Movies Under the Stars

The 7 best outdoor movies around Dallas-Fort Worth in summer 2018

The 7 best outdoor movies around Dallas-Fort Worth in summer 2018

Dive-In Movies
Hawaiian Falls will host Dive-In Movies at each of its four area locations on various dates in June. Photo courtesy of Hawaiian Falls
Sundance Square Movie Nights
Sundance Square Movie Nights start on June 7. Photo courtesy of Sundance Square
Sundown at Granada rooftop
In addition to food and drinks, you can watch movies on the rooftop at Sundown at Granada every Wednesday night through June 20. Photo by James Coreas
Dive-In Movies
Sundance Square Movie Nights
Sundown at Granada rooftop

No matter your age, there's something fun about watching a movie on a big screen, outdoors, on a lazy summer night. Families have multiple opportunities to do just that around Dallas-Fort Worth this summer, from rooftop venues to parks, plazas, and even water parks. Bonus that many are free.

Here are seven of the best places to watch a favorite movie under the stars in DFW in coming months.

Sundance Square presents Movie Nights
Sundance Square Movie Nights in Fort Worth will feature five movies that are celebrating special anniversaries, as well as a current release. Sundance Square’s new digital screen should make for an enhanced outside movie experience. Featured free movies include The Great Escape (June 7), American Graffiti (June 14), Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (June 21), You've Got Mail (June 28), Bottle Shock (July 5), and Peter Rabbit (July 12).

Levitt Pavilion presents Movies Under the Stars
Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts in Arlington mainly hosts weekend concerts during the summer, but they'll also host a variety of free movies every Thursday night through July 5. While they'll host regular screenings of recent movies like Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (June 14), Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (June 21), and Early Man (June 28), they'll also put on sing-a-long versions of Frozen (June 7) and Mamma Mia (July 5).

Hawaiian Falls presents Dive-In Movies
Hawaiian Falls, which has four locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, is now open for the summer. In addition to the fun you can have swimming in the wave pool, lounging in the lazy river, or riding the water slides, the area parks will take turns hosting a Dive-In Movie night. Garland will show Moana on June 15, Mansfield will show The Lego Ninjago Movie on June 21, Roanoke will show Wonder on June 22, and The Colony will show Sherlock Gnomes on June 26. All are free with park admission.

NRH2O presents Dive-In Movie Series
There's only one location of NRH2O in, wouldn't you know it — North Richland Hills — so you won't have to hop around to catch its Dive-In Movie Series. Taking place almost every Friday night starting on June 22, it will feature screenings free with park admission: The Wizard of Oz (June 22), Despicable Me 3 (July 6), Jaws (July 13), Coco (July 20), Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (July 27), and Black Panther (August 3). 

Coyote Drive-In
Okay, so technically Coyote Drive-In, which has locations in Fort Worth and Lewisville, has a never-ending movie series since it's an actual movie theater. However, going to the drive-in is a time-honored summer tradition, so you can't leave it off the list. Plus, it has the biggest screens, the ability to watch in the comfort of your car, and double features showing all the big summer movies. What more could you want?

Downtown Dallas Movie Series
After presenting a series of kids movies in May, Downtown Dallas, Inc. will age up a little with their free outdoor movies in June. Taking place at various locations in the Dallas Arts District, the films will be shown on a giant inflatable screen. Guests can bring a blanket and chair, grab some food from one of the nearby restaurants, and enjoy the movies. Screenings include Chicago (June 11 on the lawn at Moody Performance Hall), Sister Act (June 18 next to Meyerson Symphony Center), and Hairspray (June 25 at Sammons Park).

Sundown at Granada presents Rooftop Movie Nights
Sundown at Granada presents free Rooftop Movie Nights on Wednesday nights through June 20. Guests can enjoy a movie while sipping on some tasty treats from the rooftop bar and enjoying food off of the bar bites menu. Films coming up include Clueless (May 30), The Big Lebowski (June 6), Labyrinth (June 13), and Empire Records (June 20).