Grab your blankets, snacks, and bikes (& boats), and get ready for outdoor movie season, Toronto!
Across the city, screens are going up for the annual free movie viewing experience. The summer series fall under different days, and in different locations, but we got you covered. All are free and ready for your enjoyment.
The 5th annual Scarborough Worldwide Film Festival returns on June 6 to 11, and the event is throwing a free screening at the Scarborough hot spot. On June 10, head down to Bluffers Park to watch the iconic “2001: A Space Odyssey” under the stars. The evening screening will begin at sundown, about 9 pm, and is bound to be an unforgettable beach experience.
Where: Scarborough Bluffers Park, Located at 1 Brimley Road South
When: June 10 at 8 pm
Starting in June CityPlace Fort York BIA will be hosting a movie night once a month up until September. Gather up your friends, bring your blankets/chairs and come a little early to enjoy snacks/refreshments.
Where: Canoe Landing Park, 95 Fort York Blvd
When: Beginning June 17 until September
Humpdays in the city are always a little sweeter with Free Flicks. This summer, the popular Harbourfront series returns from June 21 until the end of August, and features inspiring and fun films. The free event takes place at 9 pm.
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
When: Beginning June 21 and runs until August 30
This year, the Christie Pits Film Festival’s theme is EYES ON THE PRIZE, and will be screening films about competition and beating the odds. Locally organized, the Christie Pits Film Festival has attracted thousands to its free weekly series of outdoor films. Sundays throughout the summer, the screenings will include a mix of old and new. Although all screenings are free of charge, there is a suggested donation of $10.
Where: Christie Pits Park, 779 Crawford Ave West
When: Beginning June 25 and runs until August 20
Things will be bumping again at 99 Sudbury this summer when Open Roof Festival returns for its 8th season. It’s #MOVIESMUSICBEER all summer long with #OPENROOFFEST17. The event organizers have yet to announce the films and bands, but check back on their website for information.
Where: 99 Sudbury
When: Beginning June 27 and runs until August 29
On Tuesday nights, head downtown to the heart of Toronto for City Cinema. The outdoor screenings have limited seating, so be prepared and head down early.
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square
When: Beginning June 27 and runs until the end of August
Last summer, Union Station introduced free movies outdoors on Wednesday nights. Although there’s been no formal announcement about this year, we are hoping it kicks back up!
Where: Union Station
When: Beginning June we hope
For the second year, Toronto Outdoor Picture Show will present weekly films in the beautiful park at Corktown Common, in Corktown. Just minutes from many bustling east-side Toronto neighbourhoods – Riverdale, Regent Park & the Distillery, along others – this new neighbourhood is home to another great, urban TOPS screening series, under a city skyline that can’t be beat.
Where: Christie Pits Park, 779 Crawford Ave West
When: Beginning July 6 and runs until July 27
The popular outdoor movie night program is celebrating Canada 150 this summer. Although films are still not announced, the event at Downsview Park will be screening films with a Canadian connection.
Where: Downsview Park
When: Beginning July 7 and runs until August 25
Cultura is a Free family friendly outdoor festival presenting Music, Art, Food and Film every Friday evening in July at Mel Lastman Square. Cultura celebrates Toronto’s rich diversity featuring world renowned Musicians, tasty international street food, explosive buskers and dance, interactive art activities, and evening film screenings under the stars.
Where: Mel Lastman Square
When: July 7, 14, 21, 28
Head east to The Beach Village for Movie Nights in the Park every Wednesday in July and August! Vote for your faves here and then experience these movies under the stars in our beautiful parks (screenings will rotate between Kew Gardens and Ivan Forrest Gardens Park). Did we mention there’s FREE popcorn?
Where: Kew Gardens and Ivan Forrest Gardens Park
When: Wednesdays in July and August
The annual outdoor summer screening series takes place on Wednesday evenings. The screenings are free, and snacks will be available for sale with proceeds going towards the Regent Park Film Festival. Bring a blanket and get ready for some activities before each film.
Where: 585 Dundas Street East
When: Every Wednesday from July 12 to August 16
Sail-In Cinema is coming back to Toronto this summer for its seventh year. And as Sugar Beach is once again turned into the largest outdoor theatre in Toronto this August, you’ll be able to participate from both the shore and the open water thanks to the only duel-sided floating movie screen in the world!
Where: Sugar Beach,25 Dockside Drive
When: August 17-19
The Friends of Sorauren Park are planning another season of outdoor movies and special events this summer. The family event takes place on the fourth Saturday of every month starting in June.
Where: Sorauren Avenue Park, 289 Sorauren Ave
When: June 24, July 22, August 26, and September 23