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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Where: Concert Stage, 235 Queens Quay W., Toronto
When: TBD in June and July

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.

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.

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).

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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. Vote for the 2018 movie selection before July 12—there are many family movies in the mix.

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

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