Weekend Preview May 11-13

The cold chill of winter is all but a memory, and the sunshine and 80-degree weather have made a more permanent home in our community. With graduation and Mother's day weekend at the same time this year, the greater Champaign County area will be teeming with activity. Whether you're celebrating the completion of years or academic work or showing your mother how much you appreciate her, there's no shortage of activities to make this weekend Outside of Ordinary. 


Outdoor Events

Sola Gratia Farm Annual Spring Plant Sale: This fully organic farm will fill your garden with natural farmgrown veggies, herbs, heirlooms, and perennials. 

Parkland College Spring Greenhouse Plant Sale: Parkland College's annual spring greenhouse plant sale will give you a jumpstart on your spring gardening. 

Champaign-Urbana Herb Society Annual Herb Sale: The Champaign-Urbana Herb Society Annual Herb Sale offers a wide variety of herbs and perennials, is our only fundraising event and has become a much-anticipated community tradition. Members of the Herb Society enjoy this opportunity to share their knowledge of herbs with customers. 

10th Annual Bird Migration Festival: Bring your family and friends to Homer Lake to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day and experience the sensations of spring! During the mist netting demonstration, see live birds up close.


Date Night

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

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


Family Fun

Fighting Illini Men's Tennis: Come out and cheer on the Fighting Illini Men's Tennis team as they host the first two rounds of the NCAA Men's Tennis Tournament. 

Pops Sings the '90s: The Parkland Pops take you back in time as they perform a variety of '90s music.

Graduation Dinner on the Farm: Guests will enjoy a buffet-style feast featuring seasonal spring veggies, cheeses, local meats and a gelato bar for dessert, all served to the sounds of live music. 



The Mountaintop: A gripping re-imagination of events the night before the assassination of the civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On April 3, 1968, after delivering one of his most memorable speeches, an exhausted Dr. King retires to his room at the Lorraine Motel while a storm rages outside.

August: Osage County: When the Weston family patriarch disappears, the disparate members of the family return to their Oklahoma home to deal with the fallout—past, present, and future. A family in crisis, wrestling with the ties that bind.

My Darling Clementine: Regarded as one of the best westerns ever made, enjoy this classic Hollywood film on the beautiful silver screen of The Virginia Theatre. 

Hank Williams Tribute Show: With an all-star House Band and a terrific line-up of local singers, you'll hear a variety of performances that will include traditional country, western swing, and honky-tonk. 


Mother's Day Specials

With the weekend jam-packed full of amazing events and families visiting for graduation, now is the time to plan your Mother's Day activities so you're not left out in the cold. Call ahead to make your reservations, if the establishment doesn't take reservations, ask when what the expected rush is. Look through our website's various sections whether it's shopping, outdoor activities, the arts, or just great food, and find the destination or activity that suits your mother best. 

Mother's Day Events

Mother's Day Brunch: Celebrate Mother's Day with a lavish, all you can eat, brunch spread comprised of local food and a mimosa bar. Make your reservations today, seats go fast! 

Mother's Day Tea: Treat your mom to a lovely tea in the Allerton Gardens! Sip tea and lemonade in the Brick Wall Garden while you enjoy fresh baked goods from Allerton's new Greenhouse Café. Afterwards, enjoy a complimentary family photo and tour of the Formal Gardens (including the visitor-favorite Peony Garden!). Seats are limited so make your reservations today! 


Mother's Day Brunch Spots 

Show your mother firsthand what makes Champaign-Urbana the Greatest Midwest Food Town, and visit one of these amazing brunch spots. 

Silvercreek: With seating available in Silvercreek's beautiful greenhouse, you and your mother will be able to enjoy a setting as amazing as the food. 

Big Grove Tavern: Big Grove offers a variety of benedicts and drinks specials as well as traditional breakfast items, all with a wonderful view of bustling downtown Champaign.  

Radio Maria: With an eclectic decor and an expansive brunch menu, Radio Maria is a local favorite sure to become a favorite of your mom's as well. 

Watson's Shack & Rail:  If you're mom enjoys hearty meals full of downhome flavors, Watson's serves up a brunch spread that not even the hungriest eater can leave unsatisfied. 

V. Picasso: With farm-focused cuisine, all sourced from local ingredients, V. Picasso offers up a unique menu for the most eclectic of tastes. 

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