Parks and Rec

Catch Fall Flicks at County Parks

Summertime fun will carry into the fall this year. Summer Movies in the Park continues with two dozen free outdoor movies in September and October. So pop the popcorn, grab your picnic blanket and get ready for family-friendly films under the stars.

Locations range from Fallbrook in the north, Chula Vista to the south and many communities in between. All the films are rated from G to PG-13. Catch a classic – “The Wizard of Oz” and “The Princess Bride”—or one of the four frighteningly fun flicks that celebrate Halloween, including “Hocus Pocus,” “Hotel Transylvania,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” and “Frankenweenie.”

This is the 10th year that County Parks and Recreation and participating cities have offered what is now billed as the largest free movie event in the country. This year’s festivities are presented by Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Centers.

All movies start 15 minutes after sunset. Many locations offer music, arts and crafts, games and other fun activities for children an hour or so before the show starts. For additional information, visit Summer Movies in the Park online.

Date Park Movie
Sept. 1 Ocean Beach Elementary School Beauty and the Beast (2017)
Sept. 1 Rancho Bernardo Community Park The Wizard of Oz
Sept. 2 Lake Morena County Park The Secret Life of Pets
Sept. 3 Waterfront Park Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Sept. 8 Fallbrook Community Center Moana
Sept. 8 El Toyon Park The LEGO Batman Movie
Sept. 8 Standley Community Park Moana
Sept. 8 Larsen Field Beauty and the Beast (2017)
Sept. 15 Skyline Community Park Sing
Sept. 16 Camino Ruiz Neighborhood Park Trolls
Sept. 16 Heritage County Park La La Land
Sept. 23 Horton Plaza Park The Avengers
Oct. 7 Santa Clara Point The Nightmare Before Christmas
Oct. 13 Waterfront Park Hocus Pocus
Oct. 13 Allied Gardens Community Park The LEGO Batman Movie
Oct. 14 Hellhole Canyon Preserve Hotel Transylvania
Oct. 14 Felicita County Park Rogue One
Oct. 20 Flinn Springs County Park The Nightmare Before Christmas
Oct. 20 Doyle Community Park Hotel Transylvania 2
Oct. 21 Agua Caliente County Park Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Oct. 21 Old Trolley Barn Neighborhood Park The Princess Bride
Oct. 27 Otay Lakes County Park Frankenweenie
Oct. 28 Lindo Lake County Park Hotel Transylvania
Oct. 28 Pantoja Park Hocus Pocus


Michelle Mowad is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact