Outdoor Movies 2017 in Washington DC, Maryland & Virginia

See the Schedule of Free Summer Movie Festivals Around the Capital Region

Watching movies on a large screen outdoors has become a popular summer activity. There are several outdoor movie festivals in the Washington, DC area. Most of the movies are free and offer a great opportunity for families to enjoy some time together under the stars. Here are the schedules for 2017. Please note that many of the schedules are announced throughout the season. Please check back for updates.

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    Capitol Riverfront Outdoor Movies

    Outdoor Concert
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    • Dates: Thursdays, June 1-August 17, 2017.  
    • Locat​ion: ​Canal Park, 2nd and "Eye" Streets, SE Washington, DC.

    Enjoy a variety of free films on the Potomac waterfront. Bring blankets, chairs, and a picnic. Arrive early to participate in games such as Wii on the big screen, trivia and hula hooping. See the schedule of movies.

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    Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival

    • Dates: Fridays, June 2-August 25, 2017.
    • Location: Gateway Park, Rosslyn, Virginia.

    The urban park is the perfect setting for a movie under the stars. There are classics, recent blockbusters and family-friendly favorites. See the schedule of movies

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    National Harbor Movies on the Potomac

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    • Dates: Thursdays and Sundays, May 4-September 24, 2017.
    • Location: Waterfront Street, National Harbor, Maryland.

    Watch a variety of movies along the Potomac waterfront. Thursdays are date night and Sundays are family friendly favorites. See the schedule of movies.

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    NoMa Summer Screen

    • Dates: Wednesdays, June 7-August 30, 2017
    • Location: NoMa Junction, 1005 First St., NE Washington, DC. 

    Enjoy a variety of films with your friends and neighbors. See the schedule of movies

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    Drive-in Movies at Union Market

    • Dates: First Friday of each month, April through November 2017
    • Location:  Union Market 305 5th Street, NE Washington DC.

    Enjoy a drive-in movie experience in the heart of the nation's capital. Arrive early and grab dinner or some great snacks at this unique urban marketplace. See the schedule of movies

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    Golden Cinema Series

    • Dates: Fridays, June 2-August 4, 2017. 
    • Location: Farragut Square NW Washington DC.

    Enjoy a variety of films in this urban park in the heart of the city. See the schedule of movies

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    Bethesda Outdoor Movies-Stars on the Avenue

    ••• Photo Courtesy of Bethesda Urban Partnership
    • Dates: July 18-22, 2017
    • Location: Woodmont Triangle, Downtown Bethesda, Maryland.

    Enjoy a variety of movies in the heart of Bethesda. See the schedule of movies

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    Columbia's Lakefront Summer Festival Movies

    • Dates: Mondays and Fridays, June 26-Aug. 28, 2017 and Fridays and Saturdays, September 1-9, 2017. 
    • Location: Columbia Town Center, 10320 Little Patuxent Pkwy. Columbia, Maryland.

    Watch a wide range of movies in the heart of Columbia. See the schedule of movies

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    Crystal Screen Outdoor Film Festival

    ••• Photo courtesy of Crystal BID
    • Dates: 2017 Dates to Be Announced.
    • Location: 18th and South Bell Streets, Crystal City, Virginia.

    Check out a variety of movies in the heart of Northern Virginia. See the schedule of movies

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    Lake Anne Summer Outdoor Movies

    ••• Photo Courtesy of Lake Anne Plaza
    • Dates: 2017 Dates to Be Announced.
    • Location: Lake Ann Village Center,  1609 Washington Plaza N., Reston, Virginia.

    Watch a variety of movies on the lake. See the schedule of movies

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    Georgetown Sunset Cinema Series

    • Dates: 2017 Dates to Be Announced.
    • Location: Georgetown Waterfront Park, Washington DC.

    See movies along the Potomac in the city's favorite historic neighborhood. See the schedule of movies

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    Films at the Stone - Martin Luther King Memorial

    • Dates: 2017 Dates to Be Announced.
    • Location: Martin Luther King Memorial, 1964 Independence Ave SW, Washington DC.

    Watch inspiring films with the memorial and the beautiful Tidal Basin as a backdrop. See the schedule of movies

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    Comcast Outdoor Film Festival - Strathmore

    • Dates: 2017 Dates to Be Announced.
    • Location: Strathmore Music Center, 5301 Tuckerman Ln, North Bethesda, MD.

    The outdoor movies and festivities benefit the National Institutes of Health Children’s Charities. See the schedule of movies

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    Alexandria Outdoor Film Festival and Movies Under the Stars

    • Dates: 2017 Dates to Be Announced.
    • Location: Old Town Alexandria hosts two movie festivals, one at the Waterfront Park and the other in Del Ray at the fields of the Recreation Center.  

    Enjoy movies in the heart of Old Town. See the schedule of movies

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    U Street Outdoor Movies - Harrison Field Under the Stars

    • Dates: 2017 Dates to Be Announced
    • Location: V St. between 13th and 14th Sts. Washington DC

    Enjoy a variety of movies in the heart of one of the city's most popular neighborhoods. See the schedule of movies

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    Falls Church Sunset Cinema

    • Dates: 2017 Dates to Be Announced.
    • Location: Cherry Hill Park, 312 Park Ave., Falls Church, Virginia.

    Family friendly movies are held in the park. See the schedule of movies