Free Summer Events in St. Louis: Movies and Live Theater

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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 are the top picks for summer 2018.

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Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

Shakespeare Festival in Forest Park
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See a free performance of "Romeo & Juliet" outdoors in beautiful Forest Park. No tickets are required, just show up with your blanket or lawn chair. The performances are nightly 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 sell sandwiches, snacks, beer, and wine, or bring your own picnic dinner.
June 1–24, 2018

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Senior Film Series at Buder Library

Older adults can enjoy classic movies on Wednesdays at the Buder Branch of the St. Louis Public Library. Movies are shown at 1:30 p.m. June's theme is bridal movies, which include "Our Blushing Brides," "June Bride," "Zandy's Bride," and "The Bride Came C.O.D."
June 6, 13, 20, 27; July 11, 18, 25; August 1, 15, 22, 29, 2018

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Webster Groves Old Orchard Gazebo Series

The Old Orchard Gazebo Series in Webster Groves is an evening of free music and movies. It begins in Gazebo Park at 7 p.m. with a concert by local musicians, followed by a feature film at 9 p.m. This summer's Friday-night films include "His Girl Friday," "Little Shop of Horrors," "Teenagers From Outer Space," and more.
June 8, 15, 22, 29; July 6 and 13, 2018 

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St. Charles Summer Movies

Everyone is invited to watch free movies this summer at the New Town Amphitheater in St. Charles. Movies are family-friendly and begin at dusk.
June 8 and 22; July 13 and 27; August 3, 17, and 31, 2018

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Godfrey Movies in the Park

See a free movie at Glazebrook Park in Godfrey, Illinois. The Friday-night films are shown once a month from June through August. Films this summer are "Leap!" in June, "Despicable Me 3" in July, and "Coco" in August. Films begin at dusk. Concessions will be available.  ​​
June 8, July 13, and August 10, 2018

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Lake St. Louis Movies in the Park

Bring lawn chairs and blankets to Boulevard Park Amphitheater in Lake St. Louis for a free movie night one Friday a month all summer long. Family-friendly options include "The Lion King" in June, "The Emoji Movie" in July, and "Coco" in August. Movies begin at 8:30 p.m.​
June 8, July 13, and August 10, 2018

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Manchester Movies in the Park

Families can enjoy a free movie night at the Schroeder Park Amphitheater in Manchester. This year's films are "Despicable Me 3" in June and "Grease" in August. Movies begin at 8:30 p.m.
June 8 and August 2, 2018

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The Muny Theatre in Forest Park

Nearly 1,500 free seats are available for every Muny performance in Forest Park on a first-come, first-served basis. The gates to the free seats open at 7 p.m. Shows start at 8:15 p.m. Musicals this year include "The Wiz," "Jersey Boys," "Annie," "Singin' in the Rain," "Meet Me in St. Louis," and more. 
June 11–August 12, 2018

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Chesterfield Movies Under the Stars

This year, bring the family to see "Despicable Me 3" and "Coco" outdoors under the stars at Chesterfield Amphitheater. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the films begin at 8 p.m. Fixed and lawn seating are available; bring a blanket if you'd like to sit on the lawn. Concession stands will be open​ or bring your own snacks.
June 14 and July 26, 2018

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Movie Mondays at Ballpark Village

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 "Peter Rabbit" in June, "Paddington 2" in July, "Jumanji" in August, and "A Wrinkle in Time" in September. Food and drinks are available for purchase, but no outside food is allowed.
June 18, July 16, August 20, and September 17, 2018

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Art Hill Film Series in Forest Park

Take in a free outdoor movie in Forest Park at the St. Louis Art Museum's Art Hill Film Series. It is held on four Fridays starting in July. Films scheduled this year are "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Hidden Figures, "Dr. No," and "The Neverending Story." The movies begin at 9 p.m., with pre-film festivities beginning at 6 p.m. The art museum's main level and restrooms will stay open late on film nights.
July 13, 20, 27; August 3, 2018

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Lafayette Square Movies in the Park

Lafayette Square Park in south St. Louis hosts a free movie night once a month from July through September. Selections this year are "Jurassic Park" in July, "Thor" in August, and "Star Trek" in September. Movies start at dusk.
July 21, August 18, and September 15, 2018

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Cheap Movie Options

These movies aren't free, but they're cheap. See kid-friendly movies for $1 at Regal Cinema's Summer Movie Express and for $3 at ​Marcus Theatres' Kids Dream Family Film Series. The movies are shown on select mornings at 10 a.m.​ This summer's films include "Trolls," ​"My Little Pony," "Sherlock Gnomes," and more.
June-August 2018

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