Fill your bellies with delicious food and your spirits with good cheer at our favorite Champaign-Urbana summer festival…..the Taste of Champaign-Urbana 2016. Head down to West Side Park this Friday and Saturday for the ultimate celebrate. Enjoy delicious food from the finest Champaign-Urbana restaurants, quench your thirst with craft beer, dance to live music, and pick up some unique arts and crafts from local artisans! Not only will you have endless fun, but by coming to this festival, you are supporting the youth in our great community! All proceeds from Taste of CU fund scholarships for local youth to learn to swim, take dance lessons, plays sports, attend camp, and so much more! Here is all the information you need to make the most of your time this weekend at Taste of Champaign-Urbana:

 

Full Schedule and Map of Park

 

Food and Beverages!

The star of this festival is truly the food! Dine on delicious menu items from 13 local restaurants and 11 food trucks! Whatever your taste buds fancy, from pizza and Chinese to burritos and BBQ, there is a food vendor that you will love! For those 21 and over, wash all the amazing food down with domestic Miller beers or beers from our favorite local brewers including Destihl, Tryptych, and JT Walker’s. Craft beer enthusiasts should be sure to hit the beer tent on Saturday from 1:00 to 5:00 pm when local breweries will be sharing the special beers that they created specifically for this year’s Taste of CU.

 

Live Entertainment!

Head over to the Illinois American Water Stage for incredible performances by talented musicians and bands!

 

Friday, August 19th

5:30 - 6:30 pm - Alex and the XOs (Indie-Pop)

7:00 - 8:00 pm - New Souls (R&B/Hip Hop)

8:30 - 9:30 pm - Tell Mama (Soul, Funk, Jazz, R&B)

10:00 - 11:00 pm - Kurtis Blow (Rap/Hip Hop) *Friday’s Headliner*

 

Saturday, August 20th

3:30 - 4:30 pm - CUperStars

5:00 - 5:45 pm - Katie Flynn (Cabaret)

6:15 - 7:15 pm - Elsinore (Pop/Rock)

7:45 - 8:45 pm - Dirty Feathers (Alternative Rock)

9:15 - 11:00 pm - Vertical Horizon (Pop/Rock) *Saturday’s Headliner*

 

Kids Activities!

Your children will enjoy endless entertainment and activities in the kids zone! There will be inflatables, paintball, face painting, balloon animals, bubble demos, crafts, and so much more!

 

Pie Run!

Registration for the Pie Run might be over but you can cheer the runners on along the 3.14 mile course starting at 6:00 pm on Saturday! Make sure you are there at the end line to see those participants who brave the Flying Pies finishing lane! Additional Pie Run Information.

 

Monarch Summer!

Visit the butterfly booth to learn all there is to know about monarch butterflies! There are plant giveaways, activities for children, and great information butterfly migration and pollination.

 

Event Details

Date: Friday, August 19th, 2016 - Saturday, August 20th, 2016

Time: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (Friday) and 11:00 am - 11:00 pm (Saturday)

Location: West Side Park (400 West University Avenue, Champaign)

Cost: FREE Admission! Taste Tickets are $5 for 5 (needed for food, beverages, and activities)