Free outdoor movies in Massachusetts this summer; watch ‘Encanto’, ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ and more

One of the best parts of summer is being outside in the heat. Between hiking and spending a relaxing day at the beach, there are plenty of daytime activities one can do, but what about at night?

Luckily for people in and around Massachusetts, several cities and towns have planned a series of outdoor movie nights. Be sure to bring blankets, chairs, and snacks.

Find the one closest to you below.


Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Discovery Museum, the museum will host two movie nights on its lawn. Prior to the film, hands-on sustainability-themed activities will be available, such as exploring renewable energy.

VeeBop’s ice cream truck will offer frozen treats to viewers and restrooms will be available.

July 21:Fern Gully

August 11:hidden numbers


A free movie is offered every third Thursday through October at The mill district in Amherst. Pre-activities begin at 6 p.m. and the movie begins at dusk.

August 18: “Mamma Mia: here we go again”

September 15: “Julie & Julia”

October 20: “Across the Universe”


Patriot Place’s “Summer Movies” the series has started. Located in the DORA area outside the Renaissance Boston Patriot Place Hotel and Saga Hibachi Steakhouse on Wednesday nights.

Movies start at sunset but there is pre-entertainment at 6 p.m.

July 20: “Cruel”

August 3: “The Mitchells vs. the Machines”

August 24: “Spider-Man: No Way Home”

Moonlight Fridays Movies” hosted by Boston Harbor Hotel also displays several films against the backdrop of the starry harbor.

Movies start at dusk.

July 15: “Grease”

July 22: “Wizard of Oz”

July 29: “Luca”

August 5: “Crazy Rich Asians”

August 12: “Guardians of the Galaxy”

August 19: “Encanto”

August 26: “Dune”

Finally, the Boston Department of Parks and Recreation’s ParkARTS program features Mayor Wu’s Movie Nights at 11 Boston city parks from August 2 through September 1.

All shows begin at dusk.

August 2: “The Mitchells vs. the Machines” at Pinebank, Jamaica Pond

August 9: “Sing 2” at Healy Playground

August 15: “Luca” at East Boston Memorial Park

August 16: “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” at Ronan Park

August 17: “Space Jam: New Legacy” at Marcella Playground

August 22: “Encanto” at the Iacono playground

August 23: “Soul” at Ramsay Park

August 25: “Encanto” at Winthrop Square/Training Grounds

August 29: “Raya and the Last Dragon” at Hardiman Playground

August 30: “Soul” at Moakley Park

September 1: “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” at Boston Common


“Movies Under the Stars” will take place every Wednesday starting later in July, the films will be shown on a 17ft wide screen.

There are two movies every Wednesday on the library lawn.

July 27: “Star Wars” at 6 p.m. and “Apollo” 13 at 8 p.m.

August 3: “My Dog Skip” at 6 p.m. and “Dog” at 8 p.m.

August 10: “Sing” at 6 p.m. and “The Greatest Showman” at 8 p.m.

August 17: “Coco” at 6 p.m. and “McFarland” at 8 p.m.

August 24: “Ratatouille” at 6 p.m. and “Julie and Julia” at 8 p.m.

August 31: “Ron’s Gone Wrong” at 6 p.m. and “Christopher Robin” at 8 p.m.


Free Friday Night Movies are at Riverfront Park.

Watch those home movies on a 25ft portable screen after the sun goes down.

July 15: “Encanto”

July 22: “Spider-Man: No Way Home”

July 29: “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”

August 5: “The Mitchells vs. the Machines”

August 12: “Cars”

August 19: “Sing 2”

August 26: “Clifford the Big Red Dog”


Head to Hopkinton Town Common on Thursday evenings to watch free outdoor movies all summer long. Movies start at dusk.

July 14: “Encanto”

July 21: “Spider-Man: No Way Home”

July 28: “Raya and the Last Dragon”

August 4: “The Mitchells vs. the Machines”

August 11: “Star Wars: A New Hope”


“Movies on the Green” in downtown Hyannis runs weekly at 7:45 p.m.

July 19:Paw Patrol: The Movie

July 26:Lucas

August 2nd : “Soul


Films will be shown every Thursday at 8 p.m. at Mashpee Village Green, which is across from the library. The film series will last until August 25.

July 14: “The Goonies”

July 21: “Luca”

July 28: “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

August 4: “Black Widow”

August 11: “Raya and the Last Dragon”

August 18: “Back to the Future”

August 25: “Spider-Man No Way Home”

In this 2017 file photo, city workers put the finishing touches on the 37-foot-tall inflatable projection screen. The screen will be used by the city in its upcoming summer film series Movies in the Park.


movies in the parkin Springfield began Monday and will run through the end of July. This long-awaited film series arrives every year and started in 2017 but was postponed due to the pandemic, returning in 2021.

Family events will take place at Marshall Roy Park, Calhoun Park, Myrtle Street Park and Nathan Bill Park and are free to the public.

All movies will start at 8:15 p.m. There will be no rain dates.

July 14: “Encanto” at Myrtle Street Park

July 15: “Encanto” at Nathan Bill Park

July 18: “Sing 2” at Marshall Roy Park

July 20: “Sing 2” at Calhoun Park

July 21: “Sing 2” at Myrtle Street Park

July 22: “Sing 2” at Nathan Bill Park

July 25: “Space Jam: A New Legacy” at Marshall Roy Park

July 27: “Space Jam: A New Legacy” at Calhoun Park

July 28: “Space Jam: A New Legacy” at Myrtle Street Park

July 29: “Space Jam: A New Legacy” at Nathan Bill Park


Movies about the commonwill return to the Common for the first time in two years after pandemic restrictions forced the city to change the event to ‘Films on the Lot’.

“In partnership with the city, we’ve been hosting these free movie screenings at a nearby lot for the past two years, so people can be socially distant in their cars,” said Evelyn Darling, executive director of Downtown Worcester Improvement. District. . “While we enjoyed the drive-in style experience, we are thrilled that current COVID guidelines allow us to host the films in the fresh air and green spaces of the commons this year.

Movies begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. Attendees can bring their own seat or use available seats. Refreshments are also available onsite for purchase.

July 21: “Encanto”

August 18: “Spider-Man: No Way Home”


In August, “screen on greenwill begin, showing outdoor movies on the big screen at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday nights. Uhlman’s Ice Cream and BORO SugarShack will be available for purchase.

Before the start of the first film, there will be a concert at 7 p.m. by Jumpin Juba, a classic blues and rock band.

July 14: “Mamma Mia” at Bay State Commons

July 21: “Encanto” at Bay State Commons

July 28: “A league apart” at Westborough Golf Course

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