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Free Outdoor Summer Movies for Rhode Island Families

One of the things we love most about summer is all the free outdoor family fun. Even though it is the smallest state, Rhode Island knows how to pack a punch for families! There are plenty of free outdoor family movies in Rhode Island to enjoy all summer long!

Grab your littles and bigs, some snacks and chairs (and maybe a flashlight!) and check out all the free movie events happening all over the state – in fields, beaches, and parks. If you want to be kept in the loop about more family friendly activities in New England, be sure to join our New England Families group!




NewportFILM Outdoors on Aquidneck Island

Your family will enjoy more than just a movie night with NewportFILM’s outdoor summer movie series. On select Thursdays this summer, join NewportFILM for award-winning documentaries, live music, on-site food vendors and q-and-a sessions on Aquidneck Island’s most beautiful outdoor spaces Food vendors are available and live music is performed! Grab your spot early so you don’t miss out on all the festivities and enjoy a night under the stars!

These epic film events take place every Thursday night at sundown, all summer long, and are free of charge. Check newportfilm.com for updated showtimes and locations.

Free. $5 suggested donation. For more information, call 649-2784 or visit newportfilm.com.


Movies in the Park at Roger Williams Park

On select Fridays in August, families can enjoy entertainment under the stars at the Roger Williams Park on the Boathouse Lawn. These movie showings follow Food Truck Friday, so you can enjoy the delicious food while you watch a great family film.

Movies begin at sunset. August 2, 2019 and August 16, 2019 – movies TBA.

Free. Roger Williams Park on the Boathouse Lawn, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence. For more information, visit rwpconservancy.org.


Movies at the Park at Rocky Point

Who remembers Rocky Point?! It’s so much fun going back to watch great family films at this childhood favorite spot. With views of Narragansett Bay, it is a night you’ll be sure to remember. Bring some blankets and chairs and drive to Rocky Point for a night your whole family will remember. Pack some snacks or enjoy treats from the food trucks from Open Season, Haven Bros and more.

Movie begins at dusk.


June 27, Ralph Breaks The Internet.

July 11, How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

July 25, Spider Man: Into The Spider- Verse

Free. Rocky Point, Warwick. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit moviesintheparkri.com.


Movies on the Beach at Narragansett Town Beach

Let’s go to the beach! Watch summer classics at Narragansett Town beach and listen to the waves crash around you. Can you even imagine watching Jaws while you are at the beach?! You can grab some tasty fare at one of the food trucks nearby or bring your own food.

Movies begin at dusk.


July 3, 101 Dalmations

July 10, Boss Baby

July 17, Grease

July 24, Small Foot

July 31, Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Adult’s Night)

August 7, Christopher Robbin

August 14, Jaws

Free. North Beach Clubhouse Deck, Narragansett Town Beach, 79 Boston Neck Rd., Narragansett. For more information, visit narragansettri.gov.


Movies on the Rocks at Ballard Park

Looking for some classic movies your family will enjoy? Come to The Rocks at Ballard Park this summer on select Wednesday nights. You’ll enjoy a big field for your children to play on before the movie starts. Make sure to bring some blankets and lawn chair and arrive early, as you’ll need to walk to the field and they fill up quickly. The meadow opens at 6:30pm for blankets and picnics.

Select Wednesday nights in August at dusk (around 8pm).


August 2, Finding Dory

August 9, Beetlejuice

August 16, The Birds (thriller)

August 23, Star Wars Rogue One

Free. 21 Hazard Rd., Newport. Call 619-3377 or visit ballardpark.org for more information.

PHOTO: Movies on the Rocks at Ballard Park Photo by Jennifer Carter


Movies in the Park at Crescent Park Looff Carousel

This is a Rhode Island night in all its’ glory! Go for a ride at the Looff Carousel at Crescent Park and enjoy some clam cakes and chowder from the Blount Clam Shack, before settling on the grassy field for the movies. This is a fun one! Free popcorn is provided as well!

Select Fridays. Movies start at dusk.


June 28, Beauty and the Beast

July 12, The Greatest Showman

July 26, Toy Story

August 9, Christopher Robbin

August 30, Mary Poppins

October 11, Hocus Pocus

Free. Crescent Park Looff Carousel, 700 Bullocks Point Ave., Riverside. For more information, check out crescentparkcarousel.org.


With all these free summer movies in Rhode Island, you are sure to find some that your family will enjoy! Don’t forget chairs and blankets!





One of the best things about summer is all the free fun! Rhode Island has some great summer fun for families! Check out these free outdoor movies for your family this summer! #rhodeisland #summerfun #freefamilyevents #summerbucketlist #familytravel

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  • Reply
    August 9, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    What a wonderful event! I love going to movies in the park! It is such a great event to take the whole family, and I love that many of the movies you listed would make that work.

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    Jasmine Hewitt
    August 11, 2018 at 8:58 am

    i’d love to do this sometime, i’ll have to see if theres any in Georgia

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    August 13, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    This looks like so much fun!! My hometown in Maine used to do these sort of events a lot when I was growing up (they probably still do). I’d love to take my daughter to one when she’s a little older.

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