Outdoor movie screenings are a quintessential part of summer in Philadelphia. On multiple nights each week during the summer of 2018, residents and visitors can catch movies screening in parks and other alfresco venues throughout the area.
Plan to pack a picnic and get ready for screenings ranging from all-ages flicks like Coco and The Princess and the Frog to classics like The Sound of Music and Rocky to newer films like Black Panther and A Wrinkle in Time.
The outdoor films begin at dusk, with start times fluctuating depending on sunset times.
Bonus: Almost all of the outdoor movie screenings included in this roundup are completely free.
Read on for our guide to the top outdoor movie screenings in Philadelphia in 2018.
May 31 – August 30, 2018 (select Thursdays)
Enjoy free movie nights on the Jumbotron at The Schmidt’s Commons in Northern Liberties all season long. Screenings this year include Pitch Perfect 3, The Sound of Music, Coco and more. Note that more movies will be announced as the summer continues.
Where: The Schmidt’s Commons, 1001 N. 2nd Street
May 31 – August 16, 2018 (select Thursdays)
Head to the King of Prussia Town Center for free movie nights throughout the summer. Enjoy favorites like Grease and Beauty and the Beast while snacking on free popcorn served on-site.
Where: King of Prussia Town Center, 155 Village Drive, King of Prussia
June 1 – August 18 (select dates)
The Mt. Airy neighborhood hosts movie screenings at multiple locations this summer. Along with the movies, guests can also enjoy storytelling sessions and book swaps, food from food trucks at each location and, for screenings at the Trolley Car Diner, dinner and ice cream.
Where: Various locations including Pleasant Playground, 6720 Boyer Street
June 2 – July 26 (select dates)
One of Philadelphia’s favorite outdoor entertainment venues, the Mann Center for the Performing Arts gets in on the movie-night action with four evenings of alfresco film screenings accompanied by live scores from The Philadelphia Orchestra. This year’s series features a special treat for Philadelphia Eagles fans: a screening of A Championship Season on Tuesday, July 24. The film is hosted by Merrill Reese and shows NFL Films’ footage from the Philadelphia Eagles’ first-ever Super Bowl win in February 2018.
Where: Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Avenue
Cost: $25 and up
June 6 – August 15, 2018 (select Wednesdays)
Haas Biergarten, the beer garden at La Peg at FringeArts, hosts weekly summer movie nights that come with plenty of food-and-drink options from the spot’s outdoor shack, which serves lobster rolls, cheeseburgers and more. Throughout the summer, guests can catch free screenings of ’80s and ’90s classics like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, 10 Things I Hate About You and more. Bonus: Each film will be paired with a special $10 cocktail at the outdoor bar.
Where: La Peg, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard
June 7 – August 9, 2018 (select Thursdays)
Enjoy nights of outdoor movie action right on the banks of the Schuylkill River during select Thursday nights this summer. The free movie screenings are held at the grassy area by the Walnut Street Bridge, which, while spacious, often fills up fast, so arrive a bit early to stake out some blanket space.
Where: Schuylkill Banks, 2501 Walnut Street
June 7 – August 23, 2018 (select Thursdays)
Find free movies being screened alfresco on three nights during Manayunk’s weekly Stroll The Street event, which also features local food trucks, vendors and live entertainment along Main Street. Be sure to show up early for a bite to eat and $6 cocktail-and-appetizer specials at select neighborhood restaurants.
Where: Main Street
Laurel Hill Cemetery returns with its annual summertime movie pop up, unfolding on Friday, June 8 with a screening of Edward Scissorhands. Movie-goers are encouraged to pack a picnic and spread out for an evening under the stars. Movie tickets are $12 per person. Purchasing a ticket in advance is suggested.
Where: Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Avenue
June 14 – August 9, 2018 (Thursdays)
Just a little south of the Schuylkill Banks, the free Thursday night outdoor movie tradition continues at the Grays Ferry Crescent. Hosted by the same organization that puts on the Walnut Street Bridge movies, the Schuylkill River Development Corporation, the nights bring both family-oriented and award-winning films to the majestic Schuylkill River.
Where: Grays Ferry Crescent near Wharton Street
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June 15 – October 5, 2018 (select Fridays)
In addition to the plethora of First Friday festivities in Philadelphia’s Historic District, the Betsy Ross House holds movie screenings on the first Friday of every month through October. The series also includes a special bonus screening of Wonder Woman on Friday, June 15. Admission is $5 per person and includes an after-hours tour of the house. Tickets can be purchased here.
Where: Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street
Saturdays, June 16 – August 4, 2018
The #OneGermantown Film Series returns to Vernon Park with free movies every Saturday. Don’t miss classics like The Lion King, and new favorites like Moana and Black Panther.
Where: Vernon Park, 5800 Germantown Avenue
June 20 – October 6, 2018 (select days)
Located in Burholme Park, the lavish Ryerss Museum & Library hosts four movie nights in the lush open space nearby. Two hours before the movie starts, guests can walk through the museum (admission is always free), go on a special tour of the cupola for $5 and enjoy refreshments, games and other activities.
Where: Ryerss Museum & Library, 7370 Central Avenue
June 21 – September 14, 2018 (select dates)
More than a dozen public parks in the city host free summer (and fall!) movie nights as part of a special program with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. Visit parks from South Philly to West Philly for all-ages flicks this summer.
Where: Various locations including Penn Treaty Park, 1301 N. Beach Street
The epic Wawa Welcome America! festival brings a handful of free outdoor movie screenings to Philly along with its slew of additional Independence Day events. The films take place at venues across the city and are completely free to watch. The one not to miss: the screening of Rocky on the Rocky Steps on Sunday, July 1.
Where: Various locations including Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
June 28 and July 21, 2018
The Dell Music Center, a popular venue for gospel and R&B performances, hosts two outdoor movie nights this year. Both screenings are free.
Where: The Dell Music Center, 2400 Strawberry Mansion Drive
June 29 – September 21 (select Fridays)
On select Fridays through September, Bartram’s Garden hosts various family-oriented flicks in its courtyard. Arrive early to partake in a free, one-hour twilight tour of the beautiful garden before the July, August and September screenings.
Where: Bartram's Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Boulevard
July 5 – August 30 (Thursdays)
Find movies of all genres at Penn’s Landing during Screenings Under The Stars, which screen Thursday nights in July and August. This year’s lineup includes a wide range of flicks, such as A Wrinkle In Time, Austin Powers in Goldmember and Mission Impossible III. All screenings are completely free.
Where: Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
July 18 -25 (Wednesdays)
Head to Mario Lanza Park with some popcorn and a chair or a blanket for a 14th year of free outdoor movie screenings.
Where: Mario Lanza Park, 235 Queen Street
July 20 – August 24, 2018 (select Fridays)
Spend Friday evenings watching movies on the big screen in Dilworth Park, located right in the heart of the city just outside of City Hall. The lineup features recently released hits like The Greatest Showman, A Wrinkle in Time and Black Panther.
Where: Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street
Fridays, July 28 – August 17
Start your summer weekends at The Oval+! The park offers a lineup of free flicks every Friday night of the park’s season, and food trucks will be on site for pre-movie snacks.
Where: The Oval+, 2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
August 3-24, 2018
On Fridays in August, Chestnut Hill hosts Movies Under the Stars at the Water Tower Recreation Center field. Also on tap: Rotating food trucks, beverages and more.
Where: The Water Tower Recreation Center Field, 209 E. Hartwell Lane
August 9-25 (select dates)
Every summer, the Scribe Video Center hosts Street Movies!, a free screening series that brings independent films from around the world to various parks in Philly. Bonus: Every screening is followed by a moderated discussion about the film. For a full list of films and locations, click here.
Where: Various locations including Mifflin Square Park, S. 6th & W. Ritner streets
August 10-31, 2018 (Fridays)
Clark Park in West Philly hosts Friday night movie screenings this August, complete with food and drinks from a rotating list of local vendors. The screenings are free and guests are encouraged to bring beach chairs and picnic blankets.
Where: Clark Park, 4300-4398 Baltimore Avenue
Book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package for stays through November 30, 2018 and get FREE hotel parking as well as free tickets to the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art, a $25 gift card to the must-visit Reading Terminal Market, free Philly-themed mini-golf at Franklin Square and a $10 Lyft credit.