Movie Nights at the Garden

Movie Nights at the Garden

Movie Nights at the Garden

Experience big screen magic with the beautiful backdrop of golden hour in the evening. Included in your ticket is a feature film screening, after-hours access to the Garden, a complimentary craft or performance (varies based on featured film).

Advance tickets strongly recommended; walk-ins welcome upon availability.


Your ticket supports Queens Botanical Garden, the place where people, plants, and cultures meet! QBG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


Adult Non-Member: $10
Senior Non-Member (age 62+): $8
Child Non-Member (age 4 to 12):$8
Child (age 3 and under): FREE
Individuals with Disabilities: $6


Adult Member: $8
Senior Member: $6
Child Member: $6

*Not yet a Member? Membership gets you discounts on select programs, year-round FREE garden admission–including on festival days!–and gift shop purchases, parking passes and discounts, reciprocal admissions benefits at over 300 gardens, and more. To become a Member, click here:

The Lion King 

Saturday, June 17, 7:30pm—Father’s Day Weekend!
Rated G

Follow the adventures of lion cub Simba as he escapes perils, makes lifetime friends, and avenges his father’s death against his evil uncle, Scar.

Before the movie, make a bug craft! The movie will begin at approximately 8:30pm. Rain Date is Saturday, June 24. 

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Saturday, July 8, 7:30pm
Rated PG

Shrek goes on a. quest to rescue the feisty Princess Fiona with the help of his lovable Donkey and win back the deed to his swamp from scheming Lord Farquaad. Rated PG.

Before the movie, make lily pads and ogre ears! The movie will begin at approximately 8:30pm. Rain Date is Saturday, July 15. 

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Beat Street

Saturday, August 5, 7:30pm
Rated PG

Celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of hip-hop with a screening of Beat Street, a 1984 American dance drama film about hip-hop as an unstoppable force in NYC’s culture. Set in the South Bronx — the birthplace of hip-hop—the film follows the lives of two brothers and their friends, who are devoted to hip-hop, including breakdancing, DJing, and graffiti.

Before the movie, dance to a live DJ set and try your hand at scratching! The movie will begin at approximately 8:30pm. Rain Date is Saturday, August 12. 

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The Garden thanks Movie Nights Series Sponsor

Know Before You Go

What time does the movie start?

Ticket holders will be allowed into the Garden starting at 7pm. The craft or demo (varies based on film) will be available starting at 7pm. The movie will begin at approximately 8:30pm.

Where will the screening take place?

The movie and craft or performance (varies based on feature film) will take place outdoors in the Garden. Please dress for the weather.

What is included?

Included in your ticket is a feature film screening, after-hours access to the Garden, and a complimentary craft or performance (varies based on featured film).

Is there parking at the Garden?

Yes, you can park at our Parking Garden entrance located at 42-80 Crommelin Street, Flushing, NY. An $8 parking rate will be in effect on weekdays, $10 on weekends. You can read more about parking here:

What food and drinks options will there be? Can I bring my own food and drinks?

Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. We welcome light picnicking.

What is seating like? Can I bring my own blankets or lawn chairs?

The Garden will not provide chairs or lawn furniture. Ticket holders are encouraged to bring their own blanket and/or portable lawn chairs. Self-seating placement is first-come, first-seated. Please be respectful of other guests who are not in your group by maintaining social distance and only taking up the space you need. During the show, please remain seated so the view of the screen is not obstructed for your fellow guests for extended periods of time.

Is the program accessible for people with disabilities?

At the Garden, we continually strive to improve and make our grounds as accessible as possible for everyone. On Movie Nights, we have a designated accessible seating area on the pathway. Our movie screenings are accompanied by closed captioning during the length of the film. Most pathways, ramp to restrooms, and Gift shop are wheelchair accessible.

The Garden provides wheelchairs as a courtesy to visitors, but cannot be guaranteed based on availability. They are provided on a first-come, first-served basis at the Main Street Entrance, Parking Garden Entrance, and Visitor & Administration Building. A valid driver’s license or government-issued picture identification card (ID) is needed in order to loan you a wheelchair. ID will be held during your visit and returned upon return of the wheelchair.

What about health and safety?

Please follow our current health & safety guidelines on our website:

Cancellations & Rain Date

In the case that an event is cancelled, you will be notified via email and refunded.

In the event of inclement weather, the event will be postponed to the rain date provided.  In the event of postponement, ticket holders will receive an email notification to confirm the rain date.

2022 Movie Lineup


Friday, June 3 | PG | 7:30pm

Adventurous Moana sets out on a quest across the ocean to save her people. Together with the demigod Maui, Moana encounters monsters and impossible odds on a mission to restore the heart of island goddess Te Feti.

Before the screening, come make leis!


Saturday, June 18 | PG | 7:30pm

Teenage elf brothers Ian and Barley set out on a daring and magical journey to spend one more day with their late father.

Before the screening, make a paper mushroom house and Father’s Day card.

Men in Black

Friday, July 1 | PG-13 | 7:30pm

Here come the Men in Black! MIB agents Kay (Tommy Lee Jones) and Jay (Will Smith) go on a mission to stop an alien assassin in New York City. Rated PG-13.

Before the movie, come make origami sunglasses!

A Bug’s Life

Saturday, July 9 | G | 7:30pm

It’s grasshoppers versus ants in this story about an inventive ant Flik, whose colony is under threat of annihilation thanks to his mishaps. Flik must now recruit fighters—or circus insects—to break free and pursue a better way of life! 

Before the movie, come make a craft bug family!

*Movie Night screening of A Bug’s Life is sponsored by Paramount Pictures’ PAWS OF FURY: THE LEGEND OF HANK. A hard-on-his-luck hound Hank finds himself in a town full of cats who need a hero to defend them from a ruthless villain’s evil plot to wipe their village off the map. PAWS OF FURY is rated PG and releasing in theaters on July 15!


Saturday, July 16 Postponed to Friday, July 22 due to weather | PG-13 | 7:30pm

Opposites attract as high school seniors Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) and Danny (John Travolta) have a magnetic summer romance, but will it cross clique lines?

Before the screening, join in on a themed dance lesson at 7:30pm.

Jurassic Park

Saturday, July 23 | PG-13 | 7:30pm

Paleontologists Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) are among a select group chosen to tour an island theme park populated by dinosaurs created from prehistoric DNA. Various ferocious predators break free and go on the hunt in this special effects masterpiece. Come see why this massive blockbuster became Steven Spielberg’s most successful movie! 

Before the screening, come make clay dinosaur artifacts!


Saturday, July 30 | PG | 7:30pm

The Madrigals are an extraordinarily family living hidden in the mountains of Colombia in a charmed place called an Encanto, which has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift–every child except Mirabel. However, she soon may be the family’s last hope when the magic surrounding the Encanto is in danger. Sing and dance to the songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda! 

Before the screening, come make miniature flower medallions.

Princess and the Frog

Saturday, August 6 | G | 7:30pm

Mistaking her for a princess and hoping to break the spell, prince-turned-frog Naveen plants a kiss on poor Tiana, turning her into a frog, too! The pair hop along on an adventure through the bayous to seek the help of a powerful voodoo priestess. 

Before the screening, get your fortune told!

In the Heights

Friday, September 9 | PG-13 | 7pm

In Washington Heights, the scent of warm coffee greets you just outside of the 181st St. subway stop, where a hopeful bodega owner imagines and sings about a better life.

Before the musical-movie, join in on a dance lesson!


Saturday, September 24 | G | 7pm

WALL-E is the last robot left on Earth spending his lonely days tidying up the planet little by little. When he spots EVE, a sleek and shapely probe sent back to Earth on a scanning mission, WALL-E embarks on his greatest adventure yet, following EVE across the galaxy!

Before the film, come plant a succulent to take home!


Saturday, October 1
POSTPONED to rain date Saturday, October 8
PG | 7pm

A young boy on the Italian Riviera experiences an unforgettable summer filled with gelato, pasta, and endless scooter—interrupted by the fact that he’s a sea monster from another world!

Before the film, come make a clay monster!

Little Shop of Horrors

Friday, October 14 | PG-13 | 7pm

Flower shop assistant Seymour must keep carnivorous plant Audrey II full on human flesh and blood!

Before the film, come see a carnivorous plant demonstration!

2021 Movie Lineup

Zootopia (SOLD OUT)

Saturday, June 12 | 7:30-10:45pm

Join us for the first flick in our series! Experience this family-friendly movie surrounded by the beauty and delight of the Garden.

Grab a snack and a memento at the Bunny Burrow Bazaar, QBG’s themed marketplace for all of your cinema needs, including Night Howlers (blueberries in a fresh fruit bowl) and Pawpsicles (fruit flavored popsicles)! Before the movie, make your animal print badge by picking which animals you want to have on your tree cookie! Plus, grab a pair of Bunny ears or your own police whistle!


Dirty Dancing (SOLD OUT)

Friday, June 25 | 7:30-11pm

Get your dancing shoes on and have the time of your life at the second movie in our series! 

Enjoy a complimentary dance lesson with Margaret Batiuchok before the movie, and some dancing after! Swing by Kellerman’s Mountain House Bar for some refreshments and Garden swag! We’re featuring Watermelon Margaritas and Classic Sliders! Plus, buy a bag for your next resort visit!

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Alice in Wonderland (SOLD OUT)

Friday, July 9 Friday, July 16 | 7:30-10:30pm (RESCHEDULED DUE TO WEATHER)*

Blend your own herbal tea and enjoy this animated classic under the stars!

Create your own flavorful teas by mixing a combination of herbs, flowers, and plants and take home two tea bags of your own making! Wander by the Queen’s Dining Hall for a cup of tea and cake! Don’t forget to pick up a souvenir to celebrate your “unbirthday”!

*If you are unable to attend our scheduled rain date, you may receive a full refund of your tickets by emailing [email protected].

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Raya and the Last Dragon (SOLD OUT)

Saturday, July 24 | 8:15-11:15pm

Be dazzled by a live fire performance before watching this exciting new release under the stars!

Before the movie, experience a live fire performance by Hoopsie Daisies! Get a taste of Southeast Asia with bite-size appetizers at “Boun’s Shrimporium” and shop botanical plushies to take home!

This screening of Raya and the Last Dragon is sponsored by Jungle Cruise.

Sold Out

Wonder Woman 1984

Friday, August 6 | 7:30-10:45pm

A live taekwondo demonstration kicks off the night for this superhero movie at the Garden!

Be inspired by a live taekwondo demonstration by Flushing-based East Taekwondo! Come by the “Amazonian Cafe” for snacks and drinks. Shop our patriotic red, white, and blue souvenirs!



Friday, August 20 | 7:30-10:45pm

Enjoy botanical-inspired arts and crafts along with this beloved animated film!

Our featured craft is Botanical Snowpeople! Create your own little Everest using flower petals and a little magic! Hike to “Everest Mountain Camp Canteen” for an icy treat and buns! Peruse our plant sale to take home a piece of nature!

*This screening of Abominable is sponsored by PAW Patrol: The Movie. Your favorite pups are back for their next exciting adventure, along with fun new characters, new headquarters, and more! PAW Patrol: The Movie is rated G and will be unleashed in theatres and streaming on Paramount+ August 20th!



Friday, September 10 | 7:30-10:45pm

Enjoy a dance lesson before the movie!

Small town vibes in the World’s Borough! Get transported and witness a small-town shake-up as we play this cult classic. And get loose, even before the screening, with a complimentary dance lesson.


Monsters, Inc.

Friday, September 24 | 7:30-10:45pm

Enjoy a craft activity with this screening!

Join Mike and Sulley on an adventure to get Boo home! Enjoy a monster craft activity before the movie to celebrate the upcoming 20th anniversary of this beloved animated film!


Hocus Pocus

Sunday, October 3 | 7 to 10pm

Enjoy a magic show with this screening!

Are there enough children in the world to make the Sanderson witches young and beautiful? Find out at our screening of this hilarious Halloween favorite! This film is rated PG.



Friday, October 8 | 7 to 10pm

Enjoy a pumpkin carving demonstration before the screening!

He’s obnoxious. He’s funny. He’s obnoxiously funny! Watch the crazy poltergeist Beetlejuice wreak havoc in this Tim Burton classic. Rated PG.


Dead Silence *Canceled*

Friday, October 22 | 7pm

Get decor-inspired by a spooky planter demonstration before the show!

Dolls have never been creepier than in this man’s search to understand the connection between a ventriloquist doll and his wife’s death. Can you stay silent watching this horror flick? This film is rated R.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Saturday, October 16 | 7pm

Postponed to Saturday, October 23 | 7pm due to weather

For the accompanying craft, we’re making Halloween Christmas trees!

The magic of stop-motion animation whisks you away to Halloween Town, where Jack Skellington—the “Pumpkin King”—takes over Christmas! Rated PG.



Saturday, October 30 | 7pm

We’re making sugar skull masks as the accompanying craft!

Go on an adventure with Miguel on DĂ­a de los Muertos, as he searches in the Land of the Dead for familia who shares his passion for music! Rated PG.

Rain Date: Sunday, October 31