Free Summer Events 2017: Movies and Live Theater

Where to Watch a Movie or Catch a Show in St. Louis for Free

There is so much to do in St. Louis in the summer and much of it is free. You can catch a movie or check out some great live theater without spending any money. Here's information on free movies and live theater this summer.

  • 01 of 14
    Shakespeare Festival in Forest Park
    ••• James Bashkin / Flickr / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

    See a free performance of The Winter's Tale outdoors in beautiful Forest Park. No tickets are required, just show up with your blanket or lawn chair. The performances are every night at 8 p.m., except Tuesdays. Come early and enjoy free family-friendly activities and backstage tours starting at 6:30 p.m. Vendors will also be selling sandwiches, snacks, beer and wine or bring your own picnic dinner.
    June 2 - 25, 2017

  • 02 of 14

    Family-friendly movies are shown one Thursday a month during the summer at the Kingshighway Branch of the St. Louis Public Library. Films for this series are Goonies in June, The BFG in July and Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life in August. The movies start at 4:30 p.m.
    June 1, July 6, & August 3, 2017

  • 03 of 14

    Everyone is invited to watch free movies this summer at the New Town Amphitheater in St. Charles. Movies are shown every other Friday from June through August. Films this year include Moana, The Wizard of Oz, Zootopia, and Rogue One. Movies begin at dusk.
    June 2, 16, 30, July 14, 28, August 11, 25 & September 15,  2017

  • 04 of 14

    Children and teens can enjoy movies on Mondays at the Buder Branch of the St. Louis Public Library. Children's movies are shown at 1 p.m. and include The BFG, Pete's Dragon and The Jungle Book. Teen movies are shown on the same day at 3 p.m. Teen selections include Ender's Game, If I Stay and Divergent.
    June 5, 12, 26, July 3, 17, 31 & August 7, 14, 2017 

    Continue to 5 of 14 below.
  • 05 of 14

    Movies are shown under the stars at the Chesterfield Amphitheater. Movies this year include popular family-friendly features Moana and The Secret Life of Pets. Movies begin at dusk.
    June 8 & 29, 2017

  • 06 of 14

    Families can enjoy a free movie night at the Schroeder Park Amphitheater in Manchester. This year's films are Sing in June and The Princess Bride in August. Movies begin around 8:30 p.m.
    June 9 & August 3, 2017

  • 07 of 14

    See a free movie at Glazebrook Park in Godfrey. The family-friendly films this year are Moana in June, The Lego Batman Movie in July and Trolls in August. The films begin at dusk.
    June 9, July 14 & August 11, 2017

  • 08 of 14

    The Old Orchard Gazebo Series in Webster Groves is an evening of free music and movies. It begins at 7 p.m. with a concert local musicians, followed by a feature film. Movies this year include Hail! Hail! Rock n Roll, The Blues Brothers and Almost Famous.
    June 9, 16, 23, 30 & July 7, 14, 2017


    Continue to 9 of 14 below.
  • 09 of 14

    Nearly 1,500 free seats are available for every Muny performance in Forest Park. They are available on a first come, first served basis. The free seat gates open at 7 p.m. Shows start at 8:15 p.m. Musicals this year include Jesus Christ Superstar, The Unsinkable Molly Brown and A Chorus Line.
    June 12 - August 13, 2017

  • 10 of 14

    Bring lawn chairs and blankets to Boulevard Park in Lake St. Louis for a free movie night one Friday a month all summer long. Family-friendly options include The Secret Life of Pets in June, Moana in July and The Wild Life in August. Movies begin at dusk (around 8:30 p.m.)
    June 16, July 14 & August 11, 2017

  • 11 of 14

    See a free outdoor movie one Monday a month at Ballpark Village in downtown St. Louis. Movies are shown on the big screen at the Busch II Infield starting at 7 p.m. Options this year are Kung Fu Panda 3 in June, Sing in July, The Jungle Book in August and Angry Birds in September. Food and drinks are available for purchase, but no outside food can be brought in.
    June 19, July 10, August 14 & September 18, 2017

  • 12 of 14

    Take in a free outdoor movie at Art Hill in Forest Park. The St. Louis Art Museum's Outdoor Film Series is held for four Fridays starting in July. This year it features the popular films Titanic, Dream Girls, To Catch a Thief and The Devil Wears Prada. The movies begin at 9 p.m. The Art Museum's main level and restrooms also stay open late.
    July 14, 21, 28 & August 4, 2017

    Continue to 13 of 14 below.
  • 13 of 14

    Lafayette Square Park in south St. Louis hosts a free movie night once a month in August and September. Selections this year are The Secret Life of Pets and Jurassic Park. Movies start at dusk.
    August 29 & September 16, 2017

  • 14 of 14

    Cheap Movie Options

    They aren't free, but they're cheap. See kid-friendly movies for a dollar at Regal Cinema's Summer Movie Express and for $3 at Wehrenberg Theatres Kids Dream Family Film Series. The movies are shown some weekday mornings at 10 a.m.
    May 30  - August 16, 2017