And just like that, September is finished. It seems like it has only just begun and now it’s over!(it’s still way too hot for fall, tbh). October 1st is tomorrow, so we’re officially entering into prime Halloween season. With the first week of October comes many fun things to do in Champaign-Urbana. Having so much to look forward to make it much easier to leave September behind. Let’s take a look at what’s all happening this week in town!

Wednesday, October 2nd

“I’ll be there for youuuu,” says Savoy 16, giving us the greatest gift of all. That’s right. Friends is coming to the big screen at Savoy 16! To celebrate the 25th anniversary of everyone’s favorite 90’s sitcom, the theater is bringing a few of the most popular episodes to the big screen. Some favorites include “The One With The Prom Video,” “The One With The Birth,” and “The One With Chandler In A Box.” You won’t want to miss seeing Monica, Chandler, Joey, Phoebe, Ross, and Rachel like you’ve never seen them before. “Pivot!” your plans to be able to go this Wednesday at 7 pm. For the full list of episodes being played, click here!

Thursday, October 3rd

Parkland College Theater Productions’ fall play is Elephant Graveyard. The opening night is this Thursday at 7:30 pm and will be at the Black Box Theater. Here’s what the play is about:

The Sparks World Famous Circus had finally arrived! It rolled into the muddy humdrum town of Erwin in East Tennessee via the railroad carrying all the trappings of the spectacular—a Ring Master, a Ballet Girl, a Strongman, an Elephant on parade—and the town was filled with fervent enthusiasm. But, by turns horrific, the fervor turns in on itself when a tragic death leads to a staggering resolution in 1916 Americana.

For more information and to see other showtimes, follow this link

Friday, October 4th 

CU Jazz Festival is hosting Hot Club Urbana at The Rose Bowl Tavern this Friday for a night of jazz. Hot Club Urbana will be playing two jazz sets. This night of music is free and open to everyone. Enjoy a drink and some jazz from 6 to 8 pm. For more information, click here

Saturday, October 5th

It’s that time of year again: Oktoberfest! C-U Oktoberfest begins this Saturday at 3 pm. Downtown Champaign feels like a German village during this traditional festival. Put on your lederhosen and get ready for a day of beer, pretzels, music, and dancing! The Blind Pig, JT Walker’s, Destihl, Triptych, and Riggs’s beer will be available for purchase as well as a variety of traditional German beer. Live music will begin at 4 pm with performances by Die Musikmeisters, The Polkaholics and The Bolzen Beer Band. Don’t miss out on the free Polka lessons under the big tent at 3:30 pm, either! For the full list of activities and schedule of events, check out the event page

If beer and polka isn’t your thing, how about coffee, cats, and yoga? BrewLab Coffee is hosting two cat yoga sessions this Saturday, one at 2 pm and one at 4 pm. Each session is 45 minutes of yoga while cuddling with kitties! Tickets are $20, with 100% of the proceeds going to Yoga4Cats. Jodi Adams from Blue Skies Yoga will be the instructor for this event. For more info, follow this link, and hurry if you want to join as space is limited! 

Sunday, October 6th

University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine is having their open house this Sunday. “Join us as more than 300 veterinary students host the annual College of Veterinary Medicine Open House at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. There will be more than 40 exhibits and demos, and lots of animals to see.”  This is a really cool event that is 100% free and open to everyone! Click here for more details!