Hudson RiverFlicks Kids. Photo courtesy of Hudson River Park
Hudson RiverFlicks Kids. Photo courtesy of Hudson River Park

Free Outdoor Movies in NYC This Summer

New York City screens hundreds of FREE outdoor movies each summer, many of them just for kids and families. 

A few outdoor movie series, such as RiverFlicks for Kids in the West Village, are aimed specifically at children. But even grown-up series, such as those in Bryant Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park, include some family-friendly screenings in their lineup. The amazing Movies Under the Stars series offers screenings in parks and at playgrounds in all five boroughs every summer, and you can find them as they're scheduled with this super-secret link to our calendar search (OK, not so secret now). We've even filtered it for you by borough: ManhattanBrooklynQueensThe Bronx, and Staten Island.

Movies usually begin when evening falls, between 8 and 8:30pm, but plan to arrive early...the well-known series fill up fast, and many parks offer pre-movie entertainment. Even if your local park is screening a flick you've watched a dozen or so times at home, it's a totally different experience viewing it in the open air alongside several hundred other fans. It's a thrilling, communal event, and a summer rite of passage for New Yorkers of all ages.

So grab your calendars, roll up your picnic blankets, and start plotting your FREE summer of entertainment now. And be sure to check out the other amazing seasonal activities in our Summer Fun Guide.

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Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum
Pier 86, W. 46th St. and 12th Ave.
New York, NY 10036

Columbus Park
55 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10038

Bryant Park
Bryant Park Between 40th & 42nd Sts. & Fifth and Sixth Aves.
New York, NY

Morris-Jumel Mansion
65 Jumel Terrace Roger Morris Park
New York, NY 10032

South Street Seaport Pier 17
89 South Street Rooftop
New York, NY 10038

Pier 63
Pier 63 Hudson River Park
New York, NY

Riverside Park South
Riverside Park Pier I, Enter at 70th Street
New York, NY

Stuyvesant Square
New York, NY 10003

Hudson River Park
Pier 46 Cross at Charles St.
New York, NY

Carl Schurz Park
Carl Schurz Park Hockey/basketball courts, enter the park at 84th Street and walk toward the water
New York, NY

Union Square Park
Union Square Manhattan
Manhattan, NY

Central Park
landscape between Sheep Meadow and the 72nd Street Cross Drive (Terrace Drive) enter the Park at 72nd Street at Central Park West or Fifth Avenue.
New York, NY

Habana Outpost
757 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY

Albee Square
Corner of Fulton and Bond
Brooklyn, NY

Narrows Botanical Gardens
Narrows Botanical Gardens Shore Road between Bay Ridge Ave and 72nd Street
Brooklyn, NY

Coney Island
West 10th Street and the Boardwalk
Brooklyn, NY 11224

Valentino Pier
Van Dyke St, Coffey St, Ferris St.
Brooklyn, NY 11231

Brooklyn Bridge Park
Harbor View Lawn of Pier 1
Brooklyn, NY

Transmitter Park
Greenpoint Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11222

Prospect Park
Long Meadow North
Brooklyn, NY

The Plaza at Ashland
300 Ashland Place
Brooklyn, NY

Hunter's Point South Park
Hunter's Point South Park Borden Avenue and Center Boulevard
Queens, NY

Noonan Playground
42nd St &, Greenpoint Ave
Woodside, NY 11377

Socrates Sculpture Park
3134 Vernon Blvd
Queens, NY

Astoria Park
Great Lawn
Queens, NY

Bronx Terminal Market
610 Exterior Street Level 6, Garage Roofdeck
Bronx, NY

Randall's Island
New York, NY 10035

Governor's Island
Parade Grounds
New York, NY