Outdoor Movies in Des Moines 2021
Enjoy your favorite movie outdoors in Des Moines, Iowa. Bring blankets, chairs, snacks, and drinks. The perfect social distancing activity this summer! All movies begin at dusk which is around 8:45 p.m. (unless noted). Dress the kids up in their comfy pajamas as well. Take a look at all the places you can catch an outdoor movie in Des Moines this summer.
Clive Parks and Recreation is hosting multiple Drive-in Movie Nights in the Clive Aquatic Center parking lot! The parking lot opens at 7 pm. The movies start at 7:30 pm. The dates and movies currently listed are Spring. We will update when we see the Summer dates released. $10 per car. Register here.
May 2: Despicable Me 2
May 9: The Lorax
May 16: The House with a Clock in its Wall
May 23: How to Train Your Dragon: Hidden World
Come for some fun and to celebrate the diversity of our country with authentic multicultural roots music for the entire family from two-time GRAMMY award-winning Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience.
For 38 years, two-time GRAMMY award-winning artist Terrance Simien and 8th generation Louisiana Creole has been shattering the myths about what his indigenous Zydeco roots music is – and is not.
Leading his Zydeco Experience bandmates – long time members Danny Williams, keyboards and Stan Chambers, bass, horn players, Lance Ellis, sax and Curtis Watson, trumpet, and newest member (2019), drummer Ian Molinaro – Thompson – Simien has become one of the most respected and accomplished artists in American roots music today. He and his bandmates have performed over 9000 concerts, toured millions of miles to over 45 countries during their eventful career. A showing of the film THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG will be shown at dusk, following the concert.
Friday, July 16 at 7:00 pm
Jamie Hurd Amphitheater – West Des Moines
Saturday, July 17 at 7:00 pm
Prairie Meadows Riverview at Park Riviera Amphitheater – Des Moines
Free Flicks is a Thursday night series in July of outdoor movies in neighborhood parks. The films will be shown on a 25-foot portable screen and begin after sunset. Admission is free for all. Blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. Specific movies are listed here.
July 1 – Witmer Park
July 8 – Fourmile Community Rec Center
July 15 – Greenwood Park/Clare and Miles Mills Rose Garden
July 22 – Weeks Middle School Park
July 29 – Riverview Park
Join WDM Parks & Rec Fridays in June and July for a free outdoor movie series. Beginning an hour prior to the movie, enjoy activities related to the show and grab a bite to eat from a food truck. Located at the Jamie Hurd Amphitheater.
June 4 at 8:45 pm: Toy Story 4
June 11 at 8:45 pm: The Princess and the Frog
June 18 at 9:00 pm: The Karate Kid
July 8 at 9:00 pm: Mary Poppins Returns
July 16 at 8:45 pm: Spider Man: Into the Spider-verse
July 23 at 8:45 pm: The Goonies
July 30 at 8:30 pm: Frozen II
August 6 at 8:30 pm: Coco
Movies Under the Stars are held Friday nights at the Bandshell at Wagner Park. Bring a blanket and enjoy the show! Movies start at dusk.
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
Granger Parks and Recreation is excited to present Free Movies in the Park. Outdoor movies will be showing at Centennial Park. The film will be shown on a portable screen and will begin at sunset. Admission is free, blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged..
July 23: Jumanji The Next Level
August 28: Croods 2
Enjoy Hollywood’s biggest hits under the stars with Movies in the Park sponsored by NCMIC! Movies in the Park are FREE and provides an abundance of fun. Showtime is at dusk (approximately 8:45 p.m.) in Centennial Park. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and refreshments, and get ready to make memories with family and friends.
June 4: Aladdin
July 3: Jumanji: The Next Level
August 13: Black Panther
Starlight Cinema – Indianola
Located at Memorial Park at the amphitheater. Concessions will be available. Guests will need to bring their own seating and hand sanitizer. Restrooms are available, but drinking fountains are turned off.
- May 28 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (PG) at 8:25 pm
- June 18 Playing with Fire (PG) at 8:50 pm
- July 16 Croods 3: A New Age (PG) at 8:45 pm
- August 6 The Goonies (PG) at 8:25 pm
There are two options to see movies, you can either sit in your car and watch the movie or you can bring your chairs and blankets and sit in front of the screen a 6’x6′ square!
You do not have to purchase tickets for both the square and car spot. You can choose either one when you are ordering your tickets. And the admission price is per car spot or square, not per person, so pack the car tight and pay per carload! View movie showing and purchase tickets here.
Thursday – Sunday and two showings are available.
Showing One = Doors open at 3:30 p.m. movie starts at 5:30 p.m.
Showing Two = Doors open at 7:30 p.m. movie starts at 9 p.m.
You pay for each show you would like to attend.
You can make a small little trip the Valley Drive-In. There is an admission. The kiddos may enjoy a true drive-in movie adventure.