2019 Outdoor Movies: FREE or Cheap Family Fun in Atlanta

Free outdoor movies during the summer months around Atlanta are our favorite way to chill on a weekend. We’ve tried to capture all the locations around Atlanta – if we missed something, let us know.

With Multiple Locations

Movies in the Park in the North Atlanta Metro

This summer don’t just watch a movie outdoors, experience it in a historic or unusual location. Movies in the Park™ has been awarded Atlanta’s Top 10 Outdoor Movie Events. Movie start times are kid-friendly and begin at sundown NOT dark. Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair, blanket, and bug spray.

Showings begin May 11, 2019 with 2019 movies including Incredibles 2, Dumbo, Captain Marvel and more.

Locations include Alpharetta, Canton, Cumming, Dawsonville – Beach of Lake Lanier, Dawsonville – Veteran’s Park, and Woodstock

B at the Movies

B98.5’s free summer outdoor movie series runs every Saturday, and you can come to any of the 13 Metro Atlanta locations. The first movie is Incredibles 2 on May 25 at Riverside Park. Click the link above to see the full schedule.

Outside the Perimeter

Flicks on the Bricks in Duluth

These FREE movies begin in June and run through August. Keep in mind that the movies begin at dusk and the screen is located at the fountain. 2019 movies include Wonder, Aquaman, and Incredibles 2.

Movies Under the Stars at Mall of Georgia

Live near the Mall of Georgia? Grab your lawn chairs and blankets and join neighbors for a free concert and movie every Saturday night June 1 – July 27 (except June 29 and July 6.) Each event begins at 6 pm with a live band performance, bounce houses, food and drink vendors and special retailer activities. BYOB is welcome (yeah!) Movies begin at dusk at The Village Amphitheatre. 2019 flicks include Small Foot, Despicable Me 3, Aquaman and more.

Movies by Moonlight at City Springs

Movies by Moonlight, Leadership Sandy Springs FREE, fun, family-friendly outdoor movie series  returns to the big screen on The Green at City Springs on August 9 with How to Train Your Dragon 3! Now in its 15th season, Movies by Moonlight combines the nostalgia of a drive-in movie with the fun of a block party rolled into one!

Movies at Swift Cantrell Park, Kennesaw

The inflatable screen lights up at dark, so arrive early (around 6 pm) for games, activities, fun, and more. Admission is free, but concessions and some activities have an extra charge. All movies are rated PG, and titles are subject to change. Parking is available inside the park and at neighboring Kennesaw Elementary School.

Movies begin May 4, 2019 and include Mary Poppins, Spider-Verse and Captain Marvel,

City of McDonough Movies on the Square

The City of McDonough hosts movies on the Square at sundown each month. Movies begin May 4, 2019 and include Incredibles 2, Mary Poppins, and Lego Movie 2.

Movies on the Lawn, Lawrenceville

Meet on the Lawrenceville Lawn for FREE movies beginning May 10. Three dates have been announced that include views of Ferris Bueller, Ralph Wrecks the Internet and A Dog’s Way Home.

Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre

A FREE summer movies series will kick off in June. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. and the movies will start at dusk, rain or shine. 2019 schedule TBA.

Inside the Perimeter

Summer Movie Nights, Vinings Jubilee

Vinings Jubilee announced their first ever Summer Movie Nights this year.  The first one is Friday, June 21. See the website or Facebook page for additional announcements. The first feature is Moana. In addition to the movie, popcorn and gourmet cotton candy will be available! (B.Y.O.B. – Bring Your Own Blanket).

Movies in The District, Atlantic Station

My family LOVES Atlantic Station and we are ecstatic to learn that there are movies at sundown on various dates beginning May 9, 2019. The film begins promptly at dusk, but get there a little early to get a good seat. Blankets and chairs and Fido are allowed.

Notice the NEW location this year on District Avenue. Park near stairwell 11 (green) for closest access to the event. As always, the first two hours of parking in the deck are free. See link above for all showings.

Movies on The Town, Brookhaven

Another great option when it comes to seeing FREE movies in Atlanta is at Town Brookhaven. The area is designed to have chairs and blankets. You aren’t allowed to bring in food and drinks, but there are TONS of awesome menu options from local restaurants to choose from. Movies go through June almost the end of July.

If you live close to Town Brookhaven, they always have good shows. I have neighbors who have complimented the atmosphere and everything about Movies on the Town. This is definitely a must experience this summer if you’re in town. The line-up is a blend of animated and non-animated movies perfect for families, date nights, girls’ nights, groups of friends and more!

Flick-Nic, Candler Park

This one is kind of neat because the movies start in April but extend into August and September. This is nice because most of the other movie options end in July. Picnic festivities and music start an hour before dark in front of the pool house. 

Outdoor Movies Around Georgia

Movie Under the Stars in Dahlonega

Dahlonega invites families the second Friday of every month from May through August to enjoy their Movies Under The Stars series, Friday evenings in Hancock Park in Historic Downtown Dahlonega.

Movie start times vary slightly depending on the degree of darkness – a catch-all phrase is that movies start at dusk. 

Dauset Nature Center

Dauset Trails is a nature center in Jackson, Ga. They are hosting an outdoor movie night in October. The movie is TBD.

Movies on the Beach at Callaway Gardens

Celebrate Friday with a movie on Robin Lake Beach at Callaway Gardens. Admission is included with paid gate admission and overnight stays.  If you don’t want to come for the day, after 5 pm, admission is $10 per adult; $5 per child (ages 6 to 12); children five and younger are admitted for free. Bring a chair or blanket to enjoy the show.

2019 schedule TBD.

Jekyll Island Movie on the Green

If you are visiting Jekyll Island, you can enjoy movies on their new town Green. This 2019 movies include Ralph Breaks the Internet, Mary Poppins, and more. Movies also show into the Fall.

Bring your own chairs and blankets to this free event….dinner and snack options available for purchase.

Dive-In Movies

Summer Waves Dive-In Movies

Grab an inner tube and watch your favorite water-themed movies from the Summer Waves wave pool. Movies start at 8:30 pm and are free with a Night Splash ticket. June 1 is Jaws and June 30 is Trolls.

White Water Dive-In Movies

See a movie while lounging on an inner tube at White Water’s 750,000 gallon wave pool – The Atlanta Ocean. Movies are every Thursday night in June and July. Movies start just after 7 pm. The movies are free with your White Water admission.

2019 Schedule TBA

Cheap Summer Movies

Summer Movie Express

Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office and all movies start at 10:00 am. Each week two movies play on each day. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute. 

We’re waiting on the 2019 schedule. It should be out shortly.

Find more free and cheap movies here!

Tips for Having a Successful Summer Movie Night with the Family

Movie night is right around the corner for your family this summer, which means lots of fun is in store for everyone. While you may have lots of fun planned, there are ways to have an even more successful summer movie night with your family this year. Check out these tips!

#1. Plan which movies to see- There are TONS of movie options around the Atlanta area. It’s best if you choose a couple of movies that you want to see, instead of trying to see them all. I like to make a list of our top choices and from there we vote on the best options for our family. Making a plan can always help your family have a better time. In the past, when we’ve planned our experiences have been way better than being sporadic.

#2. Invite friends and family- What better way to spend time with friends and family this year than with a summer movie? Summer movies are not only a frugal activity but an awesome one. Every week, we try to invite at least one friend or family member to come with us. Every time we have brought a family member with us, they have LOVED it! The kids also get a kick out of inviting different people with them as well. We always have a vehicle full, which makes for an, even more, fun summer. The more the merrier, am I right?

#3. Bring your own snacks- Another thing my family does to make movie night super successful is bringing our own snacks. Buying food anywhere can really add up, which is find on occasion, but since we plan on doing this event every week, bringing our own snacks is a must. Keep an eye out though because some of the movie venues do not allow you to bring your own snacks.

#4. Bring something comfortable to sit on- Sitting on the ground is not comfortable at all. You don’t want to be miserable at a park movie. Have the kids bring pillows and blankets to sit on. Maybe they can even bring their favorite stuffed animal to help them feel even more comfortable. Just don’t forget it or you could be in for a miserable night.

#5. Bring bug spray- Please don’t forget this one because your family will be miserable. I’m not a huge fan of mosquitos and bites make me cringe. I make sure that my entire family is wearing some sort of bug spray.

#6. Have the kids rest prior to coming- Most of the time, movies end pretty late into the evening. In the past summers, I have had my kids take a nap or rest for a while before coming. Since kids can get tired really easy, if not in bed at their normal time, it’s important that they get the rest they need. Not to mention, rested kids always equal happier kids.

Having a successful free or cheap outdoor summer movie night around Atlanta can be fun! Follow this advice and your family should be good to go the entire night. What tips would you add to this list?

Lesli Peterson

Lesli Peterson

Lesli made her way to Atlanta over 20 years ago, after living in Germany, Japan and six U.S. states. She relishes the discovery of obscure, offbeat and unwonted places, and she will chat up any willing stranger to uncover a new secret locale.

After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.

Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids currently at UGA, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.
Lesli Peterson

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