2017 Movies in the Park Roundup

Dr. Angela Seabright
Maranda Doney

| 2 min read

crowd of people watching movie outside
Looking for a fun activity to do with your family, friends or significant other that won’t break the bank? Parks around the state of Michigan are offering free movie screenings again this summer.
Taking your movie night outside allows you to catch up on some of the newest films, while still reaping the benefits of being outdoors. Spending time outside has been shown to lower stress levels, increase brain function and boost positive moods.
The following cities offer this fun way to bond with friends and loved ones:


The New Center Park offers free movie screenings on Wednesday and Friday nights during the summer. The doors open at 8 p.m., with screenings starting between 9 to 9:30 p.m. depending on the sunset. The park has its own bar and grill, so no outside food or drink is allowed during the movies.
Grand Rapids
The Movies in the Park film series is offered at Ah-Nab-Awen Park on the Grand River. There is pre-movie entertainment at 6 p.m. with the first movie starting at 7 p.m. and the second at 9:30 p.m. Guests are allowed and encouraged to bring their own food and drinks to enjoy.

East Lansing

If you live in or around East Lansing, come out and enjoy the Moonlight Film Festival in Valley Court Park. The movies are shown on Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. in July and 9 p.m. in August.

St. Ignace

The American Legion Park will become an outdoor movie theater every Sunday evening from July 2 through September 3 for the Movies by the Bay series. Movies will begin at dusk. There will be free popcorn and other concessions available for purchase.
If your park allows outside snacks, click here to find some healthier options to pack.
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