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Catch Free Outdoor Movies in DC, Maryland and Virginia All Summer Long

Find drive-ins and outdoor movies across the DMV

People in the park, watching a movie
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A D.C.-area summer tradition is back. Grab a picnic blanket and swing by a food truck, because you can once again enjoy summer nights at free outdoor movie screenings. Here’s everything you need to know to watch your favorite films under the stars. (Are we missing your favorite outdoor movie series? Let us know! Email us at

Outdoor Summer Movies in Washington, D.C.:


Georgetown Sunset Cinema returns this summer. Head to Georgetown Waterfront Park for free outdoor movies on Tuesday nights through Sept. 6. Movies include "Bridesmaids" and "Black Panther."

The Wharf:

Head to The Wharf's Transit Pier on the second, third and fourth Thursdays in August for Sunset Cinema. "Spider-Man: No Way Home" and "Crazy Rich Asians" are among the hits are on the schedule. Screenings begin at 7:30 p.m. Here's the full lineup.

You can pick up concessions from Cantina Bambina or bring food from restaurants on The Wharf. Outside drinks are not allowed.

Outdoor Summer Movies in Maryland:

Ellicott City:

The Wine Bin in Ellicott City, Maryland is hosting free Movie Nights now through Oct. 29. Viewers can buy wine and snacks including popcorn, cheeses and charcuterie to enjoy while watching a variety of films from classics like "Dr. No" to new favorites like Disney's "Jungle Cruise."

National Harbor:

Movies on the Potomac is back this year, screening family movies every Sunday at 6 p.m. and date night movies every Thursday at 7 p.m. Each month brings a new theme of movies; August's is musical favorites.

All you need to bring is a chair or a blanket to enjoy these free screenings. Food is available to purchase at nearby establishments.


Movies in the Parks in Rockville has returned to showcase free outdoor movies at four different neighborhood parks throughout the city, including Montrose Park, Potomac Woods Park and Calvin Park.

Viewers are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, food and non-alcoholic beverages. Movies begin at dusk (about 8 p.m.), through Aug. 24.

Outdoor Summer Movies in Northern Virginia:


Starlight Drive-In Cinema brought back another season of movie magic for the community to enjoy at Trinity Centre (5860 Trinity Parkway, Centreville). You can catch movies each Saturday at 5 p.m. through Aug. 27. Go here and click/tap "Starlight Cinema" for the complete schedule.

Viewers don't need a car to enjoy this drive-in. Picnics, blankets and chairs are all accepted.

Mosaic District:

The Mosaic District in Fairfax County is hosting Films in the Park every Thursday night through Aug. 25. You'll find them at Strawberry Park starting at 7 p.m. Movies include "The Birdcage," "In the Heights" and "Spider-Man: No Way Home."

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