Summer Fun at the Movies - Drive-in and Outdoor Movie Options in the DMV

Summer Fun at the Movies - Drive-in and Outdoor Movie Options in the DMV

Nothing says "summer fun" quite like outdoor movies. Instead of paying too much for expensive tickets and cramming into a tightly-packed theater, why not make it an adventure? From drive-in theaters to large screen pop-ups around the DMV, there are plenty of ways to enjoy summer time movies in the great outdoors. Let's dive into some creative methods of spending your summer evenings under the stars with family and friends!
Don't waste time searching for the perfect spot - we've got you covered. From setting up a cozy lawn chair to parking next to the big screen, we've compiled a complete guide to the best places to watch a flick under the stars in the Washington region. So go ahead, grab a blanket and some snacks, and get ready for a night of open-air cinema magic.
DowntownDC Summer Flicks
Get ready to groove to some sick jams while enjoying your favorite films at DowntownDC's Monday movie series in Franklin Park! DJs will be spinning beats to accompany the upcoming movies, including the epic Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and the thrilling Hunger Games. Best of all, it's totally free! Don't miss out on this unique cinematic experience.
National Harbor 
Looking for a dreamy spot to catch some flicks? Join us at National Harbor this week and catch one of our waterfront screenings! On Thursdays, we've got romantic date night movies that are sure to please the heart. Bring your loved one and settle in for an evening of passion and excitement. For families, our Sunday showings are perfect for a fun-filled day of movies under the sun. Upcoming flicks include the much-anticipated Jurassic World Dominion and the heartwarming classic, Up. And the best part? It's all free! Save the date and come experience the magic of the movies at National Harbor.
Drive-In at Union Market
Drive-In at Union Market: The Ultimate Outdoor Show Experience! Park it (your car or chair) in the lot at Union Market every Friday for the kind of outdoor movie experience you won't forget. Imagine munching on movie theater-level snacks with goodies from Union Market vendors like Yasmine's kebabs, cocktails from Suburbia, and ice cream cones from the Creamery while enjoying King Richard or Clueless. All this and more for just $20 per car, but if you come on foot, it's absolutely FREE. Book your spot today and level up your drive-in experience.
Welcome to Cinematery, where spooky movies meet an even spookier backdrop at Congressional Cemetery's "Tim Burton: The Summer of Surreal" movie series. Join us as we snuggle up among the headstones - BYOB (Blanket, Food, and Alcohol) are definitely encouraged! Catch us on the first Friday of every month from June until September for our upcoming screenings of Alice in Wonderland and Nightmare Before Christmas. With a recommended $10 donation, you'll be supporting a good cause while indulging in some seriously surreal cinema. Don't miss out!
Looking for some midweek fun? Head to Alethia Tanner Park every Wednesday until June 7th and unroll a blanket for CiNoMatic's "Villains We Love" movie series. Expect killer performances that will leave you rooting for the bad guys in films such as Men in Black and The Devil Wears Prada. Best of all? It's completely free, so grab your friends, snacks, and get ready for an epic outdoor movie experience.
Adams Morgan Movie Nights
Get Your Funny Fix at Adams Morgan Movie Nights!
Where? Marie Reed Elementary School.
What's the Genre? Comedy! (Perfect for a night of laughs under the stars!)
What's on the Film Roll? The Birdcage and Bridesmaids.
But wait, there's more! Before the show, a local comedian will grace us with their presence to get the laughter and good vibes flowing.
Best Part? It's completely free. Come one, come all!
Audi Field 
Ready to catch a flick in a whole new way? Head to Audi Field for a unique movie-going experience! Not only will you get to watch kid-friendly movies like Puss in Boots: The Last Wish and Minions: The Rise of Gru, but you'll do it sitting right on the soccer pitch. How cool is that? Best of all, it's completely free! Showings take place once a month on select Thursdays, so mark your calendar and bring your family and friends for a night they won't forget.
Films at the Stone
Lights, camera, action! Join us at Films at the Stone, the ultimate movie experience at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. Immerse yourself in the only film series held at a National Mall memorial, where justice takes center stage and characters fight for what's right. Bring your snacks, blankets, and lawn chairs to make it a night to remember. Get ready for our upcoming movies: Avatar: The Way of the Water and The Woman King. Best part? It's all FREE! Don't miss out on this cinematic adventure.
The Reach at the Kennedy Center 
ILooking for an entertaining Friday night plan? Head over to the Kennedy Center and catch some classic flicks projected on the massive video wall at The Reach! This summer, immerse yourself in the heart-stopping adventure of Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark or laugh along with the ladies of A League of Their Own. Oh, and something even better than the movies? This experience is absolutely FREE!
Bengies Drive-In Theater
Welcome to Bengies Drive-In Theater, home of the biggest movie screen in America! Don't miss out on seeing Guardians of the Galaxy or Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse on our massive screen. Arrive early though, because once the box office is closed, no one is allowed in. Admission is only $4 per vehicle plus $12.50 per adult and $7 per child. So grab some snacks and settle in for the ultimate movie experience under the stars.
Wolf Trap 
Get ready to be blown away by a unique cinematic experience! The National Symphony Orchestra is bringing movie magic to life at Wolf Trap's Filene Center. Think live music and epic films all rolled into one unforgettable event. Enjoy The Planets or Star Wars: Return of the Jedi while you soak up the summer vibes in an incredible outdoor amphitheater. Prices start at just $42, so grab your seat now and get ready for an unforgettable night!
UDC Amphitheater 
Take a seat on a rustic wooden bench or spread out on the grassy lawn at the UDC Amphitheater - the perfect outdoor cinema experience. Quench your thirst and snack on your favorite treats - outside food and booze are welcome! Catch the classics Back to the Future and Sister Act, and guess what? It's completely free! So, why wait? Grab your spot - it's showtime!
Columbia Pike Movie Nights
Get ready for an epic cinema experience! Watch thrilling movies for free under the beautiful evening sky. Columbia Pike Movie Nights are coming to two outdoor plazas in Arlington: Arlington Mill Community Center (909 S. Dinwiddie St.) on Fridays and Penrose Square (2501 9 Rd.) on Saturdays. Starting July 7 to August 25, you can enjoy exciting films with English audio and Spanish subtitles. Leave the booze at home and bring your furry friends on a leash to join in on the fun. Not sure what to watch? Get excited for upcoming blockbusters Spirit Untamed and Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to unwind with friends and family. Quick note: this event is free - woohoo!
Movies in the Park
Looking for fun summer activities that won't break the bank? Check out the Movies in the Park series! Every Wednesday in August, an outdoor theater will be popping up in different Rockville locations for a free night of family-friendly entertainment. Just bring your own chairs, blankets, and snacks, and settle in for upcoming movies like The Secret Life of Pets and Cool Runnings. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and catch some great flicks!
Outdoor Movies at Westpost
Attention Arlingtonians! Get ready for open-air movie magic every Wednesday this June! Head to Westpost plaza, 1201 S Joyce St., for free screenings of family classics including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Bring your own blankets and chairs for a cozy picnic, or support local restaurants for tasty refreshments. Don't miss this chance to enjoy your favorite flicks under the stars!

As summer approaches the DMV area, there is no shortage of places to view great summer movies. From classic drive-in movies to modern outdoor movies, the options are endless and perfect for a night out with family or friends. Whether it's catching an outdoor movie after a picnic in the park or checking out the latest blockbuster at the drive-in, it doesn't matter what type of film you choose – making memories under the stars with a large bucket of popcorn and your kids at any of these venues is sure to be an unforgettable experience. So why not seize your chance to make this summer one that will go down in history? Grab your tickets and pack up the car today – it’s time to head out for some fun under the summer night stars!

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