Free (Or Cheap!) Outdoor Summer Movies in Erie: The 2024 Lineup

See everything from 'Elf' to 'Grease' on an outdoor screen this summer

By Kara Murphy | Macaroni KID Erie May 29, 2024

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

Movie Mondays at Perry Square are free. Bring a lawnchair! Movies start at dusk.

June 17: 'Barbie'
July 1: 'Toy Story'
July 15: 'Wonka' 
July 29: 'Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone' 
 Aug. 12: 'The Princess & The Frog'
Aug. 26: 'That Thing You Do'


UPMC Park Movie Nights

Movie Nights at UPMC Park are back! Tickets are $5, unless noted. Kids 3 and under are free.

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.

June 22:  'Migration' 
July 20:  'Kung Fu Panda 4' 
Aug. 3: 'Wonka'
Aug. 10: FREE and hosted by NAMI of Erie: 'Luka' 


Movies Under the Stars at Edinboro University and Goodell Gardens

Movies Under the Stars series 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:

July 11: 'Cars'
July 18: 'Moana'
July 25: 'Elf' 

Goodell Gardens:

Aug. 1: 'Shrek' 
Aug. 8: 'School of Rock'
Aug. 15: 'Grease' 

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!