We love our kids but who doesn’t need an adult night out on the town every once in a while to remind us that being a grownup can be fun!
Whether you’re looking for a date-night atmosphere or just a fun afternoon with friends, we’ve rounded up a list of the top places for adults to go in Champaign-Urbana in April.
Illinois Theatre presents Barbecue, playwright Robert O’Hara’s exciting new comedy, at Krannert Center. Based on a family gathering to confront a sibling about her substance abuse, members of the family attack and retreat in a domestic drama. Remaining performances are April 3-8.
With more than 90 venues included throughout the Champaign-Urbana area and beyond, the Boneyard Arts Festival April 12-15 is a mega-event you won’t want to miss. There are so many things to see and do during the festival so check out their website to find out more. Some of the events are very kid-friendly so you may want to plan two visits!
If you’re a beer connoisseur, you won’t want to miss the Mahomet Craft Beer Festival in downtown Mahomet on April 21. More than 25 craft beer vendors — along with craft root beer and soda — will be represented at the event.
The 20th Annual Roger Ebert Film Festival (aka EbertFest) will be April 18-22 at the Virginia Theater. Buy a pass for the entire week or just purchase a ticket for one night and enjoy films, panel discussions and more. Special guests will be Ava DuVernay, Julie Dash and Amma Asante.
Memphis The Musical will highlight the schedule at Parkland College Theatre. Memphis is based loosely on the first white DJ to play black music in the 1950s, Dewey (Daddy-O) Phillips. The musical won four 2010 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Performances are April 5-22.
Well, since we’re serious about #chambanaWithoutKids, here’s a real no-kids movie: Blockers. The Art Theater will have a free promo screening at 7:30 p.m. on April 5. Mind you, we aren’t necessarily vouching for the quality of the film, but we know this much: Seth Rogen is the producer, and the director is Kay Cannon (writer of the Pitch Perfect series).
You know the story but you’ve not seen it like this. The Wizard of Oz comes to State Farm Center on April 19. No need to bring the family (but you can if you wish).
August: Osage County — which won multiple Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama — takes center stage at the Station Theatre. The storyline: When the Weston family patriarch disappears, the disparate members of the family return to their Oklahoma home to deal with the fallout.