From the Editors
With the kids back in school, September can be a busy month. (You should see my planner- there’s not nearly enough blank space!) So do yourself a favor and take a break from the hustle and bustle to enjoy a little adult time this month.
Whether you’re looking for a date-night atmosphere or just a fun night out with friends, we’ve rounded up a list of the top places for adults to go in Champaign-Urbana and beyond in September.
The Great Mug Hunt: Search and rescue hundreds of hidden mugs scattered throughout Crystal Lake Park. Bring your rescued mugs back to the Lakehouse where there will be plenty of beer flowing from some of Champaign-Urbana’s best local breweries (Triptych, Riggs, Blind Pig). Awesome prizes have been lined up for top teams and individuals that can save the most mugs. Register and start planning your hunt today! Sept. 30.
CU Pride Fest After Party: Take the kids to the CU Pride Parade and Festival on Saturday to enjoy the Kids & Family Area- then get a sitter so you can go to the official after party at 51 Main. The evening entertainment will feature queens from Ru Paul’s Drag Race!
Fall Festivals: Yes, there are many kid-friendly, fall festivals in the Champaign-Urbana area (just look at our guide!) but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself at one sans children. CU Oktoberfest is offering family activities during the day and then adult festivities (think polka music and beer) at night.
Urbana First Fridays Festival: In case you weren’t aware, downtown Urbana is the place to be on the first Friday of every month. And September is no different. Enjoy a variety of food, drinks and music on September 1. “More things to love, more things to learn, and more people to do them with!” See our mom review of Urbana First Fridays Festival and why you should go here.
Savoy Flashback Movies: Tired of always going to see PG and G-rated movies? So are we. Go see a movie only an adult can appreciate. Savoy 16 is showing some oldies but goodies during their Flashback Cinema series this month. And some of them are actually rated R- gasp!
Fright Fest at Harvest Moon Drive-In: Who doesn’t love a scary movie? Well, most young children don’t. So leave them at home and head over to Harvest Moon’s annual Fright Fest. Halloween themed family double features on screen 1, a new horror movie followed by a classic on screen 2 plus so much more. Trunk or Treat, Costume Contest for adults and kids, roving monsters and zombies, zombie challenge carnival games, spooky photobooth, ‘Carnevil’ Walk of the Dead Haunted Trail, food specials and more!
Pygmalion Festival: Music, technology, food, makers, and literature are all featured at this Champaign-Urbana festival, which is in its 13 year. This year, the festival takes place Sept. 20-24. Full weekend passes, day passes, and single show tickets are for sale and can be purchased here.
PechaKucha Night CU Vol. 25: Speaking of Pygmalion, you won’t want to miss opening night as PechaKucha Night CU Vol. 25 will be presented. During PechaKucha, presenters have 20 images and 20 seconds per image to share their ideas, works, and passions for a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds flat. First devised by a pair of Tokyo architects in 2003, PechaKucha Nights have become international phenomena that use a simple concept to create big community exchanges.
2017 Summer Bash for MDA at Andrae’s Harley Davidson: If you’re a country music fan, you’ll want to get tickets now to Andrae’s Harley-Davidson’s 9th Annual Fundraiser for MDA! Performing in the the parking lot at Andrae’s will be country music star Brett Young and Tyler Rich. Parking at the Champaign County Fairgrounds with free bus service to Andrae’s H-D before and after the concert.
Krannert Concerts: Symphony. Orchestra. Jazz. Whatever your favorite kind of music may be, there’s a good chance you can hear it at Krannert this month. Check out Krannert’s schedule for September and then call a sitter and schedule an evening out that includes dinner, drinks, and beautiful music.