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 2021). 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.
Don’t forget to check out our BIG list of drive-in movies, too! These are also outdoor movies, but set up like the old fashioned drive-in movies.
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:
Marysville – Popcorn in the Park – 9pm or dusk Saturday nights at Jennings Memorial Park; July 24 & 31, Aug 7 & 14. Free admission to movies in the park.
Greater Seattle & Eastside area:
Seattle – Movies at the Mural at Seattle Center – 9:00pm on Friday & Saturdays (July 31, August 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 & 21) – 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. On Fridays, they will feature films in partnership with Seattle area film organizations including LANGSTON, Indigenous Showcase, Nia Tero, SIFF, Seattle Asian American Film Festival & Seattle Latino Film Festival.
Redmond – Movies at Marymoor Park – They are featuring drive-in movies this year (during regular years, they are just outdoor movies) on Wed & Thursdays thru the summer. These do require you buy tickets ahead of time & they are selling out several weeks in advance. The cost is $30 per carload.
South Puget Sound area:
Movies Under the Stars – Join them for movies under the stars this summer at the SERA Complex in Tacoma (behind STAR Center)! Movie begins at dusk. Free admission. The Event lawn opens at 7:30 pm. Enjoy food (available for purchase) and games before the movie. The movie starts at dark
- Friday, July 30: Moana (rated PG)
- Friday, August 6: Black Panther (rated PG-13)
- Friday, August 13: Coco (rated PG)
- Friday, August 20: Raya and the Last Dragon (rated PG)
Lake Oswego – Movies in the Park – Thursdays at dusk (8:30 -9pm); Millenium Plaza Park; July 18, 25 and August 1. 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 10th 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 26 and August 2, 9, 16, 23.
Silverton – Movies at the Gardens – Every Thursday evening July 11 thru August 29. 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 13, 20, 27 & August 10, 17, 24.
Vancouver – Summer Movie Series – In different locations on Friday nights
July 12: Aquaman — Endeavour Park
July 19: Spider-Man Into the Spiderverse — Fruit Valley Park
July 26: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom — Columbia Tech Center Park
August 2: Bumblebee — Bagley Community Park
August 9: Fantastic Beats: The Crime of Grindelwald — Marshall Park
August 16 Captain Marvel — David Douglas Park
Wilsonville – Movies in the Park – Friday nights at dusk at the River Shelter in Memorial Park; July 19, 26 & August 9, 23.
Make sure to check out more ideas for family fun around the Pacific Northwest this summer::