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Pygmalion Festival

by Rose Price

HAPPENING RIGHT NOW!!!

WHAT IS THE PYGMALION FESTIVAL?

The Pygmalion Festival started humbly, back in 2005 with just a handful bands, playing a wide array of venues in both Champaign and Urbana. Now entering it's eleventh year (2015), it’s featured hundreds of artists from around the world; performing on dozens of stages around Champaign­-Urbana, entertaining tens of thousands over the years.  

Thanks Gapers Block for the "Cut Copy" photo (by Rory O'Connor)

2015 ushers in yet another component of the festival: Technology!  Panelists, speakers, demonstrations, interactive opportunities, student recruitment; this will all collide at this years fest!  The Pygmalion Festival is reliably more fun than your average “conference.”, due, partly to it's vision, which is simple: "We get one life to live, and we can do anything we want with it." A vision realized each year as we progress forward for new possibilities in and for Champaign­-Urbana.

Festival Guide

Fest Schedule

Follow the link below for restaurants, bars, and cafes supporting The Pygmalion Festival. Show them some love for helping to make Pygmalion a reality, dine at these places during the fest to show your appreciation. 

Food & Drink

Josh’s Fund is the official charity of the fest.  $1 of every ticket will go to support scholarships for nurses training in oncology. Visit the link for more information.  

There are obviously a lot of great shows during the fest, but that's not all, follow the link below for a years worth of shows!

Shows & Series

If you want to learn more about the culture of Champaign­-Urbana? Check out the inspiring conversations at Smile Politely, Champaign­-Urbana’s Online Magazine; featuring Art, Music, Tech, Food & Drink, and more, there’s plenty to discover. 

Champaign IL September Highlights of Things To Do!

by Rose Price

45th Annual Broom Corn Festival

Friday, September 11-Sunday, September 13

Celebrate Arcola's Heritage as the Broom Corn Capital of the World at the 45th Annual Broom Corn Festival.  Located at Main Street in historic downtown Arcola; an all day/all weekend affair, with plenty of family fun.  Visitors can see Broom activities as well as arts and crafts, children's activities and of course, the parade with the famous Lawn Rangers.  Visitors can also participate in a 5K or 10K race.


Ellinora Guitar Fest

September 9, 10, 11

The Extraordinary Ellinora Guitar Festival at the Krannert Center.  3 Incredible Days; 7 Performance Spaces with 29 Performances.  Come experience a prestigious array of the world's most distinctive and influential guitarists and best of all, it's FREE! 

Performance Schedule             The Musicians            Who Is Ellinora?           Welcome

6th Annual Pride Fest & Parade

September 19 & 20

The event includes a parade and a kids area full of children’s activities, bounce houses and carnival games.

Make A Wish Illinois WALK & RUN For Wishes

Saturday September 19 at Hessel Park, Champaign

Come dressed as your favorite character! Registration opens at 8 a.m. A short children's parade will follow at 9 a.m. The actual walking and running begins at 9:30 a.m. Both individuals and teams can participate and raise funds for the foundation.  Participants can join the 5K fun run or a 1 mile fun walk.  There will be Refreshments, Music and other entertainment, which will end with prizes awarded for the top fundraisers and best youth and adult costumes.  Register with Make A Wish

Punkin Chunkin

September 26 at Hessel Park

11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Kid Friendly! Live music, food, games, mazes and of course a pumpkin chucking contest! 

11th Annual Race Against Racism

Sunday, September 27  Brought to you by YWCA of U of I 

1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

One of the main goals of the YWCA is to eliminate racism and their annual 5K aims to support that Mission; promoting equality in a fun, active and creative way.  Anyone 10 years and older can sign up to participate; choosing to walk or run.  You don't need to be a serious runner to participate!  Everyone is welcome!  Help create social change, one step at a time!  

Lunar Eclipse Party

Sunday, September 27 at the Staerkel Planetarium 2400 W Bradley Avenue

A total Lunar Eclipse will be visible from Central Illinois on Sunday night.  The main eclipse will begin around 8 p.m. and will end around 11:30 p.m. What better place to view this event than the CU Astronomical Society?  Viewing will take place right outside the planetarium, where attendees can view the eclipse through a telescope!

Oh how I LOVE CHAMPAIGN/URBANA in the Fall! So many great choices of things to do...and there's even more! Give me a call if you'd like some more great idea's, I'm always willing to share. 217-202-8843.

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