SOUTH BEND -

It's time to save the gas money and head to the beach on the river.

Two thousand tons of sand has turned a vacant lot into a beach in downtown South Bend for the 7th annual On the River event.

Friday night, a Battle of the Bands competition was held along with games and fireworks.

And event organizers can't see the festival stopping any time soon.

"It's getting bigger and better, and we always try to come up with something new and fresh and fun to keep it exciting for anybody who comes out," said organizer Garrett Gingerich. "We're changing the landscape of this community, taking a vacant lot and bringing some fun to it."

The event will last all weekend.

Saturday from 10-2 p.m. will be Family Day with tons of children's activities, and 3-11 p.m. will feature a 21 and older Beach Bash.

All proceeds benefit the Center for the Homeless with the goal to raise $100,000.

Find more information here: http://ontheriverfest.com/

Center for the Homeless: http://cfh.net/