16 Things To Do in Champaign-Urbana in August
School is starting — great news for some, yet disheartening for others — but August doesn’t mean the end of summer fun in Champaign-Urbana.
No, there’s still plenty of time left to get outside and make memories. There’s festivals, football, and tons of family fun to be had as summer transitions into fall.
Thank you to OSF HealthCare for sponsoring our picks for August Things to Do. Check sports physicals off your back-to-school to do list. Same-day sports physicals are quick and easy at OSF Urgo urgent care clinics. Walk in for care or schedule a same-day appointment online at www.osfurgo.org.
Sports physicals are $35 or less with insurance. The OSF Urgo team aims to get you in and out in 40 minutes or less so you can get back to enjoying the final days of summer. Now serving the Champaign-Urbana community with three convenient locations.
What we’re looking forward to in August around Champaign-Urbana
Play Days in the Park, Aug. 1 & 8
The Urbana Park District brings a variety of free activities to your neighborhood on select Thursdays. (Aug. 1 is Victory Park, Aug. 8 is Blair Park.) Activities at each park will vary but check out more details here.
The Wizard of Oz, Aug. 1-4
The Champaign Theatre Company brings to life one of the classics, performed in a classic setting of the Virginia Theatre. Tickets are $10 for 12-and-under, $15 for students and seniors and $19 for standard. There’s even a matinee on Aug. 4.
Kids Sidewalk Chalk Contest, Aug. 2
The seventh annual event will again take place in downtown Champaign, and as always, it is best to register early, as the popularity grows each year! Chalk is provided.
Second Annual Steam Threshing Event, Aug. 2-3
See antique farming equipment, visit a petting zoo, and enjoy all kinds of fun activities at the Illinois Amish Heritage Center. Kids will have no trouble being engaged and entertained.
Mommy & Baby Expo, Aug. 3
OK, this one might be geared a little more toward the adults. But all ages are welcome and there are free snacks and refreshments for the first 150 people.
Crystal Lake Park Art Fair, Aug. 3
New! Local and regional art vendors will envelop the park with paintings, textiles, ceramics, photography, jewelry, glass, mixed media and more.
Head to Champaign Public Library for a fantastic Food Truck Rally. See your old favorites and try new ones. Live music and fun.
Join Chambanamoms from 10-11:30 a.m. at West Side Park in Champaign for a “kids market” playdate. Kids will be able to sell their wares, or just enjoy the amenities of one of the city’s biggest parks.
Champaign-Urbana Days, Aug. 9-10
This annual event takes place in Champaign’s Douglass Park. Take in the live entertainment, tasty food, children’s activities, sports tournaments, a senior luncheon, and more. FREE.
Pens to Lens Gala Screening, Aug. 10
The whole community is invited to see student short films, walk the red carpet, and celebrate student writing and filmmaking, with awards presented. Ages 18 and under are FREE, but grownups need tickets. Truly a showcase of the cinematic talent in Champaign-Urbana.
Fans will be allowed to come onto the field and get autographs and photos with the Fighting Illini. FREE! And don’t forget about the free movie: Disney’s Aladdin.
Homer Krazee Daze, Aug. 15-17
Vendors, amusements, music and plenty of other fun will make Homer Krazee Daze a highlight of your year.
Taste of Champaign-Urbana, Aug. 16-17
It’s an annual highlight on our calendar. Can’t beat the opportunity to eat lots of good food, catch up with friends, check out some quality entertainment and a whole lot more. West Side Park is the venue. Don’t forget to check out the chambanamoms Kids Zone.
School has begun, so it’s time to gather for some fun to celebrate the end of summer. Join your friends for a rollicking time at Champaign Gymnastics Academy. FREE.
Urbana Sweetcorn Festival, Aug. 23-24
With the Taste of C-U and the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival on back-to-back weekends, the C-U area will get its fill of good food and good times. We love the intensive family friendly events happening this year! Runs through Saturday.
It’s the season opener for Illini football so get in the mood with a morning and afternoon on fun. Kickoff is 11 a.m. but Grange Grove is filled with activity three hours before.