What we’re looking forward to in September around Champaign-Urbana
Thanks to Champaign Urbana Ballet for sponsoring this month’s Top 10 Picks. Champaign Urbana Ballet will hold auditions for its 2017 production of The Nutcracker on Saturday, Sept. 9, for children ages 5-10 with and without dance experience.
Auditions held at Champaign Ballet Academy, 2810 W. Clark Road in Champaign. Previous dance training is not required to audition on Sept. 9 but children choosing to audition must have been born before Sept. 9, 2012.
Participants should pre-register for the audition at www.cuballet.com. Information about the audition process, attire, fees, and rehearsal schedule is also available at www.cuballet.com. Questions may be directed to CU Ballet at 217-355-7317 or email@example.com. Performances are at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on Dec. 1-3 and Dec. 8-10.
Check out a comedy-filled line up at Spark. There’s something for everyone, whether you want to come tell your own jokes or you’d like to kick back, have a drink from the bar, and enjoy some great comedy. At 8 p.m., the local comedy duo Bryan and Alyssa Buckley of Red Letters will perform.
Teddy Bear Sleepover at Snooze, Sept. 1-2
Jump in your jammies for an evening of stories and crafts at Snooze luxury mattress shoppe. Bring your favorite teddy bear or any stuffed animal to join in the fun and stay overnight on a SNOOZE Naturepedic organic mattress.
Frozen Sing-Along at the Virginia Theatre, Sept. 1-3
Do you know anyone who doesn’t love to sing-along with the Frozen gang? We neither. Tickets are only $5, and there are multiple showtimes.
Annual Labor Day Celebration, Sept. 4
It is colloquially known as the Candy Parade — and if you’ve ever attended, you immediately understand why it earned that nickname. Sponsored by the AFL-CIO of Champaign County, the parade begins at 10 a.m. and kicks off a day of family fun.
Great Midwest Food Town Celebration, Sept. 9
Remember when Champaign-Urbana was nominated as the Greatest Midwest Food Town from Midwest Living Magazine? Well…WE WON! To get everyone in the spirit of the excitement, Midwest Living representatives will be coming to the area for fun, excitement, and a few surprises. There are multiple celebrations around town, so check out the details here.
Join us as we close out the Chambanamoms Summer Playdate Series for a fun morning of family fun and outdoor play! Fun activities will be provided by our friends at First Baptist Church at Savoy and BankChampaign!
Pride Fest and Parade, Sept. 15-17
The Pride Parade is Saturday at 4 p.m. but be sure to come early for the free family friendly area sponsored by Chambanamoms and Pride vendors. Details are here. But here’s a hint: bounce houses!
Three former Seattle-based school teachers seamlessly mesh their own musical roots with kid-centric themes and catchy, melodic tunes. Recess Monkey will rock ELLNORA with hits like “Brick by Brick,” “Time to Make the Donuts,” “Sweaty Yeti,” “Lemonade,” and “Moon Boots.”
Monticellobration, Sept. 16
Downtown Monticello and Historic Courthouse Square is the site for food, live music, vendors, kids activities, a car show, train rides and plenty more. One thing is certain: Monticello knows how to throw a party.
Prairieland Feeds Pet Fair Extravaganza, Sept. 23-24
The Savoy store’s annual event includes many live animal exhibits — the tiger is always a highlight — and plenty of fun for the kids. It’s the 27th annual pet fair, and Prairieland Feeds is celebrating with another great event. We can’t wait!