Outdoor Movies in Des Moines 2022

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Outdoor Movies in Des Moines 2022

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.

Uptown Ankeny Outdoor Cinema | 2022 Sponsor

Des Moines Parent is excited to team up with Uptown Ankeny to spread the word about this year’s Outdoor Cinema. Grab the family and enjoy a movie under the stars this summer and fall. All showings are free to the public and will be held at Porchlight Coffeehouse/Uptown Garage Backyard at 417 SW 3rd Street in Uptown Ankeny. Take a look at all the other fun things to see and do while you are visiting Uptown Ankeny.

6.18.22: The Goonies

7.2.22: Jurassic Park

7.16.22: Dirty Dancing

7.30.22: Elf

8.13.22: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

8.27.22: Raiders of the Lost Ark

9.10.22: Back to the Future

9.24.22: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

10.8.22: Hocus Pocus

10.22.22: The Addams Family

10.29.22: The Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride

Movies in the Park – Back to the Future

Friday, May 6 at 7:45 p.m.

Colby Park, Windsor Heights

Join Windsor Heights for the first movie of 2022 – Back to the Future! Free Movie, pizza, popcorn, drinks, and cookies! Bring chairs or a blanket and enjoy a fun evening for the entire family! The fun starts at 7:45, movie starts around 8:15 after sunset.

Movie Night at Johnston Town Center

Friday, May 20 at 8:30 p.m.

Join the Johnston High School Students and watch the movie Tangled!

Sunday Night Family Movie Series – Clive

Bring the family out for an evening movie under the stars. The movie will be broadcast through a raised LED digital screen. Make sure to bring some bug spray, lawn chairs, and blankets. For more information, contact parksandrec@cityofclive.com. The movies are from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

May 22: Trolls at Country Club Glen Park

June 12: Croods: ANew Age at Wildwood Park

August 7: Raya and the Last Dragon at Linnan Park

September 18: Cruella at Linnan Park

Free Friday Flicks – Urbandale

ack your lawn chairs and blankets and bring your friends and family to enjoy an evening under the stars at one of our FREE outdoor movies. Movies start at sunset. Free Friday Flicks is not a drive-in-style event, please bring your lawn chair, blankets, etc. No registration is needed. Parking lots will be open an hour prior to the show. Food trucks will be on site.

June 3: “National Treasure” at the City Hall Parking Lot (3600 86th Street, Urbandale)

July 29: “Encanto” at Walker Johnston Regional Park Giovannetti Parking Lot (9000 Douglas Avenue, Urbandale)

Free Friday Flicks is sponsored by: Shannon Salmon with Remax Realty, Jenni Callan with Collins Community Credit Union, and Lenz Heating and Cooling

Free Flicks – Des Moines

Join Des Moines Parks & Recreation for Free Flicks this summer, which is a Friday night series throughout the summer 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 and blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged.

June 10 – Stone Park

June 24 – Tower Park

July 8 – Des Moines Art Center

July 22 – Fourmile Community Recreation Center

August 5 – A.H. Blank Golf Course

August 19 – Brian Melton Park

Moonlit Movies – West Des Moines

Join West Des Moines Parks & Recreation for Moonlit Movies on Fridays this summer 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 3: 8:45 p.m. Soul

June 10: 9 p.m. The Princess Bride

July 22: 8:45 p,m. Elf

July 29: 8:45 p.m. Up

August 5: 8:30 p.m. Field of Dreams

August 12: 8:30 p.m. Moana

August 19: 8:15 p.m. Space Jam: A New Legacy

Movie Under the Stars – Ankeny

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 3: Onward

June 10: Angry Birds 2

June 17: Wall-E

June 24: Sing 2

July 15: Luca

July 22: Encanto

July 29: The Boss Baby: Family Business

Movies in the Park – Waukee

Enjoy Hollywood’s biggest hits under the stars with Movies in the Park, sponsored by NCMIC! Movies in the Park are FREE and provide an abundance of entertainment. Showtime is at dusk (approximately 8:45 p.m.) in Centennial Park. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and refreshments, and get ready to make memories with family and friends

June 3: Luca

July 3: Sing 2

August 12: Cruella

Starlight Cinema – Indianola

Located at Memorial Park at the amphitheater. Make memories as you watch movies on the big screen, under the stars! Bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating. New in ’22! Food trucks serve from 6 to 9 p.m.

  • May 20: The War with Grandpa
  • June 17: Luca
  • July 15: Space Jam
  • August 5: Tom & Jerry

Valle Drive-In – Newton, Iowa

You can make a small little trip to the Valle Drive-In. There is an admission. The kiddos may enjoy a true drive-in movie adventure. We always have a great experience when we visit!

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One thought on “Outdoor Movies in Des Moines 2022

  1. Is Sargent part open to have the movie tomorrow??.

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