Summer Movies in the Park returns to San Diego County

Summer Movies in the Park Embarcadero
When the big screen goes up at Waterfront Park, you know Summer Movies in the Park is here. | Photo via County of San Diego Department of Parks + Recreation

Let’s skip the previews and get to the main attraction: Summer Movies in the Park kicks off its 2022 run this Saturday. For the past 15 years, the beloved community event has offered family-friendly screenings under the stars at neighborhood parks across the county, giving locals a chance to safely enjoy the public spaces. It’s the largest free, outdoor movie series in San Diego County, with 80+ hosting sites and more than 100 movies playing now through October

Pro tip: The flicks typically start about 15 minutes after sunset and you should bring a chair or blankets — and a picnic. Here’s a sizzle reel featuring some of what’s playing + where.

🎥 May highlights

  • Encanto” | Sat., May 28 | 6 p.m. | Waterfront Park, Embarcadero | Apologies, but we do talk about Bruno: The Disney flick is the first screening of the Summer Movies in the Park series.  

📽️ June highlights

  • Raya and the Last Dragon” | Fri., June 3 | 5:30 p.m. | Silver Wing Neighborhood Park, Otay Mesa West
  • The Princess Bride” | Fri., June 10 | 7 p.m. | Felicita County Park, Escondido
  • Sing 2” | Fri., June 17 | 7 p.m. | Golden Hill Community Park, Golden Hill
  • Luca” | Fri., June 24 | 7 p.m. | Flinn Springs County Park, El Cajon

🎬 July highlights

  • Rookie of the Year” | Sun., July 3 | 6:30 p.m. | Sweetwater Summit Regional Park, Bonita
  • The Sandlot” | Fri., July 8 | 5 p.m. | Robert Egger Sr. South Bay Community Park, South Bay
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home” | Sat., July 16 | 6:30 p.m. | Brengle Terrace Park, Vista
  • The Little Rascals” | Sat., July 23 | 6 p.m. | Bay Terrace Community Park, Paradise Hills
  • PAW Patrol: The Movie” | Fri., July 29 | 6:30 p.m. | Dusty Rhodes Park, Ocean Beach
Summer Movies in the Park Old Town
Summer Movies in the Park runs from Sat., May 28-Sat., Oct. 29, across 80+ sites countywide. | Photo via County of San Diego Department of Parks + Recreation

🍿 August highlights

  • Coco” | Fri., Aug. 5 | 8 p.m. | Vista Terrace Swimming Pool, San Ysidro
  • Sing 2” | Fri., Aug. 12 | 6 p.m. | La Jolla Community Park, La Jolla
  • Thor: Ragnarok” | Sat., Aug. 20 | 6 p.m. | Otay Lakes Community Park, Chula Vista
  • The Princess Bride” | Fri., Aug. 26 | 6 p.m. | San Dieguito County Park, Del Mar

📽️ September highlights

  • Luca” | Fri., Sept. 2 | 7 p.m. | City Heights Swimming Pool, City Heights
  • Young Frankenstein” | Sat., Sept. 10 | 5:30 p.m. | Lindo Lake County Park, Lakeside
  • Rumble” | Sat., Sept. 17 | 6:30 p.m. | Hilton Head County Park, El Cajon
  • Soul” | Fri., Sept. 23 | 5:30 p.m. | La Mesita Park, La Mesa

🎬 October highlights

  • Jumanji” | Fri., Oct. 7 | 5:30 p.m. | North Park Mini Park, North Park
  • Sing 2” | Fri., Oct. 14 | 5 p.m. | Nobel Community Park, University City
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas” | Fri., Oct. 21 | 5 p.m. | MacArthur Park, La Mesa
  • Coco” | Fri., Oct. 28 | 4:30 p.m. | Carmel Mountain Ranch Community Park, Carmel Mountain
  • Hocus Pocus” | Sat., Oct. 29 | 4:30 p.m. | Potrero County Park, Potrero
  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife” | Sat., Oct. 29 | 6 p.m. | Waterfront Park, Embarcadero | This marks the final event of the season — at the very same location where it started 6 months ago.

For you movie buffs: Peep the full 2022 schedule of Summer Movies in the Park.