Summer Movies Under the Stars


The weather is dreamy on a perfect summer night. Are you looking for a new activity to try with your family? Enter Movies Under the Stars!

There are numerous sites around the city, that you could even try a new spot each week! You can catch movies in Pickerington, Hilliard, Easton, Grove City, New Albany, Upper Arlington, Bexley, Galena, and even Zoombezi Bay!

We have quite a list for you this year and the best news is that many of the showings are free admission. Don’t forget a blanket or a lawn chair and the popcorn. These events are ones you won’t want to miss!

{If you are looking for a date night activity for the 21+ crowd, check out the lineup from Nightlight 614. There’s a DJ before the movie, food trucks, craft beers and wine and a great view.}

Columbus Summer Movie Line-up: Movies Under the Stars

Metro Parks Movie Nights

When: Begins on June 3 and continues into October.

June 3: Croods: A New Age (Glacier Ridge Metro Park)

July 15: How To Train Your Dragon (Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park)

August 19: Encanto (Sharon Woods Metro Park)

August 27: Spider Man: No Way Home (Blendon Woods Metro Park)

September 9: Luca (Blacklick Woods Golf Course)

September 17: Top Gun (Highbank Metro Park)

October 21: Ghostbusters (Sharon Woods Metro Park)

Where: The Metro Park location changes

Details: The movies begin at dark. Refreshments are provided.

Facebook page: Movie Nights

New Albany Summer Movie Series

When: Begins June 25 (one per month). Encanto kicks off the season! Festivities will begin at 6:00 pm. The movie will start around 9pm. July 15 showing Sing 2 and August 12 showing is yet to be determined.

Where: Different spot each month in New Albany

Details: Balloon Benders, Giant Checkers, Giant Connect 4, and Human Billiards with Special Appearances by Mirabel, Isabela, Luisa, Dolores, and Bruno from Paulette’s Princess Parties

Website: New Albany Summer Movies

Pickerington Friday Night Flicks

When: Friday, June 10- August 12, 2022

Friday, June 10, 2022 – Encanto

Friday, July 8, 2022 – Luca

Friday, August 12, 2022 – Sing 2

Where: Sycamore Park Amphitheater in Pickerington

Details: Bring a blanket and chairs to enjoy a movie on the white barn with family and friends.

Website: See schedule here

Grove City Community Drive In

When: Community Drive-in Movie Series this summer on Wednesdays at The Naz from June 22-July 27, 2022.

Where: The Naz Church

Details: Movies are shown on a large scree! You can get refreshments at The Naz Cafe or bring snacks and beverages. Click here for movie schedule or scroll down for all movies day by day. They plan to be showing Luca, Tom and Jerry, Encanto, Space Jam, Spiderman, and Sing 2.

Where: The Naz parking lot, 4770 Hoover Road, at 8:00 p.m. Snacks are available beforehand.

Upper Arlington Movies on the Lawn

When: June 10, June 24, July 8, July 21, August 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Sing 2 | Friday, June 10 Drive-in Style Movie
Start: 7:30 pm
Rated: PG
Location: Mountview Baptist Church, 2140 Fishinger Rd

Free Willy | Friday, June 24 Movie Night
Start: 7:30 pm
Rated: PG
Location: Thompson Park South Shelter, 2020 McCoy Rd

Raya and the Last Dragon | Friday, July 8 Family Campout
Start: 7:30 pm
Rated: PG
Location: Sunny 95 Park, 4395 Carriage Hill Ln

Space Jam A New Legacy | Thursday, July 21 Summer Celebration
Start: 9 pm
Rated: PG
Location: Thompson Park South Shelter, 2020 McCoy Rd

The Greatest Showman | Friday, August 12 Movie Night
Start: 7:30 pm
Rated: PG
Location: Thompson Park South Shelter, 2020 McCoy Rd

Where: Thompson Park and various locations

Details: Experience the joy of movie watching in the great outdoors. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks to enhance your movie-watching experience. If a movie is cancelled due to inclement weather (rain or winds over 15mph), it will not be rescheduled (weather hotline: 614-583-5345).

Cost: Movies are free and 7:30 pm unless noted.

Website: Upper Arlington Movies

Galena Movies Under the Stars


  • June 11 : Sing 2
  • July 9 : Luca
  • August 13 (rain date)

Where: McNamara Park

Details: For two evenings each summer neighbors come together at McNamara Park to watch a movie under the stars. Bring a picnic, chair, blanket, bug spray and family for a new release that starts at dusk.

Website: Galena Movies

Bexley The Main Event Movies


June 3 Luca

July 29 The Mitchells vs. The Machines

September 30 Encanto

Where: Main Street Lawn at Capital University

Details: More than just movies, see website for updates!

Website: Bexley The Main Event

Night Life 614

When: Tickets often sell out so don’t wait!

Where: Downtown Columbus

Details: Adult night out for a movie under the stars! Food trucks, live music and an outdoor show!

Website: NightLife 614

Zoombezi Bay Movie Nights

When: July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29

Details: Guests can extend their stay until 11 pm and enjoy certain attractions, there will be island fun with animals, music, character ambassadors and a movie on the jumbo screen.

July 1: Incredibles 2

July 8: Iron 2

July 15: Sing 2

July 22: Santa Claus

July 29: Frozen 2

Website: Zoombezi Bay

Easton Movies by Moonlight

Details: Movies are each Tuesday and begin at dusk!


June 7: Encanto

June 14: Inside Out

June 21: Trolls World Tour

June 28: Wizard of Oz

Website: Easton Movies

outdoor movies
Movies Under the Stars at Easton

What’s your favorite summer spot to watch movies under the stars? Let us know in the comments below!

For more ideas on summer fun, be sure to check out: Columbus Splash Pads and Shaded Playgrounds in Columbus.

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Maureen Ingham has enjoyed living in the great city of Columbus for nearly 13 years! Originally from Canton, Ohio, Maureen attended Ohio University and will always be a bobcat at heart! After completing her education degree in Athens, she made her way to The Ohio State University to obtain a Masters degree in Special Education. She fell in love with Columbus then and convinced her now husband to join her in this awesome city! She taught 5th grade for 6 years, before deciding to stay home to raise two beautiful girls. Their family has recently moved to Worthington with their two girls and are excited to plant their roots here! Their first daughter, Maeve is 6 and her sister, Reese will soon be 5 years old. They welcomed a son, Miles in March 2020. Maureen has been with The Columbus Moms Blog since the beginning and now enjoys working on editing and events for the blog. She also works as a Postpartum Doula with her sister at a company called Together Wee Grow. They provide night nursing services, as well as daytime support to local families and babies in Columbus. It is a wonderful job to work along her sister and help families with their precious little ones in a vulnerable time period. In between the night shifts, sweeping up crumbs, exploring Columbus, and getting kids to where they need to be, Maureen enjoys working out, trying new recipes and restaurants, traveling, spending time with family, being crafty and trying to help others whenever she can! Maureen has many Columbus favorites. Her go-to restaurant is Third and Hollywood, she enjoys a sweet treat at Sassafrass Bakery or Fox in the Snow, a slice of pizza at Dewey's Pizza and a warm cup of joe at Highline Coffee. A perfect Saturday involves an outdoor activity with her family and trying a new restaurant when they can! She is excited to be a part of an excellent team here at Columbus Moms blog and hopes to be able to inspire mothers that small acts of kindness go a long way in raising their kids and the city they live in!


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