Photo: Christie Pits Film Festival

ScSee a movie under the stars this summer. Toronto has many options for free outdoor movies for the family. See a recent-release or second-run animated feature, a new documentary, or share a classic you loved as a kid with your own children.

Bring snacks, drinks, and blankets, pillows, and lawn chairs. All movies are rate G or PG unless indicated otherwise.

Note that there are additional outdoor movie venues in Toronto we haven’t covered (like the Open Roof Festival at 99 Sudbury), because they show R-rated and adult-themed movies exclusively.

Celebration Square Movie Nights

Bring your own blankets and snacks for a free family-friendly movie night nearly every week all summer, beginning Victoria Day weekend, at Mississauga’s Celebration Square, with a weekly pre-show live event at 7:30. This year, you can see Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Ferdinand, A Wrinkle in Time, Black Panther, and more.

Best bets for kids:
May 24 – Wonder Woman
May 31 – Toy Story
June 7 – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
June 14 – Mrs. Doubtfire
June 21 – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
June 28 – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
July 5 – Ferdinand
July 12 – The Greatest Showman
July 19 – Paddington 2
July 26 – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
August 2 – Spider-Man: Homecoming
August 9 – Coco
August 16 – A Wrinkle in Time
August 23 – Cars 3
August 30 – Black Panther

Where: Celebration Square, 300 City Centre Dr., Mississauga
When: Thursdays, May 24–August 30 at 8 pm

Movies in St. James Park

One free movie per month is showing this summer in the park near St. Lawrence Market. Bring a blanket for lawn seating. Showing this year are PRIDE (drag show before the movie), Disney’s Coco, and 1979 cycling film Breaking Away.

Best bets for kids:
July 26 – Coco
August 23 – Breaking Away

Where: St. James Park, 120 King St. E., Toronto
When: Wednesdays June 21, July 26, August 23 at 8 pm

Movie Night in Liberty Village Park

The Liberty Village Residents Association is hosting the 7th annual outdoor movie event, with free, family-friendly movies on one Friday per month in June, July, and August. This year it’s Black Panther, the original Grease, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and Coco.

Best bets for kids:
July 20 – Grease
August 24 – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
September 7 – Black Panther

Where: 70 East Liberty St., Toronto
When: June 22, July 20, August 24, September 14 at 8:30

Under the Stars: Movies in the Park

Nearly all of the selections in the Regent Park Film Festival’s outdoor movie series are kid-friendly, rated either G or PG. Movies this year include the live-action 1997 Cinderella starring Whitney Houston, Disney’s Coco, and The Tale of Princess Kaguya from Studio Ghibli and part of the Reel Asian Film Fest.

Best bets for kids:
July 11 – Cinderella
July 18 – The Tale of Princess Kaguy
August 1 – Coco
August 8 – Bollywood/Hollywood
August 15 – Sister Act

Where: Regent Park (big park), 620 Dundas St. E., Toronto
When: Wednesdays, July 11–August 15 at 7 pm

Free Flicks at the Harbourfront Centre

The 2018 schedule is TBD, but in past years, Free Flicks movies on the waterfront have taken place every Wednesday in summer, beginning in late June. The selection is almost always a PG or G rated film.

Best bets for kids:
June 21 – Hairspray
July 5 – Air Bud
July 26 – Window Horses
August 9 – Belle
August 16 – How She Move

Where: Concert Stage, 235 Queens Quay W., Toronto
When: Thursdays late June–August

Sorauren Outdoor Movies in the Square

Family friendly films are shown every fourth Saturday in summer months in Sorauren Park. This year, Pizzeria Defina is offering dinners beginning 90 minutes before the movie, made in the park’s new outdoor pizza oven! Movie selections for 2018 are Babe, Charade, Ghostbusters (2016), and Moana.

Best bets for kids:
June 23 – Babe
August 25 – Ghostbusters (2016)
September 22 – Moana

Where: Sorauren Park, 289 Sorauren Ave., Toronto
When: Saturdays, June 23 at 9:30 pm, July 28 at 9 pm, August 25 at 8:30 pm, September 22 at 7:30 pm

Christie Pits Film Festival

Shown on an inflatable screen at Christie Pits Park with lawn seating, this free festival showcases a range of films surrounding an annual theme. Some movies are R-rated and this year only one film is PG—Hairspray (1988), on June 24. Two as-yet unannounced films will be shown during closing weekend, August 18 and 19.

Best bets for kids:
June 24 – Hairspray

Where: Christie Pits Park, 750 Bloor St. W., Toronto
When: Sundays, June 24–August 19 at sunset (eats and treats beforehand)

City Cinema

The theme this summer is “Rockumentaries”, with 10 films shown at this annual cult movie fest at Yonge-Dundas Square. A number of films are R-rated or PG-13 this year, but PG selections are It Might Get Loud (featuring Jimmy Page, The Edge, and Jack White), Standing in the Shadow of Motown (The Funk Brothers), and Long Time Running (Gord Downie/The Tragically Hip).

Best bets for kids:
July 24 – The Beatles: Eight Days A Week
August 28 – Long Time Running

Where: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St. E., Toronto
When: Tuesdays, June 26–August 28 at 8 pm

Movie Nights in the Beach Village

This year, come out to see Bend It Like Beckham, Beauty and the Beast (2017), Wonder Woman, and other free, family-friendly selections on the lawn at Kew Gardens park. All films are rated PG or G. Free popcorn!

Best bets for kids:
July 4 – Bend It Like Beckham
July 18 – Beauty and the Beast (2017)
August 1 – Honey I Shrunk the Kids
August 8 – Hidden Figures
August 15 – Ferdinand
August 29 – Wonder Woman

Where: Kew Gardens, 2017 Queen St. E., Toronto
When: Wednesdays, July 4–August 29 at dusk

Cultura Festival

On Friday nights in July, this free outdoor festival celebrates cultural diversity through music, buskers, food, and four nights of movie screenings under the stars. Each date features one musical performance, one busker, and one movie. Movies this year are Wonder, The Post, Lion, and The Greatest Showman.

Best bets for kids:
July 6 – Wonder
July 27 – The Greatest Showman

Where: Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge St., North York
When: Fridays July 6, 13, 20, 27 at 9:30

Movies on the Common

From the same organization that organizes the Christie Pits Film Festival comes this free movie series, now in its  year. Head to  the lawn at the beautiful Corktown Common park with a great view of downtown as the sun sets, for PG films Roman Holiday, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and Selma. Popcorn, pierogis, and pop at the festival canteen!

Best bets for kids:
July 12 – Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Where: Corktown Common Park, 155 Bayview Ave., Toronto
When: Thursdays July 5, 12, 19, 26 at 9 pm

Free Outdoor Movies—Friday Night Lights

Downsview Park this year is hosting its summer movie lineup, previously Movies in the Meadow, in a new location, at the park’s outdoor running track and football field. BYO lawn chair and arrive early to enter a raffle. The films this year are Ready Player One, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Coco, Black Panther, and Avengers: Infinity War.

Best bets for kids:
July 27 – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
August 10 – Coco
August 31 – Black Panther

Where: Downsview Park Football Field, 79 Carl Hall Rd., North York
When: Fridays, July 6 and 27, August 10 and 31, September 7 at 9 pm

Films on Shortt

All the movies are family friendly at this event presented by the Fairbank Village BIA. BYO blanket or chair and enjoy free popcorn. Movies are Peter Rabbit, Black Panther, and Star Wars: A Solo Story.

Best bets for kids:
August 24 – Black Panther
September 14 – Solo: A Star Wars Story

Where: Shortt St. at Eglinton Ave. W. (one block west of Dufferin St.), Toronto
When: July 20, August 24, September 14 at 9 pm

Parkway Forest Park Movies

A new location this year from Toronto Outdoor Picture Show (which operates films in Christie Pits and Corktown Common), this North York Park will screen four movies in August: Ghostbusters (2016) is the most kid-friendly pick this year. Other films are the documentary Unarmed Verses, Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch A Thief, and Indian film The Lunchbox.

Best bets for kids:
August 9 – Ghostbusters (2016)

Where: Parkway Forest Park, North York
When: Thursdays, August 9, 16, 23, 30

Sail-In Cinema

You don’t have to arrive by boat to see the free movies at Sail-In Cinema at Sugar Beach, but it’s cool that you can! The screen is mounted on a floating barge just off Sugar Beach, visible from land or water. Each year you can vote for the movie selection (deadline is mid-July).

Best bets for kids:
August 10 – Labyrinth
August 11 – Space Jam

Where: Sugar Beach, 25 Dockside Dr., Toronto
When: August 10–11 at 8:45 pm

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