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Watch Movies Under the Stars This Summer with Movies in the Park Playing Throughout the City

Photo by John Englart (Takver)

Grab your blanket or lawn chair and get ready for a summer of movies under the stars. Parks throughout the Sacramento Region are celebrating the warm, lingering nights of the season with showings of films on the lawn.  There’s something for everyone with a wide variety of movies playing–from the latest and greatest to family-friendly features to classic favorites. Even better, all movies in the park are free! (with the exception of a small ticket price for Crocker Art’s courtyard showings). Food concessions are frequent, flashlights are recommended, picnics are a great idea, and a lawn chair and blanket is a must. So see what’s playing in your neighborhood (or take a short drive) and plan a fun night out with family or friends!

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Village Park, 4238 Main St., at sunset (approx. 8pm). Family activities before showing and movie concessions for purchase. More info here.

June 20 – Frozen
July 18 – Despicable Me 2
Aug 15 – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2


“Screen on the Green” – Various locations at approx. 8:15. Mofo food trucks from 5-8:30pm. More info here.

Aug 2 – The Perfect Game @  South Natomas Community Park, 2901 Truxel Rd
Aug 9 – The Nut Job @ Glenn Hall Park, 5415 Sandburg Dr


“Courtyard Classic Film Series” – Not quite a park, but still under the stars! Crocker Art Museum (in E. Kendall Davis Courtyard), 216 O St, Seating at 7:00 pm, Screening at 8:30. $8 General; $6 Student/Youth; $5 members. Seating provided but blanks/chairs welcomed. More info here.

June 5 – On the Town
July 3 – Yankee Doodle Dandy
Aug 7 – Stormy Weather
Sep 4 – Grease

angels in the outfield“Movie at the Ballpark” – Howe Park Softball Field, 2201 Cottage Wy, at approx. 9pm (pre-show cartoons at 8:30pm). Bring a picnic or purchase movie concessions. More info here.

July 3 – Angels in the Outfield

Various locations at sundown (7:30-8pm). Pre-show booths and movie concessions for purchase. More info here.


June 14 – A Bugs Life @ Woodbridge Park, 415 Sierra Blvd
June 28 – Frozen @ HC Elliot Park, 1421 Cushendall Dr
July 12 – Wall-e @ Eich Middle School, 1509 Sierra Gardens Dr
July 26 – Gravity @ Royer Park, 190 Park Dr
Aug 9 – The LEGO Movie @ Crestmont Park, 1500 Champion Oaks Dr
Aug 23 – Planes @ Fred Festersen Park, 2150 Village Green Dr

“Friday Flicks” – Vernon Street Town Square at 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments for purchase. More info here.

8/15 – Despicable Me 2
8/22 – Monsters University
9/19 – Cars

Back-to-the-Future-Original-Poster-ArtJohnson Springview Park, 5480 Fifth St, at 6:00 pm. Activities and food trucks. More info here.

June 27 – Frozen
July 18 – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory [1971] Aug 8 – The Nut Job
Aug 15 – Back to the Future
Oct 18 – Monsters University

Various locations at 7pm. Free popcorn and snow cones provided by The Church on Cypress.

July 11- Monsters University @ Mission North Park, 3344 Mission AveMonsters-University-Poster1
July 18 – The LEGO Movie @ Carmichael Park, 5750 Grant Ave


“Natomas at Nite” – North Natomas Regional Park, 4989 Natomas Blvd, Sacramento, at 8pm. Free popcorn, water, and bike valet. More info here.

June 27 – Monsters University
July 25 – Surf’s Up
Aug 29 – Frozen

Various locations at approx. 8:45pm. More info here.


June 11 – Oz the Great and Powerful @ Recreation Park, 123 Recreation Dr
June 19 – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs @ Central Square, High St. & Lincoln Wy
June 25 – Free Birds @ Old Town Auburn, Sacramento St.
June 27 – Gravity (Must be 21+ to attend) @ Recreation Park
July 9 – Wreck It Ralph @ Regional Park, 3770 Richardson Dr
July 16 – Surf’s Up @ Central Square
July 23 – Tad the Lost Explorer @ Old Town
July 30 – The Nut Job @ Recreation Park

About the author

Bethany Harris

Bethany joined Sacramento Press in 2013 and enjoys writing articles that uncover the happenings of the city and the people behind the stories who make them so worth telling. A native of Sacramento, she also loves photography, running, gardening, coffee, and discovering new places and new things to do--both in the city and throughout California.

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