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Not sure how to spend this last weekend in August? End the summer celebrating with your family, friends, and neighbors at one of the THREE incredible, community festivals occurring this weekend! There is something for everyone at this fun annual events. Check out all of the details below to make the most of your weekend in Champaign-Urbana!


Krazy Daze Festival & Carnival

Enjoy 3 days of family fun in charming downtown Homer. Throughout the weekend, there will be live music, a carnival, bounce house, food vendors, beer tent, and fun exciting contests, such as tug of war and water balloon tosses. Saturday is filled with extra special events, including a breakfast at the Methodist Church (7:30 am), parade (9:30 am), car show (10:00 am), and bags tournament (4:00 pm).

Event Details

  • Date: Thursday, August 24th - Saturday, August 26th

  • Time: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (Thursday) | 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm (Friday) | 7:30 am - 11:00 pm (Saturday)

  • Location: Downtown Homer

  • Cost: FREE Admission!

Music Lineup

Friday, August 25th

Saturday, August 26th


 

Sangamon River Music Festival

Come to this great 19th annual music festival in downtown Mahomet. The finest live bands from around the area will be performing a variety of music. Check out the awesome street vendors and crafter’s village, parade, carnival rides, cornhole tournament, and so much more.

Event Details

  • Date: Friday, August 25th & Saturday, August 26th

  • Time: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (Friday) | 9:00 am - 11:30 pm (Saturday)

  • Location: Main Street, Mahomet

  • Cost: FREE Admission!

Music Lineup

Friday, August 25th

Saturday, August 26th

 

Urbana Sweetcorn Festival

Check out Urbana’s favorite summer festival since 1975. Help devour delectable, locally grown corn. Although food might be the main attraction at this festival, it is also filled with incredible live music and fun family activities.

Event Details

  • Date: Friday, August 25th & Saturday, August 26th

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

  • Location: Downtown Urbana

  • Cost: FREE admission!

Main Stage Music Lineup

Friday, August 25th

Saturday, August 26th

FULL ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE

 

Campustown Sidewalk Sale!

by Rose Price

Celebrate BACK TO SCHOOL at the last 13 Thursdays of the year! Head to Campustown in Champaign this Thursday, August 17th, for an evening of fun! Along with the regular 13 Thursdays’ activities, this week will feature the following special events:  

 

 

CAMPUSTOWN SIDEWALK SALE  

Get your back to school shopping done with great discounts and deals during the Sidewalk Sale. Several merchants will be expanding their storefronts outside! Find great items from Apricot Lane Boutique (627 South Wright Street), Gameday Spirit (519 East Green Street), Illini Union Bookstore (809 South Wright Street), Ragstock (627 South Wright Street, Suite B01), and more.   

 

Summer Quad Cinema Series

Stick around after shopping to see the hit blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) for FREE outside in the Illini Quad (607 South Mathews Avenue)! Pack some tasty snacks and enjoy the film under the stars! The screening begins at 9:00 pm.

 

This 13 Thursdays is the perfect opportunity to enjoy Campustown before all the Illini students return! Spend some time with your family, find incredible deals to look your very best for back to school, and explore all that Champaign has to offer this Thursday!

 

Back to School in Champaign County!

by Rose Price

School bells are about to start ringing throughout Champaign County! The first day of school is fast approaching for students throughout our area. It is time to pack those back packs with your new supplies and start the 2017-2018 school year! Here is a list of all the first days of school for our area districts!

 

 

Champaign Unit 4 School District | 703 South New Street, Champaign

First Day of School

  • Wednesday, August 16th: Grades 1-9

  • Thursday, August 17th: Grades 10-12 and ½ of Kindergarten Class

  • Friday, August 18th: ½ of Kindergarten Class

2017 - 2018 District Calendar

Mahomet-Seymour Community Schools | 1301 South Bulldog Drive, Mahomet

First Day of School

  • Friday, August 18th: All Grades K-12

2017 - 2018 District Calendar

Monticello CUSD #25 | 2 Sage Drive, Monticello

First Day of School

  • Wednesday, August 16th: All Grades K-12

2017 - 2018 District Calendar

Paxton Buckley Loda CUSD 10 | 700 West Orleans Street, Paxton

First Day of School

  • Thursday, August 17th: All Grades K-12

    • Early dismissal

2017 - 2018 District Calendar

Rantoul City Schools District #137 | 400 East Wabash, Rantoul  

First Day of School

  • Friday, August 18th: All Grades K-8

2017 - 2018 District Calendar

Rantoul Township High School District 193 | 200 South Sheldon, Rantoul

First Day of School

  • Tuesday, August 22nd: All Grades 9-12

2017 - 2018 District Calendar

St. Joseph CCSD 169 | P.O. Box 409, St. Joseph

First Day of School

  • Wednesday, August 16th: All Grades K-8  

    • Early dismissal

2017 - 2018 District Calendar

Tuscola CUSD #301 | 409 South Prairie, Tuscola  

First Day of School

  • Monday, August 21st: All Grades K-12

2017 - 2018 District Calendar

Unit Seven Schools | P.O. Box 720, Tolono

First Day of School

  • Thursday, August 17th: All Grades K-12

2017 - 2018 District Calendar  

Urbana School District #116 | 205 North Race Street, Urbana

First Day of School

  • Friday, August 18th: Grades 1-6, 9, and ½ of Kindergarten Class

  • Monday, August 21st: All High and Middle School Students and ½ of Kindergarten Class

2017 - 2018 District Calendar   

Villa Grove CUSD #302 | 400 North Sycamore, Villa Grove

First Day of School

  • Thursday, August 17th: All Grades K-12

2017 - 2018 District Calendar  

 

Champaign Rose wishes all of the students in Champaign County a successful and fun 2017-2018 school year!!!

 

St. Joseph Community Festival 2017

by Rose Price

Head to the beautiful Village of St. Joseph on Thursday, August 10th, through Saturday, August 12th, for the St. Joseph Community Festival 2017!!! This great annual community event has something for the entire family. With carnival rides, games, community meals, live music, parade, and so much more, the weekend will be filled with family-friendly fun. Explore downtown St. Joseph and all this quaint community has to offer at this favorite area festival!

 

Schedule of Events

Thursday, August 10th

  • 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm | Carnival Rides (armbands needed), Games, Food

  • 5:00 pm | American Legion Fish Fry

  • 9:00 pm | American Legion 50/50 drawing

Friday, August 11th

  • 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm | Carnival Rides (armbands needed), Games, Food

  • 5:00 pm | American Legion Fish Fry

  • 6:00 pm | Quilts for Valor Presentation

  • 6:30 pm | Little Prince and Princess Coronation

  • 7:00 pm | SJO FFA Kiddie Tractor Pull

  • 9:00 pm | American Legion 50/50 drawing

  • 9:00 pm | DJ Matt Walsh

Saturday, August 12th

  • 6:30 am - 10:00 am | St. Joseph-Stanton Fire Department Pancake Breakfast

  • 9:00 am | 3 on 3 Soccer Tourney

  • 10:00 am - 2:00 pm | Lawn Mower Tractor Pulls

  • 10:30 am | Mutt Show

  • 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm | Carnival Rides (armbands needed), Games, Food

  • 3:00 pm | Community Festival Parade

  • 4:00 pm | American Legion Fish Fry

  • 5:00 pm | Talent Show

  • 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm | BIG GUNS

  • 8:30 pm | American Legion 50/50 drawing

  • 8:45 pm | Senior Citizens drawing

  • Dusk | Aerial Fireworks Display | Community Park

  • 9:00 pm | DAVID CLEMONS BAND

 

Champaign Rose wishes everyone a happy and fun time at the St. Joseph Community Festival 2017!

 

 

Image Credit: Visit Champaign County   

Kickoff for this year’s Fighting Illini Football Season on September 1st might still seem like a long ways off for us in Champaign/Urbana but you can start gearing up for your hometown team next week!

 

 

Training camp for Illinois Football begins on Monday, July 31st. All practices are open to the public and FREE to attend. Head on down to the Campus Rec Fields to see this year’s team get in shape for the upcoming season. Click HERE for the full schedule.


 

Want to get to know the team better? Come to Movie Night at Memorial Stadium, hosted by Illini Athletics. Enjoy an evening with friends and family on Sunday, July 30th, on the field of Memorial Stadium (1402 South 1st Street). Get your favorite players’ autographs starting at 5:15 pm. Then find the perfect spot on the field or in the stands to enjoy a showing of Disney’s Moana on the stadium’s big screen at 6:15 pm. Admission this fun community event is FREE! Fans are encouraged to bring their own blanket and pack a picnic dinner for the event. There will be food and beverages available for purchase. The doors at Gate 24 will open at 5:00 pm for the event.

 

Don your best Fighting Illini gear and get in the spirit for the upcoming season with your favorite team!

 

Image Credit: Illini Athletics

Live Music and Good Times OUTSIDE at Research Park!

by Rose Price

Head on down to the beautiful University of Illinois on Friday, July 21st, for the 2017 OUTSIDE Concert at the Research Park! Presented by the Center for the Performing Arts, Fox/Atkins Development, LLC, and the University of Illinois, this favorite, FREE concert series brings incredible live music, fresh food, sustainable practices, and community development to the people of Champaign/Urbana. Come enjoy the beautiful summer weather and celebrate the University of Illinois’s Sesquicentennial in peaceful Research Park.  

 

Find the perfect spot on the grass before Mank & Sass hit the stage at 6:30 pm. Bassist Jared Manker (Mank) and guitarist Sara Siders (Sass) bring incredible acoustic funk and blues to audiences in the area. Following behind this favorite local duo will be Elvin Bishop Big Fun Trio at 7:30 pm. This national blues and R&B trio features bassist Bob Welsh Jr., drummer Willy Jordan, and legendary guitarist Elvin Bishop. It will surely be a performance that you do not want to miss!

 

The concert will take place in Research Park, just south of the Atkins Building (First Street & St. Mary’s Road). Free parking will be available in the south parking lot of the Caterpillar Building (1901 South First Street).

 

Along with incredible live music, explore the Green Fair with booths and exhibits by the Allerton Park and Conference Center, UI Extension units, and Urbana Business Association. Enjoy children’s activities hosted by Soccer Planet. Enter the raffle for the the chance to win a bike from Champaign Cycle. Dine on some delicious food from Chester's BBQ, Cracked, Dave's Dogs, Hendrick House, Kona Ice, or Piato.

 

 

Champaign Rose wishes everyone a happy and fun evening at this year’s OUTSIDE at Research Park!

 

Image Credit: Research Park University of Illinois

Champaign County Fair Fast Approaching!

by Rose Price

County fairs are a great summertime tradition and there are none better than our beloved Champaign County Fair!!! Mark your calendars for Friday, July 21st, through Saturday, July 29th. Spend 9 days celebrating our great Champaign/Urbana community with family fun and amusement!

 

 

Full Fair Schedule

Head on down to the Champaign County Fairgrounds (1302 North Coler Avenue, Urbana) for all the festivities. There is something for everyone on the Midway! Dine on some classic festival food. Take a spin on some of the amusement rides or win prizes playing carnival games. Check out all of the amazing local vendors and exhibits. Children will love the Kiddie Land, animal shows, and much more! On Friday July 28th, see country star Chris Young headline at the main stage. The concert begins at 7:00 pm and also features Drew Baldridge and Kassi Ashton. Purchase Tickets Here!  For additional excitement, head over to the Grandstand for Motor Madness, the demolition derby, motorcycle races, and so much more!

 

Admission to the fair is $5 for adults. Children 12 and under are FREE when accompanied by an adult. A season pass can also be purchased for $25. Tickets for Grandstand events are $10 per person. Purchase Tickets Here!

 

Champaign Rose cannot wait to see everyone at the 2017 Champaign County Fair!!

Complete the Bucket List Challenge at Champaign Parks!

by Rose Price

Spend time in the beautiful summer sun as you “romp and stomp” at all the playgrounds in Champaign! The Champaign Park District is hosting a Bucket List Challenge to encourage residents to explore the amazing park facilities found in our city. Now through the end of September, have fun throughout Champaign and be entered to win prizes!  

 

Download the Bucket List Challenge Brochure and start exploring all of the 29 incredible playgrounds (listed below) located throughout the community. Once you have checked off all the buckets, send or drop off the completed brochure to any Champaign Park District facility  at the end of the month to be entered in a drawing for awesome prizes!

 

Bucket List Challenge Parks

Beardsley Park (1006 North Walnut Street)

Bristol Park (1300 North Market Street)

Centennial Park (2200 West Kirby Avenue)

Clark Park (900 South McKinley Avenue)

Davidson Park (1108 West Church Street)

Eisner Park (1301 West Church Street)

Douglass Park (501 East Eureka Street)

Glenn Park (400 North Mattis Avenue)

Garden Hills Park (1701 Bloomington Road)

Hazel Park (1209 North Neil Street)

Hessel Park (1400 Grandview Drive)

Johnston Park (701 Goldenview Drive)

Mayfair Park (1507 Maywood Drive)

Millage Park (2802 Cherry Creek Road)

Morrissey Park (1209 Harrington Drive)

Mullikin Park (2110 Mullikin Drive)

Noel Park (1110A Sterling)

Robert C. Porter Family Park (2310 South Rising Road)

Powell Park (3212 Clayton Road)

Robeson Meadows West Park (2865 South Duncan Avenue)

Robeson Park (1984 South Duncan Avenue)

Scott Park (207 East Springfield Avenue)

Spalding Park (900 North Harris Avenue)

Sunset Ridge Park (4102 Boulder Ridge Drive)

Toalson Park (502 Bardeen Lane)

Turnberry Ridge Park (910 Cobblefield Road)

Wesley Park (915 North Third Street)

West Side Park (400 West University Avenue)

Zahnd Park (2502 South Staley Road)

 

The parks are just one of the many fabulous amenities that make Champaign a great place for families to call home! Come discover your dream home in Champaign! Give Champaign Rose a call today or visit our website at http://www.champaignrose.com/.

 

Image Credit: Champaign Park District

Celebrate Freedom in Champaign/Urbana!

by Rose Price

Celebrate Independence Day throughout the Champaign/Urbana area! It is time to show off your patriotic pride as we celebrate our nation’s founding and the freedoms that we enjoy everyday as citizens of this great country! There are too many fun activities planned for this 4th of July weekend for us to list them all! But, there are 2 annual community festivals that cannot be missed!  Head to Rantoul and Champaign this holiday to have the ultimate patriotic fun!

 

RANTOUL

Rantoul Freedom Celebration

When: Thursday, June 29th - Tuesday, July 4th

Where: Throughout Rantoul

Rantoul offers a full weekend of activities to celebrate Independence Day. Enjoy a carnival in Wabash Park from Thursday through Saturday. Check out a car show on Saturday and Monster Truck Show on Sunday. The following day bring the family for more fun at the Rantoul National Aviation Center. Watch the excitement of monster trucks or participate in the 5K. There will also be food, live music, inflatables, firework display, and many more activities available all day. Wind down the holiday weekend on Tuesday with a delicious pancake breakfast sponsored by the Rotary from 7:00 am until 11:00 am. The 4th of July parade begins at 9:40 am so be sure to claim your spot to watch all the fun!

 

CHAMPAIGN

Champaign County Freedom Celebration

When: Tuesday, July 4th | 11:05 am (Parade) | 7:00 pm (Evening Program)

Where: Downtown Champaign

This amazing annual event has something for everyone to celebrate Independence Day. Start the day off participating in the Youth Run or 5K Race/Walk which takes participants along the parade route. After being active in the morning, find your spot along the parade route. The parade starts at 11:05 am and will feature great patriotic bands, live music, and much more. Finish off your celebration at the evening program which starts at 7:00 pm and will be located along Kirby Avenue. The festivities include musical entertainment, kids activities, and a great fireworks display at the end of the night.  

 

 

Champaign Rose wishes you and your family a very happy and safe Independence Day!

 

Explore Campustown During 13 Thursdays!

by Rose Price

College students might have left Champaign/Urbana for the summer but Campustown is still the place to be!! All summer long the Champaign Center Partnership is presenting 13 Thursdays! Find incredible deals and discounts at your favorite Campustown restaurants and retail businesses every Thursday between May 25th and August 17th. Enjoy the opportunity to explore Campustown this summer to avoid the hustle and bustle that occurs during the school year.

 

Participating businesses include:

Apricot Lane Boutique | 622 East Green Street

Auntie Anne's | 1401 West Green Street  

Azzip Pizza | 505 East Green Street

Einstein Bros. Bagels | 1401 West Green Street  

Fat City Bar and Grill | 505 South Chestnut Street

Firehaus | 708 South 6th Street  

Gameday Spirit | 519 East Green Street

The Hub | 601 South 1st Street

Illini Eye Care | 518 East Green Street

The Illini Shop | 707 South 6th Street  

Illini Union Bookstore | 809 South Wright Street

Illini Union Tech Zone | 1401 West Green Street  

Latea Bubble Tea Lounge | 601 South 6th Street #105

Legends | 522 East Green Street

Murphy's Pub | 604 East Green Street

Qdoba Mexican Grill | 1401 West Green Street  

Ragstock | 627 South Wright Street

Seoul Taco | 608 South 6th Street

 

Receive 1 hour validated parking at the Campus Center Public Parking Deck (509 East Healey Street) when you patronize any of the aforementioned businesses.

 

Mark your calendars for special 13 Thursdays events:

June 29th - Campus Takeover! Pub Crawl

August 17th - Sidewalk Sale!

 

Champaign Rose hopes everyone enjoys their summer in Campustown and throughout Champaign/Urbana!  

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