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The Bay Area’s Complete Outdoor Movie Night Guide

Kick back under the stars for over 100 outdoor film nights in SF and the Bay for summer 2018
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Summer means the weather (usually) gets a little warmer in the Bay Area and all the outdoor movie screens pop up. So get ready to bring a blanket, pack a picnic (and smuggle in a bottle of wine) and watch a movie under the stars.

San Francisco


Balboa Park – Balboa Park Movie Night

Just one announced so far at Balboa Park, 2000 San Jose Ave, SF.

  • Saturday, June 23 – Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Saturday, October 13 – Family Friendly movie TBA – check the schedule for updates

Bayview – Free Outdoor Movie Night

Just one announced so far at NOW Hunters Point, 155 Jennings St.

  • Saturday, June 23 – Black Panther

Bernal Heights – Outdoor Cinema “Under the Stars”

Folsom Street at Precita Avenue. Enjoy music (Classical Revolution) and films as you picnic in the park.

  • Saturday, September 8 – Local filmmaker showcaes

Noe Valley – Movie Night in the Park

Upper Noe field. The details of this film night are typically announced very late.

  • Saturday, September 22 – Paddington 2

Pacific Heights – Lafayette Park Movie Night

District 2 Supervisor Catherine Stefani and Friends of Lafayette Park cordially invite you to Movie Night with Free popcorn.

  • Friday, September 7 – Coco

Pier 39 – Free Outdoor Movie Night

Just one announced so far at Pier 39.

  • Friday, August 24 – School of Rock

Film Night in the Park

Venerable outdoor movie series with its smallest lineup in years (just four films) – Periodic Saturdays starting August 4th

  • Sat., August 4, Dolores Park – The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1944)
  • Sat., August 25, Washington Square Park – Lady Bird (2017)
  • Sat., September 8, Union Square – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
  • Sat., September 22, Dolores Park – Black Panther (2018)

SF Parks Alliance – Sundown Cinema

Brand new film series with fun themes specifically chosen for each park. Monthly, June 28 to September 28 – various parks around SF

  • Thursday, June 28 – Little Shop of Horrors / Conservatory of Flowers
  • Thursday, July 26 – Mrs. Doubtfire / Alamo Square
  • Thursday August 23 – Best in Show / Duboce Park – Bring Your Own Dog
  • Friday, September 28 – Grease (Sing Along) / Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park

Richmond District – Family Summer Movie Nights

Monthly on Saturday in May and June – Rossi Playground.

  • Saturday, May 26 – Coco
  • Saturday, June 16 – Jumanji (1995)

 

Still to be Announced

  • Free Mission Bay Movie Night – 2017 was the first year (Aug-Sep) at Spark Social, no word yet on if its taking place again this year.
  • Fog City Films – typically Monthly May to August at Rossi Park in the Richmond – might be replaced by already scheduled Family Summer Movie Nights.
  • Film in the Fog – Presidio family-friendly movie night typically in late September
  • Proxy Outdoor Film Festival – Hayes Valley film night typically in Spring (March-May) along with a Fall Film Festival in September.
  • Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema – Typically one night under the stars in September with music, film and picnics

East Bay


 

Alameda – Starlight Movies in the Park

Select Fridays,  June 22 to September 7 at multiple locations

  • June 22: Despicable Me 3 – Alameda Point Multi-Purpose Field
  • July 27: Sing – Alameda Point Multi-Purpose Field
  • September 7: Coco – Leydecker Field

Alamo – Movie Under the Stars

Twice every Summer at Livorna Park

  • June 8 – Despicable Me 3
  • August 10 – Coco

Berkeley Art Museum / PFA – Sunday Summer Cinema

Sundays at 4pm from June 10 to October 14 on BAMPFA’s huge outdoor LED screen on Addison and Oxford. 2018 theme is “Dancing in the Streets.”

  • June 10 – Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
  • July 8 – The Red Shoes (1948)
  • August 12 – Step (2017)
  • September 9 – West Side Story (1961)
  • October 14 – The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967)

Berkeley – Movies in the Park

Twice a month on Fridays from July 6 to September 21 at a different park each time

  • Friday, July 6 – Strawberry Creek Park – Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  • Friday, July 27 – James Kenney Park – Mulan
  • Friday, August 10 – Codornices Park – Paddington 2
  • Friday, August 24 – Cedar Rose Park – Coco
  • Friday, September 7 – San Pablo Park – Lion King
  • Friday, September 21 – Willard Park – Kubo and the Two Strings

Concord – West Wind Drive-In – Solano 2

Old school drive-in with two screens and double features every night of the year for $7.95. Tuesday is family fun night $5.50 for adults and $1.50 for kids.  They also host a free drive-in movie night twice a year, once in April and once in September. 1611 Solano Way.

Danville – Free Moonlight Movies

Every Other Friday,  June 15 to August 10 at Danville Town Green

  • June 15 – Back to the Future (1985)
  • June 29 – The Little Mermaid (1989)
  • July 13 – Coco (2017)
  • July 27 – Wonder Woman (2017)
  • August 10 – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Dublin – Picnic Flix

Monthly on Fridays – June 15 to August 17 at Emerald Glen Park

  • Friday, June 15 “Moana” (PG)
  • Friday, July 20 “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (PG-13)
  • Friday, August 17 “Sing” (PG)

Emeryville – Dive-in Movie

Enjoy a screening in the pool. Bring your rafts and floats to lay on during the movie. Free and open to the public. ECCL Pool, 1170 47th St.

  • Friday, July 20 – The Little Mermaid – 6:30pm activities and open swim starts

Hayward – Outdoor Movie Night

Roaming outdoor films at parks and plazas throughout Hayward

  • Friday, June 29 – Nut Job 2 – Hayward City Hall Plaza
  • Saturday, July 21 – Cars 3 – Lorenzo Theater
  • Friday, August 10 – Coco – Meek Estate Park
  • Friday, August 24 – Despicable Me 3 – Adobe Park
  • Friday, September 14 – A Wrinkle in Time – Adobe Park

Hercules – Friday Night Movies

Monthly on Friday nights at Refugio Valley Park

  • Friday, June 15 – The Last Airbender
  • Friday, July 20 – Coco
  • Friday, August 17 – Wonder

Larkspur – Movies on the Green

Every Wednesday at 6pm from June 20 to August 29 at Marin Country Mart

  • June 20 – Wizard of Oz
  • June 27 – Winnie the Pooh
  • July 4 – (Closed) No film
  • July 11 – Mary Poppins
  • July 18 – A Bug’s Life
  • July 25 – 101 Dalmations (1961)
  • July 31 – Babe
  • August 1 – Paddington
  • August 8 – Charlotte’s Web
  • August 15 – Happy Feet
  • August 22 – Cars
  • August 29 – Jungle Book (1967)

Livermore – Annual Summer Movie Nights

Fridays, Monthly from July 20 to August 24 at 3 Steves Winery – with free popcorn, live music, triva and raffles.

  • Friday, July 20 – Despicable Me 3
  • Friday, August 24 – Beethoven

Oakland – Waterfront Flicks

Every Other Thursday,  June 21 to August 30 at Ferry Lawn, Jack London Square

  • June 21 – The Sandlot (Oakland Athletics’ Night)
  • July 5 – The Greatest Showman
  • July 19 – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • August 2 – Bridesmaids
  • August 16 – Coco
  • August 30 – Black Panther

Oakland – Montclair Free Outdoor Movie Night

Twice each summer, located outside Red Oak Realty, 6450 Moraga Ave. Free popcorn

  • Saturday, July 21 – Jumanji (2018)
  • August 18 – Black Panther

Orinda – Summer Movies in the Park

Every Other Thursday,  June 14 to August 9th at Orinda Community Park

  • June 14th – Beauty and the Beast
  • June 28th – Despicable Me
  • July 12th – Mary Poppins
  • July 26th – COCO
  • August 9th – Wonder

Pleasanton – Movies in the Park

Every Thursday from July 5 to August 9 at Amador Valley Community Park

  • July 5 – Despicable Me 3
  • July 12 – The Little Mermaid
  • Jully 19 – Coco
  • July 26 – Spider-Man Homecoming
  • August 2 – Wonder Woman (2017)
  • August 9 – Star Wars: The Last Jedi

San Lorenzo – Showtime in San Lorenzo

Annual event with jumpy houses &  rock wall at 16080 Hesperian Blvd. outside Lorenzo Theater

  • Saturday, July 21 – Cars 3

San Pablo – Movies Under the Stars

Every other Friday, June 22 to August 17 at San Pablo Community Center.

  • Friday, June 22 – Emoji Movie – crafts & games
  • Friday, July 6 – Star Wars: The Last Jedi – costumes & light sabers
  • Friday, July 20 – Coco – crafts & music
  • Friday, August 3 – Cars 3 – field games & crafts
  • Friday, August 17 – Despicable Me 3 – games & crafts

San Ramon – Summer Outdoor Movies

One movie night annually at Central Park Amphitheater

  • Friday, June 29, 2018 at 8:30pm – Sing

Union City – Family Movie Night

Two Friday nights at William Cann Neighborhood Park

  • Friday, June 29 – Film TBA
  • Friday, August 3 – Film TBA

Walnut Creek – Movies Under the Stars

Periodic Fridays, July 13 to September 28 at various parks

  • July 13 – Coco at Tice Valley Park – Music 7pm; Movie 8:30pm
  • August 17 – Moana at Civic Park – Music 6:30pm; Movie 8pm
  • September 7 – Lion King – Music 6pm; Movie 7:30pm
  • September 28 – The Jungle Book –  Music 5:30pm; Movie 7pm

Still to be Announced

  • Oakland – The New Parkway – Free Outdoor Movie Nights – They’ve done it for four years in a row, but no events listed for 2018 yet.
  • Temescal Street Flicks – Eratic film series typically in September, but no updates for 2018 yet.

Unlikely/Canceled for 2018

  • Oakland – Movies in the Park  – For the 2018 Movies in the Park season at Redwood Heights Recreation Center, unfortunately, due to the cost of movie licensing fees, any further movies will need a sponsor (individual, business or organization). Please contact the center if you have a question or want to sponsor a movie in 2018.
  • Newark – Free Movies in the Park – Canceled for 2018

North Bay


Thanks to the excellent resource marinmommies.com for tipping us off to a few of these movie nights.

Benecia – Movie Night Under the Stars

Monthly on Fridays during Summer at various parks

  • June 22 – Beauty and the Beast (2017) at City Park
  • August 17 – Field of Dreams at Fitzgerald Park

Cotati – Free Summer Movies in the Park

Twice a year in LaPlaza Park – Check Facebook and the City Calendar

  • June 22 – Despicable Me 3
  • July 20 – The Lego Ninjago Movie
  • August 24 – Peter Rabbit
  • September 14 – Coco

Fairfax – Film Night

Annual outdoor film night at Contratti Park Ball Field – part of the Fairfax Festival

  • June 8 – Moana

Novato – Renegade Film Night: North Bay Mobile Drive-In

Totally DIY flash-mob style drive-in projected 30-foot wide on the wall of the Old Hamilton Theater building in a paved lot. Tune to 88.3FM. Donations, concessions and raffles keep this afloat.  Typically two Saturdays a month from April to October.

Mt. Tamalpais – Outdoor Astronomy Film Night

Sky high movie night at Cushing Memorial Amphitheater on Mt. Tam – Parking Pass is required 

  • Saturday, July 28 – Apollo 13 – Screening followed by expose of “fake” science in the film by Jeffrey Silverman and Kishore Hari from Science VS Cinema.

Mill Valley – Movies in the Parks

Monthly on Fridays from June to October at Old Mill Park

  • Friday, June 8th – Grease
  • Friday, July 6th – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Friday, August 3rd – The Incredibles
  • Friday, September 7th – The Lion King
  • Friday, October 5th – Zootopia

Rhonert Park – Free Movies on the Green

Monthly at the Green Music Center on the Weill Hall Lawn , 1801 E. Cotati Ave. Parking is $5

  • Friday, June 29 – Coco
  • Sunday, July 22 – Annie (2014) and The Greatest Showman (Double Feature)
  • Sunday, August 5 – The Lion King and Jumjani (Double Feature)
  • Friday, September 7 – Black Panther
  • Sunday, October 14 – Brave (Disney/Pixar)

San Anselmo – Movies in Creek Park

Every Saturday from June 2 to October 27 (except July 21st) in Creek Park 

  • June 2 – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • June 9 – Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • June 16 – La La Land
  • June 23 – Fozen – Princess & Sing Along Night
  • June 30 – Angels in the Outfield – Baseball Jersey Night
  • July 7 – Secret Life of Pets – Bring your (well-behaved) Pets Night
  • July 14 – Ratatouille – Bastille Day Celebrations
  • July 21 – NO FILM
  • July 28 – Casablanca – Fedora Hat Night
  • August 4 – The Incredibles – Super Hero Night
  • August 11 – The Goonies
  • August 18 – Top Gun – First Responders Night
  • August 25 – Grease – Bad Ass Car Night
  • September 1 – Guardians of the Galaxy – Vol. 1
  • September 8 – Honey, I Shrunk The Kids
  • September 15 – A View to a Kill – Bond Night – Tuxedos Welcome
  • September 22 – Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Costumes & Light Sabers
  • September 29 – The Karate Kid – Martial Arts Night
  • October 6 – Happy Feet
  • October 13 – E.T.
  • October 20 – Pirates of the Caribbean – Curse of the Black Pearl – Pirate Night
  • October 27 – Ghostbusters – Halloween Costume Night

Santa Rosa – Stars Under the Stars

Every Tuesday in July starting July 10th at St. Francis Winery & Vineyard

  • July 10 – Singin’ in the Rain
  • July 17 – Rocky
  • July 24 – The Wedding Singer
  • July 31 – Jaws

Peninsula


The San Mateo County Sherrif’s Office also sponsors a rotating series of movie nights at parks all throughout the county from June 15 to August 10. See the full lineup.

Burlingame – Movies in the Park

Every other Friday from August 10 to September 7 in Washington Park

  • August 10 – Sherlock Gnomes
  • August 24 – Despicable Me 3
  • September 7 – Coco

El Granada – Movies in the Park

San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office Film Night

Half Moon Bay – Movies in the Park

San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office Film Night

Menlo Park – Menlo Movie Series

Fridays from July 27 to September 21 mostly at Burgess Park

  • July 27, 8:45 pm: Despicable Me 3 – Burgess Park
  • August 3, 8:30 pm: Cars 3 – Burgess Park
  • August 10, 8:30 pm: Black Panther – Burgess Park
  • August 17, 8:15 pm: The Lego Ninjago Movie – Burgess Park
  • August 24, 8:15 pm: Mary Poppins – Burgess Park
  • August 31, 8:00 pm: Sing – Burgess Park
  • September 7, 8:00 pm: Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Burgess Park
  • September 14, 7:45 pm: Paddington 2 – Burgess Park
  • September 21, 7:30 pm: Coco – Onetta Harris Community Center

Millbrae – Community Movie Night

Monthly movie nights hosted by either the City of Millbrae or San Mateo Sheriff’s Office

  • June 15th- Moana in Central Park
  • July 20th- Zootopia in Central Park
  • Tuesday, August 7th- Coco in Central Park
  • Friday, September 14th – Tentative Date – Film TBA
  • More dates may be scheduled – check Facebook for updates

Moss Beach – Community Movie Night

San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office Film Night

Mountain View – Summer Outdoor Movie Nights

Friday nights July 13 – August 17 at various parks throughout Mountain View

  • July 13, 2018 at Cuesta Park – Ferdinand
  • July 20, 2018 at Sylvan Park – Despicable Me 3
  • July 27, 2018 at Stevenson Park – Lego Ninjago
  • August 3, 2018 at Eagle Park – Cars 3
  • August 10, 2018 at Rengstorff Park – Smurfs: The Lost Village
  • August 17, 2018 at Whisman Park – Coco

Redwood City – Movies on the Square

Every Thursday, June 7 – August 30 at Courthouse Square

  • June 7, 2018 – Lion (PG-13)
  • June 14, 2018 – LEGO Batman Movie (PG)
  • June 21, 2018 – Jurassic Park (PG-13) 25th Anniversary
  • June 28, 2018 – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (PG-13)
  • July 5, 2018 – The Sandlot (PG) 25th Anniversary
  • July 12, 2018 – Beauty and the Beast *Sing Along* (PG)
  • Friday, July 13, 2018 (Bonus Film Night) – Coco at Fair Oaks Soccer Field with Sherrif’s Dept.
  • July 19, 2018 – Wonder (PG)
  • July 26, 2018 – Wonder Woman (PG-13)
  • August 2, 2018 – The Greatest Showman (PG)
  • August 9, 2018 – Star Wars: The Last Jedi (PG-13)
  • August 16, 2018 – Coco (PG)
  • August 23, 2018 – Lost Boys (R)
  • August 30, 2018 – Black Panther (PG-13)

San Bruno – Community Movie Night

San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office Film Night

San Mateo – Movies in the Park

Friday nights in September at various parks throughout San Mateo

  • Friday, September 7 – Beresford Park – “Zootopia”
  • Friday, September 14 – King Park – “Coco”
  • Friday, September 21 – Laurie Meadows Park – “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”
  • Friday, September 28 – Central Park – Black Panther

South San Francisco – Movie Nights in the Park 2018

Two annual movie nights at Orange Memorial Park

  • Friday, June 15 – Despicable Me 3 – ’80s throwback + photo booth
  • Friday, July 20 – Coco – Ballet Folkorico & Mariachi at 7pm

South Bay


Cupertino – Cinema at Sundown

Fridays August 10-24 at Memorial Park Amphitheater at 8:15pm

  • August 10 – Beauty and the Beast (Sing Along)
  • August 17 – Coco
  • August 24 – Wonder Woman

San Jose – Starlight Cinemas

Monthly on Saturdays, June 16 to September 15 – St. James Park

  • June 16 – The Princess Bride (1987)
  • July 21 – The Sandlot (1993)
  • August 18 – Coco (2017)
  • September 15 – E.T. (1982)

San Jose – Avaya Stadium – San Jose Quakes Free Movie Nights

Thursdays from July 19 to August 16 at the San Jose Quakes Avaya Stadium in San Jose. The moves are shows on the backside of the 7UP epicenter lawn and bar tvs. Fans will be able to sit/stand on the 7UP epicenter lawn. Parking is free. Fans can bring blankets, chairs and one water bottle per person. No outside food/beverages allowed.

  • July 19 – Toy Story
  • July 26 – Up
  • August 2 – Monsters Inc.
  • August 9 – Happy Feet
  • August 16 – Moana

San Jose Drive-in – West Wind Drive-In – Capitol 6

Old school drive-in with six screens and double features every night of the year for $7.95. Tuesday is family fun night $5.50 for adults and $1.50 for kids.  They also host a free drive-in movie night twice a year, once in April and once in September. 3630 Hillcap Ave..

Santa Clara County – In the Park After Dark / Movie Night at the Lake

Rotating outdoor film series at county parks and lakes from June 15 to September 14

June 2018

  • Friday, June 15 – Movie ​Night ​(Jumanji) ​at ​the ​Lake -Anderson ​boat ​launch ​area
  • Friday, June 22 – ​(Lego ​Batman ​Movie) – Ed ​Levin ​-​ ​Sandy ​Wool
  • Saturday, June 23 – ​(Beauty ​and ​the ​Beast ​2017) – Santa ​Teresa ​County ​Park
  • Friday, June 29 –  ​(Despicable ​Me) – ​Cottonwood ​Lake ​side ​of ​Hellyer ​County ​Park
  • Saturday, June 30 – (Despicable ​Me ​2) – Cottonwood ​Lake ​side ​of ​Hellyer ​County ​Park

July 2018

  • Friday, July 6 – ​(Transformers ​The ​Last ​Knight) – Metcalf ​Motorcycle ​County ​Park
  • Saturday, July 7 –  ​(Moana) ​-​ ​Cottonwood ​Lake ​side ​of ​Hellyer ​County ​Park
  • Friday, July 13 – ​(Despicable ​Me ​3) ​-​ ​Cottonwood ​Lake ​side ​of ​Hellyer ​County ​Park
  • Saturday, July 14 – (Sing) ​and ​Martial ​Cottle ​Park ​Talk – Martial ​Cottle ​Park
  • Friday, July 20 – Movie ​Night ​at ​the ​Lake ​(Star ​Wars ​The ​Last ​Jedi) – Anderson ​boat ​launch ​area
  • Saturday, July 21 – ​(​Coco) ​-​ ​Cottonwood ​Lake ​side ​of ​Hellyer ​County ​Park

August 2018

  • Thursday, August 2 – (Black ​Panther) – Vasona ​entrance
  • Friday, August 3 – ​(Cars) ​-​ ​Cottonwood ​Lake ​side ​of ​Hellyer ​County ​Park
  • Saturday, August 4 – (Guardians ​of ​the ​Galaxy ​Vol.2) – Metcalf ​Motorcycle ​County ​Park
  • Friday, August 10 – (Cars ​2) ​-​ ​Cottonwood ​Lake ​side ​of ​Hellyer ​County ​Park
  • ​Saturday, August 11 – (​Coco) ​and ​Martial ​Cottle ​Park ​Talk – Martial ​Cottle ​Park
  • Friday, August 17 – (Cars ​3) ​-​ ​Cottonwood ​Lake ​side ​of ​Hellyer ​County ​Park
  • Saturday, August 18 – ​(Star ​Wars ​The ​Force ​Awakens) – Santa ​Teresa ​-​ ​Pueblo ​Group ​Area
  • Friday, August 24 – Movie ​Night ​(Thor ​Ragnarok) ​at ​the ​Lake – Anderson ​Dam
  • ​Saturday, August 25 – (Star ​Wars ​The ​Last ​Jedi) – Santa ​Teresa ​-​ ​Pueblo ​Group ​Area
  • Friday, August 31 – ​(​Coco) -Alviso ​Marina ​County ​Park

September 2018

  • Saturday, September 1 –  ​(Lego ​Ninjago ​Movie) – Santa ​Teresa ​-​ ​Pueblo ​Group ​Area
  • Friday, September 7 – ​(Wreck-​It ​Ralph) – Santa ​Teresa ​-​ ​Pueblo ​Group ​Area
  • Friday, September 14 – Movie ​Night ​(Black ​Panther) ​at ​the ​Lake – Anderson ​Dam

Santa Cruz – Free Movies on the Beach

Every Wednesday (except 7/4), June 20 to August 15 – Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

  • June 20 The Lost Boys
  • June 27 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  • July 4 No movie – Happy 4th of July
  • July 11 Legally Blonde
  • July 18 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • July 25 Hairspray
  • Aug 1 Jumanji (1995)
  • Aug 8 Ghostbusters (1984)
  • Aug 15 Raiders of the Lost Ark

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