LOC Summer Movies on the Lawn
Some people like to hide from summer in a cold, dark theater, but those who prefer a little sweat with their cinema have plenty of options too. The Library of Congress is hosting its second LOC Summer Movies on the Lawn series, featuring classics from the National Film Registry. It kicks off this week with “Field of Dreams” and continues with favorites like “The Goonies,” “The Wizard of Oz” and 1978’s “Superman,” which proves that Christopher Reeve was the best Kal-El ever. Tickets are not required, but if you want to make sure you get in, best to snap some up.
North lawn of Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 First St. SE; Thursdays through Aug. 16, sundown, free.
Jane Austen Outdoor Film Series
Jane Austen, inventor of the rom-com, gets some of the adaptations of her books onto the big screen this summer thanks to Dumbarton House’s festival, now in its seventh year. Screening this time around are 1995’s “Sense and Sensibility,” 1996’s “Emma” and 2005’s “Pride & Prejudice” — because apparently they didn’t want to show the entire 1995 miniseries, even if it does have Colin Firth in a wet shirt. Buying tickets in advance is encouraged; you can bring a chair but you’ll have to sit in the back.
Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW; Wednesdays through Aug. 1, sunset (approx. 8:30 p.m.), $6 per film.
Alexandria Comcast Outdoor Film Festival
This isn’t so much a “festival” as it is “two movies over two nights,” but since the first night’s movie is the extraordinary “Coco” and the second night’s is the awesome “Wonder Woman,” we’ve decided not to nitpick. Bring your (low) beach chair or a blanket — and, in the case of “Coco,” your tissues — and settle in for a night or two on the water. After “Coco,” go ahead and call your mom; after “Wonder Woman,” go ahead and buy yourself a pair of gold cuff bracelets.
Waterfront Park, 1A Prince St., Alexandria; Fri. & Sat., dusk (approx. 8:30 p.m.), free