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‘Summer Movies in the Park' Return for 2017 Season

The free outdoor movie series runs through October, with films usually screening on Friday and Saturday evenings at parks across the county and city

Flicks al fresco? Yes, please.

San Diego’s beloved “Summer Movies in the Park” is back: a series of free, outdoor movie screenings at county and city parks now through the end of October.


The movies typically screen on Friday and Saturday evenings. Participating parks span the county – from big locations like Waterfront Park along the downtown Harbor (May 26, playing “Moana”) and Presidio Park in Old Town (July 8, playing “The LEGO Batman Movie”) to community parks in uptown, Chula Vista, the East County and the North County.

This year, the lineup of family-friendly flicks are mostly PG-rated. They include classics like “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” “The Wizard of Oz,” and “The Sandlot,” as well as newer movies like “The Jungle Book,” “Sing” and “Trolls.” Movies vary by location; check this master list here to see what’s playing and where throughout the summer.

The movies usually begin at dusk, with the event wrapping up around 10 p.m.


Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy games and activities before the movie starts and to bring blankets and low-back chairs to make their spot on the grass extra comfortable. In some cases, concessions from food trucks or other vendors will be available for purchase during the event. Leashed dogs are also allowed at most parks. 


The Summer Movies in the Park series began in 2007 as a "take back our parks"initiative, giving local residents a reason to visit county and city parks. The movie series aims to help locals build a sense of community.

The series is a collaborative effort between the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation, the Cities of San Diego, Chula Vista, El Cajon, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, National City, Oceanside, Poway, Vista and the USS Midway Museum.

For more information about Summer Movies in the Park, including exact showtimes and locations, visit this website.


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