Where to Watch Outdoor Movies




Silicon Valley

In the Park After Dark – Santa Clara County Parks host family-friendly films at select locations throughout the summer. Bring a blanket or low chair. 8:30pm unless otherwise noted. For information: 408-225-0225. FREE. parkhere.org.

Thu., Aug. 2: Black Panther at Vasona Lake County Park, 333 Blossom Hill Road, Los Gatos.

Fri., Aug. 3: Cars at Hellyer County Park, 985 Hellyer Ave., San Jose.

Sat., Aug. 4: Guardians of the Galaxy at Metcalf Motorcycle County Park, 300 Metcalf Road, San Jose.

Fri., Aug. 10: Cars at Hellyer County Park, 985 Hellyer Ave., San Jose.

Sat., Aug. 11: Coco at Martial Cottle County Park, 5283 Snell Ave., San Jose.

Fri., Aug. 17: Cars at Hellyer County Park, 985 Hellyer Ave., San Jose.

Sat., Aug. 18: Star Wars: The Force Awakens at Santa Teresa County Park, 260 Bernal Road, San Jose.

Sat., Aug. 25: Star Wars: The Last Jedi at Santa Teresa County Park, 260 Bernal Road, San Jose. 8pm.

Fri., Aug. 31: Coco at Alviso Marina County Park, 1195 Hope St., San Jose.

Free Outdoor Movie – Starlight Cinemas and the Downtown San Jose Association present a family movie at St. James Park on every third Sat. through Sept. Games start at 7pm. Coco starts at 8pm. Sat., Aug. 18. FREE. Second and James streets, San Jose. sjdowntown.com/starlight.

Family Outdoor Movie Night – Bring the family to see Coco at this city-sponsored screening. Fri., Aug. 24. 8pm. FREE. Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. paloalto.bibliocommons.com.

Movies at the Beach – Bring food and a blanket to enjoy a movie under the stars at the beach. Aug. 24: Sing. Aug. 31: Cars 3. 7:30pm or dusk. FREE. Esplanade Park, Capitola. cityofcapitola.org.

Movies on the Beach – Enjoy a classic family movie on the beach amid the sounds and smells of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Aug. 1: Jumanji (1995). Aug. 8: Ghostbusters (1984). Aug. 15: Raiders of the Lost Ark. 9pm. FREE. 400 Beach St., Santa Cruz.

SF, Marin & Peninsula

Marin

Movie in the Park: The Incredibles – Bring a blanket or low chair and a picnic and watch this film about a family with super powers. Fri., Aug. 3. Movie begins at sunset. FREE. Old Mill Park, 352 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 415-383-1370. millvalleyrecreation.org.

Movies on the Green  – Order dinner to go and settle in to watch a family film. 6pm Wednesdays. Aug. 1: Paddington.  Aug. 8: Charlotte’s Web. Aug. 15: Happy Feet. Aug. 22: Cars. Aug. 29: Jungle Book (1967). FREE. Marin Country Mart, 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 415-461-5700. marincountrymart.com.

Novato Movie on the Green – Check website for details of the film. Sat., Aug. 11. 7pm. FREE. Novato Civic Green, 901 Sherman Ave. 415-899-8977. novato.org.

San Francisco

Pier 39: School of Rock – Grab a blanket and watch this 2003 film starring Jack Black. Fri., Aug. 24. 8-10pm. FREE. Beach Street and the Embarcadero. 415-705-5500. pier39.com.

Peninsula

Burlingame Movies in the Park – Grab friends and family, blankets and chairs and watch a movie.  Movies are Fridays at sundown. Aug. 10: Sherlock Gnomes. Aug. 24: Despicable Me 3.  FREE. Washington Park, 850 Burlingame Ave. 650-558-7310. burlingame.org.

Redwood City Movies in the Square – Experience this high-definition surround sound outdoor theater. Bring picnics and blankets. Movies are Thursdays at sundown.  Aug. 2: The Greatest Showman. Aug. 9: Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Aug. 16: Coco. FREE. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway. 650-780-7000. redwoodcity.org.

East Bay

Alameda County

August Movie Nights – Come out with your small chairs and a picnic dinner at 6pm to enjoy music before the movie starts between 8-8:30pm. FREE. See Coco on Fri., Aug. 10 at Meek Estate Park, 240 Hampton Road, Hayward, and Despicable Me 3 on Fri., Aug. 24 at Adobe Park, 20395 San Miguel, Castro Valley. 510-881-6700. haywardrec.org.

Waterfront Flicks – Arrive early with your blankets for a free outdoor showing of Coco on Thu., Aug. 16 and Black Panther on Thu., Aug. 30. The movies start at sundown after pre-film activities including treats, trivia and givaways. 8:30pm. FREE. Jack London Square, Clay and Water streets, Oakland. 510-645-9292. jacklondonsquare.com.

Outdoor Movie Night – See the family feature Babe, a movie about a pig raised by sheepdogs, starting shortly after sunset. Come early for a good seat and bring warm clothes and a blanket or chair.  Fri., Aug. 17. 8-10pm. FREE. Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 510-544-2567. ebparks.org.

Contra Costa County

Movies in the Park – Catch the film Wonder, an inspirational movie about a boy with facial differences, presented by the Orinda Park and Recreation Foundation. Thu., Aug. 9. 8:15pm. FREE. Orinda Community Center Park, 28 Orinda Way. 925-254-2445. cityoforinda.org.

Movies Under the Stars – Bring a picnic to the park to enjoy live music at 6:30pm followed by an outdoor showing of Moana at sunset. Fri., Aug. 17. 7-10pm. FREE. Civic Park, 1375 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. 925-943-5858. WalnutCreekRec.org.

Solano County

Benicia Movie Night – Bring your pillows and blankets and see Field of Dreams under the stars complete with free popcorn. The movie starts when the sun goes down. Fri., Aug. 17. 8pm. FREE. Fitzgerald Field, 900 E. Second St., Benicia. 707-747-5858. visitbenicia.org.

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