Giveaway and outdoor movie events in our HomeZone!
Summertime means long days filled with swimming, hiking, BBQs, and warm nights perfect for outdoor movie viewing. We’ve rounded up some of the best outdoor cinema options in our HomeZones for your information and enjoyment. But first, enter this giveaway for a chance to win movie tickets and Gig Credits!
--- Starlight Movies in the Park, in various parks in Alameda
Free movies? Being under the stars? What could be better than that? Starlight Movies in the Park is a free movie series held at various parks in Alameda. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. with pre-show activities for kids, but feel free to show up at 8:15 p.m. if you’re just trying to catch the film. Food and beverages will be available for purchase, so make sure to bring a little extra cash if you’re looking to eat while you watch. Bring your own chairs and blankets and enjoy a free movie under the starlight!
** no barbecue grills, alcoholic beverages and pets allowed.
Friday, July 26 – Zootopia (2016), Alameda Point Multi-Purpose Field
Friday, Sept. 6 – Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018), Leydecker Field
Catch a free screening of Hollywood blockbusters at Jack London Square for their “Waterfront Flicks” series. If you’re looking to watch some of the most popular movies released last year, come by Jack London Square’s Ferry Lawn every other Thursday. The movie will start at sundown but feel free to show up a little earlier than that for food, pre-show activities, and to save yourself a spot. The movies are right by the waterfront so if you want to watch a great movie with a great view, this is your place to be!
Thursday, July 25 – Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
Thursday, Aug. 8 – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
Thursday, Aug. 22 – Black Panther (2018)
Thursday, Sept. 5 – Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
Forage Kitchen’s “Third Thursday Movie Nights” are perfect for foodies. This series offers great food like fried chicken from World Famous Hotboys and savory Venezuelan comfort food from Adry’s Bakery. The times they start the movies differ depending on the event, so be sure to check the links down below. Don’t forget to RSVP if you want to watch the films for free.
Thursday, July 18 – Jaws (1975)
Thursday, Aug. 15 – Black Panther (2018)
Thursday, Sept. 19 – Jurassic Park (1993)
If you’re into music, the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) is hosting a free showing of Monterey Pop, a film about the three-day music festival that kicked off the Summer of Love, featuring iconic performances by Simon & Garfunkel, Jimi Hendrix, and Otis Redding.
Thursday, Aug 8 – Monterey Pop (1968)
--- Sundown Cinema in San Francisco parks
If you’re in the city, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. Sundown Cinema is held in various parks in the city and will be showing movies that both film buffs and casual moviegoers will enjoy. The screening is free, but if you’re looking for a chance to win reserved seating and special prizes, don’t forget to RSVP!
Thursday, July 25 – Hook (1991), Alamo Square Park
Friday, Aug. 23 – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018), Union Square
Friday, Sept. 6 – Bohemian Rhapsody (2018), Jerry Garcia Amphitheater
Friday, Sept. 27 – Space Jam (1996), India Basin Shoreline Park
Thursday, Oct. 3 – Mean Girls (2004), Marina Green
Come see Greta Gerwig’s “love letter to Sacramento,” the critically acclaimed coming-of-age story Lady Bird at the Crocker Art Museum. The gates will open at 7 p.m. and the movie will start at sundown. Come by and see some local spots that may be featured in the film! Admission is $8 for museum members and $16 for non-members.
Thursday, Aug. 1 – Lady Bird (2017)
Tired of being sweaty from the summer heat? Stay cool by the pool at the New Aquatic Center and Fruitridge Aquatics Center for their Float-In Movie Nights. The event is $6 for adults and $4 for kids. The movie starts at 7:30 p.m. and will end at around 10 p.m. Come grab your friends and family and enjoy a movie by the pool!
Friday, July 19 – Incredibles 2, New Aquatic Center (2018)
Friday, Aug. 2 – Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018), Fruitridge Aquatic Center
Venture a bit out of the Sacramento HomeZone to enjoy a variety of food trucks, live music, and classic ‘80s movies. This event is $7 for kids, $13 for adults, and $39 for a family pack.
Saturday, Aug. 3 – The Goonies (1985)
Saturday, Sept. 7 – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
Saturday, Oct. 26 – Beetlejuice (1988)
Enjoy free double features projected onto Sutter’s Fort each Second Saturday throughout the summer, each representing a different decade in cinema. We guess that means you should dress for the decade. The movies will start at approximately 8:45 p.m. and bringing blankets or chairs is encouraged to sit comfortably on the grass.
Saturday, Aug. 10 – '00s: The Fast and the Furious (2001) and Mean Girls (2004)
Saturday, Sept. 14 – '10s: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) and Zootopia (2016)