We all love the idea of spending time outside now that summer has arrived. However, the heat and the humidity that D.C. summers are famous for, make your couch, DVD player, and air conditioning much more enticing. But once the humidity breaks as the sun goes down, the D.C. area has outdoor film festivals every night of the week for you to enjoy. Grab your blankets, beverages and bug spray to sit back and enjoy the show!
The now five-year run of â€œScreen on the Greenâ€ hit a snag last year when HBO cancelled the event due to lack of funds.Â Many fought to keep the event alive and Comcast stepped into help. This year’s theme is â€œHollywood Classicsâ€ spanning many different genres, so there is something to please everyone. Enjoy watching these classic films while surrounded by the beautiful lit-up monuments.
When: Every Monday at 8pm (sunset), July 12-August 2
Where: Constitution Avenue, between 4th and 7th Streets, DC
Nearest Metro Stop: Smithsonian (Orange and Blue Lines)
Films: Goldfinger, The Goodbye Girl, 12 Angry Men, Bonnie & Clyde
Rain or Shine: Cancelled for Inclement Weather, no rain dates or make-up dates.
Crystal City BID is certainly embracing the theme of Star Trek for this year’s Crystal Screen. They are showing every Star Trek film, in order, throughout the summer. There will also be Klingon performances by the Washington Shakespeare Company, as well as, scavenger hunts, costume contests and trivia. For these events, plan to get there by 7pm.
When: Every Monday at sundown, now â€“ August 16th
Where: 18th & Bell Street, Crystal City, VA
Nearest Metro Station: Crystal City (Blue and Yellow Lines)
Films: Every Star Trek Film
Rain or Shine: Takes place rain or shine.
Go back in time to discover and explore the cultural and musical history of D.C.’s historic U Street community through outdoor film viewings in U Street! The first 100 people to arrive will be treated to free popcorn. While the event is free, donations will be accepted to benefit the Friends of Harrison Recreation Center, who run the event. There will also be free valet bicycle parking, if you want to bike there and not roll it with you all night.
When: The second Tuesday of every month, June through September, at Sundown
Where: Harrison Field, V Street between 13th St & 14th St, Washington, DC
Nearest Metro Station: U St./ African-Amer Civil War Mem/Cardozo (Green and Yellow Lines)
Films: Buena Vista Social Club, The Soloist, Soul Power, Duke Ellington’s Washington
Rain or Shine: Rain dates are the third Tuesday of every month
The NoMa (North of Massachusetts Avenue) Business Improvement District’s Summer Screen is bringing the future to the present with their theme â€œThe Future is Nowâ€, and it has been written about previously right here on CultureMob. The films really run the gamut from comedies like Groundhog Day to cult classics like Donnie Darko. Arrive at 7pm to feast on BBQ from Smokin’ Somethin’, Italian Ice and popcorn and enjoy live music.
When: Every Wednesday. Movie @ 9pm. Now- August 4th
Where: L Street, Between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.
Nearest Metro Station: New York Avenue
Films: E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial, Sleeper, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Logan’s Run, Groundhog Day, Donnie Darko (rescheduled from June 9)
Rain Or Shine: Has rescheduled showings that were cancelled due to weather.
Films on the Vern has the most unique attraction of the outdoor film festivals this year. The films chosen this year are relatively recent theater releases (within the past few years), so here is your chance if you missed them in theaters. Since the theme of the films focuses on movies inspired by books (both fiction and non-fiction), there will be book club meetings open to the public. The three books chosen are The Time Traveler’s Wife, The Golden Compass and The Kite Runner, and the book club meetings will take place at 7pm the night each film is chosen.
When: Every Wednesday at 8:30pm. July 14th to August 18th
Location: Mount Vernon Campus Quad at GW’s Mount Vernon Campus, 2100 Foxhall Rd NW, Washington, DC.
Nearest Metro Station: D5 or D6 bus at the Macarthur Blvd and Reservoir Rd Stop
Films: The Time Traveler’s Wife, Invictus, The Golden Compass, The Blind Side, The Kite Runner, Where The Wild Things Are
Rain or Shine: Rain location is the Eckles Library Auditorium
The Capital Riverfront has undergone quite a few changes in the past couple of years, most notably with the construction of the Nationals Park Stadium. The neighborhood is being revitalized with a number of new restaurants, shops, and apartment buildings opening recently. Capital Riverfront BID is putting on an outdoor festival to attract people to the area for a reason besides a ballgame. The theme of the festival is â€œUltimate Underdogs,â€ and there is a leaning towards sports stories, which is perhaps a nod to the Nats. There will also be trivia and Wii contests before the film.
When: Every Thursday, Sundown, now to August 5
Where: M Street SE, between 2nd Street and 2nd Place.
Nearest Metro Station: Navy Yard (Green Line)
Films: The Karate Kid (The Original), To Kill A Mockingbird, Legally Blonde, Rudy, Seabiscuit, Happy Gilmore, Rocky
Rain or Shine: Rain cancellation posted by 4pm day of.
Rosslyn BID wants you to relive the â€˜90’s at their film festival with classic beloved films from that decade. Personal cinematic highlights for me that are included are Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, Romeo + Juliet, and The Birdcage. Arrive early to play games from that great bygone era.
When: Every Friday until September 3rd. At dusk (approximately 8 pm)
Where: Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA
Nearest Metro Station: Rossyln (Orange and Blue Lines)
Films: Bio-Dome, Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, Alone, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?, Empire Records, Dumb and Dumber, Romeo + Juliet, Airheads, The Wedding Singer, The Birdcage, Billy Madison
Rain or Shine: Rain or shine