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.
Thanks to Busey Bank for presenting this list.
This original, world premier will be performed at Parkland College and is the only traditional stage play being performed in Champaign-Urbana this summer. Songs, dances, special effects, and a fairy tale of Oz will be featured.
The third annual event, sponsored by 40 North and the Urbana Park District, features more than 40 local and regional art vendors with paintings, textiles, ceramics, sculpture, photography, jewelry, poetry, glass, mixed media and more. From 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
The City of Champaign recently announced the addition of these free neighborhood parties, featuring an interactive DJ and music, refreshments, family friendly games, bounce houses and information/resource vendors. Get details here.
There are many reasons to attend — carnival rides, food vendors, parade, tractor pull, fish fry, etc. — but the highlight likely comes Saturday with the fireworks show. Get the details here.
A free showing of Spider-Man Homecoming will follow the Illini soccer team’s exhibition against Notre Dame (also free). Bring your own food, drinks and blankets and enjoy an evening at the new Demirjian Park.
If you haven’t made your annual visit to this Champaign Park District staple, your last chance is today, as the farm closes for the season after Aug. 15. Find out more about making the most of your visit here.
Sponsored by Crisis Nursery, this free event for all ages allows attendees to explore vehicles from construction to public transportation, and emergency services to utility trucks. Food trucks and additional activities are available. Get full details here.