Free State Festival Summer Lineup is Here!

You’ve missed going to movies this summer, and the movies have missed you, too! Reconnect with your film-loving community through this exciting slate of brand new independent films, new takes on old classics, and interactive art experiences. From June 21-27, you’ll enjoy a passport of adventure through drive-in movies, lawn-chair cinema, and even a virtual movie lobby with pre-movie trivia, post-film conversations and hidden prizes!

Visit for complete summer schedule and information.

And stay tuned… the Free State Festival will welcome in-person headliners John Waters, Boots Riley, and Cameron Esposito, and even more films when it’s safe to gather indoors. Dates to be announced soon! 

Cinema has the power to bring people together, and this year will be a festival like no other. The Free State Festival is committed to finding new and invigorating ways to keep you connected with your movie-going community in 2021 and beyond.


The Free State Festival is produced by the Lawrence Arts Center with grant support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Lawrence and Explore Lawrence.

This summer lineup was made possible by meaningful contributions of the following sponsors and community partners: Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics, Lied Center of Kansas, Theatre Lawrence, Lawrence Public Library, Cider Gallery, Douglas County Fairgrounds, Lawrence College & Career Center, Kansas Public Radio, Audio-Reader, Haskell Indian Nation University’s Hiawatha Center for Justice, Hall Center for the Humanities at KU, the Spencer Museum of Art, KU Department of French, Francophone & Italian Studies, KU Department of Film & Media Studies, Mainline Printing, Transformations Charity Gala, Downtown Lawrence Inc., KJHK, Game Nut, and Breakout Lawrence.