September 23rd marks the first day of fall for 2019! Though we’ve been excited since the day Starbucks released their pumpkin spice lattes, it’s officially time to celebrate the autumn season. There are a few festivals going on this weekend, so clear your calendars! These are not events you’ll want to miss. This is the perfect time to experience Champaign-Urbana and all the wonderful entertainment it has to offer. Let’s get started! 

Monday, September 23rd

Looking for some comic relief after a grueling Monday? Laughter is the best remedy for a boring day, after all. Stop by the Blind Pig Company for their open mic stand up night! This is the only open mic of its kind in CU. The comedy starts at 11pm, but if you’d like to give stand up a try, be there to sign up at 10pm. For more info on the event and drink specials, check out their event page

Thursday, September 26th

Krannert Art Museum is having a Fall Opening Night Reception from 6 to 8pm for KAM’s newest exhibitions. Everyone is invited to this free event to explore the art museum’s updated and brand-new exhibitions. There will be refreshments and a cash bar to enjoy while walking through the new art installations. Learn about the new exhibitions and get more information about the event here

Thursday-Saturday, September 26th-28th

The Pygmalion Festival has been a part of Champaign-Urbana’s music scene for 15 years. What started out as a local music festival now includes artists from all over the country and from many other mediums. The festival’s events are divided into four categories: Music, Made, Think, and Lit. Pygmalion has something for everyone, be it hearing a local author read, jamming out at an indie or rock concert, or checking out what guest speakers have to say about thought-provoking topics. Anthoni Porowski, Michelle Wolfe, Jappanese Breakfast, Human Library, and Black Pumas are just a few of the highly talented people who will be a part of this festival. Learn more about all the speakers, bands, and performers who will be in CU this weekend here, and find tickets here

Friday & Saturday, September 27th & 28th

Allerton Park’s Music Barn Festival: Songs Along the Sangamon is a lovely two-day event that showcases the musical talents of the U of I Jazz Faculty and Lyric Theatre at Illinois. The Lyric Theatre will be performing the music from Songs for a New World on Friday at 7pm and Saturday at 3pm. The U of I Jazz Faculty is paying tribute to one of the originators of bebop jazz in Celebrating 100 Years of Bird: A Tribute to the Music of Charlie Parker. Their performance will take place Saturday at 7pm. For more information on the performances and what to expec from the event, click here!


Saturday, September 28th

The CU Pride Parade is this Saturday! In its 10th year, the CU Pride Parade is the largest parade in downstate Illinois. Support the LGBTQ+ community in Champaign-Urbana and join in on what will be a fun afternoon. “This year's parade is led by Sam Brinton, Head of Advocacy and Government Affairs at the Trevor Project, a national organization focused on LGBTQ youth suicide prevention.” The parade will follow the route it did last year, beginning at the corner of Walnut and Main, and finishing on Washington. The parade starts at 3pm and ends at 4:30pm. For more info about the event, follow this link.

The Indian Graduate Students Association at UIUC is hosting Bollywood Night at the Illini Union Courtyard Cafe! Join in for a night celebrating Bollywood music, food, dancing, and more! This is a free event and all are encouraged to attend the festivities. Bollywood Night takes place between 6 and 9pm and is followed by a DJ Night. For more info, click here!