With the start of October just a few days away, Champaign-Urbana is in the full swing of fall this week. Outside temperatures are dropping, days are getting shorter, and local businesses are hosting fun, fallish events. Check out what’s happening this week in town! 

Wednesday, September 30th 

Eating to be healthy has always been important. Now, eating for your immune system health is even more vital. It’s our first defense against getting sick. This Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m., learn more about carotenoids. PhD student Corinne Cannavale will lead this online seminar and explain why you should incorporate this nutrient in your diet. Click here for the seminar event page!

Thursday, October 1st

Go on a pumpkin hunt in the park! Throughout the whole month of October, the Champaign Park District and Urbana Park District are putting on a pumpkin scavenger hunt in which everyone can take part. Look out for pumpkins painted on rocks or other objects that squirrels won't try to eat. Here’s how to play: 

Are you ready to solve clues to find pumpkins all over Champaign-Urbana? We’ve teamed up with Urbana Park District to hide pumpkins in the parks throughout October. Get your detective gear ready and see how many you can find! Be sure to snap a picture and share your discoveries with us on our Facebook and Instagram accounts by tagging #CUpumpkinhunt.

Friday, October 2nd

Learn about the night sky and how scientists use artificial intelligence to look deeper into space. William M. Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College hosts a Kaler Science Lecture on the first Friday of every month. This Friday, “Gautham Narayan (UIUC, Astronomy) will show how astrophysicists are using AI to manage the tremendous amount of data collected by wide-field optical survey telescopes.” This event starts at 7 p.m. and can be joined via Zoom. Learn more about the event and get the link for the lecture by clicking here

Saturday, October 3rd


2020 marks the eight year anniversary of CU Oktoberfest! Usually, they hold their Oktoberfest celebration in downtown Champaign, but this year, the festivities have moved online and in your own home. There will be raffle prizes, traditional German music, and  beer from local breweries to buy and enjoy at home. The event takes place on Facebook live from 4 to 8 p.m. Click here for a list of vendors and music! 

Sunday, October 4th

UIUC’s College of Veterinary Medicine Open House will be held virtually this year! Join the college in learning more about veterinary medicine and animal care. This year, “veterinary students are putting the focus on dispelling myths—about animals and about veterinary careers.”  Here are a few things you can look forward to during the event! 

  • Demonstrations of a neurology examination of a dog, how to get a saliva sample from pigs, and how to safely approach a dog that doesn’t know you

  • Interviews with students who have volunteered their veterinary services in under-served parts of the world

  • Behind-the-scenes videos featuring the college’s Wildlife Medical Clinic and Wildlife Epidemiology Laboratory

  • Downloadable coloring sheets, games, and other activities.

Click here to learn more!