Ahhh- summer. Barbeques, swimming pools and a favorite summertime tradition, outdoor movie nights. As a family of 6 we are ALWAYS on the lookout for fun things to do around the Triangle on the cheap and with the four kids home all summer, it’s even more important. Anyone else being eaten out of house and home?

Nothing beats kicking off our shoes, snuggling on a blanket with the kids and catching a hit movie outdoors for free, or at the very least, at a super affordable price.

Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary hosts the WakeMed Movies by Moonlight series about three times a month during the summer and it’s a favorite place to spend an affordable, balmy summer night catching a blockbuster. Most movies are family-friendly but there are a few adult features on the schedule as well. (The steamy Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga duet will be on the screen in A Star is Born at the end of the summer line-up.)

Gates to the venue open at 7pm on show days but the movies don’t start until dark (approximately 8:15-8:30pm). Coolers, snacks and beverages, and lawn chairs are welcome but when we bring the kids, we just carry blankets and leave everything else at home. We take advantage of the fact that there are always great concessions sold at the venue.

Before the movie, there are lawn games to keep everyone entertained and we usually enjoy a game of frisbee by the lake while we wait for the sun to go down.

Credit: Liz Condo Photography


Here’s the 2019 Summer Movie Line Up:


Friday, June 28thRalph Breaks the Internet (Rated PG)

Video game bad guy Ralph and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz navigate the vast and dynamic World Wide Web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope’s game, Sugar Rush.

Friday, July 5thCloudy With A Chance of Meatballs (Rated PG)

An inventor and a weather-reporter intern try to discover why the sky is raining food instead of water in this adaptation of the children’s book by Ron and Judi Barrett.

Thursday, July 11thGame Night (Rated R)

A group of friends who meet regularly for game nights find themselves entangled in a real-life mystery when the shady brother of one of them is seemingly kidnapped by dangerous gangsters.

Friday, July 26thIncredibles 2 (Rated PG)

Everyone’s favorite superhero family is back in “Incredibles 2” – but this time Helen is in the spotlight, leaving Bob at home with Violet and Dash to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transition for everyone, made tougher by the fact the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers.

Friday, August 9th-Jurassic World (PG-13)

It’s been four years since Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles. When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen and Claire mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.

Friday, August 16thBlack Panther (PG-13)

A superhero known as Black Panther defends Wakanda, a technologically advanced country in Africa that has hidden itself away from the rest of the world. Now, he must face a dissident who wants to sell the country’s natural resources to fund an uprising.

Friday, August 30thA Star is Born (Rated R)

A musician helps a young singer find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral.


WakeMed presents Movies by Moonlight at Koka Booth Amphitheatre.

Credit: Liz Kondo Photography


We love that summer movies for kids 12 and under are FREE! Anyone 13 and over pays just $5.

$5 tickets can be purchased using the movie links above or by visiting the box office. A portion of the Movies By Moonlight proceeds will benefit the WakeMed Children’s Hospital.

Pull out your lawn chairs and breathable blankets (no plastic or nylon), and head on over to Booth Amphitheatre for some summer staycation fun.

For more ideas on local summer fun, check out our post on NC Symphony’s Summerfest.

PS-Check the Booth Facebook and Twitter pages, www.boothamphitheatre.com or call their Hotline at 919-459-8332 for weather updates before & during the event.


Do you love outdoor movies as much as I do? Let’s chat in the comments!