BELOIT - Gorgeous weather and the promise of free, family-friendly fun drew a big crowd to Riverside Park on Friday night.
Friends of RiverFront hosted its beloved Movie on the Big Lawn outdoor film, encouraging the community to get together and enjoy Disney Pixar's "Coco."
"We love hosting this event to celebrate the Rock River riverfront and enjoy the last little bit of summer before all the kids head back to school," said Jennifer Kodl, Friends of RiverFront executive director.
Families from all across the Stateline Area gathered early to enjoy picnic-style dinners and other tasty offerings from food trucks. By 7 p.m., dance performances by Marx Dance Academy and the School District of Beloit Even Start Dancers were under way. Kids could also enjoy playing games and have balloon hats made.
"We're so happy to have everybody out here to see Coco," Kodl said. "The film's message is just so beautiful."
Gabriel Cervantes, 8, of Beloit, showed off his dance skills for the crowd before "Coco" began.
He was hoping to channel a little bit of the film's main character, Miguel, as he put on a show.
"He started dancing a year ago because he wants to be just like his papa," mom Deanna Cervantes said.
Watching the dance performances and enjoying snacks were pajama-clad sisters Lawsyn Dohner, 2, and Presley Dohner, 3.
"They will love watching the movie because of all the colors," mom Casey Dohner, of Edgerton, said.
Friends of RiverFront wraps up its season with Dancing at Harry's Place on Monday night. Free dance lessons begin at 7 p.m.
For more information on Friends of RiverFront and how to volunteer, visit www.friendsofriverfront.com or 'Like' the organization's Facebook page.
Planning will soon begin for the 2020 season, during which Friends of RiverFront will be celebrating its 25th anniversary.