There’s something magical about September in Champaign County. The community is bustling, with University of Illinois students and faculty filling the campus streets, with classes just beginning.
It’s really the countdown to Fighting Illini Football, Volleyball and other fall sports that creates this intangible energy that sparks the community. Orange and blue can be seen all around the community anxious to host thousands of fans heading to Memorial Stadium to cheer on Lovie Smith’s Illini.
While football is the main attraction in Champaign County this weekend, there are countless opportunities to explore our thriving micro-urban oasis before and after the game. Here’s our top picks for this weekend:
Visit a Museum—Check out the newest exhibits at Krannert Art Museum (KAM) and Spurlock Museum. These free stops (with suggested donations) offer world-class exhibits, such as the “World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean” at KAM which will be on display on campus before moving to the Smithsonian. Meanwhile, Spurlock Museum hosts the Flatlands Dance Festival Sept. 1–2 at 7pm showcasing variety of films and shorts dedicated to dance performance, dance for camera, influential artists in the field, and the social impact of dance across the world.Bring the Family Downtown—With Fighting Illini sports being a family-friendly activity, bring those kids down early for an overnight before checking out the Frozen Sing-A-Long at the historic Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign, on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Catch dinner while you’re downtownin one of over 40 locally-owned restaurants.
What are you waiting for? Plan your entire weekend in the Greater Champaign County area for an “Outside of Ordinary” Labor Day weekend!