Weekend Preview April 20-22

Springtime in the greater Champaign County area is blooming with events. Warmer weather, sunshine, and the vibrant beautiful landscapes of our area are the backdrop for an amazing weekend Outside of Ordinary. 

Outdoor Events 

Champaign County Audubon Bird Hike: Enjoy the first waves of migrant songbirds with members of the Champaign County Audubon.  

Babies and Brunch: Enjoy a delicious farm-to-table brunch, at Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery.

Nature at Night: Forest Forbs: Make a trip to Homer Lake and celebrate the emergence of forest flowers. Found out what plants are just starting to bloom, what to look for soon, and learn useful identifications techniques. 

Plant Your Own Monarch Butterfly Garden: Monarchs are a flagship species for conservation with creating and preserving Monarch habitats a priority across the U.S. Learn how to create your own garden to attract these beautiful insects. 

Celebrate the Night Sky: Enjoy the night sky by learning about light pollution, solutions, and ways to mitigate it in order to preserve the beautiful night sky. 

 

Date Night

Japan House: Sake Tasting: Spend a Friday happy hour under the cherry trees with sake, a bento box of snacks and music by DJ Evan Ramos. 

Mahomet Craft Beer Festival: Featuring over 25 craft beer vendors, wine from Alto Vineyards, as well as BBQ from Chester's BBQ sets out an amazing selection for an Outside of Ordinary date. 

Hamilton Walker's Sunday Supper Club: Enjoy an amazing, upscaled 3-course meal without the upscale price. 

 

Family Fun

Fighting Illini Softball: Cheer on the Illini Softball team as they take on Iowa. 

Fighting Illini Baseball: Cheer on the Illini Baseball team as they take on Grand Canyon. 

EarthCare Expo: Celebrate Earth Day as you meet Earth-Friendly folks and engage with activities and displays from local Faith in Place partners. 

 

Shows

Ebertfest: Founded in 1999 by the late Roger Ebert, Ebertfest makes it's return to the Virginia Theatre for the 20th year. A star-studded lineup and amazing classic and contemporary films, this year's Ebertfest is one you don't want to miss! 

Arthur Quilt Show and Auction: A must stop shop for all crafters, quilters, or quilt lovers. Take the short drive to Arthur and enjoy all this show has to offer. 

Memphis the Musical: This Tony Award-winning Broadway musical is brought to life by the Parkland College Theatre productions. 

 

National Record Store Day

Record Store Day returns April 21st. Don't get left out in the cold, prepare your record store route for the day and support local businesses in the greater Champaign County area. Find your full Record Store Day guide here

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