Arts & Culture

Where to Watch Outdoor Movies Around Baltimore This Summer

No matter where you are in Maryland, there is always an open-air venue nearby.

If you find your kids, or yourself, stuck inside in front of your little screens, we have a solution for you—get outside in front of a big screen. No matter where you are in Maryland this summer, there is always an outdoor movie nearby. Here, we round up places to catch fresh-air flicks in the coming weeks: 

BALTIMORE CITY

AVAM’s Flicks from the Hill: On Thursdays throughout July, the American Visionary Art Museum is once again hosting its annual outdoor movie series at its Hughes Family Outdoor Theater. Join in on opening night, July 7, for a Wizard of Oz sing-a-long, then catch Hitchcock’s classic, The Birds, as well as Disney’s Soul and Jurassic Park throughout the month. Viewers also get free museum admission from 5-9 p.m., so be sure to do a walkthrough before setting up your spot on the Federal Hill park hill facing the museum. Every Thursday in July. Free.

Rhythm & Reels: This summer, the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks is rotating around the city’s many public spaces to bring the community films of all kinds. You can catch flicks like Dora and the Lost City of Gold at Joseph E. Lee Park on August 26, as well as Encanto at Patterson Park on September 9. The summer celebration will culminate with a viewing of Moana at West Shore Park on September 28. Times vary, June to September. Free. 

Fells Point Films on the Pier: This unique film locale hasn’t held a viewing since 2019, but plans on making a comeback in August. Located right off Thames Street, and adjacent to the Sagamore Pendry Hotel, you can enjoy great movies with an even greater view of the Inner Harbor. Park right down the street or take a water taxi, which will pull right up to the viewing area on the pier, but remember to bring a lawnchair. Check back for updates on the full lineup, which was still in the works as of press time. Free. 

Grand Rotunda Outdoor Movies: The Rotunda in Hampden is showing a killer lineup of classics this summer. Bring the whole family to the center of the mixed-use development to enjoy Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, National Treasure, and A League of Their Own on select Friday nights. Every other Friday starting June 17. Movies start at sunset. Free. 

—Baltimore City Recreation and Parks via Facebook

BALTIMORE COUNTY

Bengies Drive-In: With double features almost every Sunday and triple features most Fridays and Saturdays, this famous film fixture offers quantity and quality. Aside from the weekend fun, mark your calendar for August 18 when Bengies is hosting its third-annual fundraiser for the Baltimore Station—which provides assistance to people facing substance abuse and homelessness with a focus on veterans. A showing of Robin Williams’ Jumanji will be paired with food from Mission BBQ, as well as candy and popcorn. There will also be activities like face painting, raffles, and live music. Weekend showings: $12.50 per person, $7.00 ages 4-10; Baltimore Station Fundraiser: 7 p.m.–10 p.m. $75 per car. 

CARROLL COUNTY

Outdoor Summer Movies in Westminster: It’ll be an animation celebration for the height of summer at the Carroll Community College Rotary Amphitheater in Westminster. With classic animation works like Iron Giant and Lilo and Stitch playing along with newer favorites like Onward and Luca, The Carroll County Arts Council is bringing some heavy hitters for this summer’s presentation. Tuesdays from June 28 to August 2. Free. 

HARFORD COUNTY

Summer Movie Nights in Bel Air: Consider yourself lucky, because the Bel Air Downtown Alliance is showing summer movies at Shamrock Park. Although the showing of Raya and the Last Dragon has passed, Goonies and Encanto are still on the way. Don’t worry about dinner—there are restaurants galore in downtown Bel Air, and food trucks will be available, too. Every third Friday, June-August. 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Free. 

—Bel Air Downtown Alliance via Facebook

HOWARD COUNTY

Movie Nights at the Wine Bin: This Ellicott City liquor store has a lot more to offer than its namesake bottles of vino. Along with its craft beers, cocktail kits, and charcuterie selection, the shop provides a great variety of outdoor movies on Mondays and Tuesdays. This summer, the Wine Bin staff is replaying recent blockbusters like Jungle Cruise and West Side Story, along with classics like Princess Bride and Back to the Future. Times vary on select Mondays and Tuesdays. Free.

Merriweather Movie Night: Although Merriweather is known for its spectacular concerts, it’s a great film venue, too. Guests are invited to enjoy two viewings in July, including family-favorite, The Goonies, and acclaimed music documentary, Summer of Soul. Movie-goers are welcome to post up under the pavilion or lay out on the lawn under the stars. Just don’t forget a blanket or chair to buffer the grass. July 15 and 21. 6 p.m. Free with required registration on Eventbrite. 

Lakefront Live: The Columbia Association is back with another year of Lakefront Live, a series of music, food, and, of course, outdoor movies overlooking Lake Kittamaqundi. The well-rounded lineup includes some for the parents (Ferris Beuler’s Day Off) and some for the kids (Sing 2). The BYOC (bring your own chair) movie showings are on Mondays and Fridays. Mondays and Fridays. 8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Free.

—Columbia Association via Facebook

DOWNEE’ OCEAN

Ocean City Beach Movies and Yard Games: If you find yourself vacationing in Ocean City, be sure to catch some cinema in the sand on 27th Street or 118th Street (depending on the night). Movie showings are on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings from June through August. Some of the films on deck for this season include Luca (is there a more apropo beach movie?) and Space Jam: A New Legacy. The makeshift beach theater also offers games like corn hole, ladder ball, and spikeball. June to August. Free.