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What we’re looking forward to in October around Champaign-Urbana
Get ready for a busy October! Plenty to do, plenty to see and even more to eat. We have you covered when it comes to all things Apples, Pumpkins and Corn Mazes, and you can also find a comprehensive list of Fall Festivals, along with our Halloween events guide, but we’re happy to list our top things to do in October right here.
Free family fun is centered around the awareness, acceptance and inclusion of persons with Down syndrome. Enjoy inflatables, touch-a-truck, face painting, music and more.
Free family activities in Market Place Shopping Center will focus on wellness, brain games and community organization information. Fun and informative for all ages.
Flannel Fest, Oct. 6
There are PLENTY of fun things to do at the Hessel Park staple, but one sticks out as extra special: Watch the Timberwork’s Lumberjack Show featuring log rolling, speed carving, axe throwing and more. You won’t be disappointed.
Magicians from all over the area converge on Dallas & Co. to captivate audiences. Face painting, carnival games and other fun is on tap, too.
Champaign-Urbana Oktoberfest, Oct. 6
The fourth annual event in downtown Champaign will have the usual Oktoberfest ingredients — beer, sausage, etc. — along with some terrific live music. Children’s activities will be 3-6 p.m. Admission is $5. All proceeds will benefit Developmental Services Center.
The whole family (even dogs) will enjoy an old-fashioned night at the drive-in, with two family friendly films, and best of all the proceeds go to the University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic.
Vet Med Open House, Oct. 7
One of our annual favorites! See more than 40 exhibits and demos, and lots and lots of animals at the University of Illinois’ College of Veterinary Medicine. Free and open to the public.
Help celebrate the sesquicentennial of one of the most prominent, historic, and largest collegiate band programs in the world. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $4 for students and youth.
The parade is at 6 p.m. and the pep rally is at 7 (at Foellinger Hall, 709 S. Matthews, Urbana), to get you pumped up for the football game against Purdue on Saturday. We’ve got our fingers crossed for good weather!
Heartland Maker Fest, Oct. 13
The Heartland Maker Fest is an annual event (9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Lincoln Square Mall in Urbana) that celebrates the amazing makers of C-U and surrounding communities. Who is a maker? Anyone who likes to make things! You’ll find an enormously wide variety of fascinating things.
The final home game of the season against Indiana is the setting for Family Sunday, with free admission, inflatables and concession discounts.
Beetlejuice at the Virginia Theatre, Oct. 16
The 1988 film, especially popular around Halloween, features Michael Keaton as a rambunctious spirit in a haunted house. Tickets are $5.
Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival, Oct. 18-20
The grassroots music and arts festival brings together national, regional and local artists and organizations.
Halloween Costume Drive and Giveaway, Oct. 20
Less than bewitched by last year’s Halloween outfits? Donate your old threads and give kids a night of happy haunting! Donation of items not required to pick up a new costume. FREE.
Trick or Treat with the Stars, Oct. 21
Join the Illinois athletes and various characters for a family-friendly trick or treating event. All kids can participate in interactive stations and receive free candy. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes. Free admission and parking. Presented by U of I Employees Credit Union. From 3 to 5 p.m. at the Ubben Basketball Complex.
Dress up and enjoy a perfectly spooktacular parade around the park. Games, treats and other festivities will take place around the Champaign park.
Trick-or-Treating, Oct. 31
So, yes, it is Halloween, so if you’re not spending this day getting your garb ready, you can find plenty of other Halloween-related things to do.