Free Outdoor Movies in Charlotte, NC: This Summer (And Beyond)

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When it comes to free family fun, we really love free outdoor movies. Charlotte, NC sure does have a lot of them! We love that so many of these free movie events include snacks (or opportunities to bring your own) plus even some free kids’ activities and games before the movies start. I mean if you’re going to have free family fun, you might as well have a lot of it, right?

No matter what your family’s budget looks like, you can have some classic summer fun with your family and friends at these events. That makes these parks and venues summer-time heroes, in our opinion.

Our list of 2024 Charlotte, NC Outdoor Movies is broken down by location, or, if you prefer a list organized by date, just head on down to our Movie Calendar view.

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Huntersville Movies in the Park

Veterans Park, Downtown Huntersville, NC
Movies begin at dusk.
Here’s the 2024 Movies in the Park Schedule:

  • June 14th, 2024 – Wonka
  • July 26th, 2024 – Trolls “Band Together”
  • August 9th, 2024 – Space Jam

Huntersville Park and Recreation Facebook will have the most up-to-date information if there is a question of rain or delay.

Cabarrus Brewing Movie Events

Cabarrus Brewing hosts several free movie events throughout the summer. Movies take place in the parking lot of the taproom. Event starts at 7 pm and movies begin at about 8 pm.

June 15th, 2024 Star Wars
June 21st, 2024; Space Jam
July 27th, 2024: Lilo & Stitch

Cabarrus Brewing Co. Events Calendar

The Old Mecklenburg Brewery

Movie Night in the Biergarten, 4150 Yancey Road, Charlotte
May 23rd, 2024: Talladega Nights, movie begins at 8:30 pm
Pets and Kids are welcome!

Movie Night in the Biergarten

Monday Night Garden Co. Movies

Monday Night Brewing: 2217 South Tryon Street, Charlotte
Free movies, plus free retro arcade games. Movies begin at about 8:30 pm, event starts at 7:30 pm.

May 29th, 2024 – Back to the Future
June 12th, 2024 – Men in Black
June 26th, 2024- The Princess Bride
July 7th, 2024- The Sandlot
July 24th, 2024 – Jurassic Park (+Meet the Jurassic Jeeps!)
August 7th, 2024- Space Jam
August 21st, 2024- The Goonies

Follow Monday Night Garden Co. on Facebook for updates.
Monday Night Brewing Garden Co.

Movies in the Park: Rock Hill

Fountain Park, Rock Hill, SC
Movies begin at dusk, and recreation activities from Rec in a Box begin an hour before show time! FREE
Only in Old Town: Movies in the Park

  • June 14th, 2024 – The Game Plan
  • July 12th, 2024 – The Little Mermaid (Live Action)
  • August 9th, 2024 – Pirates of the Caribbean, The Curse of the Black Pearl
  • September 13th, 2024 – Top Gun Maverick
  • October 11th, 2024 – Halloweentown 

Lights, Camera, Birkdale

The Plaza, Village at Birkdale
No outside food or beverage is permitted at this movie event. However, takeout from local restaurants is encouraged. Order from participating restaurants, and there’s even a concierge who will pick up your food and have it waiting before the show! Get all the Lights, Camera, Birkdale details.

  • May 11th, 2024: Shrek
  • June 8th, 2024: Space Jam
  • July 13th, 2024: Elf
  • August 10th, 2024: Wreck-IT Ralph
  • September 14th, 2024: Toy Story
  • October 19th, 2024: Hocus Pocus

Movies in the Park: Harrisburg, NC

Harrisburg Park, 191 Sims Parkway
Not only is the movie free, but so is the popcorn and the children’s activities before the show! Activities start at 6:30 pm and the show starts at about 8 pm.
Movies in the Park: Harrisburg

  • Friday, June 7, 2024 – The Lion King (The Original)
  • Friday, August 16, 2024 – Tangled

Movies in the Park: Belmont, NC

Stowe Park, Belmont
Aurora Lit Cinema brings a jumbo screen and immersive sound to Stowe Park for Belmont’s free movies in the park. Not only is the movie free, but so are arcade games and corn hole!
Popcorn, candy, and drinks are available for purchase.
Belmont Movies in the Park

  • May 25th, 2024: Jumanji
  • June 1st, 2024: Toy Story
  • June 22nd, 2024: Cool Runnings
  • June 29th, 2024: Jurassic Park
  • July 13th, 2024: The Mask
  • July 20th, 2024: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

By Date- Outdoor Movies: Charlotte, NC

thu23may7:30 pmMovie Night in the Biergarten: Talladega NightsThe Old Mecklenburg Brewery & Biergarten, 4150 Yancey Road7:30 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free movie

sat25may8:30 pmMovies in the Park: JumanjiStowe Park, 24 South Main Street8:30 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

wed29may7:30 pmwed11:30 pmMovies in the GardenMonday Night Garden Co., 2217 S Tryon Street7:30 pm - 11:30 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free Admission

sat01jun8:30 pmMovies in the Park: Toy StoryStowe Park, 24 South Main Street8:30 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

fri07jun6:30 pmThe Lion King: Movies in Harrisburg ParkHarrisburg Park, 191 Sims Parkway6:30 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

sat08jun7:30 pmLights, Camera, Birkdale: Space Jam MovieBirkdale Village, 8712 Lindholm Drive7:30 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

wed12jun7:30 pmwed11:30 pmMovies in the GardenMonday Night Garden Co., 2217 S Tryon Street7:30 pm - 11:30 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free Admission

fri14jun7:00 pmMovies in the Park at Fountain Park: The Game PlanFountain Park, 300 East Main Street7:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

fri14jun8:00 pmfri10:00 pmMovies in the ParkVeterans Park at Main and Maxwell, 103 N Main Street8:00 pm - 10:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

sat15jun7:00 pmCabarrus Brewing Movie Series: Star WarsCabarrus Brewing Co., 329 McGill Avenue NW7:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

fri21jun7:00 pmCabarrus Brewing Movie Series: Space JamCabarrus Brewing Co., 329 McGill Avenue NW7:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

sat22jun8:30 pmMovies in the Park: Cool RunningsStowe Park, 24 South Main Street8:30 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

wed26jun7:30 pmwed11:30 pmMovies in the GardenMonday Night Garden Co., 2217 S Tryon Street7:30 pm - 11:30 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free Admission

sat29jun8:30 pmMovies in the Park: Jurassic ParkStowe Park, 24 South Main Street8:30 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

wed10jul7:30 pmwed11:30 pmMovies in the GardenMonday Night Garden Co., 2217 S Tryon Street7:30 pm - 11:30 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free Admission

fri12jul7:00 pmMovies in the Park at Fountain Park: The Little Mermaid (Live Action)Fountain Park, 300 East Main Street7:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

sat13jul7:30 pmLights, Camera, Birkdale: Elf MovieBirkdale Village, 8712 Lindholm Drive7:30 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

sat13jul8:30 pmMovies in the Park: The MaskStowe Park, 24 South Main Street8:30 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

sat20jul8:30 pmMovies in the Park: Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesStowe Park, 24 South Main Street8:30 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

wed24jul7:30 pmwed11:30 pmMovies in the GardenMonday Night Garden Co., 2217 S Tryon Street7:30 pm - 11:30 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free Admission

fri26jul8:00 pmfri10:00 pmMovies in the ParkVeterans Park at Main and Maxwell, 103 N Main Street8:00 pm - 10:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

sat27jul7:00 pmCabarrus Brewing Movie Series: Lilo and StitchCabarrus Brewing Co., 329 McGill Avenue NW7:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

wed07aug7:30 pmwed11:30 pmMovies in the GardenMonday Night Garden Co., 2217 S Tryon Street7:30 pm - 11:30 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free Admission

fri09aug7:00 pmMovies in the Park at Fountain Park: Pirates of the CaribbeanFountain Park, 300 East Main Street7:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

fri09aug8:00 pmfri10:00 pmMovies in the ParkVeterans Park at Main and Maxwell, 103 N Main Street8:00 pm - 10:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

sat10aug7:30 pmLights, Camera, Birkdale: Wreck-IT Ralph MovieBirkdale Village, 8712 Lindholm Drive7:30 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

fri16aug6:30 pmTangled: Movies in Harrisburg ParkHarrisburg Park, 191 Sims Parkway6:30 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

wed21aug7:30 pmwed11:30 pmMovies in the GardenMonday Night Garden Co., 2217 S Tryon Street7:30 pm - 11:30 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free Admission

fri30aug7:00 pmCabarrus Brewing Movie Series: Back to the FutureCabarrus Brewing Co., 329 McGill Avenue NW7:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

Our Tips for Outdoor Movies

  1. Bring a blanket or chairs to sit on. Typically blankets get to sit up front and those in chairs are asked to head to the back, so keep that in mind!
  2. Bring a picnic if its allowed! Your cost is much lower if you bring your own food. Typically if the movie is in a park, you won’t have any problem bringing in your own food. If the movie is in a place that sells food, you should plan to purchase food or eat before you arrive (unless the event specifically invites you to bring in food!).
  3. You may want bug spray!
  4. For little ones, consider bringing some coloring supplies or small toys they can play with on the blanket if you think they might get bored with the movie!

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