Thanks to Jack London Square and their Waterfront Flicks for sponsoring our guide to outdoor movies in the East Bay. Some movies are fun for magical date night or memorable family night. All Jack London Square outdoor movies feature access to a gorgeous waterfront sunset and delicious restaurants.
If your kids can stay up well past 9 pm, there are a few outdoor movies you can see for FREE. While you can usually just show up, this year will very likely involve pre-registration so click on through to the ones you like most to snag your spot!
Our 2022 Guide to East Bay outdoor movie screenings includes family-friendly-ish movies all around the East Bay. We will be updating it all summer so stop back often. This post contains affiliate links.
If your kids are old enough to stay up late — or young enough not to know the difference — there are lots of places to watch an outdoor movie under the stars. Most of these venues will be offering snacks or kids’ activities in advance of the movie, so feel free to come early and play. Bring your own low chairs and blankets. Most are FREE.
Movies often start as soon as the sun goes down, around 8:15-8:45ish. But click through to verify start times!
Though we rarely see short-sleeves-in-the-evening temperatures in the Bay Area, summertime is the best chance we’ve got for outdoor movies that aren’t at the Concord drive-in.
East Bay Outdoor Movies:
Friday, August 12, 20228:15 pm - 10:15 pm: Movies in the Park: Up @ Glendale La Loma Park, Berkeley
Saturday, August 13, 20228:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Movie Night at the Farm @ Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont
Friday, August 19, 20226:30 pm - 10:00 pm: Starlight Movies in the Park: Encanto @ Alameda Point Multi-Purpose Field, Alameda
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Movies in the Park: Jungle Cruise @ Orinda Community Park, Orinda
7:45 pm - 11:15 pm: Free Outdoor Movie Night - Luca @ Castro Valley Park Splash Pad, Castro Valley
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Friday Family Flix: Jungle Cruise @ Refugio Valley Park, Hercules
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm: Movies in the Park: Encanto @ Piedmont Park, Piedmont
Saturday, August 20, 20223:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Blankets & Blockbusters: Spider-Man: No Way Home @ Thrive City, San Francisco
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Movie Nights @ Alameda Landing: Up @ Alameda Landing, Alameda
Friday, August 26, 20227:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Movies in the Park: Bolt @ Orinda Community Park, Orinda
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Summer Movie Series: Ratatouille @ Christie Park, Emeryville
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm: Movies in the Park: Luca @ Redwood Heights Park & Recreation Center, Oakland
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Movies in the Park: Raya & The Last Dragon @ Grove Park, Berkeley
Friday, September 9, 20227:30 pm - 9:30 pm: Movies in the Park: Luca @ Cedar Rose Park, Berkeley
7:45 pm - 11:15 pm: Free Outdoor Movie - Addams Family 2 @ Meek Estate Park, Hayward
Friday, September 16, 20226:30 pm - 10:00 pm: Starlight Movies in the Park: Sing 2 @ Leydecker Park, Alameda
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm: Movies in the Park: Sing 2 @ Piedmont Park, Piedmont
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Friday Family Flix: Luca @ Refugio Valley Park, Hercules
Friday, September 23, 20227:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Summer Movie Series: TBD @ Doyle Hollis Park, Emeryville
7:15 pm - 9:15 pm: Movies in the Park: Wall-e @ Codornices Park, Berkeley
Friday, September 30, 20226:45 pm - 9:45 pm: Movies Under the Stars: Encanto @ Central Park (Lake Elizabeth), Fremont
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Movie in the Park: The Goonies @ Redwood Heights Park & Recreation Center, Oakland
Friday, October 7, 20227:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Movies in the Park: Coco @ Orinda Community Park, Orinda
Friday, October 14, 20226:30 pm - 9:30 pm: Movie in the Park: Ghostbusters: Afterlife @ Redwood Heights Park & Recreation Center, Oakland
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm: Movies Under the Stars: TBA @ Central Park (Lake Elizabeth), Fremont
Saturday, October 15, 20223:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Blankets & Blockbusters: Encanto @ Thrive City, San Francisco
Did we miss your favorite outdoor screen? Tell us in the comments!
Note: 510families does not put on any of these movies. Movies and dates may change with or without notice because of weather, equipment, licensing, bad moods, pandemics, and unforeseen circumstances.
Thanks again to Jack London Square for sponsoring this guide to outdoor movies.
[Photo: outdoor movie pictures provided by Jack London Square and Walnut Creek Parks; used with permission]
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