The St. Louis Art Museum's Outdoor Film Series is your chance to watch a free movie in beautiful Forest Park. The series began only a few years ago, but it's quickly becoming one of the more popular free summer events in St. Louis.
When and Where
The Outdoor Film Series is held on Friday nights for four weeks. In 2017, the event runs July 14, July 21, July 28 and August 4. A large movie screen is set up about half way down Art Hill, near the main entrance of the St. Louis Art Museum. Everyone is invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs and find a place on the grass to enjoy the show. As is often the case with popular events, it's best to arrive early to find the best spots near the big screen.
Food, Music and Art
The celebration begins at 6 p.m., (three hours before the movie starts) with food and music. Local musicians entertain the crowd, while the area's most popular food trucks serve up their signature dishes. Or if you prefer, you can bring your own picnic dinner or grab a bite to eat at the Museum Cafe.
The Art Museum itself is open late on Fridays for anyone who wants to browse through the galleries before the movie starts. The current exhibits offer something for all tastes. There's "Learning to See: Renaissance and Baroque Masterworks." This exhibit showcases art by Rembrandt and other European Masters in the 15th to 17th centuries. "The Hats of Stephen Jones" exhibit features headwear by the famous British milliner. Another option is "In the Realm of Trees" which shows the beauty of nature through photography, paintings and decorative art.
2017 Schedule of Movies
All of the movies start at 9 p.m. The movies selected for the film series are:
July 14 - Titanic
July 21 - Dream Girls
July 28 - To Catch a Thief
August 4 - The Devil Wears Prada
Where to Park
As with all big events in Forest Park, it can be a challenge to find a parking spot. There are two parking lots north of the museum's main entrance. There is also some street parking available along Fine Arts Drive, and along Government Drive near the St. Louis Zoo. Keep in mind though, that the Zoo is also open late until 8 p.m., on Friday nights during the summer for its free Jungle Boogie concerts.
In Case of Rain
If there's rain or storms in the forecast, the Art Museum will post updates about the film series on Facebook, Twitter and the museum's website. You can also call (314) 655-5345 to get more information.
More Free Summer Events
The St. Louis Art Museum's Outdoor Film Series is just one of the many free events around town this summer. When you're looking for something to do without spending any money, check out the ideas in Free Summer Concerts and Live Music, Free Summer Movies and Live Theater and Free Summer Fun for Kids.