Hey it's October! Time for Oktoberfest (and more) in Family Picks
Some great events at the University of Illinois events this weekend, from the second Vet Med Open House of the year to the fifth annual Illini “SoccerFest.” It wouldn’t be fall without a festival or two, including Oktoberfest at Lincoln Square and a celebration of the woolly worm in Camargo (they seem to be having a bumper year). Throw in some musical-theater for kids, and you’re all set!
Eins, Zwei...: Oktoberfest. 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, 88 Broadway, 142 Lincoln Square, Lincoln Square Village, Urbana.
Learn more about German heritage and enjoy classic German food, beer, dancing, polka music and an antique show. A children’s area will feature storytellers, games and a Hansel and Gretel costume contest. You don't want to miss the sauerkraut-eating contest (or maybe you do, actually).
For information: Visit the Oktoberfest Facebook page
“Mulan”: 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Centennial High School auditorium, 913 S. Crescent Drive, C. Admission charge.
Centennial’s annual children’s production will feature “Mulan.” Tickets are $2 for children, $3 for students over 12 and $5 for adults. The cast features 55 students as well as nine administrators (and two football coaches) portraying the “Huns.
For information: Call the high school at 351-3951
Lights Up, Sound Down: 9:15 a.m. Saturday, Savoy 16, 232 Burwash Ave., Savoy. Regular price admission.
Special screening of “Legend of the Guardians: The Ows of Ga’Hoole,” for children with special needs or those who don’t like dark, loud movie theaters. It’s part of a special promotion by Goodrich Theaters.
For information: Call 355-3456 for showtimes or visit the company's website
Firetrucks and a parade? Fire Prevention Week Fire Apparatus Parade, 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Philo Road, Urbana.
The parade route will start at the old IGA parking lot on Philo Road, then go north on Philo, west on Florida Avenue, north on Vine Street and west on Illinois Street to the Lincoln Square parking lot — just in time for Oktoberfest!
For information: Call the Champaign County Fire Chiefs Association at 649-1602
Woolly Bully! Fifth Annual Woolly Worm Festival, 9 a.m. Saturday, Camargo Park, Camargo. Free.
Music, games, a petting zoo, carriage rides, infaltables, apple bobbing and, best of all, a woolly worm race (bring your own)!
For information: Visit http://www.camargowoollyworm.com/
Vet Med reprise: UI College of Veterinary Medicine Open House, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, 2001 S. Lincoln Ave., U. Free.
The college is permanently moving its annual open house to the fall this year, to accommodate changes in its curriculum that wouldn’t allow third-year students to participate in a spring event. The event had been held during April every year since 1972.
The theme this weekend is “Explore your animal instincts.” More than 40 exhibits and demonstrations will illustrate veterinary education and practice, with lots of animals and animal-related activities for young and old. Horses, sheep-shearing, goat-milking, police dog demonstrations, and a kids' tent with face-painting, games, crafts and more! Pet owners can also get answers to pet health questions from Dr. Kandi Norrell of the college's Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
Free parking is available in Lot F-27 at 2001 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana.
For information: Call 244-1562 or visit http://vetmed.illinois.edu/openhouse for a list of exhibits and directions
Japan House: Open house, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, UI Japan House, 2000 S. Lincoln Ave., U. Free.
This year's event will feature presentations by founder Shozo Sato at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., tours of the gardens with designer James Bier at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., and tea ceremonies throughout the day by the Urbana-Champaign Association of Chado Urasenke Tankokai.
Japan House is located across Lincoln Avenue from the Vet Med complex, so you have time to hit both!
For information: Call 244-9934 or visit http://japanhouse.art.uiuc.edu/en/
Author, author! Preview of 2010 Youth Literature Festival, 2 to 2:45 p.m. Saturday, Champaign Public LIbrary, 202 S. Randolph St., C.
Stories and crafts for kids of all ages will be featured in this event previewing next weekend’s Youth Literature Festival. Be sure to meet all of this year’s festival authors at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on Oct. 9!
For information: Call 403-2070 or visit www.champaign.org
Gooooaaaal! Fifth Annual SoccerFest 2010, 1 p.m. Sunday, Illinois Soccer Stadium, address. Free.
Cheer on the Illini as they take on Indiana. And enjoy free food (for the first 2,000 fans), inflatable games, live music and giveaways. Also: the U.S. National Guard and Illinois ROTC will display military vehicles.
For information: Visit the SoccerFest website
Fall Harvest Festival, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, First Church of the Nazarene, 2403 W. Kirby Ave., C. Free.
Activities will include face-painting, games, inflatables, animal balloons, hay rides, pumpkin painting and more. Free hot dogs, chips, chili, hot and cold drinks, cotton candy and caramel apples (make-your-own) will be provided. Open to the public.
For information: Call 352-8500
Check the Are We There Yet? blog every Friday for upcoming family friendly events, pulled from our News-Gazette online calendar, e3 magazine and other sources.
Photo: Savannah Brus of Mahomet has no problem holding Nyoka, a corn snake, at the annual Vet Med open house in 2007. News-Gazette file photo by Robin Scholz