Where to Watch Outdoor Movies Around Seattle (Summer 2024)

A big list of summertime movies ๐ŸŒ†

๐Ÿ“ธ: Barbie, screening in the Seattle metro area this summer

Summertime in Seattle is forย watching movies outdoors. Lush, grassy parks host films throughout July and into September, from recent blockbusters likeย Barbie ย to timeless hits likeย Jaws.

This big list includes free screenings in Seattle, but also screenings happening in neighboring cities like Kirkland, Redmond, Auburn, and Federal Way. Grab some friends and family members, pull out the blankets, and let’s get into it.

Movies at the Mural @ Seattle Center

Fridays in Seattle

๐Ÿ“† Friday, July 26th โ€“ Friday, August 23rd
๐ŸŽŸ Free
๐Ÿ“ Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre Lawn: 305 Harrison St, Seattle

Another year, another chance to wander away from a show at the ballet or Seattle Childrenโ€™s Theater and traipse through the Seattle Center only to notice that dusk has just fallen, people are cozying up on the Mural Amphitheatre Lawn, and your favorite movie is about to begin. Presented by Prime Video, this free series of five films is also done in collaboration with the UW Professional & Continuing Educationโ€™s Film & Video Production certificate program, so before you watch a recent Oscar winner or a notorious cult sci-fi item (see below), youโ€™ll get to see a short film from a PCE alum

Center City Cinema @ Seattle City Parks

Summer screenings across 12 Seattle City Parks

๐Ÿ“† Wednesday, June 26th โ€“ Saturday, September 14th
๐ŸŽŸ Free

๐ŸŒณ Parks around Seattle, including:
๐Ÿ“ Albert Davis Park: 12526 27th Ave NE, Seattle

๐Ÿ“ Ballard Commons Park: 5701 22nd Ave NW, Seattle
๐Ÿ“Cal Anderson Park: 1635 11th Ave, Seattle
๐Ÿ“Cascade Playground: 333 Pontius Ave N, Seattle
๐Ÿ“City Hall Park: 450 3rd Ave, Seattle
๐Ÿ“Denny Park: 100 Dexter Ave N, Seattle
๐Ÿ“Freeway Park: 700 Seneca St, Seattle
๐Ÿ“ Hing Hay Park: 423 Maynard Ave S, Seattle
๐Ÿ“ Lake City Mini Park: 12363 Lake City Way NE, Seattle
๐Ÿ“ Lake Union Park: 860 Terry Ave N, Seattle
๐Ÿ“ Occidental Square: 117 S Washington St, Seattle
๐Ÿ“ Westlake Park: 401 Pine St, Seattle

Some of us who live outside the city center (howdy from Lake City!) bemoan that the most publicized events can sometimes feel like a hassle to get to, what with heavy traffic and increasing parking rates. But itโ€™s summer, the sun is out, all bets are off, and Seattle Parks and Recreation wants to bring cinematic entertainment to your block! Enter Center City Cinema, with free movie programming at 12 different parks over the next few months, some with accompanying food trucks, all a way to spruce up your neighborhood. 

Movies by the Tower @ Maple Leaf Reservoir Park

Saturdays in Seattle

A collage of the three films screening as part of the annual Movies By The Tower series.

๐Ÿ“† Three Saturdays in August: 10th, 17th, 24th
๐ŸŽŸ Free
๐Ÿ“ Maple Leaf Reservoir Park: 1020 NE 82nd St, Seattle

This summer marks the third anniversary of the Movies by the Tower series, a collaboration between Scarecrow Video and the Maple Leaf Community Council. What began as an outdoor family movie night in Councilmember Billy Thompson’s backyard has quickly grown to a community event that now spans the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park. In 2023, organizers estimated that over a thousand people gathered under the stars to watch the specially curated films throughout the summer. This year, the series theme is “Women in Film.” Women directed the three films selected (directors Ava DuVernay, Great Gerwig, and Penny Marshall). Each features female protagonists with feminist themes. The series kicks off Saturday August 10th, and continues throughout the month. 

Dive-In Movies @ Wild Waves Theme and Water Park

Thursdays in Federal Way

๐Ÿ“† Thursdays from June 20th โ€“ August 29th
๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ Single-day tickets start at $37.99 | Season passes start at $72.99
โ˜ Reserve a spot here
๐Ÿ“ Wild Waves Theme and Water Park: 36201 Enchanted Pkwy S

The rain-soaked world of the Pacific Northwest makes us less likely to have drive-in movies and amusement parks than other locales. However, the Wild Waves theme park has combined the two outdoor activities with its Dive-In Movies series. Held every Thursday from June 20th to August 29th, guests can relish watching a film from inside a wave pool. The series features a selection of G and PG-rated movies that park attendees can catch on a giant LED screen. Guests can float on a tube or lounge in a chair to enjoy a variety of family-friendly flicks.

Summer Outdoor Movies @ Juanita Beach Park + Heritage Park

Saturdays in Kirkland

๐Ÿ“† Saturday, July 13th โ€“ Saturday, July 27th
๐ŸŽŸ Free
๐Ÿ“ Juanita Beach Park: 9703 NE Juanita Dr, Kirkland

๐Ÿ“† Saturday, August 3rd โ€“ Saturday, August 10th
๐ŸŽŸ Free
๐Ÿ“ Heritage Park: 111 Waverly Way, Kirkland

Unlike other local outdoor movie screenings, the city of Kirkland keeps the tradition up year-round with beach screenings in the winter and spring for those hardy enough to brave the PNW’s weather, so they’re very well-practiced in building community events. Of note, while most outdoor summer movies are projected and necessitate it be dusk, Kirkland has invested in a giant LED screen for all screenings. But now that the clouds have parted, the city to the northeast has a series of ten films in two different locations that’s sure to tickle the fancy of somebody in your party. It’s all free, to grab a blanket, curl up on the beach or the lawn, and get a load of this lineup. 

Outdoor Movies @ Marymoor Park

Weeknights in Redmond

๐Ÿ“† Wednesday, July 10th โ€” Wednesday, August 28th
๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $10 per person + service fees (five-year-olds and under free)
โ˜ Reserve a spot here
๐Ÿ“ Marymoor Park: 6046 West Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE, Redmond

Marymoor Park gets a lot of press for its summer concert series (this yearโ€™s lineup includes The Avett Brothers, Primus, Ziggy Marley, and great pairings like Boy George + Squeeze and Melissa Etheridge + Jewel), but between those live act dates is a chance to catch your favorite flicks, presented by BECU. Tickets are only $10 per person, the events are dog-friendly, each has preshow entertainment, and thereโ€™s food truck service provided by Candela Pizza, Los Chilangos, Mexicuban, Buddha Bruddah, and Trophy Cupcakes.

Friday Night Flicks @ Auburn City Parks

Fridays in Auburn

๐Ÿ“† Fridays from July 26th โ€“ August 9th
๐ŸŽŸ Free
๐Ÿ“ Auburn Parks: Lea Hill Park, Sunset Park, and Les Gove Park

The City of Auburnโ€™s outdoor movie night, Friday Night Flicks, is a summer tradition. Put on by Auburn Parks and Auburn Arts & Recreation, the series offers free screenings of films on a 50-foot inflatable movie screen. Itโ€™s held in parks across Auburn, and some showings include pre-movie activities and entertainment. Films range from animated adventures to heartwarming classics. Pack a bag with treats, and grab lawn chairs or a blanket to delight in a film al fresco.

All showtimes are approximate. Movies start at dusk. Arrive early to grab seating.


Sandra Woolf

Sandra is a writer and film programmer currently haunting the PNW. Fueled by iced coffee and love of all things pink (donโ€™t tell the other goths). Sheโ€™s most interested in finding the sexy dark corners of Seattle.

Patheresa Wells

Patheresa Wells is a Black/Persian, Pansexual, Polyamorous Poet (so many Ps) and writer living in Seatac. An aspiring comic, you can catch her cracking jokes at open mics around the area. In her free time, she likes to imagine what she’d do with free time and feed her backyard crows cuz they’re silly. Follow her on Twitter @PatheresaWells.

Marcus Gorman

Marcus Gorman is a Seattle-based playwright and film programmer. He once raised money for a synagogue by marathoning 15 Adam Sandler movies in one weekend. You can find him on Instagram and Twitter @marcus_gorman.

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