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.
Sparklight Movie Night | Meridian
With an impressive lineup of weekly classics and new family-friendly hits, the popular Meridian Sparklight 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 and stroll through booths and displays—sometimes even bounce houses and giveaways. Movies start at dusk, but plan on being there by 7:00 pm to get a good spot. 3245 N Meridian Rd.
Sparklight Movie Night 2021 Schedule
- June 11: Frozen 2
- June 18: Moana
- June 25: The Little Mermaid
- July 2: Shrek
- July 9: Tom & Jerry
- July 16: The Emperor's New Groove
- July 23: Onward
- July 30: Tangled
- August 6: The Croods: A New Age
- August 13: Hook
- August 20: Raya and the Last Dragon
Silver Screen on the Green | Nampa
The Nampa Parks and Recreation Department hosts free outdoor movie showings throughout the summer at Optimist Park. Concessions are available each night 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. 16680 11th Ave N.
Silver Screen on the Green 2021 Schedule
- June 4: Trolls World Tour
- June 11: Spies in Disguise
- June 18: The Croods: A New Age
- June 25: Aladdin (2019)
- July 2: Cinderella
- July 9: Tom & Jerry
- July 16: Raya and the Last Dragon
- July 23: Ferdinand
- July 30: The Greatest Showman
- August 6: The Secret Life of Pets
*Nampa Parks & Rec COVID protocols - The viewing area will be divided into 10’x10’ squares to allow for physical distancing between groups. All concessions will be prepackaged items, and hand sanitizer will be available.
Movies in the Park | Middleton
Greater Middleton Parks and Rec is at it again this year with summer movie nights. Presented by the Middleton Area Optimist Club, moviegoers can catch a drive-in style movie at Middleton's Foote Park select Fridays throughout the summer. Movies begin at dusk and concessions will be available. Tip: Shows are subject to weather, so it best to check the club's Facebook page before heading out. N Middleton Rd & Cornell St.
Middleton Movies in the Park 2021 Schedule
- June 11: Onward
- June 18: Goonies
- July 16: Karate Kid
- August 20: Dolittle
- September 10: Sonic the Hedgehog
- September 24: Sing
Movies Under the Stars | Boise
June through August, the Boise Parks and Recreation Department and Boise Schools Education Foundation will host a series of nine 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 in the park begin at dusk on an enormous 30’ inflatable screen.
Movies Under the Stars Schedule
- To be announced
Starlight Cinema Series | Indian Creek Plaza (Caldwell)
Grab a blanket, a chair, and cuddle up under the stars to watch a movie at dusk. All Starlight Cinema Series movies are free and start at 8:00 pm. 120 S Kimball Ave.
Starlight Cinema Schedule
- None scheduled this year
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 mid-century 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 moviegoers’ 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?
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