See outdoor movies (for free) this summer in the Sacramento region

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Photo courtesy of El Dorado Hills Town Center

Take advantage of Sacramento’s cool summer evenings and move your viewing parties from the couch to the lawn for these outdoor movie screenings showing everything from animated flicks like Inside Out to ’80s throwbacks like Back to the Future. Here are dozens of ways to get in some screen time under the stars throughout the region.

Outdoor Movie Night (El Dorado Hills)

Spread out on a blanket and munch on popcorn provided by Regal Cinemas while you and the family take in this Despicable Me spin-off.
    • June 3 Minions
Free. 6 p.m. seating. 8:30 p.m. screening. Steven Young Amphitheater. 4364 Town Center Blvd. El Dorado Hills. 933-6699.

Natomas at Nite: Movies in the Park (North Natomas)

Complimentary popcorn and water are provided at this outdoor screening series sponsored by Sacramento City Councilwoman Angelique Ashby.
    • June 3 Finding Nemo
    • June 24 Minions
    • July 15 Inside Out
    • Aug. 12 Zootopia
Free. 8 p.m. North Natomas Regional Park. 4989 Natomas Blvd.

Friday Moonlight Movies (Rancho Cordova)

Village Green Park goes retro with its presentation of ’80s favorites. Munch on kettle corn from Art of Popcorn and shaved ice from Sweet Treats while you kick back with one of these flashback flicks.
    • June 3 Back to the Future
    • June 10 Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
    • June 17 Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark
    • June 24 Footloose
Free. 7 p.m. seating. 8:30 p.m. screening. Village Green Park. 3141 Bridgeway Dr. Rancho Cordova. 851-8700.

Movie in the Park (Roseville)

Hop from park to park in Roseville for these family-friendly movie screenings, offering dinner choices like pizza, popcorn and snow cones. Plus, kids can make their own tie-dye T-shirts for $3 before each showing.
    • June 11 Inside Out (Woodbridge Park, 415 Sierra Blvd.)
    • June 25 Cinderella (Maidu Park, 1550 Maidu Dr.)
    • July 9 Field of Dreams (Crestmont Park, 1500 Champion Oaks Dr.)
    • July 23 Aladdin (James W. Wanish Park, 1351 Junction Blvd.)
    • Aug. 13 Minions (Buljan Park, 150 Hallissy Dr.)
    • Aug. 27 Zootopia (Fred Festersen Park, 2150 Village Green Dr.)
Free. 7:30 p.m. seating. Sundown screening. Various locations.

Summer Movies in the Park (Arden-Arcade)

The Fulton-El Camino Recreation & Park District is opening up its lawns—and pools too (at two “dive-in” screenings, where $2.50 buys a ticket for a pre-movie swim)—to moviegoers at parks throughout Arden-Arcade.
    • June 17 Minions (Seely Park, 3000 Pope Ave.)
    • July 1 Moana (“Dive-In” at Cottage Pool, 3097 Cottage Way)
    • July 22 Stand by Me (Howe Park, 2201 Cottage Way)
    • Aug. 12 How to Train Your Dragon 2 (“Dive-In” at Cottage Pool, 3097 Cottage Way)
    • Aug. 26 Inside Out (Seely Park, 3000 Pope Ave.)
Free ($2.50 for "Dive-In"s). Non-Dive-In screening will feature cartoons at 8:30 p.m. Main movie screening for all parks start at 9 p.m. 927-8302. Various locations.

Friday Moonlight Movies in Rancho Cordova

Movies in the Park (Fair Oaks)

Grab some lawn chairs for this family-focused movie night series at Village Park. Munch on bites like hot dogs, nachos and ice cream, or play a round of flag football or dodgeball. Prior to the Cars screening on July 15, kids can make their own cars with cardboard boxes and supplies on a first-come-first-serve basis beginning at 6:30 p.m.
    • June 17 Hotel Transylvania 2
• July 15 Cars
    • Aug. 19 Inside Out
Free. 8:45 p.m. screening. Village Park. 4238 Main St. Fair Oaks.

Evening in the Park (Rocklin)

Take in some recent blockbusters at Rocklin’s expansive Johnson-Springview Park.
    • July 15 Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    • Aug. 5 Inside Out
Free. 7 p.m. screening. Johnson-Springview Park. 5460 5th St. Rocklin. 625-5000.

Clips Beer and Film Tour (Southside Park)

Aug. 12 At New Belgium Brewing Company’s seventh annual beer and film tour, you can catch short films created specifically for the event and sip on the brewery’s Film Noir Imperial Cherry Stout. Plus, try a 3-ounce sample or a 12-ounce pour of almost 20 New Belgium beers on tap, like the classic Fat Tire and Rampant IPA, or brew from its small-batch Lips of Faith series, like the sour ale Transatlantique Kriek. River’s Edge Cafe and Dad’s Kitchen will provide dinner, and all proceeds from beer sales go to local nonprofit Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates. Free. 7:30 p.m. doors open. 9:30 p.m. screening. Southside Park. 6th and T streets.

Screen on the Green (South Natomas and River Park)

Bring the kids to the park for these two movie nights with free popcorn hosted by Sacramento City Councilman Jeff Harris and Pops in the Park.
    • Aug. 19 Milo & Otis (South Natomas Park, 2921 Truxel Rd.)
    • Aug. 20 Hook (Glenn Hall Park, Sandburg and Carlson drives)
Free. 8:15 p.m. screening. 808-5240. Various locations.

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