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 2017). 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.
Make sure to check out more ideas for family fun around the Pacific Northwest this summer::
- Seattle Staycation Ideas
- Northwest Water Parks
- Summer Festivals & Fairs in 2017
- Northwest Weekly Free or Frugal Events & Activities
- NW Summer Activities on a Budget
- Summer Concerts for Families in Seattle, Portland, and more!
- Summer Bucket List (free printable and activities!)
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). July 24th, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5, 12, 19, 26
Edmonds – Outdoor Movie Nights – Movie begins at dusk (around 9pm) at Frances Anderson Center Playfield; July 28, Aug 4th. Refreshments will be sold. Free
Everett – Cinema under the Stars at Silver Lake – 7:30pm – 11:30pm on Fridays (July 21, 28, Aug 4, 11, 18), pre-show entertainment & shows start at dusk. Thorton A Sullivan Park (Camp Patterson) at Silver Lake. Free
Marysville – Popcorn in the Park – 9pm Saturday nights at Jennings Memorial Park; July 15, 22, 29, Aug 5, 12. Free admission
Monroe – Movies under the Moon – 8pm Fridays at Lake Tye Park; Aug 5, 12, 19, 26. Hands-on kids activities before the movie starts. Free
Mt Vernon – Starlight Cinema – Movies in the Park – Movies shown at Hillcrest Park at dusk. August 4, 11, 18, 26. Free
Snohomish – Movies in the Park at Willis Tucker – 7:00pm seating on Thursdays (July 13, 20, 27 & August 3, 10, 17). There will be pre-movie entertainment and kid friendly activities. Concessions will be available for purchase.Free
Greater Seattle & Eastside area:
Seattle – Pemco Outdoor Movies at Magnuson Park – 6:30 seating begins on Thursdays (July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10, 17, 24) -$5/person. Trivia, food trucks, live music and entertainment will be on hand before the show at dusk. Well behaved dogs are welcome.
Seattle – Movies at the Mural at Seattle Center – 9:00pm on Saturdays (July 29, August 5, 12, 19 & 26) – FREE. Catch a movie on a giant 40-foot screen right below the Space Needle.
Seattle – West Seattle Outdoor Movies – 6:30 pm on Saturdays, July 22, 29 & August 5, 12, 19, 26) – FREE. Pre-show entertainment precedes the show at dusk. Be sure to bring your own low back chairs!
Seattle – Movies at the Marina at Shilshole Marina – 6:00pm on Fridays, showtime at dusk (July 21, August 11) – 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 Cinema Series at the Tukwila Community Center – Fridays in August (August 4, 11, 18) – FREE. Support the Tukwila Food Pantry by bringing non-perishable food items as admission for movies under the stars!
Kirkland – Outdoor Movie Night at Carillion Point – 9:30pm movie showtime on Saturdays (July 8, 22 & August 5, 19) – $5/suggested donation. Watch a movie on a screen while overlooking Lake Washington. Proceeds from the evening will benefit local non-profict Hopelink.
Redmond – Movies at Marymoor Park – 6:30pm on Wednesdays (July 5, 12, 19, 26 & August 2, 8, 16, 23) – $5/person and $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 – 8:00pm on Fridays (July 21 & 28 and August 4 & 11). The gates open at 7:00pm, with the movie starting at dusk. Showings are FREE at Gene Coulon Park and $5 at Henry Moses Aquatic Center. There is pre-show entertainment on July 22 and August 5.
South Puget Sound area:
Auburn – Summer Sounds and Cinema – Dusk on Fridays (July 28, August 4 & 11) – 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.
Pierce County – Movies in the Park – 7:00pm on Fridays (July 14, 28 and August 18 & 25) – 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.
Bonney Lake – Movies in the Park at Allan Yorke Park – Dusk in August (Dates TBA) – FREE. The annual event formerly known as Friday Night Flicks hosts movies outdoors .
Fife – Movies in the Park at Dacca Park Field – Dusk on Friday, August 14 & 18 – FREE. Kids, adults and leashed pets are welcome to enjoy a family friendly movied on a 24′ inflatable screen!
Tacoma – Drive-in Movies at America’s Car Museum – 4:30 parking lot opens with showtimes at dusk Saturdays (July 8, 22 & August 11, 26). 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 28, 29, August 4, 11, 19) – 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 7, 14, 21, 28) – 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 15, 22, 29 & August 5) – 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 4, 11, 18, 25) – 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 21 – Aug 11th, 2016 on Thursdays. 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 20th through August 10th. 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. Fridays in July and the first Friday in August.
Silverton – Movies at the Gardens – Every Thursday evening July 13 thru Aug 31, 2017. 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 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 & August 12, 19, 26.
Vancouver – Summer Movie Series – In different locations on Friday nights
July 7: Rogue One: A Star Wars Movie — Fort Vancouver Historic Site
July 14: The Secret Life of Pets — LeRoy Haagen Memorial Park
July 21: Moana — Marshall Park
July 28: Kubo & The Two Strings — Columbia Tech Center Park
August 4: Sing — Evergreen Park
August 11: Lego Batman Movie — Fruit Valley Park
Wilsonville – Movies in the Park – Friday nights at dusk at the River Shelter in Memorial Park; July 21, 28 & August 11, 25