Free Outdoor Summer Family Movies in Des Moines


Take your movie night outside! 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 the 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 2024

Ankeny’s Movie Under the Star Series

Where: Wagner Park 410 W. First St. Ankeny

June 7: The Super Mario Bros. Movie
June 14: Shark Tale
June 21: Elemental
June 28: Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie
July 19: Trolls Band Together
July 26: Dr. Seuss’ the Lorax
Aug. 2: TMNT Mutant Mayhem

Des Moines Free Flicks

Where: Locations Vary

June 21: Encanto (BEGINS AT 4:30) & American Graffiti (BEGINS IMMEDIATELY AFTER ENCANTO), Columbus Park
June 28: DC League of Super Pets, Tower Park
July 12: Wonka, Chesterfield Park
July 19: Migration, Ashworth Pool Parking Lot
Aug. 2: The Super Mario Bros. Movie, Riverview Park
Aug. 16: Trolls Band Together

Granger Movies in the Park

Where: Centennial Park

June 7: Lightyear
June 28: Back to the Future
July 19: Elemental
August 23: The Super Mario Bros. Movie

Movies on the Yard – Johnston

Where: Johnston Town Center

May 16: Barbie
June 21: Kung Fu Panda 4
Aug. 15: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
Sept. 19: Wonka

Movie at Heritage

Where: Heritage Park, Ankeny

June 13: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem
Activities start at 6 pm and the movie will begin at 7 pm. 

Waukee Movies in the Park

Where: Centennial Park

June 7: Encanto (PG)
July 3: Mission Impossible – Dead Reckoning: Part One (PG-13)
Aug. 9: Kung Fu Panda 4 (PG)

West Des Moines Moonlit Movies

Where: Jamie Hurd Amphitheater

June 21: Barbie
July 19: Mrs. Doubtfire
Aug. 16: Finding Nemo
Sept. 20 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Windsor Heights Movies in the Park

June 7: The Incredibles
August 2: E.T.
Sept. 6: Trolls Band Together
Oct. 4: 6:15 pm: Hocus Pocus

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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