What was once a rarely heard of novelty has become a summer staple. Movies playing in parks across Sacramento are drawing hundreds out of their homes and under the stars for an evening of fun and favorite films. But with July nearly over, you may be thinking you’ve lost your chance to watch a lawn-side movie. Not to worry. The evenings are still warm in August and September and movies in the park still abound. Most parks start the night early with a host of family-friendly activities and munchies and food for all. And, unless otherwise noted, all showings are free.
So go ahead and grab your lawn chair and a blanket. There’s still time to have some outdoor, movie-watching fun.
- Aug. 14 – Big Hero 6
Screen on the Green – Various locations at 8:15pm. Free popcorn to accompany your movie. More info at sacscreenonthegreen.com.
- Aug. 28 – Big Hero 6 @ South Natomas Park, 2901 Truxel Rd.
- Aug. 29 – Big Hero 6 @ Glen Hall Park, 5415 Sandburg Dr.
Movies in Fremont Park – Fremont Park, 16th & P St. at 8pm. Arrive early for live music and food trucks. James Cavern & the Council will play at 6pm on Aug. 21 and September’s is to be announced. More info at facebook.com.
- Aug. 21 – Indiana and the Temple of Doom
- Sep. 18 – Big Hero 6
Courtyard Classic Film Series – Classic films in the E. Kendall Davis Courtyard at the Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St. Sea-themed films with guest hosting by Sacramento film critic Matías Bombal. Seating at 7pm and screening at 8:30. $5-8. A three-course meal served at the Crocker Cafe with reservation. More info at crockerartmuseum.org.
- Aug. 6 – Jaws
- Sep. 3 – The Sea Hawk
Carmichael Park, 5750 Grant Ave. at sunset (approx. 8:15pm). Free popcorn and shaved ice provided by The Church on Cypress. More info at carmichaelpark.com.
- Jul. 24 – Big Hero 6
Movie in the Park – Various locations at sunset with pizza, teriyaki, popcorn, snow-cones and beverages available for purchase at 7:30pm. More info at rcona.org.
- Jul. 25 – Big Hero 6 @ H C Elliott Park, 1421 Cushendall Dr.
- Aug. 8 – Finding Nemo @ George Goto Park, 1851 Oak Crest Dr.
- Aug. 22 – Toy Story 3 @ Veteran’s Memorial Park North, 10021 Crocker Ranch Rd.
Westfield Summertime Cinema – Westfield Galleria at Roseville, 1151 Galleria Blvd. at 8:30pm (seating at 7:30pm). Arrive early for fun activities for the kids and and fun dining for all with al fresco dining from Krush Burger and Pluto’s, and movie snacks from Lolli and Pops, Popcornopolis, Pinkberry and the Shiver Sisters shave ice. More info at westfield.com.
- Jul. 24 – The Goonies
- Aug. 7 – Paddington
North Natomas Regional Park, 4989 Natomas Blvd. at 8pm. Free popcorn, water and bike valet. Come early for cotton candy, photobooth, face painting and a bounce house for kids. More info angeliqueashby.com.
- Aug. 1 – A Bug’s Life
Fulton-El Camino’s Summer Movies in the Park – Various locations at 9pm. Fun activities include a Dive in Movie at Cottage Pool (8/7, 7-8:30pm evening swim, $2.50) and pre-movie cartoons (8/21, 8:30pm). More info at fecrecpark.com.
- Aug. 7 – Big Hero 6 @ Cottage Pool, 3097 Cottage Wy.
- Aug. 21 – Hook @ Howe Park, 2201 Cottage Wy.
Arden Park, 1000 La Sierra Dr. at sunset. More info at aprpd.org.
- Sep. 4 – Into the Woods
Wonderful Wednesday Nights – There’s one more movie night left in this Wednesday series at Auburn Recreation Park, 123 Recreation Dr. $1 swimming begins at 6:30pm and the free movie starts at 8:30. More info auburnrec.com.
- Jul. 29 – Frozen