Outdoor Summer Movies in LOS ANGELES

There’s still time to savor cool summer evenings and enjoy outdoor entertainment and picnics in the park.

Autry Night Sky-cropSummer isn’t over yet! Every Saturday night through September, Angelenos can gather with friends and family to chow down on gourmet goodies and watch a favorite flick in the open air. One of the premier sources for summer entertainment is Eat|See|Hear, an award-winning site that calendars rotating venues in Los Angeles for outdoor movies, music and food (including Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and Pasadena).

A variety of food trucks are present at each venue, and the band strikes up an hour before show time, making for a full evening of fun and entertainment. Upcoming movies scheduled include: Risky Business, Clueless and The Fight Club, to name a few. You can purchase tickets in advance here (tickets at the door are an additional $2). Adults are $12, kids (5-11) are $8 and under 5 are free.

LASHP Band beach partyThe bands also change each week, so look at the music calendar to plan in advance. Experience up-and-coming bands like, Haunted Summer, Milo Bloom and Mansions on the Moon and notable alumni, such as The Orwells, Islands and Nightmare & The Cat. Also, if you have a favorite food truck, check the schedule and see which venue they’ll be parked at. Besides burgers and BBQ, you can usually find plenty of vegetarian and vegan options as well. Classic favorites like the Grilled Cheese Truck, India Jones, Border Grill and Coolhaus are scheduled for August and September.

SaMo Night SkedThis unrivaled al fresco movie experience features the largest outdoor movie screen on the West Coast (a 52-foot wide image) coupled with 15-30k lumens of crystal clear, bright HD projection and state-of-the-art line-array sound. Bring your blanket, your friends and family (and even your dog!) for a quintessential LA summer experience.

Santa Monica field dog friendlyIf you want to bring your own picnic, visit L.A.’s boutique food hall, Stir Market, which recently introduced specialty picnic baskets ($42-60). These gourmet goodies are perfect for a romantic summer date at the Hollywood Bowl, picnics in the park or outdoor movies. The multi-course picnic-for-two packages feature California-inspired appetizers, entrees, salads, and desserts such as Edamame Hummus and Seasonal Veggies, Golden Apricot Summer Salad, and Grilled Shrimp and Forbidden Black Rice Bowl.

Stir Market - Picnic 5Picnic-goers can order the evening before (or four hours prior to) and select from a variety of shareable culinary offerings packaged in Stir Market’s signature reusable bag (alongside plates, cups, napkins, flatware, and bread), such as: The Californian (edamame hummus and seasonal veggies, quinoa and chickpea croquets, grilled salmon and cookies), Stir Market Summer Sampler (cheese and charcuterie plank, golden apricot summer salad, grilled hanger steak and summer cobbler), Bowls for the Bowl (edamame hummus and seasonal veggies, grilled shrimp and forbidden black rice bowl, Eastside brown rice bowl, cookies); and Salads & Sandos (market salad trio, sandwiches to share — bahn mi, turkey and vegetarian options — sea salted chips and cookies).

Outdoor movies, picnics and food trucks — sounds like all the ingredients necessary for a most excellent LA summer!

StirMarketTo complete their basket, guests can explore Stir Market’s retail selection for a variety of specialty chocolates, candies, freshly cut flowers, packaged beverages, local-made wines and beers, and more.

Liz Laing

Liz Laing

Liz has been a freelance travel writer for nearly a decade, writing for multiple outlets such as Mothering, US Airways, Alaska Airlines, CBS Los Angeles, MadeMan and wandermelon, to name a few. Growing up in New Mexico, Liz also traveled to Japan and Europe, including touring with a modern dance troupe throughout France. She’s now also added photography and web design to her talents, but her greatest accomplishment has been raising her four wonderful kids, who have already been bitten by the travel bug.
Liz Laing

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