Your 2021 Guide to Outdoor Movie Screenings in the Sacramento Region

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Outdoor movies, from Sacramento to Nevada City (pictured here, pre-pandemic) are making their return this summer.
Photo by Kial James

It’s time again to break out the lawn chairs—or the pool floats, as the case may be. After skipping last year due to the pandemic, communities across the Sacramento region are bringing back outdoor movie screenings this summer. Here’s what’s coming up on the big (alfresco) screen.

Movies at the Fort (Midtown)

Every second Saturday this summer, get your family-friendly flick fix while reclining on the lawn at Sutter’s Fort. Settle into a socially distanced family-and-friends pod and watch your preferred film projected onto the historic stronghold’s white walls.

June 12 Captain Marvel
July 10  A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
August 14 – Up

Free. Doors open at 7 p.m., movies start at sundown. Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park. 2701 L St.

Friday Moonlight Movies (Rancho Cordova)

A quartet of beachy features will bring a slice of the seaside life to Sacramento. Art of Popcorn will be serving kettle corn by the bag, while Sweet Treats will cover the refreshers, shoreline favorites like lemonade and shaved ice.

June 4Lilo & Stitch
June 11Dolphin Tale
June 18The Little Mermaid
June 25Rio

Free. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., movies start at 8:40 p.m. Village Green Park. 3141 Bridgeway Dr. Rancho Cordova.

Movies Under the Pines (Nevada City) 

The Nevada City Film Festival—slated to return with indoor, outdoor and online indie screenings from Aug. 27 to Sept. 12—is priming moviegoers with three flicks in a forest.

June 11 Fantastic Mr. Fox
July 9 – Jurassic Park
August 13 – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

$8. Doors open at 8:00 p.m., movie starts at 8:30 p.m. Pioneer Park. 421 Nimrod St. Nevada City.

Float-In Movie Nights and Park Movie Nights (South Sacramento)

The Southgate Recreation & Park District will host a selection of family-friendly screenings at the pool—did someone say flamingo-float viewing?—as well as traditional outdoor showings at the park. Guests are encouraged to pack their own snacks.

June 11Tarzan (New Aquatic Center; Float-In Movie Night)
June 17 Sonic the Hedgehog (Jimmie Yee Park)
June 25Pokémon Detective Pikachu (Fruitridge Aquatic Center; Float-In Movie Night)
July 8The Croods (Sky Park)
July 16Frozen II (New Aquatic Center; Float-In Movie Night)
July 302019’s Aladdin (Fruitridge Aquatic Center; Float-In Movie Night)

Free for park screenings; $6 for pool screenings (preregistration required). Showtimes and locations vary.

Carpool Cinema at Madison Marketplace (Fair Oaks)

Madison Marketplace will transform its parking lot into a classic movie drive-in. Big-screen bonus: All ticket proceeds will benefit the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. Concessions are BYOM—bring your own munchies.

June 17 Jurassic Park

$5. Doors open at 8:00 p.m., movie starts at 8:45 p.m. Madison Marketplace. 8874 Madison Ave. Fair Oaks.

Free Movie Fridays (Rocklin)

Add Free Movie Fridays to your list of summer festivities with these animated, laugh-a-minute reels shown at Margaret Azevedo Park and Whitney Park. Food trucks will be on-site to satisfy your cinematic cravings.

June 18 – Trolls World Tour (Margaret Azevedo Park)
August 20 – Onward (Whitney Park)

Free. Movies start at sunset. Locations vary.

Movie Night with Courtney Creations (Florin)

Travel back to the ’90s with this throwback teenage crime-thriller.

June 12 Menace II Society

$25. 8 p.m. 8484 Florin Rd.

Movie Night Under the Stars (Galt)

The McFarland Living History Ranch will bring a galaxy far, far away closer to home by turning an expansive field into a drive-in with a socially distant viewing of a sci-fi sensation from your bucket seat or lawn chair. A concession stand stocked with hot dogs, popcorn, candy and other movie fare will be on hand courtesy of Sea Scout Troop #1119.

June 26 – Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope

$10. Gates open at 7:30 p.m., movie starts at 9 p.m. McFarland Living History Ranch. 8899 Orr Rd. Galt.

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