Matt and Heather talk to Terri Reifsteck from Visit Champaign County about some of the must-do activities to start spring right.
Hit Up the Arts & Culture Scene—The arts and culture are on display into the weekend of April 12–15 when the annual Boneyard Arts Festival takes over the county. Over 90 venues will showcase the talents of hundreds local artists. Events and demonstrations will happen at a variety of venues from Campustown on Thursday, Champaign on Friday, Urbana on Saturday and other countywide events on Sunday. As it is also Mom’s Weekend, there’s a bounty of cultural events happening on campus, from the Japan House’s spring open house to a special spring open house at Krannert Art Museum.
Visit the Goats—Breakfast with the babies at Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery has become a springtime staple in the community. They’ve shifted this year to Babies & Brunch starting this Saturday & Sunday, running every weekend until May 12th This will have a more elaborate brunch menu featuring their cheese alongside other local ingredients, and my favorite, the goat’s milk hot chocolate. Of course, it’s the ambience that really makes this a must-do. There’s nothing cuter than baby goats.
See a Movie— April is time to celebrate our community’s love of film at the 20th annual Ebertfest, April 18–22. For this special year, the festival is bringing in Ava Duvernay, an academy award winning director alongside some additional guests to such as The Dude who inspired Jeff Bridge’s character in The Big Lebowski. Interstellar will be playing on 70mm, a special tyrant and fans of The Fugitive, set in Chicago, should get their tickets as this will be the opening film.
Drink a Local Beer—Mahomet will host their second annual Craft Beer Festival on April 21, kicking off what we hope to be the outdoor patio season. Hosted by JT Walker’s and the Mahomet Chamber, this event will have over 25 craft breweries from around the Midwest on hand in addition to several cider vendors and Alto Vineyards and Homer Soda Company.
Get Some Exercise—It’s hard to believe but this is the 10th year of the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon. It will be taking over Champaign-Urbana with over 18,000 runners over the course of the last weekend in April. We’ll be hosting the post-race celebration outside Memorial Stadium with Brushfire performing, beer from Riggs and plenty of food trucks on hand. If you’re not a runner, you can still be involved as a volunteer. There are so many opportunities to get involved in this great community event!
For more information, please visit their website at www.visitchampaigncounty.org.