Some of our favorite events in June in 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.
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.
If you happened to miss the news that Middle Fork River Forest Preserve has earned distinction of being an International Dark Sky Park, read this and then head to MFRFP to see what the fuss is about. Here’s the bottom line: Our little corner of Champaign County has a feature that is terribly unique and mind-blowing. We say check it out.
The free — yes, we said free — summer concert series at Allerton Park in Monticello is a highlight of the summer. Music, art, food, drink … sounds like a pretty full night.
We wrote about this special event this week, and we encourage everyone to take a look. It encompasses a lot of fun, of course, but the greater meaning of the event is what makes it special.
Try new restaurants, do some shopping, park for free and see a movie on the Quad, every Thursday through Aug. 8.
Celebrate Harvest Moon Drive-In’s 65th anniversary in Gibson City with “The Secret Life of Pets 2” on its opening night along with “A Dog’s Journey” as a double feature on Screen 1. Enjoy special pricing and concession discounts.
Free admission for a weekend of radio-controlled fun! It is the largest gathering of its kind in the Midwest, drawing nearly 5,000 spectators — and participants — last year.
Downtown Champaign comes alive in a big way with the return of StreetFest, featuring live local music — FREE — in the street around some of your favorite restaurants.
We kick off our Chambanamoms summer playdate series with a trip to Mahomet for an evening of footgolf. You can find the details here, but what you need to know is this: It’s fun!
Prairie Park is the site for the first of six free “play days” in Urbana. From the organizers: “Your evening will be filled with activities, sports, laughter, meeting new friends, and more! The activities offered at each park will vary. All ages and abilities are welcome. We will provide the activities, equipment, popcorn, and drinks.”
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.
Celebrate the 154th 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.
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.
The scene shifts to everyone’s favorite Urbana park, Meadowbrook, for some Chambanamoms-inspired fun! The theme is Red, White and Blue, and we’ll have special activities from our sponsors as well as the normal fun that a trip to Meadowbrook entails.
The downtown events series takes place on the fourth Saturday of the month from May to August on Main Street in Urbana. It features concerts, DJs, an artist’s street market, kids zone, teen maker lab, inflatables, games, live art demos, performances and, well, you get the picture.
The University of Illinois Summer Band meets during the summer session and performs two “Twilight Concerts” on the UI Quadrangle. This tradition goes back over 100 years, and is a special element of the Illinois Band Program.
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.