Ahhh summer nights! There’s nothing like taking advantage of the warm summer evenings by checking out a family-friendly movie on a beach, in a park, or at a historic theater with your crew. Whether you’re plopping down on the sand with the soothing sea breeze to compliment a classic, or spreading out a blanket under the stars in your local park to catch a newer release the kids have been waiting to see, there are lots of options to enjoy a movie outdoors this summer around the Garden State. Keep in mind outdoor movies are weather permitting, so be sure to check these (and their rain dates) before heading out.
Catch these free, kid-friendly outdoor movies this August:
Northern New Jersey:
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 7 – A House With a Clock In Its Walls
August 14 – Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
August 21 – Wreck It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet
August 28 – Mary Poppins Returns
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 30 – The House With a Clock in the Walls
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 the free flick around 8PM.
August 30 – The House With A Clock In Its Walls
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. Bring a blanket or beach chair and enjoy!
August 6 – Incredibles 2
August 13 – Mary Poppins Returns
LaGrande Park, LaGrande Avenue, Fanwood, NJ
Movies and Music Under the Stars, Fort Lee
Saturday evenings in Fort Lee mean 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. If it rains, the program moves inside to the second floor of the Community Center.
August 3 – Music: The SHOTS Bergen county Firefights Pipe Band; Movie: Wizard of Oz
August 10 – Music: The Amish Outlaws; Movie: Incredibles 2
August 17 – Music: Unidentified Remains; Movie: Dumbo (2019)
August 24 – Music: Shuffle, Jump & Moan; Movie: Stan & Ollie
August 31 – Music: The Avalon Jazz Band; Movie: Jacquot de Nantes (French with English subtitles)
Jack Alter Fort Lee Community Center at 1355 Inwood Terrace, Fort Lee, NJ
Franklin Lakes Movies Under the Stars, Franklin Lakes
Make your way to Parsons Pond Park for a night with the family. Feel free to bring a cooler with snacks, though light refreshments and giveaways will be provided. The movie will begin at 7:30PM.
August 21 – Incredibles 2
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 29 – Avengers: Infinity War
Atlantic Street Park, 102 State Street, Hackensack, NJ
Outdoor Movie Theater, Highland Park
Highland Park has returned with a fun twist on the outdoor movie that’s sure to leave your kids smiling. Before the movie screening at 9PM, your kids can enjoy vintage cartoons. Maybe they’ll even learn a thing or two from Popeye about eating their veggies.
August 10 – The Fly
August 24 – The Castle of Cagliostro
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? #NJMOM tip: head over at 7PM on select dates for fun kids activities hosted by My Gym. For the best seating, come early (these tend to be very popular) and bring a blanket or beach chair.
August 7 – Mary Poppins Returns
August 14 – Incredibles 2, Activity by My Gym Hoboken at 7PM
August 21 – Ralph Breaks the Internet, Activity by My Gym Hoboken at 7PM
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.
August 2 – Moana (Hamilton Park)
August 9 – Disney’s Christopher Robin (J. Owen Grundy Pier)
August 13 – Incredibles 2 (Sgt. Anthony Park)
August 16 – A Wrinkle in Time (Boyd McGuiness Park)
August 20 – The Karate Kid (Triangle Park)
August 23 – E.T. (Village Park)
August 30 – Labyrinth (Harsimus Cemetery)
Films in Van Vorst, Jersey City
Also in Jersey City, Van Vorst Park is back with its 15th Annual Outdoor Summer Film Series. Screenings begin at 8PM. The rain date for each film will be the following Wednesday.
August 7 – TBD
August 21 – TBD
Van Vorst Park, Jersey City, NJ
Movies at Applegate Farms, Montclair
Applegate Farms really has it all for you and the kids. Savor your homemade ice cream, jam with the DJ, play some games, and learn some tricks at a magic show before movie screenings start under the stars at 8:30PM.
August 7 – Hotel Transylvania 3
616 Grove St, Montclair, NJ
Montclair Film Festival Summer Series, Montclair
Also in Montclair, catch action-packed adventure for the kids and awesome acting for you. The Montclair Film Festival will host Aquaman, a superhero film that combines action, adventure, and the ocean.
August 16 – Aquaman
Church St, Montclair, NJ
Big Screen Outdoor Family Movie, Morris Township
Morris Township is bringing movies and music to your Saturday night. The family can enjoy a DJ an hour before the movie, and then a movie at dusk.
August 17 – Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse
Ginty Field, Morris Township, NJ
Movies in the Park, Sayreville
Spend one of your last few summer movie nights at Kennedy Park. The movie starts at 8PM.
August 24 – Incredibles 2
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.
August 1 – Aquaman
August 15 – Incredibles 2
August 29 – E.T.
Division St, Somerville, NJ
Moonlit Movies, South Orange
Yay for movies under the moon! Moonlit Movies are held Wednesday evenings starting at 8PM in Meadowland Park.
August 14 – Incredibles 2
August 21 – Smallfoot
August 28 – Captain Marvel
Floods Hill in Meadowland Park, South Orange, 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. Tell your kids to keep their eyes out, mamas – a few of the film’s characters may be making an in-person appearance before the movie.
August 1 – Coco
August 8 – Mary Poppins Returns
August 20 – Moana
356 Broad Street, Summit, NJ
Central New Jersey:
Drive-In Movies, Brick
Take a step back in time with one of Brick’s drive-in movies. Load the kids up in their jammies, head to Windward Beach Park, and sit in the comfort of your own car to experience the movies just like grandma and grandpa used to.
August 9 – The Greatest Showman
August 16 – Ralph Breaks the Internet
Windward Beach Park, Brick, 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 9 – Mary Poppins Returns
August 23 – Coco
Howell Library Hill, 318 Old Tavern Road, Howell, NJ
Movie Nights at the Waterfront, Keyport
Keyport is making the most of summer nights by providing free films in Waterfront Park. It’s a beautiful location to get cozy on your blanket and watch a movie beginning at dusk.
August 2 – The Game Plan
August 16 – Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse
August 23 – Christopher Robin
August 30 – Mary Poppins Returns
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 The Little Mermaid and Mary Poppins? We know the kids are!
August 7 – Moana
August 14 – Finding Nemo
August 21 – Mary Poppins
August 28 – The Little Mermaid
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. Shows start at 8:30PM, but we recommend you get there early for the free popcorn!
August 2 – Space Jam (Presidential Lakes Park)
August 23 – Aquaman (Mirror Lake Beach)
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 on the beach as you soak up the best of summer.
August 2 – Tangled
August 9 – The Lego Movie 2
August 16 – Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse
August 23 – Mary Poppins Returns
August 30 – The Secret Life of Pets
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 in town, maybe grab some ice cream, and then stay to enjoy a family film. Don’t forget to pack a blanket or lawn chair.
August 2 – The Sandlot
Palmer Square, Princeton, NJ
Movies in the Park, Red Bank
Catch a movie with your littles in hip downtown Red Bank’s Riverside Garden Park. Feel the sea breeze, grab your beach chair or blanket, and cozy up next to your littles for some fun flicks.
August 6 – The Lego Movie
August 13 – Aquaman
August 20 – Antman and the Wasp
Riverside Gardens Park, Red Bank, NJ
Movies on the Beach, Seaside Heights
Seaside Heights has a great lineup of films on the beach every week on Carteret Ave. Whether you’re excited for Coco or Moana, it’ll be nice to relax near the water. The movie starts at 8PM.
August 4 – Hotel Transylvania 3
August 9 – Grease, (Drive-In Movie at Sumner Ave. Lot)
August 11 – Coco
August 18 – Moana
August 23 – Back to the Future, (Drive-In Movie at Sumner Ave. Lot)
August 25 – Incredibles 2
Carteret Avenue Beach, Seaside Heights, NJ
Movies at the Shore, Spring Lake
Free movies at the shore? What more could we ask for! Movies begin at dusk right on the beach by the North End Pavilion.
August 7 – Grease
North End Pavilion, Spring Lake, NJ
Southern New Jersey:
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 rain, the movies are shown inside Avalon Community Hall. Watch out! Jaws is up first.
August 1 – Jaws
August 8 – Finding Dory
August 15 – Storks
August 22 – Jurassic World
30th Street Beach, Avalon, NJ
Movies on the Beach, Cape May
Coast over to the beach near Cape May Convention Hall on Thursday nights for both old and new films under the stars.
August 1 – The Wizard of Oz
August 8 – Jaws
August 15 – The Secret Life of Pets
August 22 – Sherlock Gnomes
August 29 – Mary Poppins Returns
Convention Hall, Cape May 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 1 – Wreck It Ralph
August 8 – Raiders of the Lost Ark
August 15 – The Incredibles
Knight Park, Collingswood, NJ
Free Movies in the Park, Gloucester County
Gloucester County is hosting free movies every Friday at dusk. There are plenty of locations to choose from, pick the one most convenient for you and bring the kids for a fun family night out.
August 2 – How To Train Your Dragon 3, Woolwich Twp Municipal Building, Woolwich, NJ
August 5 – How To Train Your Dragon 3, Sandelier Park, Clayton, NJ
August 7 – Mary Poppins Returns, Chestnut Branch Park, Mantua, NJ
August 9 – Mary Poppins Returns, Swedesboro Auction Block, Swedesboro, NJ
August 14 – Incredibles 2, Riverwinds Community Center, West Deptford, NJ
August 16 – Hotel Transylvania: Summer Vacation, 680 Whig Lane, Monroeville, NJ
August 21 – Ralph Breaks the Internet, Stewart Park, Mullica Hill, NJ
August 23 – Small Foot, Sunset Auditorium, Pitman, NJ
August 30 – Incredibles 2, Fort Billings Park, Paulsboro, NJ
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.
August 1 – Bohemian Rhapsody
August 8 – Incredibles 2
August 15 – Aquaman
August 22 – Star Wars: Episode I
August 29: Dumbo
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 Mondays and Fridays in Excursion Park. With a big lineup of dates this month, you have plenty of options to catch one with your fam!
August 2 – Field of Dreams
August 5 – The House With a Clock In Its Walls
August 9 – Ghostbusters
August 12 – Christopher Robin
August 16 – Driving Miss Daisy
August 19 – The Lego Movie 2
August 23 – Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
August 26 – Mary Poppins Returns
August 30 – Moonstruck
Excursion Park; JFK Blvd. & Pleasure Ave, Sea Isle City, NJ