Well, in case you’ve been living under a rock, you know that this weekend is the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival. We adore this festival so much that we wrote up a family fun guide to help you plan your visit. But that’s not all that’s going on this weekend — it’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Here are some picks:
More Festivals: Head out to Mahomet for the Sangamon River Festival, Friday night and Saturday. There will be carnival rides ($17 armbands available Friday and Saturday for unlimited rides); a parade at 10 a.m. Saturday; and lots of free music. Over in Danville, there’s the Illinois Renaissance Festival, featuring swordfights, jousting, bellydancing, combat demonstrations, comedy troupes, music and more. (From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; free parking; general admission is $6, kids 0-5 are free.) In Royal, another small Champaign County town, there will be “The Royal Day;” inflatables from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a golf cart parade at 2:30 p.m.
Up in the Air: Check out the large radio-controlled aircraft during the Champaign County Radio Control Club Big Bird Fly-In, both Saturday and Sunday (9 a.m. to dark; Sunday, the show is more in the morning). Free admission and parking; food will be available on site. Or go see some full-size planes and other vehicles at the Coles County Airport Authority Air Show at the Coles County Airport; also free admission. Helicopter and monster truck rides will be available for a fee. Show starts at noon Saturday. If you’re willing to go a little further, head up to the Lincoln Art and Balloon Festival, Friday -Sunday; there’s even tethered hot air balloon rides for kids (for a fee). Morning and evening launches, as well as family entertainment, rides, kite making and more.
High school sports: The Illinois high school football season kicks off the season Friday night; head out and root root root for the home team (Central, Mahomet-Seymour, and Unity will host Friday, to name a few). Most have 7 p.m. kickoffs. Boys soccer and girls volleyball are also getting into full swing.
For more great ideas this weekend, visit our Events Calendar.