Free Outdoor Movies This Month

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One of our favorite things about summer is checking out a family-friendly movie on a beach, in a park, or at a historic theater in NJ. Choose from classic and new movies all over the Garden State. Keep in mind outdoor movies are weather permitting, so be sure to check these before heading out (and their rain dates).

Psst! Don’t forget to hashtag #NJMOM and tag @njmom and your little cuties could be featured in our next photo round-up.

Free {Kid Friendly} Outdoor Movies in August:

Northern NJ:

Family Summer Movies, Bound Brook
Downtown Bound Brook urges you and your family to jam out with music, visit the ice cream truck, grab a slice of pizza or snack, and check out their family summer movies. Folding chairs are available for rental.
August 1st – Sherlock Gnomes
August 8th – Coco
August 15th – Justice League
August 22nd – Pitch Perfect 3
August 29th – Cars 3
Address: Billian Park, Bound Brook, NJ

Movies Under the Stars, Cedar Grove
Morgan’s Farms is ready for a flick under the stars. All you need to do is bring your own blanket or lawn chair. The movie starts at dusk and there’s plenty of popcorn and water to go around.
August 24th – Black Panther
Address: 903 Pompton Ave, Cedar Grove, NJ (at the CG Pool)

Summer Movies in the Park, Dover
Stop at the Dover Free Public Library and then walk across the street to JFK Commons Park for a movie. Music starts at 7:30PM, then stick around for a free flick around 8PM.
August 31st – Beauty and the Beast
Address: JFK Commons Park, Dover, NJ

Summer Movie Series, Fanwood
Fanwood hosts Hollywood’s latest family-friendly flicks on a state-of-the-art, 16 foot-wide outdoor screen in La Grande Park. Your kids will feel like they are in the movie theater. #score
August 7th – Spiderman: Homecoming
August 14th – Cars 3
Address: LaGrande Park, LaGrande Avenue, Fanwood, NJ

Movies and Music Under the Stars, Fort Lee
Saturday evenings in Fort Lee means listening to live bands and expanding your movie repertoire. Be sure to bring lawn chairs or blankets so you can sit comfortably and watch the film. In the chance of rain, the program takes place on the second floor of the Community Center.
August 4th – Black Panther
August 11th – Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
August 18th – Wonder Woman
August 25th – Isle of Dogs
Address: Jack Alter Fort Lee Community Center at 1355 Inwood Terrace, Fort Lee, NJ

Franklin Lakes Movies Under the Stars, Franklin Lakes
Be our guest at Parsons Pond Park. Feel free to bring a cooler with snacks, as light refreshments and giveaways will be provided. The field opens at 7:30PM and the movie begins at 8:30PM.
August 29th – Beauty and the Beast
Address: Parsons Pond Park, 500 Parsons Pond Road, Franklin Lakes, NJ

Movies Under the Stars, Hackensack
The Hackensack Performing Arts Center welcomes your family to enjoy a free movie under the stars at Atlantic Street Park. The movie starts at 8PM.
August 30th – Black Panther
Address: Atlantic Street Park, 102 State Street, Hackensack, NJ

Outdoor Movie Theater, Highland Park
Highland Park has returned with a fun twist of the outdoor movie, sure to leave your kids smiling. Before the movie screening at 9PM, your kids can enjoy vintage cartoons. Maybe they’ll learn a thing or two from Popeye about eating their veggies. #PopeyelovesSpinach
August 4th – House Party
August 18th – Isle of Dogs
Address: Municipal Lot; Raritan Avenue between 2nd & 3rd Avenue, Highland Park, NJ

Movies Under the Stars, Hoboken
Looking for a cool new spot to watch your favorite flick? How about a free movie at Pier A Park? #NJMomTip: For the best seating, come early and bring a blanket or comfortable low-back chair. The show starts at 9PM, don’t be late!
August 1st – Isle of Dogs
August 8th – Ferdinand
August 15th – Coco
Address: Pier A Park, 1st St. & Frank Sinatra Dr, Hoboken, NJ

Movies in the Park, Jersey City
Jersey City hosts family-friendly movies under the stars throughout various parks this summer. Movies begin at sunset. Sit back and enjoy the show. #NJMom #loveagoodsunset #greatendtotheday
August 2nd – Leap! (Ercel Webb Park)
August 6th – Peter Rabbit (Pershing Field Park)
August 9th – My Little Pony (Arlington Park)
August 13th – Paddington 2 (Hamilton Park)
August 16th – Deep (Harsimus Park)
August 20th – Ghostbusters (Owen Grundy Park)
August 23rd – Despicable Me 3 (Sgt. Anthony Park)
August 27th – Peter Rabbit (Village Park)
August 30th – Coco (Boyd McGuiness Park)

Films in Van Vorst, Jersey City
On Wednesday nights, Van Vorst Park is back with it’s 14th Annual Outdoor Summer Film Series. Screenings begin at 8PM. The rain date for each film will be the following Wednesday.
August 8th – Black Panther
August 22nd – The Greatest Showman
Address: Van Vorst Park, 257-287 Montgomery St. Jersey City, NJ

Movies in the Park, Lebanon
Lebanon Township will screen Black Panther in Memorial Park, August 10th at dusk. There’s no better way to spend a Friday evening than in a park with one of Marvel’s best.
August 10th – Black Panther
Address: Memorial Park,70 Bunnvale Road, Lebanon, NJ

Movies in the Park, Maplewood
Maplewood’s Dehart Park is hosting more than just a movie in the park, but a whole night of fun! Festivities start at 6PM and include a bouncy house, a magician, a face painter, popcorn, drinks, and games for the kids. The movie starts at 7:45PM.
August 23rd – Minions
Address: Dehart Park, Maplewood, NJ

Movies at Applegate Farms, Montclair
Applegate Farms really has it all for you and the kids. Savor your ice cream, jam with a DJ, play some games, and learn some tricks at a magic show. Movie screenings start under the stars at 8:30PM.
August 1st – Cars 3
Address: 616 Grove St, Montclair, NJ

Montclair Film Festival Summer Series, Montclair
Action-packed adventure for the kids and awesome acting for you. The Montclair Film Festival will host Black Panther, a superhero film starring Michael B. Jordan, AKA a site for sore eyes. Get ready for Friday, August 17th on Church St.
August 17th – Black Panther (Rain date: August 19)
Address: Church St, Montclair, NJ

Free Summer Movies at MPAC, Morristown
When things get a little slow, movies come in handy. Lucky for you, Morristown is screening two films each day at the Mayo Performing Arts Center Mainstage. Reserve your free tickets online.
August 13th – Sing
August 29th – Coco
Address: Mayo Center for the Performing Arts, 100 South Street, Morristown, NJ

Big Screen Outdoor Family Movie, Morris Twp
Morris Township is bringing movies and music to your Saturday night. The family will enjoy a DJ an hour before the movie, and then a movie at dusk. #bringyourminions
August 18th – Despicable Me 3
Address: Ginty Field, next to the Morris Twp. Municipal Complex, Morris Twp, NJ

Free Kids Summer Films at Cityplex 12, Newark
Take a break from the summer heat with free indoor films Wednesdays and Thursdays. Doors will open at 9AM, film starts at 10AM. Early risers, unite!
August 7th & 8th – Alvin and the Chipmunks
August 14th & 15th – Mr. Peabody & Sherman
August 21st & 22nd – Captain Underpants
August 28th & 29th – Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
Address: Cityplex 12; 360 Springfield Ave. Newark, NJ

Free Movies at the State Theatre, New Brunswick
New Brunswick’s historic State Theatre is hosting one more free screening of a family-friendly film this summer. Don’t miss it! The film is screened at 10:30AM and 7:00PM.
August 7th – Wonder
Address: State Theatre New Jersey, 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick, NJ

Movies in the Park, Sayreville
Spend one of your last few summer movie nights at Kennedy Park. Movies will start at 9PM.
August 25th – Coco
Address: Kennedy Park, Sayreville, NJ

Starlit Cinema, Somerville
Downtown Somerville will host free movies at 8:30PM, Thursdays, on Division Street. This Cinema guarantees an awesome night out with a jumbo theater screen and a state-of-the-art sound system. Friends, family, food, and cinematic fun. #YAS #countmein #NJMomatthemovies
August 2nd – Hidden Figures
August 9th – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
August 16th – Clueless
Address: Division St, Somerville, NJ

Moonlit Movies, South Orange
YAY for movies and the moon. Moonlit Movies are held Wednesday evenings starting at 8:00PM in Meadowland Park.
August 15th – Coco
August 22nd – Jumanji
August 29th – Despicable Me 3
Address: Floods Hill in Meadowland Park, South Orange, NJ

Movies Under the Stars, Sparta
How about an old-fashioned movie night on the jumbo screen? Film starts at dusk. But wait! There’s more! Before you settle down, there’s music from a live DJ, face painting, tattoos, and refreshments available for you and the little ones.
August 18th – Peter Rabbit
Address: Dykstra Park, Sparta, NJ

Green on the Screen, Summit
On Thursday nights, community members gather on the Village Green for a whole new movie experience, which includes a 36′ x 24′ outdoor screen, cinema sound, and crystal-clear projection quality.  Keep your eyes out – a few of the film’s characters will be present before the movie. #isthatSully #MikeWasowski
August 2nd – Monsters Inc.
August 9th – The Greatest Showman
Address: 356 Broad Street, Summit, NJ

Summer Movie Series, West New York
Who’s ready for a movie in the park? Grab a blanket, chair, your friends, and some popcorn before you head over to Veteran’s Park on a Friday evening. Movie kicks off at sunset.
August 17th – Coco
Address: Veteran’s Park- 54th Street and Boulevard East, West New York, NJ

Bow Tie Cinemas Summer Kids Series, Several locations
Bow Tie Cinemas presents free screenings of kid-friendly films in Hoboken, South Orange, Bergenfield, and Montclair. Tickets are available on a first-come, first served basis. Movies start at 10AM, make sure you show up with coffee in hand. #NJMom #nocoffeenotalkie
August 7th & 8th – Kung Fu Panda 3
August 14th & 15th – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
Address: Bowtie Cinemas in Hoboken, Caldwell, South Orange, and Ridgewood

Central NJ:

Movies in the Park, Basking Ridge
Grab your blanket for free movies on Wednesday evenings at Dunham Park! Opening credits begin at 8:30PM.
August 1st – Guardians of the Galaxy 1
Address: Dunham Park, Basking Ridge, NJ

Movies on the Beach, Belmar
Bring the kiddos to Belmar beach during the day, stop by a local spot for dinner, and then cap off the evening with a movie on the sand at 8th Avenue.
August 4th – Coco
August 11th – The Nut Job 2
August 18th – Sherlock Gnomes
August 25th – Paddington
Address: 8th Avenue Beach, Belmar, NJ

Drive-In Movies, Brick
Take a step back in time at one of Brick’s Drive-in movies. At Windward Beach Park, sit in the comfort of your own car and experience the movies like grandma and grandpa used to.
August 10th – Despicable Me 3
August 17th – Jumanji
Address: Windward Beach Park, Brick, NJ

Free Thursday Night Movies, Collingswood
Grab your picnic blanket or chair for movies at Knight Park on Thursday nights at dusk. The screen is located by the Browning and Collins intersection, near the gazebo.
August 2nd – Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
August 9th – Ferris Buehler’s Day Off
August 16th – A Dog’s Purpose
Address: Knight Park, Collingswood, NJ

Movies on the Hill, Howell
Free movies are shown on the Howell Library Hill beginning at dusk on Friday evenings. Remember a blanket, towel, or lawn chair, and a non-perishable food item for the local food banks in the area.
August 10th – Black Panther
August 24th – Wonder
Address: Howell Library Hill, 318 Old Tavern Road, Howell, NJ

Movie Nights at the Waterfront, Keyport
Keyport knows what it’s doing. The town is providing free films in Waterfront Park, the most gorgeous location. Get cozy on your blanket, movies start at dusk.
August 9th – Sherlock Gnomes
August 16th – Despicable Me 3
August 23rd – The Nut Job
August 30th – Black Panther
Address: Waterfront Park, American Legion Drive, Keyport, NJ

Pier Village Summer Movie Series, Long Branch 
On Wednesday evenings, Pier Village presents outdoor films on the grassy plaza. Ready for some classics like Casablanca or Singing in the Rain? We are.
August 1st – Casablanca
August 8th – Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
August 15th – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
August 22nd – The Little Mermaid
August 29th – Singing in the Rain
Address: Pier Village, Ocean Ave & Centennial Dr, Long Branch, NJ

Pemberton Twp. Summer Movie Series, Pemberton
Pemberton Township wants you and the fam to have fun this summer with an outdoor movie. Show starts at 8:30PM, but we recommend you get there early for the free popcorn. #CanIgetahellyeah #freepopcorn #NJMom
August 3rd – Jumanji 2
August 24th – Jaws
Address: Mirror Lake Beach & Lake, Browns Mills, NJ

Movies on the Beach, Point Pleasant
Every Friday night at dark, sink your toes into the sand, relax with the kids, and watch a movie. #kickback #wearyourflipflops
August 3rd – Logo Ninjago Movie
August 10th – Moana
August 17th – The Descendants 2
August 24th – Disney’s Coco
August 31st – Jumanji 2017
Address: Jenkinson’s Boardwalk, 300 Ocean Ave, Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ

Summer Movies on the Green, Princeton
Palmer Square encourages you to come early for dinner, grab some ice cream, and enjoy a family film. Don’t forget to pack a blanket or lawn chair.
The movie begins at 8:45PM.
August 3rd – Mary Poppins
Address: Palmer Square, Princeton, NJ

Movies in the Park + Food Drive, Red Bank
We all know the importance of giving back. Why not make it a fun night and catch a movie, but also donate to a great cause? Red Bank will be accepting canned food donations prior to the film, which begins 20 minutes after sunset.
August 7th – Coco
August 14th – Grease
August 21st – Black Panther
Address: Riverside Gardens Park, Red Bank, NJ

Movies on the Beach, Seaside Heights
Seaside Heights has a great lineup of films on the beach every Sunday and Tuesday on Cartaret Ave. Whether you’re excited for The LEGO Movie or Beauty & the Beast, it’ll be nice to relax near the water. The movie starts at 8PM.
August 5th -The Secret Life of Pets
August 7th – Despicable Me 3
August 12th – Hotel Transylvania 2
August 14th -The Emoji Movie
August 19th – The LEGO Ninjago Movie
August 21st – Beauty & the Beast
August 26th – The LEGO Batman Movie
August 28th -Coco
Address: Cartaret Avenue Beach, Seaside Heights, NJ

Movies at the Shore + Food Drive, Spring Lake
Free movies and a food drive? What a great evening for charity! Movies begin 20 minutes after sunset.
August 8th – Despicable Me 3
August 15th – Jaws
Address: North End Pavilion, Spring Lake, NJ

Marquee Cinemas Free Summer Films, Toms River
Cool off with free indoor films on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Choose from two options each day. #NJMomneedsAC
August 1st – Minions
August 7th – Lego Ninjago Movie
August 8th – 8th
August 14th – Ferdinand
August 15th – My Little Pony Movie
August 21st – Secret Life of Pets
August 22nd – Paddington 2
Address: 1311 Route 37W, Toms River, NJ

Southern NJ:

Movies on the Beach, Avalon
Every Tuesday on Avalon’s 30th Beach Street, join the community for a fun film at dusk. All movies are free to the public with no beach tag needed. In the event of inclement weather, the movies are shown inside Avalon Community Hall. Watch out! Jaws is up first.
August 7th — Jaws
August 14th — Jumanji
August 21st — Cars 3
Address: 30th Street Beach, Avalon, NJ

Movies on the Beach, Cape May
What’s better than a free movie? A free movie on the beach of course! Coast over to the beach near the Cape May Convention Hall on Thursday nights for both old and new films. Show starts at 8:30PM.  #cowabungababy #NJbeachmom
August 2nd – Sound of Music
August 9th – Jaws
August 16th – Trolls
August 23rd – Greatest Showman
August 30th – The Peanuts Movie
Address: Convention Hall, Cape May NJ

Free Movies in the Park, Gloucester County
Gloucester County is hosting free movies every Friday at dusk. There’s plenty of locations to choose from, pick the one most convenient for you. This year’s lineup includes Coco AND Despicable Me 3?! Ya gotta bring the kiddos.
August 3rd – Borough of Paulsboro – Cars 3 – Fort Billings Park, Delaware Street, Paulsboro
August 8th – Mantua Township – Coco – Chestnut Branch Park, 545 Main Street
August 10th – Borough of Glassboro – Coco – East New Street Park, 410 East New Street
August 15th – West Deptford Township – Coco – Riverwinds Community Center, 1000 River Winds Dr
August 17th – Red Bank Battlefield – Jumanji – 100 Hessian Avenue, National Park
August 22nd – South Harrison Township – The Emoji Movie – Stewart Park, 67 Ferrell Road
August 24th – Greenwich Township – Despicable Me 3 – Memorial Park, 1200 Memorial Avenue
August 27th – Borough of Pitman – Despicable Me 3 – Sunset Auditorium, Laurel Avenue, Pitman

Thrilling Thursdays, Margate City
Margate’s “Thrilling Thursdays” hosts movies under the stars at the Margate Public Library. Movies start at 8:30PM. Psst! Don’t forget to say hi to Lucy the Elephant on your way there. #NJMom
August 2nd – The Three Stooges
August 9th – Glee: The Concert Movie
August 16th – Nim’s Island
August 23rd – 500 Days of Summer
August 30th – The Abyss
Address: Decatur Avenue Beach (right in front of Lucy the Elephant), Margate City, NJ

Movies in the Park, Sea Isle City
Sea Isle City offers a mix of kids comedies and classic movies on Tuesdays and Fridays in Excursion Park. There’s so much to do in Sea Isle City, the movie could be the perfect end to a perfect day.
August 3rd – Beauty and the Beast
August 6th – Rear Window
August 10th – Descendants 2
August 13th – Gaslight
August 17th – Despicable Me 3
August 20th – An American in Paris
August 24th – Paddington 2
August 27th – Arsenic and Old Lace
August 31st – A Wrinkle in Time
Address: Excursion Park; JFK Blvd. & Pleasure Ave, Sea Isle City, NJ

Free Family Movie Night, Wildwood
Wildwood wants you to come early, have dinner, enjoy the downtown area, and then settle in for a fun flick. Movies will be shown at Bryne Plaza, Pacific Avenue at dusk. Gather your beach blankets and chairs. Free parking is available for movie-goers behind the Pacific & Schellenger Avenues Property. #hurryupmom
August 14th – The Lorax
August 21st – Aladdin
Address: Byrne Plaza, Wildwood, NJ

Are your blanket and lawn chair ready?! Which films are you most excited for? Leave us a comment below! Don’t forget to hashtag #NJMOM and tag @njmom and your little cuties could be featured in our next photo round-up.

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