Where to Watch Outdoor Movies in DC, Maryland and Virginia All Summer Long

Grab some popcorn for outdoor movie screenings almost every day of the week

Watching a movie under the stars is a D.C.-area summer tradition.

Tim Burton movies in a cemetery, a foray into French dance and plenty of opportunities to watch “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Minions: The Rise of Gru” are on tap this summer.

Pack your popcorn and check out the movies below โ€” the list is organized by the day of the week, starting with Monday. We’re expecting more movie announcements to bubble up soon, including from the Golden Triangle and Bethesda, so check back for more.

Outdoor Summer Movies in Washington, D.C.

Adams Morgan Movie Nights

๐Ÿ“… Tuesdays, May 23 to June 27
๐Ÿ“ Soccer field at Marie Reed Elementary (Northwest D.C.)
๐Ÿ’ฒ Free
๐Ÿ”— Details

In need of a good laugh? This yearโ€™s Adams Morganย Movieย Night’sย movieย lineup is comedy focused and sure to put a smile on your face. The movie nightsย will kick off on Tuesday, May 23 with “This Is Spinal Tap” and continue with weekly screenings on Tuesdayย nightsย through June 27, capping with the all-star flick “Shrek.”

Go early to hear stand-up comedians perform before each screening.

Movies are free and shown on the soccer field at Marie Reed School. Check out the Brown Bag Movie Meals for dinner from The Diner, Elfegne Ethiopian, Shibuya Eatery and more.

CiNoMatic (NoMA)

๐Ÿ“… Wednesdays through June 7
๐Ÿ“ Alethia Tanner Park (Northeast D.C.)
๐Ÿ’ฒ Free
๐Ÿ”— Details

We can all get behind this year’s theme, โ€œVillains We Love” and its films including “Cruella” (May 31) and “The Devil Wears Prada” (June 7). Movies begin at sunset; registration is recommended, the NoMA BID says.

Van Ness Main Street Movie Night in the Park

๐Ÿ“… Wednesdays in June
๐Ÿ“ UDC Ampitheater (Northwest D.C.)
๐Ÿ’ฒ Free
๐Ÿ”— Details

Watch “Back to the Future” (June 21), “Sister Act” (June 28), “101 Dalmations” (1996) (July 19) and “Minions: The Rise of Gru” (July 26) at the University of the District of Columbia’s outdoor amphitheater. There are wooden seats, but you can bring a cushion or blanket to up the “cozy” factor.

You’re allowed to bring food and drinks, including alcohol, organizers say.

Movies on the Pitch

๐Ÿ“… Thursdays, June 22, July 6, Aug. 24 and Sept. 7
๐Ÿ“ Audi Field (Southwest D.C.)
๐Ÿ’ฒ Free, but tickets are required
๐Ÿ”— Details

Sit on the green at Audi Field to see “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” (June 22), “Jurassic World Dominion” (Sept. 7) and more family-friendly films. Gates will open at 6:30 p.m. ahead of the movie at 7:30 p.m. Concessions will be available for purchase from Audi Field. No chairs or outside food or alcohol are permitted.

Seating on the field is first come, first served, but more seating will be available in the stands.

CAN I KICK IT? Downtown DC Summer Flicks

๐Ÿ“… Thursdays, June 1 through July 13
๐Ÿ“ Franklin Park (Northwest D.C.)
๐Ÿ’ฒ Free
๐Ÿ”— Details

DowntownDCโ€™s CAN I KICK IT?  movie series is back for its sixth season at Franklin Park โ€” and a DJ will be providing a live soundtrack.

The free event series begins with “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” (June 1) and continues with titles including “Mission Impossible” (June 8) and “Everything Everywhere All At Once” (June 29). Join the crowd for action-packed films, music, nearby food specials and more.

Seating starts at 7:30 p.m. for pre-movie tunes.

Films on the Green

๐Ÿ“… Thursdays, May 25, June 1, June 8 and June 22
๐Ÿ“ Various locations
๐Ÿ’ฒ Free
๐Ÿ”— Details

Celebrating French dance and cinema, Villa Albertine’s series will show “Sur le Rythme” at the National Sylvan Theatre (June 1), “Trois Nuits Par Semaine” at the Washington Monument (June 8) and “Twist ร  Bamako” at Anacostia Park (June 22). Films will be shown in French with English subtitles.

Cinematery: Tim Burton’s Summer of Surreal

๐Ÿ“… First Fridays
๐Ÿ“ Congressional Cemetery (Southeast D.C.)
๐Ÿ’ฒ $10 adult/$5 child recommended donation
๐Ÿ”— Details

Congressional Cemetery is leaning into its spooky surroundings by showing Tim Burton films: “Alice in Wonderland” (June 2), “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (July 7), “Batman” (Aug. 4) and “Dark Shadows” (Sept. 1).

The Drive-In at Union Market

๐Ÿ“… First and third Fridays through July 21
๐Ÿ“ Union Market (Northeast D.C.)
๐Ÿ’ฒ Free walk-ins, or $20 per car
๐Ÿ”— Details

Films including “King Richard” (June 2) and “Hairspray” (July 21) pair nicely with elevated concessions at Union Market (you can order food online here).

Showings cost $20 per car. Audio is played over the FM radio.

This drive-in is open to those without a car: You can watch on Neal Place for free, and audio will be played over speakers. Alcoholic drinks are only permitted at Neal Place, not in the parking lot.

Extraordinary Cinema at The REACH

๐Ÿ“… Fridays, May 26 to Sept. 1
๐Ÿ“ The REACH at the Kennedy Center
๐Ÿ’ฒ Free

The Kennedy Center will present outdoor films all summer long in its Extraordinary Cinema series. The REACH Video Wall will show classic and modern feature films including “The Iron Giant” (June 30), “Jaws” (July 7), “The Princess Bride” (July 28) and “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” (Aug. 25).

Screenings will begin about sundown or 8 p.m., the Kennedy Center says.

Films at the Stone

๐Ÿ“… One Friday per month (June 16, July 21 and Aug. 25)
๐Ÿ“ Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial (Southwest D.C.)
๐Ÿ’ฒ Free

Catch a film at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial to watch stories of individuals who, against all odds, fought for what was right. The films are “Minions: The Rise of Gru (June 16), “Avatar: The Way of the Water” (July 21) and “The Woman King” (Aug. 25)

The films start at 8 pm. Organizers suggest coming early with blankets or low-profile lawn chairs.

Outdoor Summer Movies in Maryland

Movies in the Parks (Rockville)

๐Ÿ“… Wednesdays, Aug. 2-23
๐Ÿ“ Various locations
๐Ÿ’ฒ Free
๐Ÿ”— Details

Explore Rockville’s parks to see “The Boss Baby” (Aug. 2, Potomac Woods Park), “The Secret Life of Pets” (Aug. 9, Woodley Gardens Park), “Cool Runnings” (Aug. 16, Montrose Park) and “Raya and the Last Dragon” (Aug. 23, Maryvale Park).

Movies on the Potomac (National Harbor)

๐Ÿ“… Thursday date night movies and Sunday family night movies through September
๐Ÿ“ National Harbor
๐Ÿ’ฒ Free
๐Ÿ”— Details

Movies on the Potomac are back! Pack your chairs, grab food to go and meet at the plazaโ€™s big screen for free fun with Thursday date night movies beginning at 7 p.m. and Sunday family night movies beginning at 6 p.m. 

All you need to bring is a chair or a blanket to enjoy these free screenings. Food is available to purchase at nearby establishments.

Movies Under the Stars (Potomac)

๐Ÿ“… First Fridays, June to October
๐Ÿ“ Cabin John Village
๐Ÿ’ฒ Free
๐Ÿ”— Details

Flicks on this summer’s family-friendly lineup are “Moana” (June 2), “Top Gun: Maverick” (July 7), “Toy Story” (Aug. 4) and “Encanto” (Oct. 6).

Summer Movie Nights at the Wine Bin (Ellicott City)

๐Ÿ“… Saturdays through Oct. 28
๐Ÿ“ Ellicott City
๐Ÿ’ฒ Free
๐Ÿ”— Details

The Wine Bin in Ellicott City, Maryland is hosting free movie nights now through Oct. 29. Viewers can buy wine and snacks including chocolate, cheeses and charcuterie to enjoy while watching a variety of films from classics like “Sleepless in Seattle” (June 24) to new films like “Elvis” (Sept. 2).

Each evening begins with live music. The parking lot closes 90 minutes before showtime.

Movies on the Beach (North Beach)

๐Ÿ“… Third Saturday of June, July, August and September
๐Ÿ“ North Beach (Calvert County)
๐Ÿ’ฒ Free
๐Ÿ”— Details

Bring a beach chair for family-friendly films including “Sing 2” (July 15), “Turning Red” (Aug. 19) and “Thor: Love and Thunder” (Sept. 16).

FYI: There’s also a Movies on the Beach series in Ocean City, Maryland, if you’re heading to the shore.

Lakefront Live (Columbia)

๐Ÿ“… Various dates through Sept. 22
๐Ÿ“ Downtown Columbia Lakefront
๐Ÿ’ฒ Free
๐Ÿ”— Details

From the event’s premiere with “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” (May 27) to “Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade” (June 23) to the original “Top Gun” (July 7), Columbia’s series has something for everyone. Movies begin at dusk (8-8:30 p.m.).

Outdoor Movies in Virginia

South Riding Movie Night

๐Ÿ“… Alternating Tuesdays, June 13 to Aug. 8
๐Ÿ“ Town Green or SRC Stage
๐Ÿ’ฒ Free
๐Ÿ”— Details

Bring a blanket or chairs to watch “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” (June 13), “Minions: The Rise of Gru” (June 27), “The Bad Guys” (July 25) and more family classics. The movies start at sunset. Check the schedule for the location of each screening.

Mosaic Films in the Park (Fairfax)

๐Ÿ“… Wednesdays, June 22 through Aug. 17
๐Ÿ“ Strawberry Park in Fairfax, Virginia
๐Ÿ’ฒ Free
๐Ÿ”— Details

The large outdoor screen will show a mix of PG and PG-13 films including “Family Camp” (June 22), “Top Gun: Maverick” (July 6), “Ticket to Paradise” (July 27) and “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” (Aug. 3). Movies are set to begin at 7 p.m.

Rosslyn Cinema

๐Ÿ“… Fridays in June
๐Ÿ“ Gateway Park
๐Ÿ’ฒ Free
๐Ÿ”— Details

Virginians voted to watch “Encanto” (June 3), “Mamma Mia” (June 10), “Space Jam” (June 17) and “National Treasure” (June 24) at this free series. Each night is set to include extra kid-friendly programming.

Beer and wine sales are set to begin at 6 p.m., and a rotating lineup of food trucks will serve snacks. Movies will begin about sundown.

Family Movie Nights (Tysons Corner Center)

๐Ÿ“… Fridays, May 26, June 30, July 28 and Aug. 18
๐Ÿ“ Tysons Corner Center The Plaza
๐Ÿ’ฒ Free
๐Ÿ”— Details

Snack on complimentary popcorn and soft drinks while watching “Moana,” “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” “The Boss Baby: Family Business” and “Matilda.” Screenings are set to begin at 7 p.m.

Lovettsville’s Summer on the Green

๐Ÿ“… Begins Saturday, May 27
๐Ÿ“ Lovettsville Town Green
๐Ÿ’ฒ Free
๐Ÿ”— Details

“The Sandlot” is always a good choice to kick off a summer movie series โ€” it’s set to air at 8 p.m. the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. We expect more screenings to be announced on their Facebook page throughout the summer.

Starlight Cinema (Centreville)

๐Ÿ“… Saturdays, Aug. 5-26
๐Ÿ“ Trinity Centre
๐Ÿ’ฒ Free
๐Ÿ”— Details

Starting with “Minions: Rise of Gru” (Aug. 5) and sending off summer with “DC League of Super Pets” (Aug. 26), Fairfax County’s outdoor movie series offers a pre-film children’s show at 7 p.m. before the silver screen lights up at dark.

Summerbration (Reston)

๐Ÿ“… Saturdays, May 27 to Sept. 2
๐Ÿ“ Reston Station Metro Plaza
๐Ÿ’ฒ Free
๐Ÿ”— Details

Get a little wild with animal and adventure family flicks including “Secret Life of Pets” (May 27), “Zootopia” (June 10) and “The Jungle Book” (Aug. 12).

Special Movie + Event nights will feature more fun for the whole family: A service dog training demonstration on June 17, a pet adoption event on Aug. 5, hands-on animal fun on Aug. 19 and an appearance by Princess Moana on Aug. 26.

It’s part of Reston Summerbration which also includes free yoga on Mondays and Wednesdays, trampoline fitness on Tuesdays and live music on Thursdays and Fridays.


D.C.-Area Rooftop Bars And Restaurants To Elevate Your Summer

Photo of Top of the Gate

What better way to relish languid, D.C. summer days than from above, with an Aperol spritz in one hand and ice water in the other? Because if you are going to be outdoors, the best way to cut the heat is with a rooftop breeze and a refreshing beverage.

The area has plenty of bars and restaurants with excellent views, from the Washington Channel to the Washington Monument, where you can grab a tasty snack or a full meal, while passing the time listening to local DJs or even playing mini golf. Without further ado, hereโ€™s your guide to the topโ€ฆ

New spots to add to your rotation

Baja Tap

2436 18th St NW

Adams Morgan just got another rooftop restaurant. This one offers great deals on California-style Mexican food during happy hour (4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Mondays through Fridays), including $6 margaritas and $4 tacos. I spent $16.90 for a pear sangria and queso fundido (melted cheese with chips), plus tax and tips, during a recent visit. Baja Tapโ€™s chef, Greg Lloyd, worked at Le Diplomate for nearly seven years. A notable menu item: Taki pies (think Frito pie, the Tex-Mex casserole, but with Takis tortilla chips).

Upstairs at the Morrow

1208 3rd St NE

This is one of D.C.โ€™s newest hotel rooftop bars. Not only do you get a solid view of the Capitol and Washington Monument but food prepared by Michelin-starred chef Nicholas Stefanelli. The rooftop is billed as having a more casual vibe than Stefanelliโ€™s downstairs French restaurant, Le Clou but still, itโ€™s lavish. You can order Champagne and elevated shots, including a cucumber and mint pickleback, while taking in panoramic views of the city from the NoMa neighborhood.

This is one D.C.โ€™s newest hotel rooftop bars.Nico Castro / Upstairs at The Morrow

Wilson Hardware

2915 Wilson Boulevard

The three-story Arlington restaurant has been around since 2017. However, the ten-thousand-square-foot space just underwent a million dollar renovation, doubling the size of the rooftop. It now has a retractable roof, so it can stay open rain or shine. Itโ€™s massive, seating a total of 500 people, including 150 outside. Big fan of brunch? On Sundays, it goes until 6 p.m., so order $18 chicken and waffles and $9 Bloody Marys until late in the day.

The three-story Arlington restaurant has been around since 2017 but recently underwent a major renovation.Albert Ting / Wilson Hardware

Somewhere to take in the view

Cantina Bambina

 960 Wharf St SW

This is a bar right at the dock of the Southwest waterfront. Youโ€™ll find a great view of the Washington Channel. You wonโ€™t find a full meal, only snacks like spiced pork skins and pimento cheese. The dock bar offers classic cocktails, like a Dark and Stormy, and original creations like Dockside Donkey (a twist on the Moscow Mule). This is a good place to start if you plan on having a day or night at the Wharf.

Top of the Gate

 2650 Virginia Ave NW

The bar is atop the Watergate Hotel, hence the name. You get a 360 view of the Kennedy Center, the Potomac River, Washington Monument, and the rest of the D.C. skyline. Itโ€™s one of the more iconic hotel views the city has the offer. For that reason, the hotel highly encourages people to make a reservation. Expect cocktails, wine, and small bites like a charcuterie board and chicken wings.

This is one of D.C.โ€™s most iconic rooftops.DCist/WAMU / Top of the Gate


 515 15th St NW 

Another hotel bar, except this one is just across the street from the White House. Treat yourself to a fancy occasion here, enjoying iconic, historic views alongside a full meal โ€” from a whole roasted bronzino with broccolini to a lamb rack with oyster mushrooms.

If youโ€™re in it for the food


920 Blagden Alley NW 

Amazonia/Causa is the most talked about new restaurant in D.C. right now. Causa has a tasting menu downstairs and is nominated for a Michelin star. Amazonia is a la carte. The pair share the same roof and chef, Carlos Delgado, who serves up delightful Peruvian food. Not only does the rooftop restaurant offer a colorful, jungle-themed ambiance but the best selection of Pisco cocktails to pair with a delicious meal.

Critically-acclaimed Peruvian food is served at this rooftop.Rey Lopez / Causa/Amazonia


1401 Okie St NE

This is the rooftop bar and lounge to the Michelin-star restaurant Gravitas. Meaning, celebrated chef Matt Baker is behind your meals. While the menu is not fixed like downstairs, you can still expect a decadent meal. (Thereโ€™s caviar.) You can also enjoy local, seasonal offerings like Maryland crab cakes.


 1811 Columbia Rd NW

This is a decades-old institution. At the helm now is Masako Morishita, a Japanese native. Sheโ€™s cooking up classic sushi options, plus โ€œone of the best salads in recent memory,โ€ according to Washington Post critic Tom Sietsema: crisp Japanese apples dressed with gochujang.

Dancing, music, and drag brunches


1940 9th St NW

Want a spot where you can start and end your night? This is a place to consider. The venue offers live performances, from local bands to DJs on the second floor. On the third floor, find the roof deck. Itโ€™s mostly covered, but there are parts where it isnโ€™t (and where youโ€™ll find the smokers section). The deck also occasionally hosts events like Dyke Night Tea Party.

Wild Days

1201 K St NW

Condรฉ Nast says this hotel rooftop bar in downtown makes you feel like youโ€™re in Miami, and itโ€™s true. Itโ€™s very sleek, outfitted with potted plants and classy furniture. People are dressed to the nines. There is always something happening on the rooftop, which is indoors and outdoors, especially DJ sets. Local, Black-run events are frequently hosted here.

H St Country Club

 1335 H St NE

If dancing isnโ€™t your groove but you want to move, this bar is for you. Play all your favorite arcade games, from mini golf to skeeball, before heading upstairs to the roof. Thatโ€™s not all โ€” thereโ€™s also drag brunch on Sundays.

Chance of a summer storm? Weโ€™ve got you covered.

Red Derby

3718 14th St NW

If thereโ€™s a dive bar on this list, itโ€™s this one. Itโ€™s a very casual vibe, where you can play board games (although pieces might be missing) and enjoy great deals (the shot and beer combos are solid). Itโ€™s where you want to be for a summer thunderstorm, with a solid covering. People do smoke on the deck, hence the ashtrays on tables.

Watch a game on this rooftop.Ted Eytan / Flickr

Ivy and Coney

1537 7th St NW

Enjoy one of the best hot dogs D.C. has to offer at this rooftop deck. TVs are scattered throughout the bar, which dishes Midwestern-style hotdogs and pizza. So if thereโ€™s a high-stakes game on, the bar is probably showing it, especially if itโ€™s the Chicago Cubs or the Detroit Tigers. The bar also knows how to celebrate Hanukkah, so if you want to celebrate partially outside, this is the place.


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