100+ Free Outdoor Family Movies This August in NYC

Free Outdoor Movie Calendar for NYC Kids and Families
Pack a blanket for Summer in the Square movie nights. Photo by Liz Ligon

In August, FREE outdoor movies can be found almost every night in New York City. Not all are family-friendly, though, so we've rounded up those that are. Behold: More than 100 FREE outdoor movies this August, most rated G, PG, or PG-13, organized by date. All you need to do is carve out time in your busy NYC summer schedule and pack a blanket and snacks.

Click through to our listings for details, including addresses and times. Arrive early to stake out a good spot—plus, some outdoor film series also include pre-screening fun, like kids' activities and music. In case of rain, movies may be canceled, so before heading out check the series' official websites for weather-related updates. 


Coco is showing at Riverside Park, Randall's Island, and Coney Island this month. Photo courtesy of Disney Pixar

Wednesday, August 1

Gifted (PG-13) at DeWitt Clinton Park Midtown West
Coco (PG) at Pier 1, Riverside Park — Upper West Side
West Side Story (G) in Long Meadow North — Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Hackers (PG-13) in McCarren Park — Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Black Panther (PG-13) at the Unisphere — Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens

Thursday, August 2

Justice League (PG-13) at Highbridge Park — Washington Heights
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (PG-13) at Union Square Park Union Square
Bend It Like Beckham (PG-13) In Brooklyn Bridge Park — DUMBO, Brooklyn

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Paddington 2 screens at Hudson River Park. Photo courtesy of HeyDay Films

Friday, August 3

The Jackie Robinson Story (PG-13) at Jackie Robinson Park — Sugar Hill
Paddington 2 (PG) at Pier 46, Hudson River Park — West Village
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (PG-13) in Transmitter Park — Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Justice League (PG-13) In Crocheron Park — Bayside, Queens
Black Panther (PG-13) on Firefighter's Field — Roosevelt Island

Saturday, August 4

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (PG-13) at The Peninsula — Inwood Hill Park
Coco
(PG) at the Paul Raimonda Playground – Ditmars Steinway, Queens
Love & Basketball (PG) at Habana Outpost — Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
Black Panther
(PG-13) at Midland Field -- New Dorp, Staten Island
Paddington (PG) at Seaside Wildlife Nature Park -- Eltingville, Staten Island
Coco (PG) on Field 81 — Randall's Island

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial will fly over Astoria Park's Great Lawn. Photo courtesy of Universal

Sunday, August 5

Escape to Witch Mountain (G) on Rockaway Beach – The Rockaways, Queens
Coco
(PG) at Field 81 -- Randall's Island

Monday, August 6

The Wiz (G) at Bryant Park – Midtown West
Coco
(PG) on the Coney Island Boardwalk – Coney Island, Brooklyn
Beauty and the Beast
(2017) (PG) at the George Seuffert Bandshell – Forest Park, Queens
Black Panther
(PG-13) in Cunningham Park – Fresh Meadows, Queens
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
(PG) on Astoria Park's Great Lawn — Astoria, Queens

Tuesday, August 7

The Boxtrolls (PG) At Raoul Wallenberg Playground Washington Heights
Hairspray
(PG) at Valentino Pier — Red Hook, Brooklyn
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
(PG-13) at Baisley Pond Park -- South Jamaica, Queens
Coco
(PG) on the roof of the Bronx Terminal Market — Concourse Village, the Bronx
Spider-Man: Homecoming
(PG-13) at Paradise on Earth – Foxhurst, the Bronx
Black Panther (PG-13) at Owen Dolen Rec Center – Westchester Square, the Bronx
The Mummy 2017
(PG-13) in Wolfe's Pond Park Prince's Bay, Staten Island

Wednesday, August 8

Night at the Museum (PG) at Carl Schurz Park — Upper East Side
Wonder Woman
(PG-13) in Bellevue South Park -- Gramercy
Wonder Woman (PG-13) at Hudson River, Pier 63 — Chelsea
Summer Wars (PG) at Pier 1, Riverside Park — Upper West Side
Space Jam (PG) in Long Meadow North — Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Fantastic Mr Fox (PG) in McCarren Park – Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Dr. Strangelove (PG) at 50 Kent Pop-Up Park -- Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Spirit of the Beehive (NR) in the Socrates Sculpture Park – Long Island City, Queens
The LEGO Batman Movie
(PG) in Vidalia Park – West Farms, the Bronx
The King and I
(G) at the Greenbelt Recreation Center – New Springville, Staten Island

Thursday, August 9

Isle of Dogs (PG-13) at Matthew Sapolin Playground — Upper West Side
Mean Girls (PG-13) at Oculus Plaza — Financial District
Hairspray (PG) at Union Square Park — Union Square
Wayne's World (PG-13) in Brooklyn Bridge Park — DUMBO, Brooklyn
Black Panther
(PG-13) in Commodore Barry Park – Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn
Wonder Woman
(PG-13) in MacNeil Park – College Point, Queens
Wonder
(PG) at the West Bronx Rec Center – Mt Eden, the Bronx
Back to the Future, Part 2
(PG) in Conference House Park -- Tottenville, Staten Island

Friday, August 10

Peter Rabbit (PG) at Twenty Four Sycamores Park — Midtown East
Ghostbusters (1984) (PG-13) on board the Intrepid — Midtown West
Spice World (PG) at Pier 46 in Hudson River Park — West Village
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (PG) at the Narrows Botanical Garden — Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
The Greatest Showman
(PG) in McGolrick Park – Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Black Panther (PG-13) at Transmitter Park — Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Black Panther (PG-13) at Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk — Far Rockaway, Queens
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
(PG-13) in Pelham Bay Park – Baychester, the Bronx
The Incredibles
(PG) in Westerleigh Park -- Westerleigh, Staten Island
Dunkirk
(PG-13) at Franklin D Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach -- South Beach, Staten Island
Ghostbusters (1984) (PG) on the Parade Grounds — Governor's Island

Saturday, August 11

Elf (PG) at Oculus Plaza — Financial District
Coco
(PG) on Rockaway Beach at Beach 94th St – Rockaway Beach, Queens
The Greatest Showman
(PG) in Soundview Park – Soundview, the Bronx
Ready Player One
(PG-13) in CPL Thompson Park – Edwin Markham Gardens, Staten Island

Sunday, August 12

Grease (PG) at Habana Outpost — Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
Mulan 2
(G) at Homecrest Playground -- Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn
Night at the Museum
(PG) in Kelly Park – Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn

Monday, August 13

Labyrinth (PG) at Waterside Plaza — Gramercy/East River
Casablanca (PG) on Astoria Park's Great Lawn — Astoria Park, Queens
Wonder
(PG) at the Lower Highland Playground – Highland Park, Cypress Hills, Queens
Coco
(PG) at the Amphitheater in Playground 52 LII -- Woodstock, the Bronx

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The Lion King will be shown under the stars in Queens. Photo courtesy of Disney

Tuesday, August 14

Gremlins (PG) at Henry M Jackson Playground — Lower East Side
Hair (PG) at Sheep Meadow and 72nd Street — Central Park
The Lion King (G) in Alley Pond Park — Oakland Gardens, Queens

Wednesday, August 15

Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (PG) at James Weldon Johnson Playground — East Harlem
WALL-E (G) at Pier 1, Riverside Park — Upper West Side
Crooklyn (PG-13) at Sheep Meadow and 72nd Street — Central Park
The Greatest Showman (PG) on the Rooftop at Pier 17 – South St Seaport
Black Panther
(PG-13) in the Osborn Playground – Brownsville, Brooklyn
Tampopo (NR) in the Socrates Sculpture Park – Long Island City, Queens
The Incredibles
(PG) in Juniper Valley Park – Middle Village, Queens
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
(PG-13) in Barretto Point Park -- Hunts Point, the Bronx

Thursday, August 16

Fantastic Mr Fox (PG) at Samuel Seabury Playground — Upper East Side
Dr. Strangelove (PG) at Sheep Meadow and 72nd Street — Central Park
Love & Basketball (PG-13) in Brooklyn Bridge Park — DUMBO, Brooklyn
The Goonies (PG) at Beach 108th St Roller Rink – The Rockaways, Queens
A Dog's Purpose
(PG) at Frank Frisch Field -- Mosholu Parkway, the Bronx
Little Giants
(PG) in Father Macris Park – Graniteville, Staten Island

Friday, August 17

Selma (PG-13) at Hansborough Recreation Center — Harlem
Karate Kid (1984) (PG) at Pier 46, Hudson River Park — West Village
A Wrinkle in Time (PG) at Jacob Schiff Playground — Upper West Side
The Producers (1968) (PG) at Morris-Jumel Mansion — Washington Heights
The Muppets Take Manhattan (G) at Sheep Meadow and 72nd Street — Central Park
Black Panther
(PG-13) in Hancock Playground – Bed Stuy, Brooklyn
Ferdinand
(PG) at the Playground for All Children – Flushing Meadows, Queens
Black Panther
(PG-13) in Ferry Point Park -- Throgs Neck, the Bronx
The Lion King (G) in von Briesen Park – Shore Acres, Staten Island
Avengers: Infinity War
(PG-13) in Bloomingdale Park – Woodrow, Staten Island
A Wrinkle in Time (PG) on Firefighter Field — Roosevelt Island

Saturday, August 18

Wonder Woman (PG-13) at Marx Brothers Playground Upper East Side
Despicable Me 3
(PG) in Marc and Jason's Playground -- Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Black Panther
(PG-13) at the Roy Wilkins Rec Center -- St Albans, Queens
Rampage
(PG-13) at the Willowbrook Park Archery Range -- Bulls Head, Staten Island
The Emoji Movie
(PG) in De Matti Playground -- Rosebank, Staten Island

Sunday, August 19

Dirty Dancing (PG) at Habana Outpost — Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13) on Field 81 — Randall's Island

Monday, August 20

The Wizard of Oz (PG) at Waterside Plaza — Gramercy/East River
Black Panther
(PG-13) on the Coney Island Boardwalk – Coney Island, Brooklyn
Black Panther (PG-13) on Astoria Park's Great Lawn — Astoria, Queens
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
(PG-13) at the George Seuffert Bandshell – Forest Park, Queens
RV
(PG) at the Main Park House in Cunningham Park – Fresh Meadows, Queens

Tuesday, August 21

The BFG (PG) at Col Charles Young Playground — Harlem
Singin' in the Rain
(G) in Seward Park – Lower East Side
Coco (PG) at Valentino Pier — Red Hook, Brooklyn
Paddington 2
(PG) at Lost Battalion Hall Rec Center -- Rego Park, Queens
Dr. Doolittle
(PG-13) at Paradise on Earth -- Foxhurst, the Bronx
Pitch Perfect 3
(PG-13) in Lemon Creek Park – Prince's Bay, Staten Island

Wednesday, August 22

Thor: Ragnarok (PG-13) at Booker T Washington Playground — Upper West Side
Up (PG) at Pier 1, Riverside Park – Upper West Side
Alice in Wonderland
(G) in Prospect Park – Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
This Is Spinal Tap (R) in McCarren Park — Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Black Panther
(PG-13) at the Harry Maze Playground – East Flatbush, Brooklyn
Kedi
(NR) in the Socrates Sculpture Park – Long Island City, Queens
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
(PG-13) at the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park – Flushing, Queens
His Girl Friday
(NR) at the Greenbelt Recreation Center – New Springville, Staten Island

Thursday, August 23

Frozen (PG) Sing-Along at Clinton Cove — Midtown West
Despicable Me 3
(PG) at the Alfred E Smith Rec Center -- Lower East Side
Pick of the Litter (NR) in Fort Greene Park Fort Greene, Brooklyn
Wonder Woman (PG-13) in Brooklyn Bridge Park — DUMBO, Brooklyn
Coco
(PG) at the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum – Flatbush, Brooklyn
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
(PG) in Hunters Point South Park — Long Island City, Queens
The Goonies
(PG) at the Clove Lakes Parkhouse – Sunnyside, Staten Island

Friday, August 24

Spider-Man: Homecoming (PG-13) At Carmansville Playground — Sugar Hill
Coco (PG) at Pier 46 in Hudson River Park — West Village
The Day the Earth Stood Still
(1951) (G) at the Narrows Botanical Gardens — Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
Despicable Me 3
(PG) in Crocheron Park — Bayside, Queens
Tomb Raider
(PG-13) in Seaside Wildlife Nature Park – Eltingville, Staten Island
Paddington 2
(PG) in Westerleigh Park – Westerleigh, Staten Island

Saturday, August 25

A Ballerina's Tale (NR) at Martin Luther King Jr Playground — Harlem
A Wrinkle in Time
(PG) in St. Nicholas Park – Harlem
Community Choice
on board the Intrepid — Midtown West
Descendants 2
(NR) in Great Kills Park – Bay Terrace, Staten Island

Sunday, August 26

The Lion King (G) in Kelly Park – Bed Stuy, Brooklyn
The Princess Bride
(PG) at Beach 94th St Plaza -- Rockaway Beach, Queens

Monday, August 27

From Up on Poppy Hill (PG) at Waterside Plaza — Gramercy/East River
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
(PG) at Thomas Greene Playground -- Gowanus, Brooklyn
Coco
(PG) at the Lower Highland Playground – Highland Park, Queens
Coco
(PG) in Cunningham Park – Fresh Meadows, Queens

Tuesday, August 28

Toy Story (G) at Waterside Plaza — Gramercy/East River
Isle of Dogs
(PG) at Sol Lain Playground — Lower East Side
Dr. Strangelove
(PG) at Valentino Pier — Red Hook, Brooklyn
The LEGO Ninjago Movie
(PG) in Paerdegat Park – East Flatbush, Brooklyn
Black Panther
(PG-13) in Wayanda Park – Queens Village, Queens

Wednesday, August 29

Minions (PG) on the Rooftop at Pier 17 – South St Seaport
Audience Choice
in McCarren Park — Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Despicable Me 3
(PG) in Col David Marcus Playground – Midwood, Brooklyn
Coco
(PG) in Grover Cleveland Park – Ridgewood, Queens
Bringing up Baby
(G) at the Greenbelt Rec Center – New Springville, Staten Island

Thursday, August 30

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (PG-13) at Jackie Robinson Park — Sugar Hill
Audience Choice
in Brooklyn Bridge Park — DUMBO, Brooklyn
Avengers: Infinity War
(PG-13) in Parkside Playground – Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn
The Wizard of Oz
(G) on Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach – South Beach, Staten Island
 


Sherlock Gnomes plays at Inwood Hill Park. Photo courtesy of Paramount

Friday, August 31

Black Panther (PG-13) at Hansborough Recreation Center — Harlem
Sherlock Gnomes
(PG) at J Hood Wright Park — Washington Heights
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
(PG-13) in Maria Hernandez Park – Bushwick, Brooklyn
The LEGO Batman Movie
(PG) in Tudor Park – Ozone Park, Queens
Coco
(PG) at the Williamsbridge Oval -- the Bronx
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
(PG-13) in Bloomingdale Park – Rossville, Staten Island
Yogi Bear
(PG) in Faber Park – Port Richmond, Staten Island

A version of this story was published in 2017; it is updated yearly.

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