Several Baltimore neighborhoods have established a summertime tradition of hosting free outdoor film festivals from July through September. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, grab carry-out food and drinks from a local restaurant, bring a picnic, or even enjoy free popcorn at some screenings. Whatever you choose, sit back, relax and delight in a movie and night under the stars.
Cinema al Fresco - Open Air Film Festival
One of Little Italy’s more popular events, the Film Fest is in its 17th year! Arrive early to set up a lawn chair, stroll the neighborhood and eat dinner before watching an Italian-related feature film. Some of the neighborhood’s restaurants offer carryout, movie night specials and outdoor dining options. Movies are projected on the outside wall of Ciao Bella Restaurant from across the street of a third floor window at the kindness of its homeowner. A handful of folding chairs are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. The event is sponsored by the Little Italy Restaurant Association. Live music begins at 7 p.m. and the movie starts at 9 p.m. Free popcorn is provided. Click here for more information and to view this year’s lineup of films.
Films on the Pier
Grab your friends, your favorite lawn chair and head to Broadway Pier in Fell’s Point to see new releases at dusk on Wednesday evenings in July and August. Movies start at 8:45 p.m. and are projected on a large screen at the end of the pier. Enjoy a relaxing atmosphere and picturesque waterfront views in historic Fell’s Point. Click herefor more information and to view this year’s lineup of films.
Flicks From The Hill
American Visionary Art Museum, Federal Hill
Enjoy a great film selection – as well as a stunning view of downtown – in July and August on Thursday evenings outside of the popular museum. The Hughes Family Outdoor Theater features seating for more than 1,000 people on the natural amphitheater formed by Federal Hill. Films are shown on a 30-foot wide screen held from above by Adam Kurtzman’s “Giant Golden Hand” and begin at 9 p.m. The museum is also open and free to visitors between 5 and 9 p.m. on flick nights. In the event of inclement weather, the movie will be screened inside AVAM. The museum also hosts several exciting events throughout the season in conjunction with the film screenings, including a premiere party, a variety of exercise events prior to the movie in a series called “Fit Before Flicks” and a Food Truck Night. Click here for more information and to view this year’s lineup of films.
Pics in the Park
Center Plaza, Downtown
Join the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore for Pics in the Park, on select Saturdays in June, July and August on the lawn in downtown’s Center Plaza (at North Charles and Fayette Street). Films begin at sunset, but exact start times are posted on the event’s Facebook page on movie nights. Parking is available in the garage under the plaza, or along Liberty Street. The plaza is bike, stroller and pet friendly and movie-goers are encouraged to bring a picnic, lawn chairs and blankets. Click here for more information and to view this year’s lineup of films.
Reel B.A.D. Outdoor Film Nights
Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment District
In its second year, Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment, Inc. hosts Reel B.A.D. film nights, an outdoor film series showcasing and celebrating Baltimore-based art and filmmaking alongside feature film favorites. Also available for purchase on film nights is local beer and wine and snacks from Bromo District-based vendors. The films are shown at 200 W. Lexington Street (at Park Avenue) on the third Tuesday of the month from June through September. The events take place from 7-11 p.m. and also feature live music. Click here for more information.
Free Outdoor Films – Mount Vernon Conservancy
Throughout the month of August, the Mount Vernon Conservancy hosts a series of free outdoor films in Mount Vernon Place’s West Square. Each screening begins at 8:30 p.m. and all films are popular titles released in the past year. Click here for more information and to view this year’s lineup of films.