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Films on the Great Lawn @ Sunnylands

Sunnylands' free outdoor movie series, Films on the Great Lawn, is presented on three Fridays in September. No reservations are required. This installment we celebrate our flying friends joining us for the movies at Sunnylands with a month of films about the birds.

Filmgoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and small picnic items for the outdoor screening. Large coolers, alcohol, smoking, and pets are not permitted. Please see information about Sunnylands policies regarding pets and picnics. With limited parking, carpooling is strongly advised. Admission is free.

Films on the Great Lawn are presented in partnership with the Palm Springs International Film Festival.For more information please contact the education department at 760-202-2234 or email


Sunnylands Center & Gardens
37977 Bob Hope Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
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Friday, September 14
Gates - 7:00 PM | Film Begins 7:30 PM

Thirteen-year-old Aisholpan trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her nomad family to become an eagle huntress. This amazing documentary played at the 2017 Palm Springs International Film Festival. 


Friday, September 21
Gates - 7:00 PM | Film Begins 7:30 PM

Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds is an unforgettable masterpiece that is considered one of the most terrifying films from the Master of Suspense. When beautiful blonde Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) travels to Bodega Bay in pursuit of eligible bachelor Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor), she is inexplicably attacked by a seagull. Suddenly, thousands of birds begin to flock into town, preying on schoolchildren and residents in a terrifying series of attacks. Mitch and Melanie must fight for their lives against a deadly force that cannot be explained or stopped in this film that makes you want to "hold onto something and watch!" 


Friday, September 28
Gates - 7:00 PM | Film Begins 7:30 PM

David Portnoy, a 15-year-old birding fanatic, thinks that he's made the discovery of a lifetime. So, on the eve of his father's remarriage, he escapes on an epic road trip with his best friends to solidify their place in birding history.