BELOIT - Everyone's invited to grab a blanket or lawn chair and prepare for the big screen under starry skies, as the Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF) Outdoors offers a lineup of free entertainment this summer.
Executive Director Greg Gerard said BIFF Outdoors offers family-friendly films thanks to a partnership with First National Bank and Trust Company, which donated the big screen.
"The idea was to be able to raise funds for BIFF and also provide a community outreach program that targets families," Gerard said.
In a time when entertainment is increasingly costly for families, Gerard said BIFF is a great option. People can put their kids in their pajamas, bring in their coolers and enjoy a night of free entertainment.
"I think it's one of the most user-friendly events in the area," Gerard said.
The movies all start 30 minutes after sundown.
Gerard said this year's lineup includes scenic spots including along the Rock River in both Beloit and Rockton, and near the Rock Bar & Grill's new pavilion. A flick being planned at Krueger Haskell Golf Course will include golf carts for people to sit in.
Gerard said BIFF is being limited to five events this summer, partly due to the challenges of unpredictable weather.
Here are some of the upcoming options for outdoor movie experiences.
• On Wednesday, July 3 in Riverside Park, people can enjoy the showing of "Bernie The Dolphin" presented by Beloit Parks & Leisure Services.
• On Friday, July 26 outside the The Rock Bar & Grill, 101 Maple Ave., "Mary Poppins Returns" will be presented.
• On Wednesday, Aug. 7 at Old Settlers Park in Rockton, First National Bank will present a "Dog's Way Home."
• On Friday, Aug. 9 at Nature at the Confluence, 306 Dickop., South Beloit, "Christopher Robin" will be presented.
• BIFF is going to have a Krueger Haskell event and the date is to be determined.