Parks and Rec

Now Playing: Summer Movies at Parks!

The 2018 season of Summer Movies in the Park opens this month. The annual event is bigger and better than ever with 151 screenings at dozens of parks across the county.

The series, presented by Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Centers, kicks off at the Waterfront Park on May 25 and runs through late October. All screenings are free and open to the public.

Movies are rated G through PG-13. New movies for 2018 include “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” “Ferdinand,” “Black Panther” and more.

Also new this year are screenings at Louis A. Stelzer County Park and Oakoasis County Preserve, both in Lakeside, and a screening of “Coco” in Spanish on Oct. 26—just before Día de los Muertos.

Plus, you won’t want to miss these classics: “The Princess Bride” at Nobel Community Park on June 8, “E.T. The Extraterrestrial” at Lemon Grove Park on July 6, “Back to the Future” at Horton Plaza Park on July 7, “The Karate Kid” at North Park Community Park on July 13, “The Sandlot” at Carmel Mountain Ranch Community Park on July 27, “Casablanca” at Heritage County Park on Sept. 1, an encore of “Back to the Future” at Otay Lakes County Park on Sept. 8, and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” at Ward Canyon Neighborhood Park.

Movies start 15 minutes after sunset but many locations offer arts and crafts, games and other activities such as live entertainment and food trucks for an hour or so beforehand. Moviegoers are encouraged to bring along blankets, chairs and snacks.

This is the 11th year that County Parks and Recreation and sponsor cities have coordinated the event. See the full schedule at Summer Movies in the Park. Contact hosting parks for additional information.

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