Free + Cheap Outdoor Movies in Des Moines


Outdoor MoviesAs the nights start to warm up, it’s time to stay up late and watch an outdoor movie! The City of Des Moines and many of the surrounding towns offer free outdoor movies in parks during the summer.

Check out our list below and get ready to enjoy a family-friendly movie with your friends and neighbors. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and snacks (and maybe some bug spray!) and enjoy a movie under the stars.

Movies typically start at dusk, or around 8:45 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Check the website to confirm movie and location.

Looking for more summer fun? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Summer with 125+ Things to do in Des Moines.


Des Moines Outdoor Movies Summer 2021

Ankeny’s Movie Under the Star Series

Wagner Park 410 W. First St. Ankeny
June 4: Sonic
June 11: Home
June 18: Angry Birds
June 25: Spiderman
July 16: Wonder Park
July 23: Trolls World Tour
July 30: Onward

Des Moines Free Flicks

Locations Vary
July 1: Sonic the Hedgehog Witmer Park
July 8: Abominable Fourmile Community Recreation Center
July 15: Trolls World Tour Greenwood Park – Clare and Mile Mills Rose Garden
July 22: The Addams Family Weeks Middle School Park
July 29: Arctic Dogs Riverview Park 

Clive Friday Family Flicks

Clive Aquatic Center parking lot, 1801 NW 114th Street. $10 per carload. Registration is required. Movie starts at 8 p.m.
June 18: Trolls
July 9: The Secret Life of Pets 2
July 23: The Grinch
August 6: Wonder

Granger Movies in the Park

Centennial Park
July 23: Jumanji
August 6: Aladdin
August 28: The Croods

Waukee Movies in the Park

Centennial Park
June 4: Aladdin
July 3: Jumanji: The Next Level
August 13: Black Panther

West Des Moines Moonlit Movies

Jamie Hurd Amphitheater
June 4: Toy Story 4
June 11: The Princess and the Frog
June 18: The Karate Kid
July 9: Mary Poppins Returns
July 16: Spider Man – Into the Spider-verse
July 23: The Goonies
July 30: Frozen II
August 6: Coco

Valle Drive-In Movies Theatre

4074 Highway F48 W Newton, IA 50208


Send us an email if we missed any outdoor movies, and we’ll it to the list.

We work hard to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information before heading to an event or activity, since it may change.


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