Bring a blanket and sit on the lawn to enjoy Bryant Park Movie Nights. Photo by Angelito Jusay
Bring a blanket and sit on the lawn to enjoy Bryant Park Movie Nights. Photo by Angelito Jusay

Free Outdoor Movies in NYC This October

New York City screens tons of FREE outdoor movies each summer, and many of them are just for kids and families - and extend into autumn. We've been keeping an eye on these special alfresco screenings all summer long and are presenting an updated list of FREE outdoor movies playing this October, including the Movies Under the Stars series, which offers screenings in some of our favorite parks and playgrounds

If you're looking for paid options, check out our roundup of drive-in movie theaters in and near NYC. Be sure to bookmark our Activity Calendar for more fun things to do.

Movies usually begin when evening falls, and as summer turns to fall, take note, showtimes begin earlier. Plan to arrive early to stake out a good viewing spot. Even if your local park is screening a flick you've watched a dozen times before, it's a totally different experience viewing it in the open air alongside other fans. It's a thrilling, communal event, and a summer rite of passage for New Yorkers of all ages.

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