Choose Your Own Movie Adventure

We’re back with new movies, new parks and a refreshing twist on outdoor movie screenings. Summer Movies in the Park is launching in 2021 as a hybrid series with showings on lawns, from cars and online via a secret access code. These changes align with public health guidelines and add variety to the movie calendar… so you can truly choose your own movie adventure!

Now in its 14th year, Summer Movies in the Park will be held in the cities of San Diego, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Oceanside, Poway and Vista – along with unincorporated areas like 4S Ranch, Escondido, Fallbrook, Julian, Lakeside, Pine Valley, Ramona, Rancho San Diego and Spring Valley. It even includes several showings on the historic, bay-parked USS Midway!

Five shows will be purely virtual, requiring an online RSVP and a code for 24-hour movie access. Your efforts will be rewarded with a free movies-at-home kit filled with recipes, games and other activities. Get excited about this diverse set of flicks; we’re showing “Toy Story 4”, “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”, “Raya and the Last Dragon” and “Soul”. Also, join us in celebrating National Parks and Recreation Month (July) by tuning into “Ferngully: The Last Rainforest”!

Five shows will be set up as park drive-ins! Pack the car, head down and grab a spot near the big screen to enjoy classics like “The Karate Kid”, “The Sandlot” and “The Goonies”. Parking will be limited at these events, so early arrival is highly recommended.

The bulk of the movies will be in their original format, in parks with vast open space where you can set up chairs, spread a blanket, enjoy a picnic and relish entertainment under the stars. Music will play pre-show with some parks offering live games and activities and others hosting food trucks. Learn more about each event by viewing the listing on and visiting the Facebook page.

All movies are rated G, PG or PG-13 and clearly labeled when you download the full schedule, which runs May through October 2021.

Interested in sponsorship? Click here! Partners are still being accepted for the 2021 movie season. Give back to your community in a healthy way, by funding high-caliber quality time outside. You can also contact series coordinator and Park Region Manager with the County of San Diego, Christine Lafontant, at

About the Program

Summer Movies in the Park is the largest free outdoor movie series in San Diego County, with more than 100 screenings at dozens of host parks – from the beach to the desert, and everything in between. The series began in 2007 as a ‘take back our parks’ initiative, giving residents a reason to visit their local County and City parks in the evening for a safe, free and family-friendly experience. Well-attended from the start, the program deterred inappropriate loitering and park use, giving residents the relief they needed to repeat their nighttime park adventures. Summer Movies in the Park supports the County of San Diego’s overarching commitment to building and sustaining healthy, safe and thriving communities.

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