From the Editors
October is right around the corner, a time when most adults look forward to cooler temps and falling leaves and kids are counting down the days to Halloween.
But the weather and fall foliage aren’t the only things to get excited about this month. There are so many opportunities for fun in October that are geared toward the 18-and-older crowd.
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 October.
An Evening with Poe at Allerton: Listen to haunting stories and poems from Edgar Allan Poe while surrounded by the grandeur and mystery of the Allerton Mansion. Afterwards explore the Mansion and learn the history of the house and the man behind it all.
CU Oktoberfest: Speaking of fall festivals, CU Oktoberfest is one you want to miss. Sausages! Beer! Polka! Pretzels! Only a $5 entry which benefits the Developmental Services Center.
Halloween for Grownups: If you’re a fan of haunted houses, costumed creeps, and All Things Scary in the sprit of Halloween, check out our Fright Guide. It’s full of scary fun things to do for grownups! You definitely want to leave the little kiddies at home for these events (unless you want them in your bed every night until Christmas!)
Entertainment galore at the State Farm Center: There are no shortage of choices in October: The All-American Rejects on Oct. 5, the Doobie Brothers on Oct. 10, the Chris Young Losing Sleep 2018 World Tour on Oct. 27 and Something Rotten on Oct. 29.
Music at the Virginia Theatre: In addition to the list of classic movies shown at the Virginia, some legendary musical acts will appear. Check out Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen on Oct. 11 or The O’Jays on Oct. 13.
ChamPain Indie Horror Fest: The second annual ChamPain Indie Horror Fest
offers an exciting and fun lineup filled with films stretching across the horror genre from parody to monster movies to psychological thrillers and more. Featuring both local filmmakers and those scattered across the country. Tickets available online or at the door.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show: The low-budget cult classic is joined with a live shadow cast performance at the Art Theater for four dates in October. Tip: Get your tickets now, as a sellout is a very real possibility.
Harvest Moon Barn Dance: The Illini Swing Society is sponsoring an Oct. 20 dance at the Allerton Barn to the tunes of T.J. & The Texas Tommies, a swing band from St. Louis. Beginning dance lessons are available at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 online or $14 at the door.
Too White Crew at City Center: Too White Crew is a tribute to ’80s and ’90s hip hop — can you say Vanilla Ice? — featuring live music from a six-piece band, accompanied by “Fly Girl” dancers. Tickets are $10.