What we’re looking forward to in June around Champaign-Urbana
School’s out and summer’s here! June heats up — literally and figuratively — with PLENTY to do around here. So to keep it all straight, we’ve picked out a few of our many favorites and listed them here so you will make sure not to miss them. They’re listed chronologically.
It’s the first edition of 2018 for this weekly series, featuring free street-side performances. Chances are, no matter what type of music you prefer, you’ll find interesting and enjoyable acts each Friday through Labor Day weekend.
Champaign’s Kaufman Lake is the site for a free chance to earn prizes (while getting a free hot dog lunch!). Bring your own tackle; bait will be provided.
It’s a hands-on event in the heart of Amish Country! Shear a sheep, wash the wool, weave a loom, watching spinning wheel demonstrations and more.
Celebrate the inimitable life of Ray Spooner, raise funds and awareness of ALS and have a great time doing it. Enjoy a serious bike ride or a lighter one around Colbert Park, then dig in for food truck fare and enjoy the park.
Chambanamoms offers another series of free summer playdates, and we’re kicking it off with an afternoon of gymnastics at Champaign Gymnastics Academy.
One of our favorite annual fairs and festivals in C-U! Pack a picnic, bring a blanket and some chairs and settle in for an afternoon of family fun. This event features free ice cream, strawberries (while supplies last), music, and hayrack rides around picturesque Meadowbrook Park. Live folk music seals the deal.
Celebrate the 153rd anniversary of Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration commemorating the abolition of slavery in the U.S. Learn more about the history of Juneteenth and also enjoy music, food trucks, arts and crafts, and a bounce house at Douglass Park.
If dad hasn’t been on the train yet, now’s the time. Dads ride free with a paid fare! There are trains on both Saturday and Sunday.
The University of Illinois Summer Band offers two Quad concerts each summer, this being the first. The summer band’s repertoire includes standard works for band, entertaining contemporary works, and popular selections from a wide array of musical styles.
Did someone say fireworks? The booms are set off on Saturday, but there’s plenty more to offer: inflatables, a movie in the park and vendors, among other things.