Welcome to another week in August! I hope everyone who moved out this weekend had a nice move out experience and is now taking some time to relax and recuperate. Now that all of the hard work is done, treat yourself to something fun to do this week! In CU there are so many cool events to check out. This week in town, there will be yoga and barre classes, live music, painting, and, most exciting of all, the Taste of Champaign! Read on to discover what will elevate your agenda this week. 

All Week

Virtual Taste of Champaign is happening all this week! This year is the 50th anniversary of Taste of Champaign!  Instead of vendors setting up in West Side Park, you can go directly to the restaurants with your meal voucher. Follow this link for more information on the event! 

Wednesday, August 12th 

Yellow & Company and is hosting a Vibrant Flower painting class! Follow along with the tutorial as you create your very own painting. Bring something to sip if you’d like, and make sure to wear a mask while you browse or can’t maintain a 6 foot distance. Tickets are $22 and the class will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Click here for more information!

Thursday, August 13th

August 13th at 1 p.m. kicks off the four day KISS 2020: The Sound of Silence (origin stories) event. “The 12th annual Kyma International Sound Symposium is 4 days and nights of talks, live performances, workshops and discussions on the themes: ‘The Sound of Science’ and ‘Origin Stories’” Learn more about this really cool event by clicking this link!

Stop by Riggs Taproom in Urbana for live music this Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. Here is a little info about the artist: Corduroy is a musician who makes his home right here in central Illinois, where he was raised. Corduroy is a folk artist who combines guitar, crisp vocals, on-stage effects, and the occasional thunder of a bass drum to create a unique and unforgettable experience. Drawing his inspiration from folk rock, Americana, indie folk, and even familiar pop/rock artists, Corduroy has the ability to create a high energy musical experience without losing the eclectic and soulful feelings you would expect from any great folk performer.

No cover required! Click here to visit the event page! 

Friday, August 14th

Let’s be honest, we could all use a laugh right now. Luckily for us, C-U Comedy is hosting Outdoor Comedy Night at Alto Vineyards! See Jesse Tuttle, Rich Castle, Al Nimpson, Larry Smith, Clay Foley, and Justin Tuttle perform their sets in the open air from 7:30 to 9 p.m. this Friday. The last show they did there sold out, so make sure to purchase your tickets ahead of time! Learn more about the event here

Saturday, August 15th

Prairie Wind Yoga will be leading a yoga flow class from 9 to 10 a.m. this Saturday. “Start your weekend off right with an energizing morning flow! Join Ashley & Shannan with some sun salutations and meditation to get you feeling fine in the sunshine.” They ask that participants bring their own mat and $10 for the cost of the class. Click here for the event page! 

Sunday, August 16th

Join J.Gil Fitness  for their first ever Barre Crawl event! They will be leading a barre classes at Bently’s Pub this Sunday from 4 to 5 p.m. Try a different kind of exercise and enjoy a drink afterwards at Bently’s. Tickets are $20 and include the class, a bottle of water, and a drink voucher for the night. Please RSVP by emailing J.Gil Fitness as spots are limited to keep with social distancing guidelines. Learn more here!