Free (Or Cheap!) Outdoor Summer Movies in Erie: The 2023 Lineup

See everything from 'Dirty Dancing' to 'Super Mario Bros.' on an outdoor screen this summer

By Kara Murphy May 20, 2023

Mark your calendars now! Summer fun is on its way! Looking for budget-friendly entertainment in Erie this summer? Look no further! Get ready to grab your blanket and lawn chair for a memorable movie night under the stars. With a variety of free or cheap outdoor movie screenings, you'll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the magic of cinema in the great outdoors in Erie County.

From family favorites to captivating blockbusters, there's something for everyone on this list! 

Know of a free or cheap outdoor movie series in the Erie area we're missing? Let us know at, and we'll add it to the list!


Movie Mondays at Perry Square

Movies start at dusk, or around 8 p.m. Bring a chair!

Cost: Free

Space Jam: June 12

Beasts of the Southern Wild: June 26

Iron Giant: July 10

Reailty Bites:July 24


UPMC Park Movie Nights

Movie Nights at UPMC Park are back! Tickets can be purchased in advance or in person at the UPMC Park ticket office, 831 French St.

Audio will be VERY loud in the stadium seating bowl and concourses. For the best viewing experience, seating on the field is STRONGLY recommended, so bring a chair! Gates open at 7 p.m. Movies start at 8 p.m.

Cost: $5 per person. 3 and younger free.

The Bad Guys: Saturday, June 24

Minions: The Rise of Gru: Saturday, July 22

Puss In Boots: The Last Wish: Friday, Aug. 11

The Super Mario Bros. Movie: Sat., Sept. 9

Coco: Sat., Sept. 30


Movies Under the Stars at Edinboro University and Goodell Gardens

Movies Under the Stars series at Edinboro University and Goodell Gardens returns for three Thursdays in July at PennWEst Edinboro University and three Thursdays in August at Goodell Gardens. Movies typically begin around 8 p.m.
Cost: FREE

PennWest Edinboro University:

Pocahontas: July 13

Dirty Dancing: July 20

Lilo and StitchJuly 28

Goodell Gardens:

RatatouilleAug. 4

School of RockAug 10

Hunger of GamesAug. 17

Movies will be rescheduled at a later date!

School's Out Movie Nights at Harborcreek Community Park

Food trucks, concessions and movies! Movies start at 8:30 p.m. Hosted by Cub Scout Pack 97. All welcome!

Cost: FREE

Sonic 2: June 23

Minions: The Rise of Gru: July 21

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle: Aug. 18

Movies will be rescheduled at a later date!

Want a full list of Erie family-friendly summer events? Make sure to check out Macaroni KID Erie's entire events calendar! The best part? Our calendar is always FREE!