Austin

Every Free Outdoor Movie Screening in Austin This Summer

Austin Sound and Cinema
Austin Sound and Cinema
Austin Sound and Cinema

Watching a movie at a theater is a visceral experience: ice-cold AC, audio you can feel in your pancreas, and a mouth ruined by Sour Patch Kids are all necessary elements. Outdoor movies can be every bit as fun as their indoor brethren, though, in addition to being absolutely free.

Sure, it’s hot outside, but these flicks happen after the sun goes down, so you’ve really got no excuse; bring some drinks, throw down a blanket, and watch a film under the stars for literally zero dollars. To help you keep track of things, we’ve collected all the outdoor screenings coming up this summer into one mega calendar (which you should definitely bookmark, along with our summer events calendar).

Note: Most of these movies start at or around Sunset, which will range from ~8:30pm in July to ~7:30pm in September.

Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures

Wayne’s World Ft. Billy King & The Bad Bad Bad

July 11
The Long Center
No coolers or alcohol are permitted, but you’re free to bring a refillable bottle and a blanket or a lawn chair. Your leashed pets are welcome.
Time: Food trucks 6pm; music 7:30pm; film screening after Sunset

Homeward Bound

July 12
Austin Humane Society
Bring your own blanket, chairs, and picnic; there will be concessions, games, and kids’ activities, too. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome.
Time: 7:30pm

Die Hard

July 12
Republic Square Park

Bring your own blanket and chairs, but leave the alcohol at home and visit the beer garden instead. Food trucks will be onsite, as well.  
Time: Sunset

JAWS

July 13
Amphitheater at Lake Kyle
Bring your own blanket, chairs, and picnic for a lakeside movie under the stars.
Time: Sunset

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

July 13
Community First! Village

Bring your own blanket and chairs; flashlights and bug spray are also recommended.
Hungry? Community Grille will be onsite with burgers, fries, snacks and drinks for purchase.
Time: 8pm

Columbia Pictures
Columbia Pictures
Columbia Pictures

Rocky

July 15
Easy Tiger

Expect Real Ale Brewing beer specials and hot dog specials from Easy Tiger. Arrive early for prime seats in the Beer Garden.
Time: 9pm

WALL-E

July 20
Community First! Village

Bring your own blanket and chairs; flashlights and bug spray are also recommended.
Hungry? Community Grille will be onsite with burgers, fries, snacks and drinks for purchase.
Time: 8pm

The Lion King

July 20
El Salido Pool

Bring your own float for a fun family friendly movie in the pool under the stars.
Time: Sunset

Coco

July 20
Metz Park
Bring your own blanket, chair, and picnic; Metz Park will provide one free popcorn and drink per person.
Time: Sunset

Space Jam

July 22
Easy Tiger

Expect Real Ale Brewing beer specials and hot dog specials from Easy Tiger. Arrive early for prime seats in the Beer Garden.
Time: 9pm

Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures

Grease Ft. Huggy & The Feel Goodz

July 25
The Long Center
While coolers aren’t allowed, you can bring a refillable bottle plus a blanket or a lawn chair to unfold and relax. Expect bag checks at the door, so please leave your alcohol & weapons at home. Your pets are welcome, but be sure to bring a leash!
Time: Food trucks 6pm; music 7:30pm; film screening after Sunset

The Incredibles

July 26
Republic Square Park

Bring your own blanket and chairs, but leave alcohol at home and visit the beer garden. Food trucks will be onsite as well.  
Time: Sunset

The Greatest Showman

July 27
Community First! Village

Bring your own blanket and chairs; flashlights and bug spray are also recommended.
Hungry? Community Grille will be onsite with burgers, fries, snacks and drinks for purchase.
Time: 8pm

Kingpin

July 29
Easy Tiger
Expect Real Ale Brewing beer specials and hot dog specials from Easy Tiger. Arrive early for prime seats in the Beer Garden.
Time: BBQ starts at 7pm, film at 9pm
 

Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures

Mean Girls Ft. Go Fever

August 1
The Long Center
While coolers aren’t allowed, you can bring a refillable bottle plus a blanket or a lawn chair to unfold and relax. Expect bag checks at the door, so please leave your alcohol & weapons at home. Your pets are welcome, but be sure to bring a leash!
Time: Food trucks 6pm; music 7:30pm; film screening after Sunset

The Sandlot

August 3
Community First! Village
Bring your own blanket and chairs; flashlights and bug spray are also recommended.
Hungry? Community Grille will be onsite with burgers, fries, snacks and drinks for purchase.
Time: 8pm

Space Jam

August 3
Metz Park

Bring your own blanket, chairs, and picnic; Metz Park will provide one free popcorn and drink per person.
Time: Sunset

Shaun of the Dead

August 9
Republic Square Park

Bring your own blanket and chairs, but leave the alcohol at home and visit the beer garden instead. Local food trucks will be onsite as well.  
Time: Sunset

Mean Girls

August 10
Community First! Village

Bring your own blanket and chairs; flashlights and bug spray are also recommended.
Hungry? Community Grille will be onsite with burgers, fries, snacks and drinks for purchase.
Time: 8pm

Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Pictures

Ratatouille

August 10
El Salido Pool
Bring your own float for a fun family friendly movie in the pool under the stars.
Time: Sunset

O Brother Where Art Thou Ft. Rattlesnake Milk

August 15
The Long Center

While coolers aren’t allowed, you can bring a refillable bottle plus a blanket or a lawn chair to unfold and relax. Expect bag checks at the door, and please leave your alcohol & weapons at home. Your pets are welcome, but be sure to bring a leash!
Time: Food trucks 6pm; music 7:30pm; film screening after Sunset

10 Things I Hate About You

August 16
Martin Multipurpose Fields

You can (and should) bring your own blanket, chairs, and picnic, but alcohol, styrofoam, and glass are not permitted. Local food trucks will be on-site and leashed dogs are welcome.
Time: Sunset

Avengers: Infinity War

August 17
Community First! Village
Bring your own blanket and chairs; flashlights and bug spray are also recommended.
Hungry? Community Grille will be onsite with burgers, fries, snacks and drinks for purchase.
Time: 8pm

Black Panther

August 17
Amphitheater at Lake Kyle
Bring your own blanket, chairs, and picnic for a lakeside movie under the stars.
Time: Sunset

Cars 3

August 17
Metz Park

Bring your own blanket, chair, and picnic; Metz Park will provide one free popcorn and drink per person.
Time: Sunset

Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Pictures

A Wrinkle In Time

August 24
Community First! Village
Bring your own blanket and chairs; flashlights and bug spray are also recommended.
Hungry? Community Grille will be onsite with burgers, fries, snacks and drinks for purchase.
Time: 7:30pm

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

August 31
Community First! Village
Bring your own blanket and chairs; flashlights and bug spray are also recommended.
Hungry? Community Grille will be onsite with burgers, fries, snacks and drinks for purchase.
Time: 7:30pm

Beauty and the Beast

September 6
Adams Hemphill Park

You can (and should) bring your own blanket, chairs, and picnic, but alcohol, styrofoam, and glass are not permitted. Local food trucks will be on-site and leashed dogs are welcome.
Time: Sunset

Hook!

September 20
Govalle Park
You can (and should) bring your own blanket, chairs, and picnic, but alcohol, styrofoam, and glass are not permitted. Local food trucks will be on-site and leashed dogs are welcome.
Time: Sunset

UP!   

September 22
Harper Park

Bring your own blanket, chairs, tents, and picnic; local food trucks will also be on-site.
Time: SunsetSign up here for our daily Austin email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun in town.

Austin

Get Lucky at These Irish Bars in Austin

Drink a green pint on St Patrick's Day at these Irish bars in Austin.

Photo by Melissa Vinsik, courtesy of Cork + Barrel
Photo by Melissa Vinsik, courtesy of Cork + Barrel
Photo by Melissa Vinsik, courtesy of Cork + Barrel

In the midst of all the SXSW chaos, it helps to remember that there’s a rainbow at the festival’s end-that is, the hangover-blessing we’ve been granted of having St. Patrick’s Day 2023 fall on a Friday. Whether you attribute this small win to the Gregorian calendar or the luck of the Irish, it’s sure to amp up the already liver-damaging activities associated with this cultural celebration. However, √Čire is more than just leprechauns and Colin Farrell-it’s a breathtaking land full of warm, welcoming, and good-hearted people. Fortunately, there’s a way you can get a taste of the Republic’s spirit, and a dark stout, at the same time by hitting up one of Austin’s various Irish pubs. From cozy, intimate spaces decked out like small taverns in Cobh, to modern dives with all the party energy of Temple Bar, our list has the best spots in the city to “erin go bragh” all out on March 17.

Photo by Jane Yun, courtesy of BD Rileys
Photo by Jane Yun, courtesy of BD Rileys
Photo by Jane Yun, courtesy of BD Rileys

B.D. Riley’s Irish Pub at Mueller

Mueller
With a giant model of a beer tap literally decorating their front door, you can’t miss B.D Riley’s, nor doubt that this East Austin hang is a spot to down some serious brewskis. And its name, and perfect pours of Guinness, aren’t the only aspects they draw from the Emerald Isle-the entire pub itself was actually designed and built in Dundalk, Ireland, and shipped over for assembly in Bat City. Such authentic decor calls for equally authentic sounds, therefore, on St. Patrick’s Day, B.D. Riley’s will feature an all-day, four-artist bill of live, trad-inspired music. So, while you may not start the day knowing all the words to “The Galway Girl,” you are bound to sing along by last call.

Kelly’s Irish Pub

Bouldin Creek
Having only opened this past December, Kelly’s is the new kid with a brogue on the block. Occupying the space which formerly housed tapas restaurant Winebelly, this pub had big shoes to fill for South Austin barflies, but quickly won them over with an impressive whiskey selection and friendly atmosphere. A big reason behind the real deal √Čire vibes can, most likely, be chalked up to the fact that one of Kelly’s owners was actually born and bred in Ireland-and the dedication to delivering a true-to-life experience is evident in everything from the shepherd’s pie to the witty bartenders. For St. Patrick’s Day, they are getting the party started early with live music and an opening time of 8 am.

Photo courtesy of Jack & Ginger's
Photo courtesy of Jack & Ginger’s
Photo courtesy of Jack & Ginger’s

Jack & Ginger’s

The Domain
While The Domain may boast more bars than you can shake a shamrock at, there’s only one spot in the North Austin entertainment behemoth that can be properly called an Irish pub: Jack & Ginger’s. Start off the night with selecting a tasting flight from their over 82 beers on tap, then, move onto shots poured straight from their Irish Whiskey Tours-after loosening up with a round or two, you might just find yourself with the gift of gab. And, before snapping a selfie over Jack & Ginger’s see-through glass floor, balance out that buzz with food offerings like a giant soft pretzel or a round of fried pickles.

Photo courtesy of Foxy's Proper Pub
Photo courtesy of Foxy’s Proper Pub
Photo courtesy of Foxy’s Proper Pub

Foxy’s Proper Pub

Downtown
Here’s a spot that visibly radiates with Irish pride-at Foxy’s, the glow of green beams out from the bar’s lighted panels, and across their chandelier made of Jameson bottles. When it comes to cups and chow, their commitment to the theme continues-the use of the word,”proper,” in the pub’s name alone indicates you’re in for a heavy pour of the standards. Consequently, the taps are abundant with essential Irish sips, including Guinness, Magners, and Smithwick’s. With Lone Star on draft, there’s also a nod to Texas tradition as well. But don’t fear if you’re bored of beer-Foxy’s variety of whiskey-based cocktails will let you switch it up (and still keep it Celtic). March 17 will find them celebrating with live music, whiskey tastings, and swag giveaways.

Photo by LEVY Architects, courtesy of Cork + Barrel
Photo by LEVY Architects, courtesy of Cork + Barrel
Photo by LEVY Architects, courtesy of Cork + Barrel

Cork & Barrel Craft Kitchen + Microbrewery

Round Rock
Compared to a flight to Dublin, the 30-minute drive to Round Rock’s Cork & Barrel is much more convenient-not to mention, won’t require waiting in a TSA line. A mix between a modern Austin beer garden and a historical Irish pub, this spot’s spacious interior and expansive outdoor patio guarantees there will be enough room for the whole crew to cheer “sl√°inte.” And, their microbrewery’s signature beers are the ideal drinks to do such a toast with. The menu of specially crafted drafts includes a blueberry wheat, an Irish red ale, and a vanilla stout. This St. Patrick’s Day also marks Cork & Barrel’s two-year anniversary, and they are throwing down for the double-celebration with live music, yard games, Irish food specials, and plentiful amounts of green beer and Irish Car Bombs.

Get the latest from Thrillist Australia delivered straight to your inbox, subscribe here.

Molly Moltzen is a Thrillist contributor.

Related

Our Best Stories, Delivered Daily
The best decision you'll make all day.