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.
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 here for 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.
July 12 - Who Framed Roger Rabbit
July 19 - Casablanca
July 26 - Clue
August 2 - The Birds
August 9 - Harriet the Spy
August 16 - Sherlock Holmes
August 23 - Hidden Figures
August 30 - Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
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.
May 31 - Oceans Eleven
June 28 - Get Out
July 26 - The Office X-mas in July marathon: Christmas Party, A Benihana Christmas, Classy Christmas, Dwight Christmas
August 30 - Wonder Woman
September 27 - Coco
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.
First Friday Films at McHenry Row
Every first Friday during summer, Iron Rooster will be showing family-friendly movies outside of their restaurant under the iconic McHenry Row water tower. Pre-movie festivities begin at 6:30 pm. Bring a beach chair or blanket!
June 1 - Captain Underpants
July 6 - The Sandlot
August 3 - Kung Fu Panda 3
September 7 - Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul