for purchase. July 7, 14, 21, 28 & August 11, 18, 25.
Vancouver – Summer Movie Series – In different locations on Friday nights
July 7: Star Wars: The Last Jedi — Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
July 14: The LEGO Ninjago Movie — Fisher Basin Park
July 21: Transformers: The Last Knight — Fruit Valley Park
July 28: Wonder Woman — Columbia Tech Center Park
August 4: Coco — Evergreen Park
August 11: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle — Marshall Park
Wilsonville – Movies in the Park – Friday nights at dusk at the River Shelter in Memorial Park; July 13, 27 & August 10, 24.
Make sure to check out more ideas for family fun around the Pacific Northwest this summer::