Free Summer Park Events in NYC

Susan Russo

Park rules for ALL parks: NO glass containers (baby bottles OK); alcohol; smoking; drugs; dogs off leashes YES blankets or towels (but NO plastic or tarps); restrooms; food vendors/stands

MOVIES

Manhattan

Bennett Park (Fort Washington Avenue and West 183rd Street, Pinehurst Avenue)

Thursday, July 21   Show starts at 8:30pm. – Ray

St. Nicholas Park – Historic Harlem Parks Film

Festival (St. Nicholas Plaza at St. Nicholas Avenue and West 135th Street) Shows start at sundown; seating area opens at 6:00pm.

Monday, July 18 – Within Our Gates (“earliest surviving feature by an African-American director”)

Wednesday, July 27 – The Wiz (1978)

Rodgers Amphitheater, Marcus Garvey Park

(East 120th to 124th Streets and Madison Avenue) Show starts at sundown; seating area opens at 6:00pm.

Monday, Aug 1 – Purple Rain

Morningside Park (114th Street at Morningside Drive) Show starts at sundown; seating area opens at 6:00pm.

Monday July 25 – Mavis Staples and the Staples Singers

Thomas Jefferson Park (First Avenue between 111th and 114th Streets) Show starts at 8:30pm.

Thursday, July 28 – Annie (2014)

Sherman Kreek Peninsula Park (10th Avenue, Between Academy Street and the Harlem River) Shows start at sundown; seating area opens at 6:30pm.

Wednesday, July 13 – Inside Out

Tuesday, August 9 – Fly Away Home

Randall’s Island Park (“at Touchdown of the 103rd Street Footbridge”) Shows start at 8:00pm. Sunday, July 31 – The Goonies

Sunday, Aug 28 – Inside Out (at Randall’s Island Connector) Show starts at 8:00pm.

Sunday, Aug 14 – The Good Dinosaur

103rd Street Community Garden (103rd Street east of Park Avenue) Show starts at 7:45pm.

Tuesday, Aug 30 – The Incredibles

Pier I Picture Show (Riverside Park South – enter at 66th Street at the Hudson River) Shows start at 8:30pm; seating starts at 6:30pm.

Wednesday, July 13 – Basquiat                                              

Friday, July 15 – Un Flic (film noir in French)

Wednesday, July 20 – Arthur (1981)

Wednesday, July 27 – Dog Day Afternoon

Wednesday, Aug 3 – The Royal Tenenbaums

Wednesday, Aug 10 – “Audience vote” – Mary and Max or Carol or The Warriors

Wednesday, Aug 17 – Auntie Mame

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Bryant Park (behind the 42nd St. Main Library) 42nd to 40th Streets, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Shows start at sundown; gravel areas around the lawn open at 5:00pm (chairs and bench seating available); the lawn area opens at 6:00pm.

Mondays, July 18 – The Omen

July 25 – Three Days of the Condor

Aug 1 – Harvey

Aug 8 – High Plains Drifter

Aug 15 – The Big Chill

Aug 22 – Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

At this park only – BAG CHECKS are made before entering. So you should know, seats and lawn spaces are are taken fast; it’s best to send a friend to hold space with a blanket EARLY.

Bellevue South Park (East 26th to 28th Streets at Second Avenue). Show starts at 8:30pm.

Friday, July 29 – Forbidden Planet (1956)

Hudson River Park – Pier 63 (enter at 24th or 22nd Streets and 12th Avenue) Free popcorn (while it lasts). Shows start at 8:30pm.

Wednesdays, July 13 – Jurassic World

July 20 – Train Wreck

July 27 – The Big Short

Aug 3 – Creed

Aug 10 – Hunger Games Part II

Aug 17 – The Martian

Thursday, July 21 – Grease (1978) – “SINGALONG”

Fridays, July 15 – The Peanuts Movie

July 22 – Shaun the Sheep

July 29 – Kung Fu Panda

Aug 5 – Penguins of Madagascar

Aug 12 – Goosebumps

Aug 19 – The Princess Bride

Union Square Park, North Plaza (17th Street between Broadway and Fourth Avenue). Shows start at 8:00pm.

Thursdays, Aug 4 – The Goonies

Aug 11 – Grease

Stuyvesant Square (North Lawn, East 15th and 17th Streets, Rutherford Place to Perlman Place). Shows start at 8:00pm.

Thursdays, July 14 – North by Northwest

July 21 – Maleficent

July 28 – The Birds

Tompkins Square Park (Old Bandshell Lawn, Tenth Street between Avenues A and B). Shows start at 8:30pm.

Fridays, July 22 – Cleo From 5 to 7 (in French)

July 29 – Boyfriends and Girlfriends (in French)

Tony Dapolito Recreation Center (Clarkson Street and Seventh Avenue South). Shows start at 8:30pm.

Monday, July 12 – Adventures in Babysitting

Tuesday, July 26 – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

The Bronx St. Mary’s Park Recreation Center. Show starts at 8:30pm.

Thursday, July 14 – The Girls in the Band

Crotona Park Amphitheater. Show starts at 8:30pm; seating starts at 7:30pm.

Saturday, July 16 – Star Wars VII – The Force Awakens

Bathgate Community Garden (1818-1836 Bathgate Avenue). Shows start at 8:35pm.

Tuesdays, July 19 – The Book of Life

Aug 16 – The Land Before Time

Queens

Socrates Sculpture Park. Shows start at sundown; seating starts at 7:00pm.

Wednesdays, July 13 – L’Atlante (in French)

July 20 –  Sonita (Iran/Germany)

July 27 –  Rivers and Tides (UK/Germany)

Aug 3 –  Girl Asleep (Australia)

Aug 10 –  Suzhou River (China)

Aug 17 – Aguirre, Wrath of God (Germany)

Aug 24 – Embrace of the Serpent (Colombia)

Unisphere (Flushing Meadows Corona Park). Show starts at 8:00pm.

Wednesday, Aug 3 – Jurassic World

Mauro Playground (Flushing Meadows Corona Park). Show starts at 8:00pm.

Sunday, July 31 – The Good Dinosaur  

Virgilio Playground  (Flushing Meadows Corona Park). Show starts at 8:30pm.

Wednesday, July 13 – Back to the Future

Show starts at 8:00pm.

Sunday, Aug 14 – The Land Before Time

111th Street Parking Lot (Flushing Meadows Corona Park). Show starts at 8:00pm.

Tuesday, Aug 23 – Norm of the North  

LIC Landing Events Space (Hunter’s Point South Park). Shows start at 8:30pm. Thursdays, July 14 – Spider-Man

Aug 11 – August Rush

Show starts at 8:00pm.

Aug 25 – Zootopia

Rainey Park

Shows start at 8:30pm.

Thursday, July 14 – The Muppets Take Manhattan

Saturday, July 16 – Shaolin Soccer        

George U. Harvey Park Hockey Rink

Show starts at 8:30pm. Friday, July 15 – Monsters, Inc.

Athens Square

Shows start at 8:30pm. Sunday, July 17 – Mary Poppins

July 24 – The Wizard of Oz

Katzman Playground (in Yellowstone Park). Show starts at 8:30pm.

Thursday, July 21 – Finding Nemo

Juniper Valley Park

Show starts at 8:30pm.

Friday, July 22 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Waylanda Park

Show starts at 8:30pm.

Saturday, July 23 –The Avengers           

Highland Park (Elton Street and Jamaica Avenue). Shows start at 7:30pm.

Friday, July 22 – The Incredibles                                    

Monday, Aug 8 – Goosebumps

Astoria Park Lawn

Shows start at 8:30pm.

Mondays, July 25 – Big Hero 6

                 Aug 2 – Mary Poppins

                 Aug 8 – Minions

                 Aug 15 – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

                 Aug 22 – Jaws

ARROW Field House (Astoria). Shows start at 8:15pm.

Wednesdays, July 13 – Jaws

                      July 27 – Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Police Officer Edward Byrne Park. Show starts at 8:30pm.

Thursday, July 28 – Monsters University

Crocheron Park    (At 35th Avenue and Cross Island Parkway)

Shows start at 8:00pm. Fridays, July 29 – Jurassic World

                                                    Aug 5 – Minions

                                                    Aug 12 – The Avengers

Tudor Park (Addabbo Memorial Park)

Show starts at 8:30pm. Saturday, July 30 – Grease (Buddy Monument)

Show starts at 8:30pm. Saturday, July 30 – Grease

Show starts at 7:30pm.

Mondays, Aug 1 – Hotel Transylvania

                 Aug 15 – Finding Nemo

                 Aug 29 – Guardians of the Galaxy

Baisley Pond Park (155th Street and Baisley Boulevard). Show starts at 8:00pm. Friday, July 29 – Jurassic World

Rockaways (Beach 17th Street and Seagirt Boulevard). Shows starts at 8:00pm.

Friday, July 29 – Goosebumps

Saturday, Aug 27 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Beach 59th Street and Seagirt Boardwalk)

Show starts at 8:00pm. Friday, July 29 – Goosebumps (Broad Channel Park)

Show starts at 8:00pm. Saturday, Aug 13 – Zootopia

Forest Park, George Seuffert Bandshell. Show starts at 7:30pm.

Monday, Aug 22 – The Good Dinosaur

Brooklyn

Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1 (at entrance to Park). Shows start at 7:00pm; seating at 6:00pm.

Thursdays, July 14 – Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle

                  July 21 – Purple Rain

                  July 28 – It Happened One Night

                  Aug 4 – American Graffiti

                  Aug 11 – Selma

                  Aug 18 – A League of Their Own

                  Aug 25 – “Public Vote” The Sandlot or Milk or La Bamba

Target Brooklyn Community Garden. Shows start at 8:00pm.

Wednesdays, Aug 10 – Strange Love of Martha Ivers

Aug 17 – Young Man with a Horn (1950)

Jane Bailey Memorial Garden (Fort Greene). Shows start at 8:00pm.

Wednesdays, Aug 24 – Buck and the Preacher (1972) (Sidney Poitier)

Aug 31 – Paris Blues (1961) (Sidney Poitier)

Staten Island

Timoshenko Soccer Field (FDR Boardwalk/Beach). Show starts at 8:30pm.

Tuesday, July 12 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)

Conference House Park (Hyland Boulevard/Satterlee Street). Show starts at 8:30pm.

Wednesday, July 13 – Wreck It Ralph

Greenbelt Recreation Center (Blood Root Valley) Wednesdays July 20 – Rear Window (starts at 8:20pm)

Aug 3 – Vertigo (starts at 8:00pm)

Aug 17 – North by Northwest (at 7:50pm)

Aug 31 – Notorious (starts at 7:30pm)

Sunday, July 31 – The Girls in the Band (at 8:00pm)

Westervelt Community Garden (St. George). Show starts at 7:55pm.

Tuesday Aug 23 – An American Tail: Fievel Goes West

FREE

PLAYS AND OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS

(IF you’re too tired to handle LONG waits online for Central Park’s Shakespeare Troilus and Cressida)           

Manhattan

Broadway in Bryant Park 12:30-1:30pm.

Thursdays July 14, 21, 28 and August 4 and 11

Hudson Warehouse Summer Stage (at the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument Plaza at 89th Street and Riverside Park). Performances at 6:30pm

Thursdays through Sundays only “Pay what you can” Now playing, through July 24 Lysisarah “Let’s Make America Great Again” [adapted and ‘updated’ from] Aristophanes’ Lysistrata

July 24 –Aug 21 Othello [Shakespeare’s]

New York Euripides Summer Festival

(At the East River Park, from Avenue C, walk towards the East River to the East River Amphitheater)

Friday July 29, and Saturday, July 30

Performances from 6:00-7:30pm of Euripides’ Cyclops

(At the Marcus Garvey Park, Rodgers Auditorium)

Tuesdays August 2 and August 3

Performances from 12:30-1:30pm of Euripides’ Cyclops

The Bronx

Van Cortlandt Park Classical Playground

Thursday, July 14, 10-11:30am– Chinese Acrobat Li Liu     

Queens

Unisphere (Flushing Meadows Corona Park) From 6:30-10:0pm.

Wednesdays, July 27 – Shakespeare’s As You Like It

                      Aug 10 – Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

Crocheron Park (At 35th Avenue and Cross Island Parkway) From 6:30-10:00pm

Thursdays, July 28 – Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

                    Aug 25 – Shakespeare’s As You Like It

Highland Park (Elton Street and Jamaica Avenue) From 6:00-7:30pm Wednesday, July 27 – You’re a

Good Man, Charlie Brown

From 6:00-7:00pm Wednesday, Aug 3 – Patty Cake Theater – Mr. Amoeba and the Geos 111th Street Parking Lot (at 53rd Avenue, Flushing Meadows Corona Park)

From 11:00am to 12:00pm

Tuesday, Aug 16 – PuppetMobile –Puss in Boots

Alley Pond Park (76th Avenue/Springfield Boulevard) From 10:30 to 11:30am

Tuesday, Aug 23 – PuppetMobile –Puss in Boots

COMPILER’S NOTE: PLEASE check online for dates and/or times of the events, as there may be changes in schedules for reasons other than for inclement weather! – Susan Russo

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