Technically, this week is the last full week of summer. The first day of autumn is September 22nd, so this is it! It’s time to soak in the last of the summer and warm weather. You know Illinois winter is coming sooner than we’d like it to, so make the most of the last week of summer by participating in fun events, virtually or in person! Let’s take a look at what’s going on this week in town! 

Tuesday, September 15th

Kayla Brown will be performing live at The Rose Bowl Tavern in Urbana from 7 to 9 p.m.! Enjoy drinks and good music while sitting out on their parking lot patio behind the bar. (You can bring your own food if you’d like). Open and spacious, the patio is made for social distancing. There may not be many warm nights left, so be sure to take in the outdoor music while you can! “Kayla's set includes a mix of original tunes and classics ranging from indie/folk and blues to Motown, soul, and old school country.” Learn more about the event and future Tunesday sets here!

Wednesday, September 16th

Need to bring a little life to your room or balcony? Join the Champaign Public Library for their online Crafty Adults event! This week, they are showing you how to make tin can lights. This is a fun craft because it makes use of an item you would have normally just thrown away, and the lights add a cute rustic feel to any space. All you need to do is register online, go to the library to pick up your supplies, and then follow along with the virtual class that takes place this Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. Register and learn more by following this link

Thursday, September 17th

This is the 5th year for Artisan Cup & Fork, but it will look a little bit different than years past. This is what you can expect this year: 

The competition will be spread out over three consecutive Thursday evenings with each restaurant preparing their meal for pick-up on one of the nights. We have also paired each restaurant with a local artisan baker who will provide dessert, using locally sourced ingredients, for each meal. The meals will be judged by the public as well as a panel of judges and the winner announced on October 8th.

To join in the fun and become a judge follow this link! Tickets are $75, but all proceeds will go to supporting The Land Connection. The restaurants you can look forward to enjoying this year will be Neil St. Blues, The Red Herring Vegetarian Restaurant, and Wood N’ Hog Barbecue. Click here to learn a bit more about this event and how you can support the local food economy by clicking here!

Friday, September 18th 

Jodi Adams of Blue Skies Yoga will be instructing the virtual yoga class for the Krannert Art Museum. Yoga at KAM is continuing from the summer into the fall semester. Stretch out and reconnect with your body through this virtual class. The hour-long live class takes place at noon on Friday, but you can take the class whenever you’d like by checking out the KAM’s YouTube channel. Learn more about the class by clicking here!

Saturday, September 19th

If you haven’t had the chance to visit The Great Pumpkin Patch in Arthur yet, this Saturday is the perfect opportunity! Due to COVID, the corn maze, school house, and farmstead won’t be open, but the bakery and patch will be! This Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. is the Cucurbit Market Opening day. Visit for pumpkins and guards, homemade baked goods, apple cider slushies, and pumpkin ice cream! Learn more here!

Columbia Street Roastery is offering a coffee cupping class this Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. If you love coffee, this is a cool experience where you will get to taste test coffee from different regions and learn about the process of making and producing coffee.  “These classes are free, and reservations must be made by calling us at 217-352-9713 or emailing us at [email protected].” Learn more about the event by following this link.