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Every Outdoor Movie Playing in Houston This Summer

every outdoor movie playing in houston
500 days of summer | Fox Searchlight Pictures
500 days of summer | Fox Searchlight Pictures

These days, it’s become all too easy to sink into your couch, steal your ex’s Netflix password, and spend eight solid hours binge-watching Nailed It or The Office alone in your underwear. That may sound like a really good time, but you know what’s an even better time? Catching a flick on the big screen in the open air at one of Houston’s many stunning outdoor destinations.

Bring a friend and a blanket, and maybe some wine in a box because a lot of these parks are cool with that (but check first!), and settle in for a summer movie night. And if you’re looking for something to do either before or after the flick, check out our guide to a proper Houston summer.

500 Days of Summer

Jul 16
Axelrad Beer Garden

Craft brews and tequila, picnic tables and hammocks, and the neighboring Luigi’s pizza make for a choice movie night in the beer garden.
Time: Flicks kick off at sundown

The Polar Express

Jul 17
Bane Park

Crafts at 6:45pm followed by family-friendly flicks. Blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics are welcome, with popcorn and drinks onsite.
Time: Movies start at sundown

The Big Lebowski

Jul 17
Axelrad Beer Garden

Brash brews, picnic tables and hammocks, and the neighboring Luigi’s pizza make for a choice movie night in the beer garden.
Time: 8pm-ish

Dazed and Confused

Jul 17
Brasil Cafe Houston

This cool cafe and bar offers a free patio showing. Much on charcuterie, burgers, salads and bar pies alongside cocktails, beer, wine and coffee.
Time: 8:30pm

Movie Night at Dark

Jul 17
Moon Tower Inn

Hit this East End dive bar and yard for $5 wild game weenies, a stellar lineup of craft suds, and movies at dark during this weekly Tuesday night event.
Time: Movies start around 8-8:30pm

The Polar Express

Jul 18
Matzke Park

Crafts at 6:45pm followed by family-friendly flicks. Blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics are welcome, with popcorn and drinks onsite.
Time: Movies start at sundown

The Polar Express

Jul 19
Burroughs Park

Crafts at 6:45pm followed by family-friendly flicks. Blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics are welcome, with popcorn and drinks onsite.
Time: Movies start at sundown

Jenny's Wedding

Jul 19
Pearl Bar

This Washington bar offers free popcorn and drink specials all night
Time: 9pm.

The Polar Express

Jul 20
Collins Parks

Crafts at 6:45pm followed by family-friendly flicks. Blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics are welcome, with popcorn and drinks onsite.
Time: Movies start at sundown

Finding Nemo

Jul 20
The Square at Memorial City

Blankets, lawn chairs, and outside food and drink welcome, with free popcorn available. You can also catch the show from the patio of either Maggiano’s or The Cheesecake Factory.
Time: 8pm

The Ataxian showing and FARA fundraiser

Jul 23
Axelrad Beer Garden

Craft brews and cocktails, picnic tables and hammocks, and the neighboring Luigi’s pizza make for a choice movie night in the beer garden. Donations welcomed.
Time: Flicks start sundown

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Jul 24
Brasil Cafe Houston

This cool cafe and bar offers a free patio showing. Eat charcuterie, burgers, salads and bar pies alongside cocktails, beer, wine and coffee.
Time: 8:30pm

Movie Night at Dark

Jul 24
Moon Tower Inn
Hit this East End dive bar and yard for $5 wild game weenies, a stellar lineup of craft beers, and movies at dark during this weekly Tuesday night event.
Time: Sundown

Stand by Me

Jul 26
Market Square Park

Bring a blanket or a lawn chair, or show up early to snag a table. Niko Niko’s offers gyros and booze.
Time: 8:30pm.

Monsters, Inc.

Jul 27
The Square at Memorial City

Blankets, lawn chairs and outside food and drink welcome, with free popcorn available. You can also catch the show from the patio of either Maggiano’s or The Cheesecake Factory.
Time: 8pm

Outdoor Family Movie Night

Jul 28
Pearland Town Center

Bring blankets and lawn chairs, movies at dusk. Pickup eats at area spots like Freebirds and Zoe’s Kitchen, or bring your own goods.
Time: 8pm-ish

Movie Night at Dark

Jul 31
Moon Tower Inn

Hit this East End dive bar and yard for $5 wild game weenies, a stellar lineup of craft beers, and movies at dark during this weekly Tuesday night event.
Time: Sundown

Guardians of the Galaxy
Marvel

Dive in Movies: Coco

Aug 3
Deer Park - Dow Park Pool

Bring a blanket or a bikini because the pool opens at 7pm. Your $10 includes a Chik-Fil-A box.
Time: 7pm for pool, movies at 8:30

Float & Flick: Jurassic Park

Aug 3
Hotel Derek

Poolside showing begins after sunset. Your $20 includes popcorn and drink ticket (and pool time). Call 713-297-4327.
Time: Pool opens at 7:30

Godzilla Outdoor Film Party

Aug 3
Asia Society Texas Center

Blankets, chairs and outside beverages welcome; Spicy Dog food truck and non-alcoholic drinks available.
Time: 8pm

Guardians of the Galaxy

Aug 4
Saengerfest Park
Free movie night under the stars in Galveston’s Historic Strand District. Bring a blankets, lawn chairs, pillows, and picnics.
Time: Starts at dusk.

The Breakfast Club

Aug 4
Bagby Park

Bring blankets and chairs and grab burgers, dogs, and booze from Rico’s Morning + Noon + Night.
Time: The show starts at 8pm.

Wonder Woman

Aug 4
Dow Park
Lawn chairs and blankets welcome; concessions available for purchase onsite.
Time: Dusk

The Lion King

Aug 6
Lindsay/Lyons Park

Crafts at 6:45pm followed by family-friendly flicks. Blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics are welcome, with popcorn and drinks onsite.
Time: Movies start at sundown

Movie Night at Dark

Aug 7
Moon Tower Inn

Hit this East End dive bar and yard for $5 wild game weenies, a stellar lineup of craft beers, and movies at dark during this weekly Tuesday night event.
Time: 8pm-ish

La La Land

Aug 8
CityCentre
Pregame with Houston Restaurant Weeks dinner at participating restaurants. No outside food or beverages are allowed, but CityCentre restaurants offer items to-go.
Time: Show begins at dusk.

Up

Aug 10
Doss Park

Crafts at 6:45pm followed by family-friendly flicks. Blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics are welcome, with popcorn and drinks onsite.
Time: Movies start at sundown

The Emoji Movie

Aug 11
Tomball Depot

Free games & activities starting at 6pm. Blankets, chairs, and food and drink are welcome, as are your furry friends.
Time: Movies kick off at dusk

Peter Rabbit

Aug 11
Sugar Land Town Square

Family-friendly flicks in the square. Local eateries include BellaGreen, Cafe Express, and Guru Burgers & Crepes, or feel free to pack a picnic of your own. And don’t forget the lawn chairs.
Time: 7:15pm

Outdoor Family Movie Night

Aug 11
Pearland Town Center

Bring blankets and lawn chairs, movies at dusk. Pickup eats at area spots like Freebirds and Zoe’s Kitchen, or bring your own goods.
Time: Around 8pm (dusk)

Coco

Aug 14
Bane Park

Crafts at 6:45pm followed by family-friendly flicks. Blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics are welcome, with popcorn and drinks onsite.
Time: Movies start at sundown

Movie Night at Dark

Aug 14
Moon Tower Inn
Hit this East End dive bar and yard for $5 wild game weenies, a stellar lineup of craft beers, and movies at dark during this weekly Tuesday night event.
Time: Around dark

Movies at Miller: Grease

Aug 14
Miller Outdoor Theatre

Catching a show at this sprawling outdoor theatre is a bucket list experience. Seating and picnic concessions available, BYO food & drink and lawn chairs welcome.
Time: 8:30pm.

Coco

Aug 15
Matzke Park

Crafts at 6:45pm followed by family-friendly flicks. Blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics are welcome, with popcorn and drinks onsite.
Time: Movies start at sundown

Movies at Miller: Jurassic Park

Aug 15
Miller Outdoor Theatre

Catching a show at this sprawling outdoor theatre is a bucket list experience. Seating and picnic concessions available, BYO food & drink and lawn chairs welcome.
Time: 8:30pm.

Coco

Aug 16
Burroughs Park

Crafts at 6:45pm followed by family-friendly flicks. Blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics are welcome, with popcorn and drinks onsite.
Time: Movies start at sundown

Coco

Aug 17
Collins Parks

Crafts at 6:45pm followed by family-friendly flicks. Blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics are welcome, with popcorn and drinks onsite.
Time: Movies start at sundown

The Greatest Showman

Aug 18
La Centerra

Petting zoo at 7pm. Outside food and drink are welcome, and there are plenty of La Centerra restaurants to grab food from, as well. Don't forget your blanket or lawn chair.
Time: Movies start around sundown

Persepolis

Aug 20
Axelrad Beer Garden

Craft brews and cocktails, picnic tables and hammocks and the neighboring Luigi’s pizza make for a choice movie night in the beer garden.
Time: Flicks start at sundown.

Movie Night at Dark

Aug 21
Moon Tower Inn

Hit this East End dive bar and yard for $5 wild game weenies, a stellar lineup of craft beers, and movies at dark during this weekly Tuesday night event.
Time: Around 8pm

Movies at Miller: Coco

Aug 21
Miller Outdoor Theatre

Catching a show at this sprawling outdoor theatre is a bucket list experience. Seating and picnic concessions available, BYO food & drink and lawn chairs welcome.
Time: 8pm.

Movies at Miller: Beauty & The Beast (1991)

Aug 22
Miller Outdoor Theatre

Catching a show at this sprawling outdoor theatre is a bucket list experience. Seating and picnic concessions available, BYO food & drink and lawn chairs welcome.
Time: 8pm.

Field of Dreams

Aug 24
Market Square Park

Bring a blanket or a lawn chair, or show up early to snag a table. Niko Niko’s offers gyros and booze. Special appearances by the Astros' Shooting Stars and the World Championship Trophy.
Time: Show starts at 8:30pm.

Movie Night at Dark

Aug 28
Moon Tower Inn

Hit this East End dive bar and yard for $5 wild game weenies, a stellar lineup of craft beers, and movies at dark during this weekly Tuesday night event.
Time: Movies around 8pm

The Jungle Book

Aug 31
Levy Park

No outside furniture allowed, blankets and park chairs can be used. Wine, beer and food available for purchase.
Time: 8pm

the last jedi
Lucasfilm Ltd.

A Wrinkle in Time

Sep 1
Dow Park

Movie at dusk; lawn chairs and blankets welcome; concessions available for purchase onsite.
Time: Around 8:30pm

The NeverEnding Story

Sep 1
Saengerfest Park

Free movie night under the stars in Galveston’s Historic Strand District. Bring a blankets, lawn chairs, pillows, and picnics.
Time: Starts at dusk.

Movie Night at Dark

Sep 4
Moon Tower Inn

Hit this East End dive bar and yard for $5 wild game weenies, a stellar lineup of craft beers, and movies at dark during this weekly Tuesday night event.
Time: Around 8:30pm

Float & Flick: Back to the Future

Sep 7
Hotel Derek

Poolside showing begins after sunset. Your $20 includes popcorn and drink ticket (and pool time). Call 713-297-4327.
Time: Pool opens at 7:30

Peter Rabbit

Sep 8
Tomball Depot

Free games & activities starting at 6pm, movie playing at dusk. Blankets, chairs, and food and drink are welcome, as are your furry friends.
Time: Around 8pm

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Sep 8
Sugar Land Town Square
Family-friendly flicks in the square. Local eateries include BellaGreen, Cafe Express, and Guru Burgers & Crepes, or feel free to pack a picnic of your own. And don’t forget the lawn chairs.
Time: 7:30pm

Movie Night at Dark

Sep 11
Moon Tower Inn

Hit this East End dive bar and yard for $5 wild game weenies, a stellar lineup of craft beers, and movies at dark during this weekly Tuesday night event.
Time: Around 8-8:30pm

Movie Night at Dark

Sep 18
Moon Tower Inn

Hit this East End dive bar and yard for $5 wild game weenies, a stellar lineup of craft beers, and movies at dark during this weekly Tuesday night event.
Time: Around 8-8:30

Selena

Sep 20
La Centerra

Food and fun beginning at 7pm, showing at dusk. Outside food and drink are welcome, and there are plenty of La Centerra restaurants to grab food from, as well. Don't forget your blanket or lawn chair.
Time: Around 8-8:30

CineBrew presents: School of Rock

Sep 20
8th Wonder Brewery

Local shorts start at at 7:30pm. Food truck eats, picnic tables and craft suds in the yard.
Time: Main movie at 8

Movie Night at Dark

Sep 25
Moon Tower Inn

Hit this East End dive bar and yard for $5 wild game weenies, a stellar lineup of craft beers, and movies at dark during this weekly Tuesday night event.
Time: Around 8-8:30

Annie

Sep 28
Levy Park

No outside furniture allowed, blankets and park chairs can be used. Wine, beer and food available.
Time: 8pm.

Movie on the Water: Jaws

Sep 29
Magnolia Gardens Park

Expect a pool with interactive lighting, 40ft movie screen and food trucks; Tickets are $29.99 and pool tubes can be purchased for $8.99.
Time: 7pm

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Brooke Viggiano is a Houston-based writer who you can probably find at one of these sweet outdoor screenings (she’ll be the one with the aggressive wine mouth). If all else fails, find her @BrookeViggiano.