Summer nights are almost here, promising those golden evenings with family and friends, relaxing as the temperatures cool down and the stars come out. There’s something magical about summer nights, isn’t there? This year, you can add “watch a movie under the stars” to your summer bucket list and check it off at any one of these free outdoor movie events.
Movies Under the Stars | Boise
June through August, the Boise Parks and Recreation Department and Boise Schools Education Foundation will host a series of eight family-friendly movies at parks throughout town. These events are fun-filled evenings with something for everyone. Each movie night starts at 7:00 pm with field games like capture the flag and dodgeball provided by the Parks and Recreation Mobile Recreation Van. Movies begin at dusk on an enormous 30’ inflatable screen.
Movies Under the Stars 2018 Schedule
- June 8: Despicable Me 3 - Ivywild Park, 416 W Ivywild St.
- June 16: Jumanji (2017) - Julia Davis Park, 700 S Capitol Blvd.
- June 23: Wonder - Bowden Park, 3230 W Edson St.
- July 14: Beauty and the Beast - Peppermint Park, 2030 S. Sumpter Way
- July 21: Coco - Julia Davis Park, 700 S Capitol Blvd.
- July 28: Cars 3 - Sunset Park, 2625 N 32nd St.
- August 4: Stars Wars: The Last Jedi - Fort Boise Park, 155 E Garrison Rd.
- August 11: Wonder Woman - Julia Davis Park, 700 S Capitol Blvd.
CableONE Movie Night | Meridian
With an impressive lineup of weekly classics and new family-friendly hits, the popular Meridian CableONE Movie Night events are returning this summer. Every Friday from June through August, you can catch a movie at Settlers Park for free. Community partners and vendors join every week so you can enjoy a refreshing beverage from Dutch Bros and stroll through booths and displays—sometimes even bounce houses and giveaways.
CableONE Movie Night Schedule
- June 1: Leap!
- June 8: Lego Ninjago Movie
- June 15: The Lion King
- June 22: Smurfs: The Lost Village
- June 29: Rudy
- July 6: Pete’s Dragon
- July 13: The Incredibles
- July 20: Brave
- July 27: Despicable Me 3
- August 3: Coco
- August 10: Cars 3
- August 17: Paddington 2
- August 24: A Wrinkle in Time
- August 31: Toy Story
Silver Screen on the Green | Nampa
The Nampa Parks and Recreation Department hosts free outdoor movie showings throughout the summer at Optimist Park. Fun, family-friendly activities begin at 8:30 and movies start at dusk. Since 2014, this event has been a favorite of Nampa residents and has expanded over past years as it has grown in popularity.
Silver Screen on the Green Schedule
- June 15: Despicable Me 3
- June 22: LEGO Ninjago Movie
- June 29: Peter Rabbit
- July 6: Paddington 2
- July 13: The Incredibles
- July 20: The Little Mermaid
- July 27: Coco
- August 3: Sherlock Gnomes
- August 10: The Lion King
- August 17: Cars 3
Garden Cinema | Idaho Botanical Garden
We can’t think of a more beautiful, relaxing place to view an outdoor movie than the Idaho Botanical Garden. This summer, IBG’s Garden Cinema will be up and running again, showing a few family-friendly classics on select Fridays July-September. These events are free, but IBG suggests reserving your tickets early since space is limited. Food and beverages will be available for purchase, but attendees are also welcome to pack their own picnics. VIP tables are available for purchase, which include drinks and popcorn. The events begin at 7:00 pm and movies start at dusk.
Garden Cinema Schedule
- June 1: Alice in Wonderland
- August 3: Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
- August 24: The Goonies
- September 14: A League of Their Own
Area Drive-In Theaters
If you’re looking for nostalgic fun, why not head to one of the Treasure Valley’s drive-in movie theaters? Drive-in theaters are a classic summer activity, and there are a few within driving distance of the Boise area and ready for you to check out this season.
Terrace Drive-In Theater, Caldwell: You can see back-to-back features at the Terrace Drive-In for one ticket price. Whether you sprawl out in a truck bed, sit outside your vehicle in comfortable chairs or watch from your front seat, you’ll have a great time at Caldwell’s drive-in theater.
Parma MotorVu, Parma: The historic Parma MotorVu drive-in theater has been around since 1953, and its midcentury vibe is sure to stir up your nostalgia. Furry friends are welcome to join you, and you can purchase their famous popcorn made in the original 1953 machine.
Be in the Know
When you head out to an outdoor showing of your favorite classic or new family movie, remember to come prepared. Bring blankets to sit on, but avoid tall chairs or large coolers and strollers; you don’t want to be that guy blocking your fellow movie-goers’ view. Pack a few snacks and drinks, but leave behind the alcohol.
Don’t forget that as the sun goes down, the bugs come out so bring along your bug spray. Temperatures will drop even on the hottest days, so bring your sweatshirt along to keep the chill off. Check the website for any event you’re going to beforehand and read through it carefully: every movie night will have different rules regarding pets, unattended minors, and things to consider.
With this list in hand, you can lock in your summer outdoor movie night plans. What else is on your Boise summer bucket list?