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.
This August, movie buffs can enjoy an impressive lineup of films at Parkway Forest Park as part of Toronto Outdoor Picture Show’s Cinematic Cities programme, a month-long series of outdoor films celebrating cities on screen, at home, and abroad.
When: Thursday evenings, August 9 to 30 (Scheduled rain date August 31)
Where: Parkway Forest Park, 80 Parkway Forest Dr
Christie Pits Film Festival will kick off its new season on Sunday, June 24, with a 30th-anniversary screening of the cult comedy classic Hairspray, a film that tackles racial integration in 1960s Baltimore. The film festival will conclude on August 19, with a two-night Closing Weekend, including a surprise “Closing Night” screening of an iconic urban film, which will be announced at the end of the Christie Pits Film Festival season.
Although all screenings are free of charge, there is a suggested donation of $10.
When: Beginning June 24 and runs until August 19
Where: Christie Pits Park, 779 Crawford Ave West
Open Roof Festival will be back for its ninth season this June, and the festival has announced it’s relocating to a new venue. Starting June 20, Open Roof Festival will feature live music and film screenings with food and drinks, every Wednesday until August 22. The venue is moving from Sudbury Street to Sterling Road in the Lower Junction Triangle near the new site of MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art).
When: Beginning June 20 and runs until August 22
Where: Sterling Road in the Lower Junction Triangle (the lot adjacent to 158 Sterling Road)
This marks the third season of outdoor films at Corktown Common Park and this summer, the public is invited to enjoy a series of films about four cities in ten short and feature films set in Toronto, Rome, Berlin, and Selma, Alabama.
When: Thursday evenings, July 5 to 26 (Scheduled rain date August 2)
Where: Corktown Common Park, 155 Bayview Avenue
Don’t worry if you still haven’t seen Black Panther in theatres yet (even though you totally should have by now, BTW), you’ll be able to see it at a free outdoor screening this June. That’s right, you’ll have the chance to see one of the highest grossing films of all time for FREE at an epic movie night under the stars.
When: Friday, June 22 at 8:30 pm
Where: Liberty Village Park,70 East Liberty Street
Movie Nights are back for 2018! Join The Beach Village for Movie Nights in the Park every Wednesday starting July 4 – August 29. Movies screenings will rotate between Kew Gardens and Ivan Forrest Gardens Park. As always, admission (and popcorn!) is FREE! Come out and experience movies under the stars.
When: Wednesdays in July and August
Where: Kew Gardens and Ivan Forrest Gardens Park
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.
When: Wednesdays from July 11 to August 15
Where: Regent Park (the Big Park), 620 Dundas St. E.
For the first time, the free movie event will be condensed into two action-packed nights that feature all of the same exciting activities, free treats and family fun enjoyed by movie-goers over the past seven years. This year’s theme looks at life outside the ordinary with movies based on the idea of adventure “In Other Worlds.”
When: August 10 and 11
Where: Sugar Beach,25 Dockside Drive
Toronto’s Sorauren Park will be hosting free movie screenings this summer, with showings happening the fourth Saturday of every month from June to September. This year, attendees can look forward to pizza dinners before each screening from the new Sorauren Park Pizza Oven, prepared and presented by Pizzeria Defina.
When: Fourth Saturday of the month, June 23 to September 22
Where: Sorauren Avenue Park, 289 Sorauren Ave
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. The 2018 announcement is yet to be made, but we’re already excited.
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square
Last year, CityPlace Fort York BIA began hosting a movie night once a month up until September. Hopefully the monthly gathering returns this summer! We’ll be sure to update you once the dates are confirmed.
When: TBA sometime in June
Where: Canoe Landing Park, 95 Fort York Blvd
Humpdays in the city were always a little sweeter with Free Flicks. The popular Harbourfront series usually runs from June until August, but no announcements have been made regarding this year’s event at this time.
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West