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Family Movie Nights are so Much Better with NJ Outdoor Movies 2024

We originally published our listing of New Jersey Free Outdoor Movies for families in 2011, but we update this annually for Jersey Family Fun readers. We are currently updating this for 2024.

Summer is the season for the outdoors. With warm weather and no school, there are many more opportunities to get outside. One of the ways our families like to spend time outside is by watching outdoor movies. There is just something great about sitting outside on a warm summer night and watching a movie under the stars. I’m so glad free outdoor movies in New Jersey are back for this summer.

This summer gives us the opportunity to catch up on what we missed. So many towns offer free kid-friendly outdoor movies in New Jersey. Free outdoor movies are held in neighborhood parks, community pools, at farms, in parking lots, fields, and on the beaches. Here is a list of where and when you can find cheap and free outdoor movies throughout New Jersey this summer. For a guide to more cheap movies please read NJ Cheap Movie Theaters and Cheap Movies.

NJ Outdoor Movies for the Summer

Jersey Family Fun has compiled a listing of New Jersey low cost and free movies listed in a variety of formats for you. You can find more free movies by previewing the calendar, looking at a specific county’s calendar, or reviewing our cheap and free movie series by type of outdoor movies and region.

Some events may require a fee or advanced registration, we will let you know if we know, but we recommend following the links for the most up-to-date information. If you have an event that should be listed please review our event submission directions and form.

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Are you ready for the perfect blend of movie magic and family memories? Let’s dive in and explore all the outdoor movies available in New Jersey this summer! Let’s start with movies on the beach.

NJ Beaches with Outdoor Movies on the Beach

Picture this: a balmy summer evening, the soothing sound of waves crashing against the Jersey shore, and a sky painted with vibrant hues as the sun sets in the distance. Now, add to this picturesque scene the thrill of watching your favorite movies under the open sky, with the sand beneath your toes, a gentle breeze caressing your face, and maybe your kid’s head in your lap or cuddled up next to you. This is how awesome outdoor movies on the beach can be!

Movies on the beach have become an increasingly popular phenomenon, blending the magic of cinema with the laid-back ambiance of a sandy shore. Whether you’re a movie buff, a beach lover, or simply seeking a unique and memorable experience with the kids, outdoor screenings on the beach offer the perfect blend of relaxation, entertainment, and community.

In Movie Nights at the Shore: Discover 11 New Jersey Beaches Offering Free Family Movie Nights we introduce you to the Jersey Shore towns and lakeside communities offering movies on the beach this summer. You can also view our Calendar of Movies on the Beach at any time.

So, grab your beach blanket, pack some snacks, and let’s discover why movies on the beach have become the ultimate summer escape for movie enthusiasts and beachgoers alike. Whether you’re yearning for a family outing, or a gathering of friends, movies on the beach are sure to offer an experience that will transport you beyond the regular family movie night.

NJ Parks with Outdoor Movies in the Park

Imagine a warm summer evening, a lush green park bathed in soft, golden light, fireflies fluttering, and the sweet scent of nature filling the air. As the sun begins its descent, a projector flickers to life, casting its luminous glow onto a wide screen nestled amidst the trees. This is the beauty of movies in the park, where a family movie night merges with the beauty of the outdoors, creating a magical experience for kids, teens, and the family members with them.

Movies in the park have emerged as a cherished tradition, captivating audiences young and old alike. The combination of a favorite film (or one you haven’t yet seen), an open-air setting, and the squeals of kids coming together sets the stage for an unforgettable night watching a movie under the stars.

Read Movie Nights in the Park: New Jersey Parks Offer Free Family Movie Nights where we share details about outdoor film screenings, where NJ park grounds transform into open-air cinemas. You can also view our Calendar of Movies in the Park at any time. So, bring your picnic blankets, pack some snacks, and join other families to celebrate the joy of movies in the park.

New Jersey Parks Offering Free Family Movie Nights

Whether you’re seeking a relaxing evening with the kids, a chance to bond with your teens or fellow parents, or a delightful escape from being home all day, movies in the park offer a unique experience that awakens the senses and kindles a deep appreciation for the wonders of both film and nature.

MORE NJ Outdoor Movies

We’ve talked about New Jersey outdoor movies on the beach. We’ve talked about NJ outdoor movies in the park. Believe it or not, there are still MORE places in New Jersey offering outdoor movies. Community centers with outdoor stages, schools with large fields, zoos, farms, community pools, and other outdoor venues are all offering summer movie series. Take a look. You can also click to view our full Calendar of Outdoor Movies in New Jersey at anytime.

More North Jersey Outdoor Movies

Free Outdoor Movies in Fort Lee in Bergen County 2024

Formerly called the Fort Lee Movies & Music Under the Stars Series this event has now been broken into two different series of events. Free movies will take place on Thursday nights and the concerts are on Tuesday nights. While the programming is a little different the free outdoor movies in Fort Lee will still be played on the outdoor green/stage of the Jack Alter Fort Lee Community Center.

Free Outdoor Movies in Midland Park in Bergen County 2024

Midland Park Library offers outdoor movies on its lawn during the summer months. The movie is free and light refreshments will be served. There is one movie in June, July, and August.

Belleville’s Summer Entertainment Series in Essex County 2024

Belleville holds summer movies at Belleville High School. There is one movie in July and one in August.

Free Movies Under the Stars in Cedar Grove in Essex County 2024

Cedar Grove Movies Under the Stars are back for 2024. Free outdoor films that take place under the stars this summer. The movie will begin at dusk. The Cedar Grove Movies Under the Stars are played at Morgan Farms and the community pool in Cedar Grove.

South Orange Summer Nights – Moonlit Movies in Essex County 2024

Flood’s Hill in South Orange is the place to be each Wednesday evening all summer long. As the evenings get longer in July, music takes center stage, complete with free concerts and food trucks. In August comes MOVIES! Bring your blanket, your family, and your friends and enjoy the show!

Free Outdoor Movies in Secaucus in Hudson County 2024

The Mayor and Town Council present the summer movies for 2024. The free outdoor movies in Secaucus happen at the Ice Rink turn movie theater venue ;-). Movies run from July through August.

Free Big Screen Outdoor Movies in Morris Township in Morris County 2024

Bring the whole family and your blankets and lawn chairs to Ginty Field and enjoy free big screen outdoor family movies. They are back for 2024 from June through August. Arrive an hour early for DJ music before the movie. The family-oriented features will begin at dusk; approximately 8:30 PM. The Free Movies in Morris Township are played at Ginty Field at 45 Woodland Avenue in Morristown.

Movie Nights in Rahway in Union County 2024

For 2024, Rahway is bringing back free movies at Flanagan Field during the month of July.

Free Screen on the Green Movie Series in Summit in Union County 2024

Screen on the Green is a free outdoor movie series in Summit, NJ. The Summit Summer Movies will be held at Village Green weekly in July and August.

As part of the experience, you are invited to interact with a few of the on-screen characters before the movie. In past years, movie-goers have enjoyed performances by Medieval Times, danced with minions from Despicable Me, Trapeze and Aerial artists from The Circus Place, and even been amazed by a 17-foot dinosaur from Field Station Dinosaurs.

More Central Jersey Outdoor Movies

Free Movies at the Princeton Shopping Center in Princeton in Mercer County 2024

Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy outdoor movie nights at the Princeton Shopping Center courtyard. These movie nights occur monthly in June, July, and August.

Free Movie Nights on the Green in Princeton in Mercer County 2024

Enjoy a family-friendly outdoor movie under the stars on Palmer Square! Princeton’s Movie Nights on the Green occur once in July and once in August.

Outdoor Movie Theater in Highland Park in Middlesex County 2024

Kid-friendly cartoons at dusk about 45 minutes before the main feature starts. The main feature starts at 9 pm. Get some takeout from any one of Highland Park’s terrific restaurants, and enjoy FREE outdoor movies under the stars! The 2024 Highland Park Outdoor Movie Theater Summer Movies are played outside at the Highland Park Municipal Building.

The Yard at College Ave Free Summer Movie Series in New Brunswick in Middlesex County 2024

A free Summer Family Movie Series! Bring the kids for a movie with lots of dining options. The Yard at College Ave Summer Movie Series are played outside at The Yard at 40 College Avenue in New Brunswick. Movies run weekly from June to August.

Summer Movie Blast in Plainsboro in Middlesex County 2024

Plainsboro Township invites you out to the municipal complex for free summer movies. Movies run monthly from June to August.

Family Movie Night in Downtown Freehold in Monmouth County 2024

Grab a lawn chair and maybe a blanket, pick up a bite to eat downtown, and watch a movie outside, right in front of the Hall of Records.’s weekly family movie nights are sure to be a hit with all. Their selected movies will bring a smile to family members of all ages ranging from great new movies to all time classics.

Boardwalk Movie Nights in Long Branch in Monmouth County 2024

Boardwalk Movie Nights are back! Every other Tuesday, Carousel Bar will transform into a movie night haven with oceanfront views and endless summer vibes.

Movie Night at the Waterfront in Keyport in Monmouth County 2024

Come down to the waterfront and enjoy a movie! The Keyport Recreation Committee is hosting free monthly family movie nights.

Movie Nights at the Pier in Ocean Grove in Monmouth County 2024

Visit the pier for a movie night. There will be one movie night in July and one in August.

Starlit Cinema in Downtown Somerville in Somerset County 2024

The free outdoor movies in Somerville are played weekly throughout July. The 2024 Somerville Startlit Cinema Movies are played at Somerville’s Summer Stage on Division Street in Somerville.

Find more outdoor movie events in Central Jersey.

More South Jersey Outdoor Movies

Free Family Movie Nights in Wildwood in Cape May County 2024

Free outdoor family movies in Wildwood are offered weekly at the Byrne Plaza. Bring a blanket or beach chair. Movies run from late June through August.

4th Friday Movie Nights in Glassboro in Gloucester County 2024

Join Missio Dei at Glassboro’s Town Square every 4th Friday, June-August, for family friendly movies and refreshments! These nights are all about serving the community, so leave your wallets at home.

Everything at these evenings will be provided to you at no cost! Just be sure to bring either lawn chairs or blankets to sit on!

Find more outdoor movie events in South Jersey.

As we wrap up our guide to NJ outdoor movies, I can’t help but appreciate how many opportunities there are for families to have these outdoor movie nights for FREE. From the Jersey Shore beaches to our gorgeous parks, from our Jersey Fresh farms to the lawns of community centers, New Jersey provides the perfect backdrop for outdoor family movie nights.

Outdoor movies in New Jersey have proven to be so much more than just a form of entertainment. They embody the spirit of community, helping us connect with neighbors, families, friends, and even our own kids.

New Jersey’s outdoor movie scene is as diverse as the state itself, catering to a wide range of tastes and interests. Whether you’re a fan of classic Hollywood films, independent cinema, or family-friendly adventures, there is always a screening that will captivate your imagination and transport you to another world.

As summer nights roll in and the air becomes infused with warmth, make it a point to seek out these outdoor movie events across New Jersey. Bring your loved ones, pack some snacks, and immerse yourself in a family night where movies and nature come together. Whether you find yourself lounging on a beach blanket, nestled under a tree in a park, or parked in your car, you are guaranteed an experience the kids and you will remember.

Find more CHEAP Movies

As we’ve shown family movie night doesn’t have to BUST your budget. There are more ways to watch cheap movies both indoors AND yearround. Read Enjoy Affordable Family Movie Nights: NJ Cheap Movie Theaters and Cheap Movies for more details.

Enjoy Affordable Family Movie Nights: NJ Cheap Movie Theaters and Cheap Movies

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