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UPDATED: The 2014 Guide to Free Outdoor Movies in Washington

Catch kid-friendly hits, classics, and more around town.

Screen on the Green is just one of the many options for free outdoor movies. Photograph by Flickr user Andi Narvaez.
After several gray days, the weather is expected to clear up this weekend—just in time to take advantage of one of the highlights of summer in Washington: free outdoor film screenings. A few film series have already started, with several more kicking off in the next couple of weeks. Get the scoop on many of the major ones in DC, Maryland, and Virginia below, and find even more options at DC Outdoor Films. Films begin at sundown unless otherwise noted.


Screen on the Green

July 21 and 28, and August 4 and 11

National Mall between Seventh and 12th sts., NW

The popular film festival this year shows The Karate Kid, Lover Come Back, Key Largo, and A Soldier’s Story.

Follow @SOTGinDC for updates.

NoMa Summer Screen

Wednesdays through August 20 at 7 PM

Loree Grand Field, Second and L sts., NE

The theme this year is “unlikely friendships,” which means you can see favorites such as The Sandlot and Top Gun, as well as newer movies including The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Dark Knight, and Pitch Perfect.

Follow @NoMaBID for updates.

Family Film Night at Sursum Corda

June 24, July 8 and 22, and August 5

Sursum Corda at L and First sts., NW

The lineup of family-friendly movies features Wall-E, Frozen, The Lego Movie, and Despicable Me 2; kids’ activities and free snacks are available.

Canal Park Thursday Movies

Thursdays, June 5 through September 4

Canal Park at M and Second sts., SE

Head here to catch sports-themed flicks, from Bend It Like Beckham to Space Jam to the beer-pong comedy Balls of Fury.

Follow @CanalParkDC for updates.

Films at the Stone

July 17 and 24, and August 28 at 8:15 PM

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, 1964 Independence Ave., SW

See Documented, about the struggles of undocumented immigrants in America; the Jackie Robinson biopic 42; and Mandela, which examines the life and influence of Nelson Mandela.

Golden Cinema Series

Fridays through July 11; seating begins at 7:30 PM

Farragut Square

The DC-themed lineup features Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Legally Blonde 2, and The American President; see the full list online.


Bethesda Outdoor Movies

July 22 through 26

Woodmont Triangle at Norfolk and Auburn aves., Bethesda

The five-day run of films features Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Moonrise Kingdom, Citizen Kane, Pitch Perfect, and Top Gun.

Movies on the Square

Thursdays, June 12 through August 21

Rockville Town Square; 200 East Middle La., Rockville

The mix offers family-friendly movies (including a Frozen sing-along on July 3) and more adult fare such as Gravity.

Movies on the Potomac

Sundays through September 28 at 6 PM

The Plaza at National Harbor

Visit the website for the full schedule.

Columbia Lakefront Summer Festival

Mondays and Fridays June 16 through August 18; Fridays through Sundays beginning August 23

Columbia Lakefront Stage, 10275 Wincopin Cir., Columbia

All movies are rated G, PG, or PG-13; see the full list of titles online.

Comcast Drive-In Film Festival

August 15 through 17 at 8:30 PM

850 Hungerford Dr., Rockville

The event benefits National Institutes of Health charities; check the website closer to the start date for the schedule of movies.

Moonlit Movies

Every other Saturday through October 4; times vary

101 Centerway, Greenbelt

The Wizard of Oz, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Up are all on offer; see the website for the full schedule.


Crystal Screen

Mondays, June 2 through August 25

Bell Street Courtyard, 1850 Bell St., Arlington

The airplane-themed movies include Red Eye, Snakes on a Plane, and Flight. See the full lineup online.

Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival

Fridays through August 22 at 8 PM

Gateway Park; 1300 Lee Hwy., under the Key Bridge

The theme this year is “work,” which encompasses flicks such as Anchorman, Horrible Bosses, and the 1995 cult hit Empire Records.

Follow @RosslynVA for updates

Mosaic District Films in the Park 

Fridays through August 29 at 7 PM

Strawberry Park at Strawberry La. and District Ave., Fairfax

June’s theme is “blockbusters,” July’s is “All-American,” and August’s is “food and film.” Check out the schedule online.

Starlight Drive-in Cinema

Saturdays in August

5875 Trinity Pkwy., Centreville

The options this year are Casablanca, Despicable Me 2, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, Frozen, and The Lego Movie.

Lake Anne Summer Film Festival

June 8, July 13, August 10, and September 14 at 7 PM

Lake Anne Plaza, 1690 Washington Plaza, Reston

Each screening has a different theme, from family (Up on June 8) to date night (Skyfall in September).

Movies on the Green

August 16, 23, and 30 at 8 PM

Tysons Corner Plaza, 1961 Chain Bridge Rd., Tysons Corner

This Tysons Corner movie series (now accessible by Metro!) is screening Jaws, Man of Steel, and The Blind Side. Lawn chairs are available on a first come, first served basis, so get there early if you want to snag one. 

This post has been updated from a previous version.