Summer’s almost here! Not quite, we know, but May heralds the early signs that the best months of the year are squarely in our sights. Between high school and college graduations, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day, it’s terribly easy for some things to fall through the cracks. We aim to prevent that from happening, so here are the top things to do in May, presented by Busey Bank.
It’s Opening Day for the 2021 market, and while COVID-19 precautions remain in place, a gorgeous weather day promises a good turnout and plenty of choices of spring products for shoppers. Check out our post on farmers markets. Open 7 a.m.-noon.
The Champaign Park District kicks off its outdoor concert season with an appearance by Edison Middle School bands at Hessel Park. (There’s also a virtual option.) The music, which begins at 2 p.m., is in honor of frontline and essential workers who have worked so hard during the pandemic.
The Urbana Free Library’s Drag Queen Storytime returns with a spring-focused, virtual edition. The all-ages event will feature the glamorous Karma Carrington with stories and fun.
If you haven’t already, it’s a perfect time to get the bike out and take a ride. Some of the participating schools will be hosting a bike station where students can pick up T-shirts, bike safety information, reflectors, bike lights and the like. For more info, visit this site.
Mother’s Day, May 9
It’s time to celebrate the moms, and one event that might be a nice gesture is taking mom to shop at Sola Gratia Farm’s annual spring plant sale. The sale runs May 7-16 and offers a wide variety of organically grown vegetables, herbs and some perennial fruits along with locally sources flowers and accompanying features. Need some other ideas for Mother’s Day activities? We just happen to have a few right here.
Sunset Drive-In Movie Series, May 14-15
This cool event is a drive-in movie at the Music Barn in Monticello’s Allerton Park. Snuggle up in your car with your favorite snacks and enjoy a darn good film, A League of Their Own, starring Tom Hanks, about the Women’s Professional Baseball League during World War II. Hard to imagine a more beautiful setting to enjoy a movie.
Enjoy stories and more all weekend long with a series of streaming events on Facebook Live. Preschoolers, kids and teens will find a fun way to kick off the summer reading season.
Colbert Park in Savoy is the scene for a morning (9-11 a.m.) of family activities. Enjoy a Storywalk, try out a sidewalk obstacle course and experience a free fitness class provided by the Savoy Recreation Center.
Swimming Pools Open, May 29
Today’s the day we’ve waited for … for, well, a long time. Many area pools reopen this weekend, with precautions in place, of course. Find details on your favorite pool in our post.
Summer Concerts at Prairie Farm, May 29
They’re back! Bring your lawn chairs and snacks and listen to some music at the Champaign Park District’s bucolic farm, which also happens to feature some cool animals. Visit the CPD website for more information.