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Weekender: October 21-23

Friday, October 21st

Three musicians play under the tent at Rose Bowl Tavern. On the left, a man plays fiddle. In the middle, a woman sings and plays a guitar. On the right, a man sits on a cajon drum and plays.

Photo by Sean Wilkinson.

Attend the Folk and Roots Festival, Downtown Urbana, 5 p.m., prices vary

The Folk and Roots Festival returns for another year in Downtown Urbana. While the fest technically started yesterday, it’s not too late to catch some amazing acts and a wide array of musical styles. The fest runs until Saturday night, with some events being free, and some requiring tickets. Checkout their website for more information. I had a blast at my first Folk and Roots Fest last year, and I have no doubt this year will be amazing as well. (SW)

See The Mostest, Bloc Gallery, 6 to 8 p.m., free

This group art exhibition, curated by Therese Kolodzk, celebrates all things too. Too loud, too decorative, too busy. The Mostest, according to its social media promos, “provides a space for work that is unrestrained, gratuitious, where self-expression is paramount and creative boundaries dissolve.” Stop by the closing reception and chat with the participating artists.(DD)

Female performer stretched face down on the stage with legs and feet pointing up. Performer is dressed in form-fitting grey shorts and tank top.

Photo from the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts website.

Experience Circa: Sacre, Krannert Center, 7:30 p.m., $10-40

Experience the power and beauty of this troupe of acrobats as they perform to Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. According to the Krannert website, Sacre “penetrates the senses and stirs the soul.” Get tickets here. (DD)

Saturday, October 22nd

Eat wings, gyros, and tacos, DREAAM Fall Festival, noon to 3 p.m., free to attend

Local non-profit Driven to Reach Excellence & Academic Achievement for Males (DREAAM) is hosting a Dream Big! Fall Festival at Vineyard Church on Lincoln Avenue this Saturday afternoon. It’s free to attend. The event will have music, games, pumpkin decorating, and food trucks Marrakesh Grill and Señores Tacos. The wings from Marrakesh Grill and the pastor tacos from Señores Tacos are awesome, and this fall festival sounds like a really fun event for the whole family. (AB) 

Three beers served in clear plastic cups are on a wooden picnic table. On the left is a light, yellow-amber colored beer. In the center is a very light yellow beer. On the right is a dark brown beer. Photo by Yobu (Arthur) Zou.

Photo by Yobu (Arthur) Zou.

Check out Froth Fest, Big Thorn Farm & Brewery, noon to 9 p.m., free entry but beer and food will cost you

Big Thorn Farm & Brewery is hosting Froth Fest, a celebration of Illinois breweries. You can have beer from C-U’s favorite breweries like Blind Pig, Triptych, and Riggs, as well as brews from Bloomington-Normal and Decatur, among others. It’ll be the perfect day for a drive to Georgetown. (JH)

Try boba drinks, Urbana Boba Fest, 2 to 8 p.m., free to attend

This weekend at the Lincoln Square Mall, there will be a Boba Festival. Try out bubble tea, mochi doughnuts, and lots of boba flavors at the Urbana event. There will be samples, performers, carnival games, and the La Mixteca food truck. (AB)

Photo from Indian Graduate Student Association Facebook page.

Celebrate Diwali, the Main Quad, 5:30 p.m., bring money for food

Each year, the Indian Graduate Students Association lines the walkways of the Main Quad with lights to recognize Diwali, which celebrates “victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance.” In addition to being a great opportunity for photos, it’s a fundraiser for the organization. Buy some delicious Indian food and support a great cause. (JM)

Sunday, October 23rd

A perfectly triangular pumpkin pie crepe is on a wood cutting board. There is decorative whipped cream along the top of the crepe. Photo from Pekara’s Facebook page.

Photo from Pekara’s Facebook page.

Eat a pumpkin crepe, Pekara, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., $11

Pekara’s pumpkin pie crepe is really, really yummy. It’s gooey. It’s perfectly spiced. I will be eating one this weekend, and encourage you to do so as well. (JH)

Gather for a Healing Harvest, Cunningham Township Supervisor’s Office, 1 to 4 p.m., free

We all need a little healing, don’t we? Join other community members for lunch, pumpkin decorating, and open mic. They are collecting donations for Solidarity Gardens C-U at the event. Have gently used winter clothing that you no longer need? This would be a good time bring them on over. (JM)

The band Nequient sits on a flight of stairs outdoors, each member sitting one stair up from the next. They look into the camera.

Photo by Nicolas Côté.

Get loud with some hardcore, Brass Rail, 7 p.m., free

I included this show in my spooky music article earlier in the month, as I generally associate hardcore and punk music with having a spooky vibe. This show at Brass Rail features a killer lineup of bands — Nequient, Power of Dusk, J.U.G., and Death Call. This show is going to be loud and powerful, so bring some earplugs and enjoy. (SW)

Top photo by Xiaohui Zhang


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