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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.)

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

Ridgewood

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

Montclair

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       

Sewell 

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

Hoboken

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

Princeton

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)

Brick

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

Dover

All movies are shown at JFK Common Park at 7 pm

June 30: Sing

July 28: Finding Dory

August 26: Moana

Mendham  

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

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 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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