Free and Cheap Summer Movies in Twin Cities Parks & Theaters

Children watching movie at Nicollet Commons Park in Burnsville Minnesota: "Free Summer Movies"

Summer movies in the park are a classic choice to enjoy together — especially outside where they are free and you can even pack large popcorns and large drinks for pennies! And for an indoor option to beat the summer heatmovie theaters with free or bargained price summer programs are also scattered around the Twin Cities.

For year-round cheap movies: Twin Cities Cheap Flicks.

2023 Twin Cities Free Summer Movies - By Region of the Metro Area

Popular screenings in 2023 include Puss and Boots: Last Wish; Lyle, Lyle Crocodile; Encanto; and DC League of Super-Pets; but look for your favorite classic film, too. Don’t forget to bring your own kids’ snack packs (some parks sell concessions, but not all), a blanket or lawn chairs, and bug spray!

Outdoor Movies Make a Late Night. Keep in mind that movies start at dusk and can include a good half-hour of ads before the main movie starts. Dusk in June and July is around 9pm. If your children are small, you may want to bring sleeping bags and pillows and pick a grown up movie to enjoy while they sleep.

Free Summer Movies in Minneapolis & St Paul

Minneapolis Movies in the Parks 

MPRB screens flicks weekly across its lovely parks system. Note that not all of Minneapolis movies are kid-friendly movies, but you’ll find plenty that are perfect for the whole family. The shows begin at dusk. Movies start June 1, 2023.

Minneapolis Movies at the Commons

425 Portland Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55488
Bring a lawn chair or blanket downtown to enjoy a movie at the commons on Wednesdays at dusk. June 7 through August 30, 2023. 

Minneapolis Movie Night at Target Field Station

335 N 5th St, Minneapolis, MN
Bring your own seating and find a spot on the green grass outside the Twins’ ballpark. 7-9pm. FREE.

  • June 8, 2023: Little Shop of Horrors
  • June 29, 2023: Space Jam
  • July 6, 2023: Puss In Boots: The Last Wish
  • July 20, 2023: Legally Blonde (free cotton candy)
  • August 3, 2023: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
  • August 17, 2023: Encanto (free snow cones)
  • August 31: Top Gun: Maverick (best mustache contest)

This list is courtesy of the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board and is subject to change and weather dependent. The public can subscribe to updates or follow MPRB on social media for changes and cancellations.





Waite Park

Sonic the Hedgehog 2


Washburn Fair Oaks



Lake Harriet

LaLa Land


Audubon Park

Turning Red


 The Commons

The Lost City


 Live on the Drive

The Bad Guys


Armatage Park

The Mighty Ducks


Bossen Park

Puss and Boots: The Last Wish


Webber Park

DC League of Super-Pets


Jackson Square Park

Shazam: Fury of the Gods


The Commons

Fantastic Mr. Fox


Keewaydin Park

A League of Their Own


Creekview Park

Just Mercy


Lake Harriet



Lynnhurst Park

The Goonies


The Commons

King Richard


Sibley Park

Black Adam


Bottineau Park

42: Jackie Robinson


Lyndale Farmstead

Jurassic World Dominion


Mueller Park

Best In Show


Harrison Park

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish


The Commons

Black Daddy: The Movie


Beltrami Park

Ghostbusters (original)


Sumner Field



Lake Harriet



Whittier Park



The Commons

Knives Out


Brackett Park

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish


Hiawatha School Park

The Woman King


Lake Nokomis Park

Top Gun: Maverick


Painter Rec Center

School of Rock


Father Hennepin

The Upside


The Commons

Black Adam


Live on the Drive

Space Jam: A New Legacy


Longfellow Park

Jurassic World Dominion


Lake Harriet

Ferris Bueller’s day off


Northeast Park

Minnesota Twins: 1991 World Series-Game 6


Elliot Park

Turning Red


The Commons

Best in Show


Matthews Park

Minions, the rise of Gru


Corcoran Park

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish


Creekview Park

Coach Carter


Pearl Park

Pinochio (2019)


Father Hennepin

The Italian Job


The Commons

Top Gun: Maverick


North Mississippi

DC League of Super-Pets


Franklin Steele Park

The Bad Guys


Fuller Park



North Commons Park

Top Gun: Maverick


Keewaydin Park

Thor: Love & Thunder

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The Commons

Where the Crawdads Sing


Loring Park



Lake Harriet



Lake Harriet

Ocean’s Eleven


Linden Hills



Father Hennepin



The Commons

Strange World


Live on the Drive

Spider-man: No Way Home


Lake Harriet

School of Rock


Kenny Park



Loring Park

Jurassic World Dominion


Folwell Park

Black Panther: Wakanda forever


The Commons

Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark


Logan Park



Lake Harriet

Mulan (1998)


Lake Harriet

Bohemian Rhapsody


Stevens Square

The Best in Show


Father Hennepin

Mr. Right


The Commons



Powderhorn Park



Lake Harriet



Morris Park

Black Adam


 Van Cleve Park

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever


 Luxton Park

Space Jam: A New Legacy


The Commons

Miss Congeniality


JD Rivers Children Garden

Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank


Lake Hiawatha Park

DC League of Super-Pets


 Bryant Square

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Boy at Lake Harriet Park Movie Night, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Sometimes FREE summer music is followed by a FREE Movie.

St Paul Movies in the Park

St Paul screens free summer movies across several recreation centers, community centers and at the historic Pavilion at Como Park. Movies start at dusk. Arrive early for pre-show activities and family fun.

St Paul Union Depot Drive-In Movies

Lot D, 392 E Kellogg Blvd, St Paul, MN 55101
Bring your whole family — even your dog — for one price. Union depot will have food trucks on site for drive-in movies throughout the summer. You’ll need a radio to tune in the audio. $15/car.

  • June 23, 2023: Jaws, 9:30pm.
  • August 25, 2023: The Incredibles, 8:30pm

This list is courtesy of the City of St. Paul and is subject to change and weather dependent. Learn more here.




July 13, 2023

Sibley Manor

DC League of Super Pets (PG)

July 21, 2023

El Rio Vista Recreation Center

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (PG)

July 28, 2023

Phalen Beach House

1985 (PG-13) 

Aug 4, 2023

Harriet Island (at the Target Stage)

Napoleon Dynamite (PG)

Aug 11, 2023

Phalen Beach House

E.T. (PG)

Aug 25, 2023

Edgcumbe Recreation Center

Mario Movie (PG)

Free Summer Movies in the Twin Cities North Metro

Brooklyn Center

Movies are schedule to start at dusk. Titles will be listed on Facebook @BrooklynCenterRec closer to the movie date.

  • July 17, 2023Lions Park, 5501 Russell Ave N, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
  • July 28, 2023 Evergreen Park, 7112 N Bryant Ave, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
  • August 3, 2023Centennial Park, 6301 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
  • August 14, 2023 Northport Park, 5600 France Ave N Brooklyn Center, MN 55429


  • June 9, 2023 – Spiderman No Way Home in conjunction with Father Hennepin Days. Outdoor movie in the park starts at dusk with an intermission for festival fireworks. Mississippi Crossings Performance Area, 307 East River Parkway, Champlin, MN 55316.
  • August 25, 2023 – Movie in the Park – Top Gun: Maverick begins around 8:40pm. Come early for a giant nerf battle and food trucks.  Full event runs 5-11pm. Andrews Park, 7200 117th Avenue N, Champlin, MN 55316.

Columbia Heights

  • Sept 15, 2023 – Trolls World Tour. McKenna Park, 4757 7th St NE, Columbia Heights.

Coon Rapids

  • May 26, 2023 – Lyle Lyle Crocodile with concessions available for purchase at 7:45. Movie to begin at 8:45pm. Sand Creek Park, 1008 Northdale Blvd NW, Coon Rapids, MN.


  • June 16, 2023 – Outdoor Movie at Community Park, 7000 University Ave NE, Fridley, MN 55432 following the Fridley ’49er Days Car Show.

Maple Grove

Town Green Park, 7991 Main Street N, Maple Grove, MN
Friday Movies at Dusk take place at Town Green as part of Maple Grove’s Sounds of Summer 2023:

  • July 14, 2023 – Lightyear
  • July 21, 2023 – Lyle, Lyle Crocodile
  • July 28, 2023 – Minions: Rise of Gru
  • August 4, 2023 – Aladdin
  • August 11, 2023 – Tom & Jerry
  • August 18, 2023 – Incredibles 2
  • August 25, 2023 – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
  • September 1, 2023 – Top Gun: Maverick
  • September 8, 2023 – Dear Evan Hansen
  • September 22, 2023 – Good Will Hunting
  • September 29, 2023 – Jurassic World Dominion

Children playing music on the music playground at Town Green Park, Maple Grove, Minnesota


Boerboom Park, 416 Central Ave, Osseo, MN 55369
2023 Tuesday Night Music & Movies in Boerboom Park. Free live music and movies screened at dusk. Most Tuesdays June through August. These events are weather dependent.

  • June 13, 2023 – Soul
  • June 20, 2023 – Minions: Rise of Gru
  • June 27, 2023 – Spiderman: No Way Home
  • July 11, 2023 – Strange World
  • July 18, 2023 – Antman & the Wasp: Quantumania
  • July 25, 2023 – Top Gun: Maverick
  • August 8, 2023 – Lightyear
  • August 15, 2023 – Shazam
  • August 22, 2023 – Puss in Boots: The Last Wish


Sanborn Park, 42nd Avenue North, Robbinsdale, MN 55422
Feature start times are at dusk and end when the movie ends. 2023 summer movie schedule:

  • July 8, 2023 – Movie in the Park event part of Robbinsdale Whiz Bang Days
  • Sept 15, 2023TBA


Roseville Oval, 2661 Civic Center Dr, Roseville, MN 55113
Roll In Movies – family-friendly Friday night movies on the outside OVAL score board. Showtime 7:30pm.

  • June 9, 2023 – Encanto
  • July 14, 2023 – Minions: Rise of Gru
  • August 4, 2023 – Zootopia

Free Summer Movies in the Twin Cities East Metro


101 Water Street S., Stillwater, MN 55082
Stillwater Summer Tuesdays feature free movies in downtown Lowell Park. The Farmers Market opens at 5pm with lots of fun things to do and live music from 6-8pm. Movies begin 10 minutes after sunset. 2023 summer movies for the whole family will be on these dates:

  • July 11, 2023: Sing 2 
  • July 18, 2023: Top Gun
  • July 25, 2023: Top Gun – Maverick
  • August 1, 2023: Minions: Rise of Gru
  • August 8, 2023: Lyle, Lyle Crocodile
  • August 15, 2023: The Super Mario Brothers Movie


Ojibway Park, 2695 Ojibway Dr, Woodbury, MN 55125
The Starlight Cinema Outdoor Movie Nights will be presented at Ojibway Park. This is a free event featuring kids movies; activities start at 7pm and movie is screened at dusk. 2023 dates include:

  • June 15, 2023Minions: Rise of Gru
  • June 29, 2023The Bad Guys
  • July 13, 2023Tangled
  • July 27, 2023Lyle, Lyle Crocodile
  • August 10, 2023Puss In Boots: The Last Wish

Free & Cheap Summer Movies in the Twin Cities South Metro


8800 Chalet Road, Bloomington, MN 55438
Bloomington Summer Movies on the Hill presents free outdoor flicks screened at Hyland Hills Ski Area’s grassy amphitheater. Bring blankets or chairs. Food & happy hour sales begin at 4pm, the movie at dusk.

  • June 21, 2023Puss In Boots: The Last Wish
  • July 12, 2023Hook
  • August 9, 2023DC League of Super-Pets
  • September 8, 2023 – Hocus Pocus

Summer Kids Series

B&B Theatres – Mall of America, 401 South Avenue, Bloomington, MN 55425
10am matinees individual tickets Tuesday-Thursday each week. $5 each or $3 for Backstage Pass members (free to join):

  • June 6-8, 2023: Mummies
  • June 13-15, 2023: DC League of Super-Pets
  • June 20-22, 2023: The LEGO Movie 2
  • June 27-29, 2023: Smallfoot
  • July 4-6, 2023: Space Jam
  • July 11-13, 2023: Scoob!
  • July 18-20, 2023: The LEGO Batman Movie
  • July 25-27, 2023: Tom & Jerry


Nicollet Commons Park, 12600 Nicollet Avenue, Burnsville, MN 55337
Friday Night Flicks on the Bricks is Burnsville’s free summer kids movies. Seating begins at 7:30pm, show begins at dusk.

  • June 23, 2023Vivo
  • July 7, 2023Lyle, Lyle Crocodile
  • July 28, 2023Lightyear
  • August 11, 2023Puss In Boots (Part of Friday Night Boogie)

Children watching a Free Summer Movie at Nicollet Commons in Burnsville, Minnesota


20 Ramsey St, Hastings MN
Summer Movies in the Park are shown on a 16-foot screen down by the riverfront. Amphitheater seating or bring your own chairs and blanket for the grassy lawn. Arrive an hour prior for free activities. 6:30 to 8pm starts, please see link for details.

  • June 16, 2023 – Minions: Rise of Gru
  • July 14, 2023 – Onward
  • August 18, 2023 – DC League of Super-Pets
  • September 15, 2023 – The Mitchells vs. The Machines

Inver Grove Heights

Oakwood Park, 3534 78th St. E. – 78th and Clayton
Featuring pre-movie entertainment by the Bazillions, a bounce house, games and ice cream for sale. Movie begins at dusk.

  • July 7, 2023 – The Secret Life of Pets 2


Veterans Memorial Park Bandshell, 636 East 66th Street, Richfield, MN 55423
Part of Lil’ Sparkler Family Night, DC League of Super Pets screening starts at 9:10pm. Arrive as early as 5pm to participate in other family fun and stick around after for a laser light show.


Central Park Amphitheater, 2893 145th St W, Rosemount, MN 55068
Bring your own seating for a free movie at the Central Park amphitheater. Movies begin around dusk. Find more information in the annual recreation brochure.

  • August 12, 2023 – Puss In Boots: The Last Wish


Huber Park, Fillmore St N, Shakopee, MN 55379
Catch an outdoor movie as part of the city’s Huber Park Performance & Event Series. The free movie starts at sunset.

  • August 19, 2023 – TBD

Free Summer Movies in the Twin Cities West Metro

Eden Prairie

Staring Lake Park, 14800 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN 55347
Free Movies in the Park screened outdoors at Staring Lake Amphitheater. Pre-show entertainment begins at 7:30, movie at 9pm. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket. 

  • August 11, 2023: Inside Out
  • August 18, 2023: Puss In Boots: The Last Wish


Centennial Lake Park, 7499 France Ave. S. Edina, MN 55435
Movies in the Park presents Sunset Fridays at Centennial Lake Park. There’s so much to enjoy and explore at this location including lawn games, paddle boats, live music and a farmers market. Please check the link for the full calendar of summer events.

  • June 9, 2023Top Gun: Maverick
  • July 21, 2023Jungle Cruise
  • August 18, 2023Strange World


Civic Center Amphitheater, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55345 
Free Movies in the Park in 2023. Bring your blankets and chairs. Movies start at sunset during the following dates:

  • August 31, 2023 – Lyle, Lyle Crocodile
  • September 8, 2023Puss In Boots:  The Last Wish
  • September 15, 2023Minions: Rise of Gru

New Hope

New Hope Performance Center, 4401 Xylon Avenue North, New Hope, MN 55428
Free movies will be screened around at the New Hope Performance Center. Start time is around 9:15pm.

  • June 15, 2023Top Gun: Maverick
  • July 13, 2023Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets
  • August 24, 2023Minions: Rise of Gru

St Louis Park

Saint Louis Park will be offering Outdoor Family Movies in the fall in 2023. More details TBA in late summer.

Free & Cheap Summer Movies in the Theater – Twin Cities

AMC Summer Movie Camp 

$3 plus tax deal for ticket and Kidspack popcorn & drink. You will want to check the link for a participating AMC theater near you. Ongoing Wednesdays, May 27-August 30, 2023. 

Riverview Theater

3800 42nd avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Our favorite retro local theater has announced its 2023 Summer Kids Matinees. $1.00 general admission seats. Please check their website before heading out as movie times are subject to change.

  • June 20-23, 2023Kung Fu Panda
  • June 24-29, 2023 – How To Train Your Dragon
  • July 4-6, 2023Puss In Boots
  • July 11-13, 2023Minions: Rise of Gru
  • July 18-20, 2023Puss In Boots: The Last Wish
  • July 25-27, 2023Shrek 2
  • August 1-3, 2023Trolls: World Tour
  • August 8-10, 2023The Croods: A New Age
  • August 15-17, 2023Sing 2
  • August 22-24, 2023 – The Bad Guys
  • August 29-31, 2023 – The Secret Life of Pets

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Marcus Theatres Summer Kids Dream – Family Film Series

Marcus Southbridge Cinema, 8380 Hansen Avenue, Shakopee, MN 55379
Elk River Cinema, 570 Freeport – Elk River Mall, Elk River, MN 55330
Marcus Oakdale Cinema, 5677 Hadley Avenue North, Oakdale, MN 55128
Marcus Rosemount, 15280 Carrousel Way, Rosemount, MN 55068
Marcus Hastings Cinema, South Frontage Road, Hastings, MN 55033
Marcus Shakopee Cinema, Shakopee Town Square, Shakopee, MN 55379

Free kids movies all summer long at participating Marcus Theatres. You do need to get an e-voucher prior to the show! Otherwise, you can purchase a $15 passport to see all the films. Grab popcorn and drink specials for just $3 each plus tax.

  • June 13-17, 2023 – Shrek 2
  • June 20-24, 2023 – The Bad Guys
  • June 27-July 1, 2023 – Lyle, Lyle Crocodile
  • July 4-8, 2023 – The Amazing Maurice
  • July 11-15, 2023 – Minions: Rise of Gru
  • July 18-22, 2023 – Mummies
  • July 25-29, 2023 – DC League of Super-Pets
  • August 1-5, 2023 – Puss In Boots: The Last Wish

Emagine Free Kids Summer Film Series

4423 US-12, Delano, MN 55328
2055 Cliff Road, Eagan, MN 55122
18635 Ulysses St NE, East Bethel, MN 55011
20653 Keokuk Ave., Lakeville, MN 55044
9375 Deegan Avenue, Monticello, MN 5536
13692 Rogers Drive, Rogers, MN 553742
101 W 1st Street, Waconia, MN 55387
1180 County Rd J, White Bear Lake, MN 55127
9900 Shelard Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55441

Cheap $3 kids movies throughout the summer running from June 9th, 2023 through August 17, 2023. Availability is limited so get there early. The theaters will also be offering $5 Magic Pack snack combos.

  • June 9-15, 2023 – Beethoven
  • June 16-22, 2023 – The Little Rascals
  • June 23-29, 2023 – Peter Pan
  • June 30 – July 6, 2023 – The Cat in the Hat
  • July 7-13, 2023 – Home
  • July 14-20, 2023 – Megamind
  • July 21-27, 2023 – Trolls
  • July 28 – August 3, 2023 – The Croods
  • August 4-10, 2023 – Tom & Jerry
  • August 11-17, 2023 – The League of Super Pets 

Science Museum of Minnesota Omnitheater

120 W. Kellogg Blvd., Saint Paul, MN 55102
A free movie under the IMAX dome every time you visit makes getting a Science Museum of Minnesota membership totally worth it.  Plus you get the whole museum, too.

Family Road Trips and Vacations:

While, we wouldn’t expect anyone to drive distances for movies we can see in the Twin Cities, if you happen to be visiting family, camping or just visiting these fun nearby destinations on the right days, catch a free or cheap summer movie at these locations:

Franconia Film Screenings | Shafer

Outdoor movies are a part of Franconia’s summer entertainment schedule. These movies aren’t always appropriate for all ages, but might make a good date night or evening out with teens.

  • June 3, 2023 – The Dark Crystal (PG)
  • July 8, 2023 – The Shining (R)

Cinemark Movie Clubhouse | Mankato

Cinemark River Hills Movies 8, 1850 Adams Street, 15 River Hills Mall, Mankato, MN 56001
Got a reason to be in Mankato this summer on a Wednesday?  During 8 weeks of summer from June 19th through August 10th, 2023, the Summer Movie Clubhouse will offer kids movies for $1.50 per ticket plus tax. Plus get $1 off deals on kids snack packs or small popcorn and drink combos. Summer Movie Clubhouse showtimes in 2022:

  • June 25, 2023Minions: Rise of Gru
  • June 28, 2023Sonic the Hedgehog
  • July 5, 2023Mummies
  • July 12, 2023The Bad Guys
  • July 19, 2023Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank
  • July 26, 2023DC League of Super-Pets
  • August 2, 2023Lyle, Lyle Crocodile
  • August 9, 2023Puss In Boots: The Last Wish

Bonus Family Fun in Mankato: 10 Things To Do In Mankato, Minnesota with Kids

Free Summer Movies Series 2023 | New Ulm

The Lyrics 3 Cinema, 1 N German St, New Ulm, MN 56073
If you are visiting New Ulm on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday during the summer?  Watch free 10am matinees. All ages are free and doors open at 9am with special kiddie meals available. See the 2023 schedule below:

  • May 30-June 1, 2023 – Peter Rabbit 2 or Smallfoot
  • June 6-8, 2023 – Angry Birds Movie 2 or DC League of Super-Pets
  • June 13-15, 2023 – Hotel Transylvania 3 or The Lego Movie 2
  • June 20-22, 2023 – Lyle, Lyle Crocodile or Space Jam: A New Legacy
  • June 27-29, 2023 – Goosebumps 2 or Pokemon Detective Pikachu
  • July 4-6, 2023 – The Croods: A New Age or Puss In Boots: The Last Wish
  • July 11-13, 2023 – Trolls World Tour or Minions: Rise of Gru
  • July 18-20, 2023 – Despicable Me or Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • July 25-27, 2023 – Sing 2 or Clifford the Big Red Dog
  • August 1-3, 2023 – The Bad Guys or PAW Patrol: The Movie 

Bonus Family Fun in New Ulm: 10 Things To Do in New Ulm, Minnesota

Regal Summer Movie Express

Regal Theaters are in 47 States – but not Minnesota or Wisconsin
Regal Cinemas are all over the country, but there are none near us. Summer Express tickets are $1 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. If you are traveling and need an air-conditioned break, we’ll post the 2023 lineup when it has been announced.

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