Once again, several Charlotte area locations are showing free outdoor movies this summer. They’re mostly in parks and start when it gets dark. Get there early, though, so you can get a good spot for your blanket and to participate in pre-show activities. Some of these summer movie series offer games, bounce houses and activities like face-painting before the shows.
These movies are a great way to relax outside with your kids as the evening (hopefully) cools off. Follow each link for details and movie schedule. This schedule is for 2018.
Scroll down because there are some movies series for adults too, at the bottom of the list. You’ll also find the outdoor movies, organized by date.
This list will definitely grow, as many movies series have not been announced yet. Know of others? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll try to get them added to the list.
Harrisburg’s Movies in the Park
May 4: Paddington 2
June 1: Wonder
August 24: Inside Out
Movies in the Square
Spirit Square, 345 N. College Street
May 18, 19, 25, 26
Free popcorn! On the 18th and 25th, Sounds on the Square will precede the movies.
Movies Under the Stars at Charlotte Premium Outlets
May 5, 6:30 p.m.
The event will kick off at 6:30 p.m. with live music, a face painter, balloon artist, games, giveaways, tasty treats and more. The feature flick, Coco, will play at dusk.
Kannapolis Summer Entertainment Series
Village Park, 700 West C Street, Kannapolis
May 25: Cars 3
June 8: Beauty and the Beast
June 22: Sing
July 6: Airplane
July 20: Coco
August 3: Moana
City of Belmont Movies in the Park
Stowe Park, 24 South Main Street Belmont
Times for most are not specified, but most likely dusk.
May 5, 8:15 p.m.: Coco
June 2: TBD
September 8: TBD
October 6: TBD
October 20: Hocus Pocus
Pineville Rockin’ and Reelin’
Part of Pineville’s summer entertainment program. Before the movies, which start at dusk, there will be pre-show entertainment.
Pineville Lake Park, 1000 Johnston Drive, Pineville
Friday, June 22: Wonder
Friday, July 27: Peter Rabbit
Movies in the Park in Huntersville
Veterans Park, Main and Maxwell Streets, Huntersville
Thursday, June 21: Ferdinand
Thursday, July 19: Despicable Me 3
Thursday, August 2: Wonder
Music and Movies on the Green
Promenade on Providence, 10822 Providence Rd
This is primarily a music series, but there are a few kids’ movies in the mix:
May 18: Coco
June 1: Ferdinand
July 13: TBA, Fan vote
August 10: TBA, Fan vote
September 14: Wonder
October 12: A Wrinkle in Time
Outdoor Movies for Adults
Whitewater Film Series
Fridays through May 26
Adventure-themed movies. They start at dusk. Might not all be appropriate for kids.
Thursday Night Movies at Canvas Tattoo
Thursdays at 9 p.m.
Each Thursday night Canvas Tattoo hosts an outdoor free movie night. Enjoy food, a fire and friends. They’ve got chairs. BYOB. You can bring well adjusted dogs. The April 26th movie is Casino. Check back soon for more.
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These outdoor movies series took place in 2017, and we’re awaiting information about them for 2018:
- Afton Ridge in Concord
- Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church at South End
- Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall
- Craft Tasting Room (for adults)