Call it crazypants or amazingpants (do you listen to us on Mix 94.5? Then you’d get that reference!) but this weekend is another one of the best of the best around here. The headliner 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 other picks:
More Festivals: Head out to Mahomet for the Sangamon River Music Festival, Friday night and Saturday. There will be carnival rides ($20 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 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 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a golf cart parade at 2 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 5 p.m.). 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.
Special events: We’ll be checking out the free I-Power Gymnastics Ultimate Friday Fun Night on Friday, August 23 from 6 to 9 p.m. Open gymnastics activities, a bouncy house inside and an obstacle course bouncy house outside of the gym will be fun for all ages – there will also be a drawing for a free session of classes at I-Power Gymnastics.
For more great ideas this weekend, visit our Events Calendar.