This week, Champaign-Urbana is ringing in autumn with outdoor activities, art fairs, and an OktoberFest! Tomorrow is the first day of fall, and there are so many ways to enjoy the cooling weather and changing season. Grab some friends to enjoy these socially distanced events. Let’s get started with all that’s going on this week in town! 

Tuesday, September 22nd

Starting this Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. you can shop local artists and businesses at the One Week Fall Boutique. As the name implies, this boutique is a week long. Hosted by Crossroads Corner Consignment, this is a great opportunity to support local artists and find handcrafted gifts, baked goods, or items for your apartment. The boutique is located at Crossroads Corner Consignment’s South Store location at 723 S. Neil St. The shop will be open through Sunday, September 26th. Click here for the list of artists and for operating hours for the week. 

Thursday, September 24th

Pour Bros. Craft Taproom is having a decade trivia night this Thursday from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Put your knowledge of the last decade to good use by participating in the trivia night for 2010-2019. It may just help you forget about 2020 for a couple hours. The best part of this event is that it’s free! If you would like to get a team of 8 or less to participate, you just have to register online. Make sure you register as soon as possible, as tables fill up quickly, and there will only be 20 teams permitted to comply with social distancing recommendations. Winners will get pizza, swag, and draft specials! Follow the link for more information! 

Friday, September 25th 

Looking for some comedic relief from after a long week? Check out the Comedy Night at Alto Vineyards! C-U Comedy is coming back to the vineyard to perform stand up outside at 7 p.m. The lineup this week includes Kyle Fields, Justin Tuttle, Ryan DeFrance, Jesse Tuttle, and Zach Boblitt. Tickets are on sale now for $15 each. Space is limited, so reserve your spot now! Click here to learn more about the event. 

This Friday and Saturday from 8 to 10 p.m., Allerton Park and Retreat Center is hosting their Sunset Drive-In Movie! This week, see the 2000 film Remembering the Titans from the comfort of your own car. The drive-in is set up by the Music Barn and the cost to attend is $5 per person. You can bring your own snacks or purchase some at the event. Follow the link for more information. 

Don your lederhosen, Oktoberfest is happening this weekend at Crane Alley! Friday, September 25th through Sunday, September 27th, stop by Crane Alley in Downtown Urbana for German food and beer. They have bratwurst, sauerkraut, pretzels, and a variety of Oktoberfest brews. Crane Alley will even have Schlfy’s pumpkin ale to try. Click here for the menu and hours! 

Saturday, September 26th

This Saturday, shop the C-U Black and African Arts Virtual Arts Festival! Due to the pandemic, this event has moved online. You can shop directly from each of the vendor’s websites to support local artists and makers. There will also be online cooking demos and music. This is the last weekend to participate, so if you are interested, please check it out! Click here to learn more about this event and how you can show your support.