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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!


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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.)

Atlantic County

Margate City

Margate’s “Thrilling Thursdays” watch movies under the stars at the Margate Public Library. Pre-movie activities start at 8 pm and movie starts at 8:30 pm.

  • July 12: Rio
  • July 19: X Men: First Class
  • July 26: Alvin and the Chipmunks Chipwrecked
  • Aug. 2: The Three Stooges
  • Aug. 9: Glee: The Concert Movie
  • Aug. 16: Nim's Island
  • Aug. 23: 500 Days of Summer
  • Aug. 30: The Abyss

Galloway

Free outdoor movie at the Galloway Municipal Complex. Movie starts at dusk.

  • July 13- Nut Job 2

Bergen County

Applegate Farms

The fun starts Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. Don't miss the DJ, games and magic show. Movie screenings begin at 8:30 pm. 

  • June 27: Sherlock Gnomes
  • July 11: Despicable Me 3
  • July 18: Coco
  • July 25: Jumanji 2

Fort Lee

Enjoy Fort Lee’s music and movies under the stars. Every Saturday evening June 30-Sept. 1 with live music from 7-8:30 pm and movies at sunset. Bring your chair or blanket!

  • June 30 – Walt Disney’s Pinocchio
  • July 7 – The Greatest Showman
  • July 14 – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • July 21 – Grease
  • July 28 – Beach Party
  • Aug. 4 – Black Panther
  • Aug. 11 – Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
  • Aug. 18 – Wonder Woman
  • Aug. 25 – Isle of Dogs
  • Sept. 1 – P’eau d’Ane (“Donkey Skin”)

Franklin Lakes

Mayor’s Wellness campaign will be hosting three free “Summer Movies in the Park”. Admittance begins at 7:30 pm, movie start time at 8:30 pm at Parson Pond Park.

  • June 27: Jumanji
  • July 25: Coco
  • Aug. 29: Beauty & the Beast

Hackensack Movies Under the Stars

Thursdays at Atlantic Street Park.

  • June 28- Wonder
  • July 26- Coco
  • Aug. 30- Black Panther

Ridgewood

Grab a blanket and some snacks, and head to Memorial Park for outdoor fun and entertainment. Movies start at 9 pm every other Wednesday through the months of June and July, and 8:30 pm in August. Summer 2018 schedule to be announced.

Burlington County

Pemberton

Pemberton Township presents free movies on the beach! Bring your lawn chairs and blankets while watching movies under the stars. Start time for all movies is 8:30 pm, refreshments available at concession stand. Locations rotate to different beaches.

  • June 15- Deep – Mirror Lake Beach
  • June 29- You Can’t Save the World- Imagination Kingson
  • July 20- CoCo- Mirror Lake Beach
  • Aug. 3 – Jumanji- Presidential Lakes Beach
  • Aug. 24- Jaws- Mirror Lake Beach
  • Sept. 7- A Bug’s Life- Whitesbog Village

Camden County

Collingswood

Free movies Tuesdays and Thursday at Knight Park, screen is located by the Browning and Collins intersection near the gazebo.

  • July 10- Toy Story
  • July 12- Star Wars: A New Hope
  • July 17- Game Plan
  • July 19- Cheaper by the Dozen
  • July 24- Grease
  • July 26- Frozen
  • July 31- The Lion King
  • Aug. 2- Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
  • Aug. 9- Ferris Buehler’s Day Off
  • Aug. 16- A Dog’s Purpose

Cape May County

Avalon

Free movies on the beach every Tuesday located on Avalon’s 30th Beach Street. Movies begin at dusk.

  • June 27th—Spider Man Homecoming
  • July 3rd—Wonder
  • July 10th—Wonder Woman
  • July 17th—Despicable Me 3
  • July 24th—E.T.
  • July 31st—Coco
  • Aug. 7th—Jaws
  • Aug. 14th—Jumanji
  • Aug. 21st—Cars 3

Sea Isle City

Excursion park hosts movies every Friday at dusk July-August.

  • July 2: Casablanca
  • July 6: Sing
  • July 9: Viva Las Vegas
  • July 13: Coco
  • July 16: King Kong
  • July 20: The Emoji Movie
  • July 23: Harvey
  • July 27: Nut Job 2
  • July 30: It Happened One Night
  • Aug. 3: Beauty and the Beast
  • Aug. 6: Rear Window
  • Aug. 7: Cars 3
  • Aug. 10: Descendants 2
  • Aug. 13: Gaslight
  • Aug. 17: Despicable Me 3
  • Aug. 20: An American in Paris
  • Aug. 24: Paddington 2
  • Aug. 27: Arsenic and Old Lace
  • Aug. 31: A Wrinkle in Time

Stone Harbor

Stone Harbor Elementary School, starts 8 pm. Summer 2018 schedule to be announced.

Wildwood

Downtown Wildwood free family Tuesday movie night runs June 26-August 21. Movies will be shown at Bryne Plaza, Pacific Avenue, bring your lawn chairs and blankets! Movies start at dusk, around 8:15 pm.

  • June 26- CoCo
  • July 3- The Lego Batman Movie
  • July 10- Ferdinand
  • July 17- Paddington 2
  • July 24- Tangled
  • July 31- Despicable Me 3
  • Aug. 14- The Lorax
  • Aug. 21- Aladdin

Cape May

Thursdays in July and August bring a beach chair and head down to the beach beside the Cape May Convention Hall for free movies, show time is 8:30 pm!

  • July 12- Flubber
  • July 19- X-men Apocalypse
  • July 29- Disney’s The Sword in the Stone
  • Aug. 2- The Sound of Music
  • Aug. 6- JAWS
  • Aug. 16- Trolls
  • Aug. 23- The Greatest Showman
  • Aug. 30- The Peanuts Movie

Cumberland County

Millville

Laurel Lake Movie Night at 7:30 pm. 

  • July 14, Title TBA

Essex County

Cedar Grove

Come watch movies under the stars at Morgan's Farms. Movies start at dusk. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Popcorn and water will be provided.

  • June 26: Beauty and the Beast
  • July 31: Jumanji
  • Aug. 24: Black Panther (at Cedar Grove pool)

Montclair

Each movie during the Montclair Film Festival will be played at a different location

  • July 8-Monterey Pop at Van Vleck House & Gardens
  • July 27-Coco at Montclair Public Library
  • Aug. 17- Black Panther at Church St.

South Orange

Moonlit Movies are held Wednesday evenings starting at 8 pm at Floods Hill in Meadowland Park. Summer 2018 titles to be announced.

  • Aug. 15- Title TBA
  • Aug. 22- Title TBA
  • Aug. 29- Title TBA

Turtle Back Zoo

Watch blockbuster movies under the stars (and on the rooftop!) at the Essex County Turtle back Zoo. No admission necessary, bring your own chair. Film begins at dusk.

  • July 11: Peter Rabbit
  • July 18: Wall-E
  • July 25: Deep
  • Aug. 1: George of the Jungle
  • Aug. 8: Paddington 2
  • Aug. 15: Ratatouille
  • Aug. 22: Kong: Skull Island
  • Aug. 29: The Jungle Book (live action)

West Orange

Oskar Schindler PAC. Summer 2018 schedule to be announced

Verona

Friday Night Flicks at Kip's Castle Park begins 7 pm.

  • June 15: Mary Poppins

Gloucester County

Movies in Gloucester County (locations vary).

Gather the family and bring some blankets and chairs. All shows begin at dusk (8-8:30 pm). Rain date for all movies will be the next day unless otherwise noted.

  • June 13 - Monroe - Despicable Me 3, Monroe Public Library, 713 Marsha Ave, Monroe
  • June 15 - James G Atkinson Park - Jumanji, 138 Bethel Mill Rd, Sewell
  • June 25 - Borough of Wenonah - Moana, Wenonah Park, East Mantua and South West Avenues
  • June 27 - National Park - Despicable Me 3, National Park School, 516 Lakehurst Ave, National Park
  • June 29 - City of Woodbury - The Emoji Movie, Stewart Lake, East Red Bank Ave, Woodbury
  • July 6 - Washington Township - The Emoji Movie, Washington Lake Park, 626 Hurffville - Cross Keys Rd
  • July 13 - Woodbury Heights - Coco, Woodbury Heights Community Center, 741 Helen Avenue
  • July 20 - Woolwich Township - Lego Ninjago, Woolwich Twp Municipal Building, 120 Village Green Drive
  • July 25 - Newfield Borough - Moana, Newfield Grove, Catawba-Madison Avenue, Newfield
  • July 27 - Borough of Swedesboro - Zootopia, Lake Narraticon Park, Park Avenue, Swedesboro
  • Aug. 3 - Borough of Paulsboro - Cars 3, Fort Billings Park, Delaware Street, Paulsboro
  • Aug. 8 - Mantua Township - Coco, Chestnut Branch Park, 545 Main Street
  • Aug. 10 - Borough of Glassboro - Coco, East New Street Park, 410 East New Street
  • Aug. 15 - West Deptford Township - Coco, Riverwinds Community Center, 1000 River Winds Dr
  • Aug. 17 - Red Bank Battlefield - Jumanji, 100 Hessian Avenue, National Park
  • Aug. 22 - South Harrison Township - The Emoji Movie, Stewart Park, 67 Ferrell Road
  • Aug. 24 - Greenwich Township - Despicable Me 3, Memorial Park, 1200 Memorial Avenue
  • Aug. 27 - Borough of Pitman - Despicable Me 3, Sunset Auditorium, Laurel Avenue, Pitman

Hudson County

Hoboken

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

Movies are on Wednesdays beginning at 9 pm in June and July around 8 pm in August. For best seating, come early and bring a blanket or comfortable chair.

  • June 13 –  La La Land
  • June 20 –  Lady Bird
  • June 27- Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • July 11 –  Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • July 18 – The Post
  • July 25 – The Greatest Showman
  • Aug. 1 –  The Isle of Dogs
  • Aug. 8 – Ferdinand
  • Aug. 15 – Coco​

Hunterdon County

Lebanon

Free movies in Memorial Park starting at dusk.

  • July 13 – Coco
  • Aug. 10 – Black Panther
  • Sept. 7 – The Princess Bride

Tewksbury

Tewksbury Township free movies in the park at Christine Hoffman Farm Park. Movies begin at 8 pm bring your own lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks!

  • June 23- Jumanji
  • Aug. 3- CoCo
  • Aug. 25- The Last Jedi

Mercer County

Princeton

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

  • July 13: The Goonies
  • Aug. 3: Mary Poppins

Middlesex County

Highland Park

At the Municipal Parking Lot, between 2nd & 3rd Ave. Saturdays at 8:30 pm.

  • June 23- They Live
  • July 7- Picnic at Hanging Rock
  • July 21- E.T.
  • Aug. 4- House Party
  • Aug. 18- Isle of Dogs
  • Sept. 1- Castle in the Sky

Sayreville (at Kennedy Park)

  • June 23, 9 pm, Spiderman: Homecoming
  • July 14, 9 pm, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
  • Aug. 25, 8:30 pm, Coco

Monmouth County

Belmar

Belmar Movies on the Beach, grab a beach chair and head to 8th Ave.

  • July 14 - Despicable Me 3 (rain date July 18)
  • July 21 - Cars 3 (rain date July 25)
  • July 28 - Wonder Woman (rain date August 1)
  • Aug. 4 - Coco (rain date August 8)
  • Aug. 11 - The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (rain date August 15)
  • Aug. 25 - Paddington (rain date August 29)
  • Sept. 8 - Jaws (no rain date)

Howell

Free movies shown on the Howell Library Hill beginning at dusk! Bring your own blanket or lawn chair.

  • July 13- Jumanji
  • July 17- Coco
  • Aug. 10- Black Panther
  • Aug. 24- Wonder

Ocean County

Brick

Drive-in movies as part of the town's annual Summerfest are held at Windward Beach Park.

  • Aug. 10: Despicable Me 3
  • Aug. 17: Jumanji

Seaside

Enjoy free movies at Cartaret Avenue Beach, Seaside Heights. Family friendly movies shown twice a week through July and August staring at 8 pm, bring along your favorite blanket and lawn chairs!

  • July 3 – Jaws
  • July 8 – The BFG
  • July 10– Smurfs: The Lost Village
  • July 15 – Finding Dory
  • July 17 – Moana
  • July 22 – Storks
  • July 24 – Casper
  • July 29 – The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature
  • July 31 – Cars 3
  • Aug. 5 – The Secret Life of Pets
  • Aug. 7 – Despicable Me 3
  • Aug. 12 – Hotel Transylvania 2 
  • Aug. 14 – The Emoji Movie
  • Aug. 19 – The LEGO NINJAGO Movie
  • Aug. 21 – Beauty and the Beast
  • Aug. 26 – The LEGO Batman movie
  • Aug. 28 – Coco
  • Sept. 2 – Leap!
  • Sept. 4 – The Wild Life

Point Pleasant

Come see free Friday movies on the beach across from Jenkinson’s beginning at dusk.

  • June 22: Despicable Me 3
  • June 29: The Emoji Movie
  • July 6: The Little Mermaid
  • July 13: The Incredibles
  • July 20: Cars 3
  • July 27: Frozen
  • Aug. 3: LEGO Ninjago Movie
  • Aug. 10: Moana
  • Aug. 17: Descendants 2
  • Aug. 24: Coco
  • Aug. 31: Jumanji

Morris County

Dover

All movies shown Fridays at JFK commons park at 7 pm.

  • June 29- Jumanji
  • July 27- Coco
  • Aug. 31- Beauty and the Beast

Mendham  

Mendham Movie in the Park at Mendham Borough Park. 

  • July 18-Honey I Shrunk the Kids (near gazebo) at 8:30 pm
  • Aug. 1: Coco (Drive-In movie behind Carriage House on Lower Baseball field) at 8:15 pm

Drive- In Movie behind Carriage House on Lower Baseball House at 8:15 pm (ice cream available!)

  • Aug. 1- Coco

Morris Twp.

Ginty Field, next to the Morris Twp. Municipal Complex on Woodland Avenue at 8:30 pm.

  • June 27- Paddington 2
  • July 11- Peter Rabbit
  • July 25- Coco
  • Aug. 18- Despicable Me 3
  • Oct. 27- Monster House, Halloween Movie Night and Bonfire

**Drive-In movies nights for members of the Township’s swim pools at 8:00 pm**

  • July 20 at Streeter Pool- Little Mermaid
  • July 27 at Ginty Pool- Lion King
  • Aug. 17 at Streeter Pool- Sherlock Gnomes
  • Aug. 24 at Ginty Pool- Ice Age Continental Drift

Salem County

Woodstown

Family Movie Night at Marlton Recreation Park. Parks opens at 7:45 movie begins at dusk.

  • June 15- The Sandlot

Somerset County

Basking Ridge

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

  • July 11- Moana
  • July 18- Jumanji
  • July 25- Despicable Me 3
  • Aug. 1: Guardians of the Galaxy

Bridgewater

Duke Island Park, popcorn and refreshments will be available. Don’t forget your bug spray! Both flicks start at 8:30 pm. Summer 2018 schedule to be announced.

  • July 20: Title TBA
  • July 27: Title TBA

Sussex County

Sparta

Saturdays at Dykstra Park. Grab your favorite blanket or lawn chair for an old-fashioned movie night on the jumbo screen. Starts at dusk 8 pm. Music by DJ will be played prior to movie. Tattoos, face paint, and refreshments available.

  • June 16-Leap
  • July 14-Karate Kid
  • Aug. 18-Peter Rabbit
  • Sept. 8-Wonder

Union County

Summit

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 19 - Early Man
  • July 26 - Ferdinand
  • Aug. 2 - Monsters Inc.
  • Aug. 9 - The Greatest Showman

Union County's Family Fun and Flix

Enjoy a movie on Astroturf field. Entry is free and food and drinks are available for purchase. Movie begins at 7 pm. Must pre-register for tickets.

  • July 17-Despicable Me 3

Warren County

Hackettstown

Summer 2018 movie schedule TBA.

Sick of the heat? We've got a list of free indoor movie screenings, too!

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