Movies on the Lawn

  • Saturday, October 15: Encanto: 2022, PG. A Colombian teenage girl has to face the frustration of being the only member of her family without magical powers; starring Stephaine Beatriz, Maria Cecillia Botero, and John Leguizamo. | RSVP here

For this final film of the season, a partnership with Micron is bringing STEAM activities for all the kids to enjoy, plus a special screening of Dream Big after the feature film, Encanto. It’s getting darker earlier, so this event starts early enough for even the little kids to come out! Special vendors include Anxo, Everyday Sundae (ice cream!) and Bangin’ BBQ

4:30pm – STEAM Play Area & Community Showcase
6:30pm – Encanto screening begins at dark
8:30pm – Short Film Screening – DREAM BIG: Engineering Our World.

Blankets will be available (if the ground isn’t too wet). Bring your own chairs, picnics, and popcorn, and enjoy this family friendly line-up. The event is free, and all are welcome. The Parks presents Movies on the Lawn, the second season of our film series in partnership with the Home Rule Music and Film Preservation Foundation. The 2022 season is back with four fun films that will pique your curiosity or send you home singing.

Full Lineup: 

  • Saturday, July 23: Hidden Figures: 2016, PG. 
  • Saturday, August 6: Goonies: 1985, PG. Movies on the Lawn returns Saturday, August 6, with a feature showing of the 1980s classic Goonies. Come at 6:30 to chill on the Great Lawn and hear a special string and vocal quartet by the Washington Bach Consort! Tenor Patrick Kilbride, cellist Amy Domingues, and violinists Leslie Nero and Risa Browder will present Baroque pieces by Bach, Handel, and Purcell inspired by the setting sun and the sounds of the sea.
  • Saturday, September 17: Respect: 2021, PG-13. Following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom, Respect is the remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey to find her voice; starring Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, and Marlon Wayans.
  • Saturday, October 15: Encanto: 2022, PG. A Colombian teenage girl has to face the frustration of being the only member of her family without magical powers; starring Stephaine Beatriz, Maria Cecillia Botero, and John Leguizamo. | RSVP here

Movies on the Lawn is sponsored by HR Records, Anxo Cider, Chuck Levin’s and Ameriprise Financial.

Location: The Great Lawn is located at the center of the campus. Enter from 16th Street NW, or enter from Georgia Avenue at Butternut Street NW, and follow Main Drive around to the grassy area.

How to Get There: Parking is limited on the site, so walking or biking is recommended. Bike parking is available on racks and signage throughout the site. Some small parking lots are available inside The Parks gate near the playground; and $10 parking will be available in Abrams Hall (west of the Hoff Memorial Fountain Circle: follow the signs).

The Parks at Walter Reed events are sponsored by Children’s National Hospital, Aspen Square at The Parks by NVHomes, Pepco, KeVita, The Vale, The Brooks, The Hartley, Streetsense, and BKV Group.

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