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4th of July Events in Champaign/Urbana!

by Rose Price

The 4th of July is almost here! There are exciting family-friendly events going on this holiday throughout the Champaign/Urbana area that we wanted to share with you! Spend the holiday with live entertainment, kids activities, delicious food, and, of course, spectacular fireworks displays!

CHAMPAIGN

67 Years Champaign County Freedom Celebration

When: Monday, July 4th | 8:00 am – 10:00 pm

Where: University of Illinois campus locations

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.  

RANTOUL

Rantoul Freedom Celebration

When: Saturday, July 2nd – Monday, July 4th

Where: Wabash Park (Saturday), Rantoul National Aviation Center (Sunday), RTHS Cafetorium (Monday)

Rantoul offers a full weekend of activities to celebrate Independence Day. On Saturday, check out a great car show from 10:00 am till 4:00 pm before watching the Rantoul Rocks Talent Show and the band 90s daughter in the evening. 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, and many more activities available all day. Wind down the holiday weekend on Monday with a delicious pancake breakfast sponsored by the Rotary from 7:30 am until noon. The 4th of July parade begins at 9:00 am so be sure to claim your spot to watch all the fun!

MONTICELLO

Monticello Freedom Festival

When: Sunday, July 3rd | 4:00 – 10:00 pm

Where: Lodge Park

Cost: FREE!

Bring the family to this great event filled with live music, inflatables, delicious food, and a spectacular fireworks show.

MAHOMET

Light Up the Lake Freedom Fest

When: Monday, July 4th | 3:00 – 10:00 pm

Where: Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve (109 S. Lake of the Woods Rd.)

Cost: $2.00, Free for children 5 and under

Watch the lake light up under the fantastic fireworks display the night of the 4th. Before the show, enjoy family activities, food, and live music all day in the beautiful setting of Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve.

PAXTON

July 4th Celebration

When: Monday, July 4th | 9:00 am – 10:00 pm

Where: Pells Park (700 E. Pells St.)

Enjoy a full day of activities at Paxton’s July 4th Celebration. Check out the car show and flea market in the morning starting at 9:00 am. Listen to patriotic music from the Community Choir. Kids will love the games area and reptile exhibit in the afternoon. Play bingo or participate in a watermelon eating contest! Marvel at the fireworks at the end of the night.

Celebrate America’s 240th birthday at one of these amazing events in Champaign/Urbana!

Champaignrose & Landmark Real Estate wishes you and your family a very happy and safe Independence Day!

It's the Champaign Blues, Brews & BBQ Festval 2016!

by Rose Price

Join us downtown CHAMPAIGN for the 9th Annual Blues, Brews, and BBQ Festival! Enjoy this free two day event this weekend on Friday, June 24th, and Saturday, June 25th.

Bring the entire family down for live entertainment, delicious food, and much more. The two stages will feature some of the best blues musicians from around the country. Get down to the music of David Dunavent & Evol Love, Slam Allen, Edward David Anderson, and many more contemporary blues artists.

Prepare to get your hands dirty as you savor some of the best BBQ around. Delicious ribs and pulled pork will be available from some of the great local BBQ joints in the Champaign/Urbana area. Other festival food favorites will also be available for purchase.

There are many other things to enjoy doing the festival as well. Swing by the 5th Annual Dinosores Motorcycle Show. This is the biggest bike show in the state. Take some time to enjoy all that downtown Champaign has to offer with the multitude of restaurants, stores, and entertainment located right by the festival grounds. The festival truly has something for everyone to enjoy!

Come get your groove on with us this weekend at the 9th Annual Champaign Blues, Brews, and BBQ Festival!!

Event Details

Date: Friday, June 24th – Saturday, June 25th, 2016

Location: Downtown Champaign behind the News Gazette (15 East Main Street)

Cost: FREE!

     The Music

    The Food

    The Motorcycles

Champaign IL CU PRIDE FEST!

by Rose Price

 

The UP Center presents:

The Sixth Annual CU Pride Festival

September 19th-20th 

One word describes the CU Pride Fest and that's VARIETY! This Saturday, people and families will attend this large festival and kids area.  There will be groups selling pride swag while others spread awareness about the issues gender and sexual minorities face.  Champaign-Urbana Public Health and local government will also be sharing information. There will be children's entertainment; bounce houses and carnival style games. There will also be education  workshops at the Hyatt Place and Big Grove Tavern from 12 noon to 3 PM, which will include subjects like Family Law, Biblical Self Defense, Sexual Assault and Awareness, Nutrition and Health and Substance Abuse.  But, the parade is the real treat, which will be Downtown Champaign around 5 PM.  After the parade, there will be activities and entertainment at local bars and restaurants.  Sunday will be the Drag Brunch at V.Picasso  featuring Leiloni Start, Calexus Carrington and Jade from Rupaul's Drag Race Season One.

All proceeds will support the UP Center of Champaign County, whose mission is to be a multi-service agency for youth and adults; to support and promote human care, education, and community-building activities directed at furthering the well-being and development of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, two spirit, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, pansexual, non-gendered, gender-nonconforming, and gender-fluid people and the ally community of Champaign County. 

 

Visit Uniting Pride for more information about Workshops  Entertainment Schedule and Event Schedule

 

Urbana IL Sweetcorn Festival celebrates it's 40th Year!

by Rose Price


ARE YOU READY?  It's time to help Urbana IL celebrate this festival's "Sweet" 40th Anniversary!   What am I referring to?  The 40th Annual Urbana SweetCorn Festival! 

WHEN:   Friday (08/28)- Saturday (08/29)

WHERE: Downtown Urbana IL

TIME:     Friday- 5:00- 11:00 pm, Saturday- 11:00- 11:00pm

COST:     Admittance to the festival is FREE, and that includes see the bands! You will need to purchase tickets for food, drinks and games. The tickets are $1.00 each.

 A little HISTORY of the fest:

The first Urbana SweetCorn Festival  took place in the parking lot at Main & Race St, downtown Urbana, and was put on by the Busey Bank employees.... in August 1975. 

The Urbana Business Association is now responsible for the planning of the festival, over the years adding a local car show, an expanded family area, live music on multiple stages, food, vendors, and beer all in the heart of downtown Urbana. It is also the LARGEST FREE FESTIVAL in Champaign County!

FESTIVAL FACTS:

  • Around 30,000 ears of sweet corn are consumed each year at the festival.
  •  The wonderful Sweet Corn comes from FRESH, our own LOCAL FARMERS! It's what makes it so delicious! 
  • Bet you didn't know that they use an antique steam engine to cook the corn. (I thought that was amazing!)
  • The festival promotes "Green Efforts" by offering recycling receptacles throughout the festival, and they even compost all the corncobs!

                      

Some Common Q & A:  Check out this link- Commonly Asked Questions

There is a FANTASTIC line-up of music this year!  Bands from the The Psychedelic Furs to the Urbana High Marching Band! For the Complete Schedule click here: Musical Line-Up

Vendors, Vendors and more Vendors! Check out this link for a complete list: VENDORS

This is going to be a KIDS DREAM ZONE! From Bounce Houses to Meeting Box Turtles and more....the kids will have a blast! Here's the complete kids schedule: KIDS ZONE

BELOW IS THE ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE FOR THE ENTIRE FESTIVAL:

                         

I hope you all enjoy the festival as much as I have over the years! If you've never attended, make this year your first.  It's the 40th Anniversary after all, there's never a better reason that that!  HAPPY 40TH ANNIVERSARY URBANA SWEETCORN FESTIVAL!!                 

Champaign IL It's the Champaign Music Festival Weekend!

by Rose Price

 

WHEN: Saturday, July 11 from 6 pm-midnight

WHERE: Downtown Champaign

Admission is FREE; You'll pay for food, drinks and other vendors

One of the greatest events of the summer, formerly known as Mariposa Music Festival; guests get down to music from nationally recognized musicians.  This year will be an exciting evening with music from Smash Mouth and Toad the Wet Sprocket.  Attendees will also enjoy great food and beverages from local eateries.  So, come ready to rock out with your neighbors and friends!  It's FREE! So, why not?  

Schedule

6:00-6:30pm Brandon T. Washington

 

 

 

 

7:00-7:30pm Curb Service

 

 

 

 

 

8:00-9:30pm Toad The Wet Sprocket

 

 

 


     

10:15-11:45pm Smashmouth

 

 

 

Be a food vendor at our event! Click here!

Sponsor the Champaign Music Festival by clicking here!

Have Questions? Zoe.Stinson@champaignparks.com or call 217-819-3931

 

Champaign IL Top 10 Things To Do In Summertime!

by Rose Price

Summertime in Champaign Illinois is a great place to be! We have so many fabulous things to do ranging from outdoor fun; canoeing, swimming and fishing, to indoor fun at our fabulous children's museums and art centers. Or you can check out the local calendar's and visit one of the many festivals or events that take place on any given weekend during the summer months.  Whatever you and your family may choose to do....I know you will have a great deal of fun! 

OrpheumChildren's Science Museum The museum strives to inspire, engage and educate children through the exploration of Science and Art.  Great fun for families, schools, field trips, special events and birthday parties.  The building itself was actually a 1914 vaudeville and moving pictures theater.  

Kaufmann Lake is 24.2 acres of beautiful lake park.  Great for a day in the sun.  Families can canoe, swim and fish and there are plenty of picnic tables around the lake.  The park organizes a number of activities throughout the year, so check the Champaign park district website for more information.

Fannie May Chocolates Located at 402 S Neil Street, stop in and treat that sweet tooth.  Fannie May has been making gourmet sweets for 95 years and I think they've perfected the art of chocolate and they do have seasonal specialties...chocolate covered strawberries anyone?!

Zahnd Park Batting cages, baseball diamonds and football fields, set in a beautiful 20 acre park with a playground for the little ones.  Excellent for summer strolls or jogs. This park is especially busy with softball leagues in the summer.  

University Avenue Tree Walk  Join Champaign forester Bill Vander Weit and UI Educator Sandy Mason and learn some simple tricks in identifying trees.  A fun, interesting and educational walk on University Avenue.  For more information contact slmason@illinois.edu

Hessel Park Cool off! Get wet at the Waterplay Spray Ground in Hessel Park.  Kick back at the nearby shelter and let the little ones loose where they can go back and fourth from sprayground to playground!

Market At The Square The market is currently in its 34 season and was recently ranked one of the biggest and best markets in Illinois.  Each weekend roughly 5,000 people come to the market to shop the 70 or so vendors.  There's live music and a whole lot of fun.  One of the best ways to spend a Saturday morning in Urbana.  Stay up-to-date by checking the Market At The Square Facebook Page

Museum Of The Grand Prairie Fun and educational, this museum, located in the Lake Of The Woods Forest Preserve, inspires a connection to the natural and cultural world of Champaign.  Attend with or without your children, it's fun for young and old alike and best of all, it's completely FREE. 

Anita Purves Nature Center Located at the North End of Crystal Lake Park, is a great place for your family to experience the outdoors.  You'll see sakes, owls, beehives, birds and the staff there offers classes throughout the summer and are always willing to answer any questions you have.  

Lake Of The Woods Forest Preserve Located in a rolling wooded area near Mahomet, Illinois this 900 acre preserve along the Sangamon River is a popular spot for fishing, boating, hiking, picnicking, cross-country.  There is also a Botanical Garden and Lake Of The Woods Golf Course. 

 

Champaign IL BLUES, BREWS & BBQ FESTIVAL!

by Rose Price

One of the best events of the summer in Champaign is the Blues, Brews and BBQ festival.  The two day-free event​, the 8th annual blues fest features two stages for musical performances, the 4th annual Dinosores Motorcycle Show and the Orpheum Children's Theatre and it's right in the middle of our vibrant downtown, with more than 90 bars, restaurants and shops within a few blocks of the fest.  The event was always designed to bring families and the community together in a fun and entertaining way.  Last year, nearly 60,000 people attended.  Bring your friends and family and come enjoy Champaign/Urbana the best way we know how, with music, food and beer.  This year the fest is headlined by two of the most talented blues women in the industry.  Check em out below, you won't want to miss these incredible performances. Fluid events is teaming up with Dinosores Motorcycle club once again and the show features cash prizes in several categories.  You'll see a ton of show bikes roll in from around the country, these custom bikes are guaranteed to blow your mind.   

Check out the facebook page for up-to-date information about the fest.  

Event Schedule:

THE MAIN STAGE PRESENTED BY COORS LIGHT, U.S. 105.9 & CIB BANK

FRIDAY

4:30-5:30 - No Solid State

5:50-7:20 - Upshot

7:45-8:15 - Adrianna Marie

8:40-10:10 - Sena Ehrhardt

10:30-Midnight - Carolyn Wonderland

SATURDAY

12:50-2:20 - Country Showdown

2:40-4:10 - Laura Rain

4:30-5:00 - Motorcycle Awards Show

5:00-6:30 - Joanna Connor

6:50-8:20 - Janiva Magness

8:40-10:10 - Shawn Murphy

10:30-Midnight - Ana Popovic

 

 


YES IT'S BACK!!!

COME TO THE LARGEST SODA TASTING IN AMERICA

The mission of the festival is to expand your taste bud's exposure to flavorful soda pop while providing a unique festival experience with the backdrop of Main Street USA Americana; inviting to young and old bringing generations upon generations back to downtown America 

HOW IT WORKS: Tasting Soda is only a quarter each, but there are VIP tickets available for you Fizz Heads out there.  The ticket includes a commemorative tasting glass and UNLIMITED soda tastings through the day, plus a bag full of goodies from the sponsors!

It doesn't stop at soda.  This fest promises to bring out the inner foodie in all of the attendees, with award winning BBQ, wood fired pizza, all natural meats and more.  There is also a BBQ cook off for the die-hards.  

MORE:  This year there will be 2 Car events, a CU Folk and Roots Festival and loads of kids activities!  The kids will even have inflatable games that are interactive, provided by our very own Orpheum Children's Museum!  Balloon artist- with Massive bubbles,since it was such a huge hit with kids in 2014, even a concert for the kids will be performed. 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAP OF THE FESTIVAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VENDOR LAYOUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REMINDER: It is a family friendly event and as such the only bubbles for drinking will be of the sweet syrupy kind. 

So, bring your friends and family to one of this year's "can't miss" events!

 

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