Movies under the Stars


There are so many exciting ways to spend a summer’s day in the capital—but there’s family-friendly fun to be found after the sun goes down, too. Here’s something you may not have heard of: outdoor movies. Head to the beach or park, set up your blanket, and take in a movie under the stars. Kids will love the fresh air and the wide open spaces, not to mention some yummy after-dinner snacks. Popcorn anyone?

Majic 100 hosting Friday Night Flicks at a different beach on select Fridays. At sundown, catch family favourites like Annie, Box Trolls, and Home at various beaches around town—from Westboro Beach to Heritage Park in Orleans to Larkin House Park. Check the schedule for dates and locations. These shows are sure to be popular so get there early to nab a good spot and bring a blanket to cuddle up with under the stars.

Centretown Movies is screening films all summer long in centrally located Dundonald Park. The line-up is varied and includes movies suitable for children (the ever-popular Toy Story), adults (The Hundred-Foot Journey makes for great date night viewing) and the whole family—we’ll be catching classics like The Wizard of Oz and the Back to the Future with our crews. All flicks start at 9 pm, check out their website for the full line-up.

Movie buffs are in for a special treat at the Governor General’s residence on August 21-22 when Canadian movies will be shown in both official languages, outside at sunset on the grounds of the official residence. Pass the popcorn, s’il vous plait. The titles haven’t been released yet—though past years have included a lovely mix of independent, animated, shorts and a feature film. We can’t wait to find out what’s playing this year.

Don’t let this summer pass you by, get out there and enjoy the show!

Looking for more ways to fill your summer days? Check out our guide to doing Summer Festivals in Ottawa with the fam.




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