“Free” fun is my favorite kind of fun! San Antonio and surrounding areas offer a variety of ways to enjoy free family movies this summer. Whether you want to be inside or out, enjoying a mid-day flick or an evening under the stars, there’s an option for you. Grab your calendar and pencil in some of these dates!
What’s better than air conditioning and entertainment when it’s 100 degrees outside? Snag your free movie tickets to any of the movies below at the theatre box office on the morning of the show. Tickets are free for all ages, but they are first come, first served, so it’s best to arrive early. Santikos also offers summer snack packs for $4.50, which include a 16 oz. drink and popcorn box. Movie titles and dates can be found below; all showings are Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m.
June 6, 7: The Bad Guys
June 13, 14: Despicable Me
June 20, 21: Puss in Boots: The Last Summer Wish
June 27, 28: Sing 2
July 11, 12: Minions: The Rise of Gru
July 18, 19: Trolls World Tour
July 25, 26: Kung Fu Panda
August 1, 2: Boss Baby: Family Business
The annual outdoor family film series offered by the City of San Antonio World Heritage Office has released its line-up for the 2023 season. Grab your people (and pets!) and enjoy a movie beginning at dusk, with an estimated event time of 7:00–10:30 p.m. Visitors are welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks from home. The Mission Marquee Plaza is located at 3100 Roosevelt Ave. Visit their website or Facebook page for the most updated information.
May 6: Lion King
May 18: Grease
May 20: Black Panther
June 3: Beauty and the Beast
June 15: School of Rock
June 17: Uncharted
July 1: Minions: The Rise of Gru
July 15: Top Gun: Maverick
July 20: The Sandlot: 30th Anniversary
August 5: Sonic the Hedgehog 2
August 17: The Outsiders
August 19: Black Widow
Free family movie nights are happening at the H-E-B Cinema on Will’s Plaza, located at the Tobin Center! Guests are welcome to bring their own chairs and blankets, and concessions will be available for purchase (no pets or outside food/drinks allowed). Find full details on their website.
May 21: Billy Elliot: The Musical
July 14: In the Heights
August 11: Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
Sept 8th: Up
This one is on my “must-do” list this year. These movie events have been occurring all year, but summer is the perfect time to grab your favorite people and enjoy a night under the stars. Visitors can meet at the base of the Tower of the Americas for a free movie beginning at sunset. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
May 13: Sing 2
June 10: The Pirates of The Caribbean
July 8: Bad Guys
August 12: Lightyear
September 9: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Enjoy the Rim’s FREE movie throwbacks on Wednesday nights this summer, starting at sunset in Commons Park at the Rim. The line-up features movies celebrating their 10-, 20-, 30-, and 40-year anniversaries.
June 21: Monsters University
July 19: School of Rock
August 16: Rudy
September 20: National Lampoon’s Vacation
If you are in the Boerne area, or planning a day trip, check out the free movies offered this summer. Movies begin at sundown, but come a bit early to enjoy some pre-show entertainment. Most of the screenings are offered in the Main Plaza, located at 100 N. Main Ave., but check the website for details. Visitors are welcome to bring blankets, chairs, and snacks to enjoy during the show.
May 19: Sonic 2
June 30: Space Jam 2
July 21: Gremlins
August 11: Grease
Schertz residents can also enjoy free outdoor movies, including a couple of swim-in “float and flicks.” These events begin at 7:00 p.m. with the movie starting at dusk. Visit their website for the exact location, as locations vary each week. Moviegoers are welcome to bring their own chairs and snacks.
May 5: Selena
June 9: A League of Their Own
June 24 (Float and Flick): Hotel Transylvania
July 15 (Float and Flick): Jungle Cruise
July 28: Lightyear
Travis Park’s Movies by Moonlight
Travis Park welcomes guests to enjoy FREE movies on Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. Visitors can bring their own blankets and/or lawn chairs. Food truck vendors will be on-site for food and beverage purchases.
June 6: The Sandlot
June 13: Space Jam
June 20: Cool Runnings
June 27: Rookie of the Year
July 11: The Karate Kid
July 18: Remember the Titans
July 25: A League of Their Own
As you can see from the list above, there are plenty of options for FREE cinematic fun with your family this summer. If you have a favorite outdoor movie venue, let us know in the comments!