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Where to Find Free Outdoor Movies in NJ this Summer

Enjoy movies (for free!) under the stars in one of those great parks!


What's better than watching movies under the stars? Watching free movies under the stars. So save some money, spend a little time outdoors, and take in a family-friendly flick. If the kids get restless, they can always take a break and look for lightning bugs. Have fun out there! (While most movies listed here are rated G or PG, some may be PG-13 or have heavier themes for kids, so remember to check before you go.)

Bergen County

Applegate Farms

The fun starts at 6:30 pm. Don't miss the DJ and games.  

Movie screenings begin at 8:45 pm.

6/28 - The Secret Life of Pets
7/5 - Beauty and the Beast
7/12 - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
7/19 - Moana
7/26 - Sing 
8/2 - A Dog's Purpose

Fort Lee

Music and Movies Under the Stars, music from 7-8:30 pm. Movies start at sunset.

  • July 1 - La La Land

  • July 8 - Star Wars Rogue One

  • July 22 - Arrival

  • July 29 - LEGO Batman

  • August 5 - Casablanca

  • Aug 12 -  Angels with Dirty Faces

  • Aug 19 - It’s a Plot

  • Aug 26 - Sully

  • Sept 2 - Singing in the Rain

Hackensack Movies Under the Stars

  • May 19 - Independence Day, 8:30 pm

  • May 26 - Mean Girls, 8:30 pm

  • June 2 - Hairspray Sing-A-Long, 8:30 pm

  • Aug 11 - The Wizard of Oz, 8:00 pm

  • Aug 18 - Finding  Nemo, 8:00 pm

  • Aug 25 - Singing in the Rain, 8:00 pm

  • Sept 1 - To Kill a Mockingbird, 8:00 pm


Grab a blanket and some snacks, and head to Van Neste Park for outdoor fun and entertainment. Movies start at 9 pm in June and July, and 8:30 pm in August.

  • June 14 – A Place in the Sun

  • June 28 – Singin’ in the Rain

  • July 12 – Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

  • July 26 – Bye, Bye, Birdie*

  • August 9 – Moonstruck (30th Anniversary)

  • August 23 – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Cape May County

Sea Isle City

Excursion Park, Dusk

  • July 7: Pete’s Dragon

  • July 14: The Great Gilly Hopkins

  • July 21: Jungle Book 

  • July 28: Zootopia

  • August 4: Lost and Found (2016)

  • August 11: Moana

  • August 18: The BFG

  • August 25: Finding Dory

  • September 1: Alice Through the Looking Glass

Stone Harbor

Stone Harbor Elementary School, starts 8 pm

  • Every Wednesday night at dusk, titles to come

Essex County


Presby Iris Gardens

  • June 3: Moana

Verona: Friday Night Flicks at Kip's Castle

  • June 9: A Dog’s Purpose

  • June 16: Sing

South Orange

All films kick off at 8:15 pm.

August 9: Sing

August 16: Grease

August 23: Pitch Perfect

August 30: Beauty and the Beast

West Orange (at Oskar Schindler PAC)

  • August 8: Ant-Man

  • August 10: Monster Truck

  • August 22: Zootopia

Gloucester County

Movies in Gloucester County (locations vary)

Harrison Township                         

Harrison Township Rec Center, 114 Bridgeton Pike

May 17: Secret Life of Pets                 

Deptford Township      

Fasola Park, 12 Sycamore Ln.

June 2: Moana       


James G. Atkinson Park

138 Bethel Mill Rd., Sewell          

June 9: Zootopia

Franklin Township                         

Franklin Township Little League, 500 Pennsylvania Ave.                             

June 12: Secret Life of Pets

Logan Township

Logan Township Municipal Complex, 125 Main St.

June 14: Sing  

Elk Township                                                                                             

Elk Township Rec Park, 700 Whig Lane Rd.

June 16: Secret Life of Pets

Borough of Westville                                                                                  

Galbraith Park, River Dr.                        

June 23: Secret Life of Pets                             

June 28: Sing                

Borough of Wenonah                                                                              

Wenonah Park, East Mantua and South West Avenues

Washington Township                                                                              

Washington Lake Park, 626 Hurffville - Cross Keys Rd.

June 30:  Secret Life of Pets                               

Woodbury Heights            

Woodbury Heights Community Center, 741 Helen Ave.

July 7: Sing                                

July 10: Moana         

Monroe Township                          

Free Public Library of Monroe, 713 Martha Ave.

West Deptford Township                                                                           

Riverwinds Community Center, 1000 Riverwinds Dr.

July 12: Sing

Borough of Swedesboro                                                                        

Lake Narraticon Park, Park Ave.

July 14: Sing

Borough of Glassboro                    

East New Street Park, 410 East New St.                            

July 19: Moana

City of Woodbury                            

Wing-Dickerson Park, Allens Lane and Barber Ave.                   

July 21: Sing

Newfield Borough                                                                                       

Newfield Grove, Catawba and Madison Ave.                         

July 26: Sing

Woolwich Township                      

Woolwich Twp Municipal Building, 120 Village Green Dr.                    

July 28: Moana

Borough of Paulsboro                   

Fort Billings Park, Delaware Street     

August 4: Moana

Mantua Township                           

Chestnut Branch Park, 545 Main St.                       

August 9: Moana                

Greenwich Township                                                                               

Memorial Park, 1200 Memorial Ave.

August 11: Secret Life of Pets                            

Clayton Borough                             

Sandelier Park, 125 N. Delsea Dr.

August 18: Secret Life of Pets                        

South Harrison Township             

Stewart Park, 67 Ferrell Rd.

August 23: Moana          

Red Bank Battlefield                                                                                  

100 Hessian Ave.

August 25: Finding Dory             

Borough of Pitman                       

Sunset Auditorium, Laurel Ave.

August 30: Sing        

Hudson County


Pier A Park, 1st St. and Frank Sinatra Dr.

Movies are on Wednesdays, beginning at 9 pm in June and July and around 8:15 pm in August. For best seating, come early and bring a blanket or comfortable chair. You may bring a picnic, but alcohol consumption is not permitted.

  • June 14: Young Frankenstein

  • June 21: Star Wars: Hidden Figures

  • June 28: Singin’ in the Rain

  • July 12: La La Land

  • July 19: Lion

  • July 26: The Beatles: Eight Days a Week

  • August 2: Trolls

  • August 9: The Boss Baby

  • August 16: Sing

Mercer County


Palmer Square, movies will start at 8:30 pm. Bring your own blanket!

  • June 16: MOVIE TBA

  • July 14: MOVIE TBA

  • August 18: MOVIE TBA

Middlesex County

Highland Park

At the Municipal Parking Lot, Btwn 2nd & 3rd Ave.

  • June 3: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

  • June 17: Big Trouble in Little China

  • July 1: The Grand Budapest Hotel

  • July 15: Time Bandits

  • July 29: Do the Right Thing

  • August 12: Gimme Danger

  • August 26: Kiki’s Delivery Service

Sayreville (at Kennedy Park)

  • June 17, 9 pm: Star Wars Rogue One

  • July 15, 9 pm: Sing

  • August 26, 8:30: Moana

Monmouth and Ocean County

Belmar Movies on the Beach

  • July 8: The Secret Life of Pets (rain date July 12)

  • July 15: Rogue One (rain date July 19)

  • July 22: Elf (rain date July 26)

  • July 29: Lego Batman Movie (rain date August 2)

  • August 5: Sing (rain date August 9)

  • August 12: Finding Dory (rain date August 16)

  • August 19: Beauty and the Beast (rain date August 23)

  • August 26: Moana (rain date August 30)

  • September 9: Jaws (no rain date)


Drive-in movies as part of the town's annual Summerfest are held at Windward Beach Park (unless otherwise noted). Movies begin at dusk.

  • August 11: Zootopia

  • August 18: Miracle

  • August 25: The Secret Life of Pets


Morris County


All movies are shown at JFK Common Park at 7 pm

June 30: Sing

July 28: Finding Dory

August 26: Moana


Movies start at 8:15 pm behind Carriage House.

  • July 12: Frozen

  • August 1: Moana

Morris Township

Ginty Field, next to the Morris Township Municipal Complex on Woodland Avenue at 8:45 pm.

  • June 28: Sing

  • July 12: Jungle Book

  • July 21: Moana (at Streeter Pool)

  • July 26: LEGO Batman

  • July 28: Finding Dory

  • August 18: Beauty and the Beast (at Streeter Pool)

  • August 25: 101 Dalmatians

  • August 26: Secret Life of Pets

  • October 28: Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them

Mount Olive

  • July 21: Movie TBA

  • July 28: Movie TBA

  • August 4: Movie TBA

Check their site for updated info.

Somerset County

Basking Ridge

Wednesday evenings at Dunham Park, Basking Ridge at 8:30 pm

  • July 12: Lilo and Stitch

  • July 19: Honey I Shrunk the Kids

  • July 26: Finding Dory

  • August 2: Beauty and the Beast

Friday Night Drive-In Movies in Bridgewater

Duke Island Park, popcorn and refreshments will be available. Don’t forget your bug spray! Both flicks start at 8:30 pm.

  • July 21: Trolls

  • July 28: The Boss Baby

Sussex County

Sparta Township

At Dykstra Park, there will be a DJ prior to the movie, and face paintings and refreshments to purchase.

  • June 17:The Secret Life of Pets

  • July 15: Elf (Christmas in July!)

  • August 19: Finding Dory

  • September 9: Sing

Union County


Village Green's Screen on the Green: Family Dance Parties before each movie begins. Summit Soundz will rock the crowd and get everyone movin' and groovin' and bouncin' to some family-friendly music. Don't forget to look out for special guest characters. Dance parties begin at 8 pm and movies begin at 9 pm or after dark.

  • July 21: The Peanuts Movie

  • July 28: Alvin and the Chipmunks

  • August 4: The Book of Life

  • August 11: Kung Fu Panda 3

Union County's Family Fun & Flix

  • July 11: Finding Dory– Warinanco Park, Elizabeth

  • July 18: Storks – Warinanco Park, Elizabeth

  • July 25: Sing – Warinanco Park, Elizabeth

  • August 1: National Night Out Secret Life of Pets Meisel Park, Springfield

  • August 8: Moana Warinanco Park, Elizabeth

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