Where to watch outdoor movies in Raleigh

Five places around Raleigh, NC to watch outdoor movies, including monthly events and a film festival.

The outdoor amphitheater at Raleigh Little Theatre.

Watch a movie under the stars at Raleigh Little Theatre.

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Grab your picnic blankets, because we’re going to the outdoor movies. Save this list for the next time you’re in the mood to watch a film under the stars. Pro tip: Don’t forget bug spray.

Moore Square, 201 S. Blount St., Raleigh | Next up: “Shang-Chi: The Legend of the Ten Rings” on Friday, May 5 | Free | Pop-Up Carolinas hosts a free movie screening the first Friday of every month in conjunction with its local vendor market. Bonus: Keep an eye on the Downtown Raleigh Alliance’s calendar for Cinema in the Square screenings.

Dorothea Dix Park, 1030 Richardson Dr., Raleigh| Next up: “Inside Out” on Saturday, May 6 | Free | Head to Flowers Field for Movies on the Lawn and a view of downtown’s skyline. Arrive early, because there are often family-focused events and a wide selection of local food trucks.

Longleaf Film Festival, NC Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh | Next up: Multiple films on Friday, May 12 | Free | Movies-N-Moonlight is an outdoor screening featuring local independent films ranging from three to 18 minutes.

Raleigh Little Theatre, 301 Pogue St., Raleigh| Next up: “Transformers” on Thursday, May 25 | Pay what you can | Movies are screened outside in the Stephenson Amphitheatre. Come hungry, because Movies in the Garden has a great lineup of food trucks this year.

North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh | Next up: “Do the Right Thing” on Saturday, June 17 | Free for members, $7 for nonmembers | This outdoor film series, featuring popular and Oscar-nominated movies, is hosted at the Joseph M. Bryan, Jr. Theater in the Museum Park. Bonus: You can preorder picnic boxes filled with sandwiches, salads, sides, and bottled water (with additional beverages available).

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