When the weather is good, why waste a minute of it? Whether it’s old favorites or French films you kind of need to be drinking wine to understand, there’s something for everyone. Plus, your food options also won’t be limited to Red Vines and popcorn, and you can decide that, maybe, the second act would be better spent taking a dip in the ocean. Long live summer!
The HBO Summer Film Festival at Bryant Park gets crowded, to say the least, so arrive early. Programming ranges from silver screen gems (1972’s disaster classic “The Poseidon Adventure,” July 6) to new favorites (“Back to the Future” closes out the fest on Aug. 24). Free; lawn opens at 5 p.m., films start at dusk. Through Aug. 24. West 42 Street and Avenue of the Americas
Hudson River Park’s RiverFlicks runs every Wednesday (weather permitting) through July and August. Unlike many other outdoor series, this one lines up recent hits like Oscar winners “American Hustle” (Jul. 16) and “The Lego Movie” (Jul. 30). And there’s free popcorn too. Free; movies start at dusk, July 9-Aug. 20; Pier 63
Nostalgia rules at this year’s Summer Screen with new classics like “Clueless” (Jul. 8) and “Dirty Dancing” (Jul. 22). You get to choose the final movie, which screens Aug. 12. Head to McCarren Park on Wednesdays at dusk. Get there early for live music, and there are food vendors at the park. Free, doors at 6 p.m., showtime 8 p.m., July 8-Aug. 12, North 12th St. and Bedford Ave.
Films on the Green is a free outdoor French film festival taking place across various city parks. Don’t miss the animated feature “Zarafa,” presented in English, about a young boy who crosses the desert from Africa to Paris with his giraffe (June 26, Tompkins Square Park). DJs spin tunes before each screening. Fridays through Sept. 10, 8:30 p.m.