2018 outdoor movies in Northern Virginia offer the chance to relax and enjoy a fun flick under the stars. Free summer screenings begin in May and ramp up with additional venues over the summer. Wolf Trap also offers a selection of paid movie and music performances during the summer (details below).
Our guide to outdoor movies in Northern Virginia includes venues in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties and surrounding towns. Movies are listed in order of weekday and then city. Follow the links for line-ups and additional info on outdoor movies in Northern Virginia, and be sure to double-check for closures during inclement weather.
Outdoor Movies in Northern Virginia
Movie Night, South Riding
Tuesdays: Jun 26 – Aug 21, Sunset
Watch a kid-friendly movie outside on the big screen in one of two locations in South Riding. Movies will start at sunset or as soon as it is dark enough. Bring a blanket or chairs for an evening of fun under the stars. Free.
Columbia Pike Movie Nights 2018, Arlington Mill, Arlington
Fridays: Jun 1 – Aug 31, 8:30 – 10:30
Family-friendly movies screened under the stars. Limited seating is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis and you are encouraged to bring your own chair. Free.
Rosslyn Cinema (Outdoor Movie Festival), Gateway Park, Arlington
Fridays, June 8 – August 24, 8:30 pm
Rosslyn’s Gateway Park hosts a great line-up of outdoor movies in Northern Virginia, plus a pre-movie Pub in the Park. Arrive at 5:00 for games and a glass of beer, wine, or sangria, then enjoy movies at dusk. Check the Facebook page for inclement weather cancellations. Free.
Movies on the Green, Lovettsville
Saturdays: Jun 16 – Aug 25, 7:00
The Town of Lovettsville present the 10th annual Movies on the Green Series, Saturdays on the Town Green. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and a picnic to enjoy before the movie. Movies begin at dusk. Check the link for weather cancellations. Free.
Marketplace at Madison Crescent, Gainesville
Fridays: May 26, Jun 2 + 9, Sep 16 + 23
Bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy family-friendly outdoor movies. Movies begin at dusk. Free.
Cartoons and Coffee 2018, Mosaic District, Fairfax
Saturdays, June – Sep 8, 9:00 – 11:00 AM
Relax with a cup of coffee while the kids enjoy morning cartoons on the big screen on Saturdays, all summer long, at Mosaic District’s Strawberry Park.
Reels on the Ramp, Air and Space Museum, Chantilly
Saturdays, June 30 – April 25, 8:00
Enjoy a free movie under the stars on the Udvar-Hazy Center’s outdoor airplane ramp. Bring chairs, blankets, and insect repellant! Food is allowed, but alcohol and glass bottles or containers are prohibited. Doors open at 8:00 pm and the movie will begin at dusk. Free.
Cinema del Ray, Mount Vernon Rec Center, Alexandria
Saturdays: Jun 16, Jul 21, Aug 18, Sep 15 Dusk
The fun begins at 7:00 and the family-friendly screenings start at dusk, every third Saturday of the summer on the fields of the Mount Vernon Rec Center. Free.
Columbia Pike Movie Nights 2018, Penrose Square, Arlington
Saturdays: Jun 2 – Sep 1, 8:30 – 10:30
A full line-up of adult and kid-friendly movies screened under the stars. Limited seating is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis and you are encouraged to bring your own chair. Free.
Alexandria Comcast Film Fest, Waterfront Park, Alexandria
July 13 and 14, 6:30 – 10:45 PM
The 16th Annual Comcast Outdoor Film Festival offers two nights of outdoor movies on a four story high movie screen in full HD. Bring your low beach chair, blanket, family and friends. Free
Starlight Cinema, Trinity Centre Parking, Centreville
Saturdays Aug 4, 11, 18, 25, 6:00 PM
Adding a little drive-in fun to outdoor movies in Northern Virginia, Starlight Cinema returns with an August full of family movies. Watch from your car or under the stars in the outdoor seating area. Gates open at 6:00, so head over early for pre-movie entertainment and activities. Bring a blanket, chairs, and a picnic, or purchase food on site. Cancelled if rain. Free.
Saturdays: June and July, 5:30, Movie at dusk
Bring blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy a for family-friendly outdoor movie on the new Liberty Green. Food trucks will be on site offering fun treats for purchase. Free.
Movies Under the Stars, Stonebridge at Potomac Towers, Woodbridge
Saturdays, every 2 weeks Jul 7 – Sep 15, 7:00
Stonebridge offers a family-friendly movie on the Jumbrotron every other Saturday this summer. Bring your own chairs and blankets, and arrive early for shopping and a meal at one of the many shops and restaurants. Free.
Films in the Park, Mosaic District, Fairfax
Sundays, June 3 – August 2, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Boasting a slew of great restaurants, hip stores, and the Angelika Theater, Fairfax’s Mosaic District is always jumping. Stop by any Sunday night, June through August, to explore the stores, grab a bite, then watch a family-friendly outdoor movie on the giant screen over the main plaza. Free.
Jul 6 + 7, Jul 21 + 22, 8:30
Mixed in to the line-up of live summer entertainment, WolfTrap is offering several nights of classic movies on the big screen accompanied by live music. Movies begin at 8:30 with pre-performance options. Follow link for tickets and other details.
When the weather warms, outdoor movies in Northern Virginia are a fun way to spend an evening with friends and family. We love the chance to watch some stars under the stars, and these mostly free events are a nice night out. Please let us know if we missed any outdoor movie in Northern Virginia to add to the list.