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2017 Outdoor Movies and Family Fun in Indianapolis

Ready for some 2017 summer fun? Check out these family-friendly options for outdoor movies in central Indiana.

Can you feel it? It’s that certain something in the air, when Indianapolis is abuzz with events and activities, and Hoosiers are ready to get out and play. While our main focus is always to make sure your indoor air is the most comfortable it can be, we also know how fun it is to be outside this time of year.

There are countless options for things to do throughout the area, but one terrific family-friendly alternative is to spread out a blanket, get out the snacks and enjoy an outdoor movie. Here are some of the venues showing feature films this summer – all located in central Indiana. Are you ready? Let the show begin.

Classic Movies at Forest Park


Wafford Theater has been presenting free classic summer movies at Forest Park, “To the Community … by The Community,” since 2010. Shows are presented every Friday in June & July, starting at dusk. Grab your lawn chairs, coolers and picnic baskets for a night under the stars.

Fishers Movies in the Park


While this movie series has been in full swing for spring, you still have time to catch a showing before it ends. Movies begin at dusk, are free to the public and presented in closed captioning. Mobile concessions are available during the show, and you’re encouraged to arrive early with chairs, blankets and plenty of snacks.

Garfield Park Arts Center – Movies in the Park


Presented by Indy Parks, no tickets are required for Movies in the Park – you only need to bring lawn chairs, a blanket and friends or family. Movies are either shown on the lawn behind the Garfield Park Arts Center, or at the MacAllister Amphitheater.  Show times are at dusk, but you’re encouraged to come early to enjoy a picnic, whatever lawn games you want to bring, and a festive atmosphere for summer fun.

Hotel Broad Ripple – Summer Movie Series

Broad Ripple

This nine-room boutique hotel is located in the heart of Broad Ripple Village, and is a newcomer to the outdoor movie scene with a variety of films (check for ratings before you go if you’re looking for kid-friendly shows). Free movies are offered on Thursdays, but seating is limited – so plan ahead for this more intimate venue.

Indianapolis Museum of Art – Summer Nights Film Series


The National Bank of Indianapolis Summer Nights Film Series returns to the Indianapolis Museum of Art Amphitheater with a lineup featuring a wide variety of genres. The series runs Friday and most Saturday evenings from June 2 through Aug. 25. Refreshments are available during the films from Sun King Brewery and King David Dogs. For dates, shows, ticket information and other details, visit the IMA website.

Westfield Movies in the Park


Presented by Westfield Parks and Recreation, along with NSPIRE Church, these free summer movies are shown at Asa Bales Park. Start times are at sunset, and parking is available across the street at Westfield High School. Bring blankets, chairs, food and flashlights.