If you ask us, nothing says summertime like a little alfresco action. Whether dining or partying outdoors — we’re all about spending time in the fresh (somewhat brisk) S.F. air. And one nature-laden activity we can’t get enough of this time of year? Outdoor movie fests. Sure, your Netflix queue may be a mile long, but can it top watching a film underneath the stars? We didn’t think so! This may call for some bundling up, but don’t let the temps deter you. Plus, most screenings are free and each one offers its own flavor of cine-magic, like free popcorn, food trucks, s'mores, and wine tastings. Peep the deets below and get ready to have a reel blast!
Sosh Summer Screenings at Jones
Become a member of new events website Sosh and get access to screenings of classic Hitchcock films on the dreamy Jones rooftop. Free warm cocktails, champagne, s'mores, and sweet and savory popcorn will be provided. Yum.
What: Dial M For Murder, Vertigo
Where: Jones, 620 Jones Street (at Geary Street); 415-496-6858.
When: July 19 and August 23
Wind Down With Wine And A Movie
You may have seen these American classics tons of times, but in a high-rise rooftop — with a free wine tasting? Trust us, Casablanca will never look the same to you when paired with Spellbound Petite Sirah and Chardonnay.
What: Citizen Kane, Singing in the Rain, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, It Happened One Night, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Sunset Boulevard, Casablanca, Rear Window, The Wizard of Oz
Where: InterContinental Mark Hopkins, One Nob Hill (at California and Mason streets); 888-424-6835.
When: July 17 through August 28, wine tasting at 5:30 p.m., movies start at 7:30 p.m.
Temescal Street Cinema
Featuring the work of Bay Area artists, you can support the indie-film circuit just by showing up here! There's free popcorn, live music, food vendors, and, best of all, you're holed up in the hippest district in Oakland.
What: Who is Bozo Texino, The Welcome: A Healing Journey for War Veterans and Their Families, Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone
Where: 49th Street (at Telegraph Avenue), Oakland.
When: July 5 through July 19, 8:45 p.m.
Summer Nights At OMCA
If you haven't been to the Oakland Museum of California yet, here's your chance. In conjunction with its one-time summer movie night, the spot is open after closing hours and tickets are half-price. Plus, the flick being screened is a gem.
What: 1968 Film Series: Revolution
Where: Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland; 510-318-8400.
When: Friday, July 27, 8:30 p.m.
Film Night in the Park
With screens in several city parks, we love that you have your pick of an outdoor movie night close to you. Just chain up your bike at Dolores, prop up a lawn chair over at Union Square Park, or lay under a blanket at Washington Square Park.
What: Sixteen Candles, The Graduate
Where: Dolores Park, Dolores and 19th streets.
When: August 4, September 15, 8 p.m.
What: The Artist, After The Thin Man
Where: Union Square Park, Geary and Powell streets.
When: July 14, August 25, 8 p.m.
What: Midnight In Paris
Where: Washington Square Park, Union and Columbus streets.
When: Saturday, September 29, 8 p.m.
Photo Via: Film Night In The Park
Movies in the Park
Every single film in this lineup screams summertime fun — reminiscent of childhood antics. From The Sandlot to Ferris Bueller's Day Off, there's something in this kid-friendly fest for youngsters and adults alike.
What: The Sandlot, Bedtime Stories, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Ice Age, Mr. Popper's Penguins, Jumanji, Gremlins, Casper
Where: Redwood Heights Recreation Center, 3883 Aliso Avenue, Oakland.
When: July 14 through October 19, 8 p.m.
Cult film buffs and those obsessed with the post-apocalypse will love seeing this zom-com (read: zombie comedy) by rad, bad director Edgar Wright!
What: Shaun of the Dead
Where: SoFA District, 1st Street (at East San Salvador Street), San Jose.
When: Friday, August 31, 4 p.m.
Summer Movie Series
We're pretty sure if you take your little sibs to these screenings they will love you for it! Our pick is Wes Anderson's visually stunning Fantastic Mr. Fox!
What: Lion King, Bolt, Bee Movie, The Incredibles, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Tangled
Where: Marin Country Mart, 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur; 415-461-4418.
When: July 11 through August 22, 6 p.m.
Ever waned to see The Devil Wears Prada on a giant screen? Us, too. You’ll also get the most stunning waterfront view of the Bay rearing up from the screen. Also, if you pop by on a bike, you win a free gift!
What: Ghostbusters, Princess Bride, Fatal Attraction, The Devil Wears Prada, Moneyball, We Bought a Zoo Where: WaterFront Flicks Ever waned to see Devil Wears Prada on a giant screen? Us, too. You’ll also get the most stunning waterfront view of the Bay rearing up from the screen. Also, if you pop by on a bike, you win a free gift!
What: Ghostbusters, Princess Bride, Fatal Attraction, The Devil Wears Prada, Moneyball, We Bought a Zoo
Where: Jack London Market Lawn, Jack London Square, Broadway and Embarcadero, Oakland.
When: July 26 - September 20. Movies begin at nightfall.
Photo: Via Sosh + Jones Bar Screenings