Savor the summer with Champaign-Urbana area summer fairs and festivals
Whether you love the food, the carnival rides or the music and entertainment, nothing beats a summer fair or festival in the Champaign-Urbana area. And there are so many to choose from!
Fair season is coming and we have made sure you know where all the fairs are happening this summer. Within about a 90-minute drive, there are dozens of summer fairs and outdoor festivals happening and we are going to list them all for you, all season long. Be sure to bookmark this and check back often.
Chambanamoms.com thanks the Champaign County Fair for presenting this guide.
The Champaign County Fair has been a tradition since the early 1850’s. At the fair you can see 4-H, Open, and Junior Open livestock and non-livestock shows, educational displays revolving around conservation and agriculture, various vendors from different businesses and organizations across the county, a carnival, and a variety of ground and grandstand entertainment. It is an event for families to come to create summertime memories that last a lifetime!
We’ve included Champaign-Urbana area fairs happening now through Labor Day. We will keep adding details and events as they become available. One exception: find everything related to Champaign-Urbana area Fourth of July happenings here.
From county fairs, to special event festivals that feature music, art, food, and more — we’ve got it covered. So break out your calendar and be sure to load up your schedule.
If you’re looking for Fairs and Festivals outside of Champaign-Urbana, we will have a list of nine great Central Illinois Summer Festivals coming soon, too. Want detailed info on the Champaign County Fair? We will have a post just for that fair coming in July.
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Want a quicker view of what’s planned? Check out this list.
FARMER CITY HERITAGE DAYS
Thursday, June 2 – Saturday, June 4
Great music and activities all weekend long. Admission to the music festival and Main Street Fair is free. There is a free Kids Zone on Saturday!
ARTHUR STRAWBERRY JAM FESTIVAL
Friday, June 3 – Saturday, June 4
Old fashioned family friendly fun with games, contests, pony rides and food (ALL the strawberries). Admission is free.
CATLIN STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL
Saturday, June 4
Old fashioned family friendly fun with games, contests, and food. Pack swimsuits to play in the splash pad, too! Cost: Admission is free (food available by donation).
FORD COUNTY FAIR
Sunday, June 12 – Saturday, June 18
Highlights include a petting zoo and of course, carnival rides and favorite fair foods.
PIATT COUNTY FAIR
Thursday, June 16 – Sunday, June 19
Tractor pulls, bands and even a zipline (!) are going to be at this year’s fair, along with vendors offering favorite fair foods.
VERMILION COUNTY FAIR
Wednesday, June 22 – Sunday, June 26
$7 gate admission that includes unlimited carnival rides. Also a queen pageant, demo derby, rodeo, and more. Family 4-pack bundle of tickets available, too.
PIATT COUNTY TRAIL BLAZERS RODEO
Thursday, June 23 – Saturday, June 25
Gates open at 5 p.m. and rodeo begins at 7 p.m. each night. Get a pass for one night or the whole weekend.
Thursday, June 23 – Sunday, June 26
Food trucks, music, helicopter flights and more.
TOLONO FUN DAYS
Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25
Events in years past have included a lighted golf cart parade and outdoor, fun family movie night.
Looking for 4th of July events and activities? View the list here.
HISTORIC FARM DAYS (PENFIELD)
Thursday, July 7 – Sunday, July 10
Annual activities include blacksmith shop, corn crib filling and shelling, potato digging, tractor parades, a tractor pull and an extensive tractor/truck display.
BALLOONS OVER VERMILION
Friday, July 8- Saturday, July 9
Balloons Over Vermilion will feature hot air balloons launching and tethering, as well as mass ascents, fly ins and balloon glows at the Vermilion County Regional Airport.
FARMER CITY & DEWITT COUNTY FAIR
Dates TBA for 2022
Evening entertainment, Queen and Little Miss pageants and talent show, livestock judging and floriculture displays.
Tuesday, July 12 – Saturday, July 16
Queen pageant, carnival, pedal tractor pull, ax throwing, rodeo, demo derby and more, along with food vendors including Kona Ice this year.
SIDNEY FUN DAZE
Friday, July 29 and Saturday, July 30
Sidney Fun Daze features a kiddie tractor pull, inflatables, a parade and live music.
COLES COUNTY FAIR
Sunday, July 31 – Sunday, August 7
Activities in years past have included bull riding, demo derby, dirt drag racing, harness racing, K-9 demo, queen pageants, tractor pull, carnival, music and more.
MCLEAN COUNTY FAIR
Wednesday, Aug. 3 – Sunday, Aug. 7
Visit the Food and Farm Fun Zone with free activities daily, carnival, demo derby, tractor pull and more.
Friday, Aug. 5 and Saturday, Aug. 6
Activities in years past have included music, food trucks, kiddie tractor pull, golf cart parade and Kids Zone.
VILLA GROVE AG DAYS
Friday, Aug. 5 and Saturday, Aug. 6
Fun for kids of all ages, including vendors, local merchant giveaways and sidewalk sales, a parade and display of modern and vintage farm and garden tractors, garden tractor pulling and racing, corn hole tourney, 5K race, corn-eating contest, demo derby, live music, and more.
Saturday, Aug. 6 – Saturday, Aug. 13
Horse show, queen pageant, talent contest, tractor pulls, rodeo and demo derby — plus the carnival will be there all week long.
ST. JOSEPH COMMUNITY FESTIVAL
Thursday, Aug. 11 – Saturday, Aug. 13
Fun small-town festival including a daily fish fry, carnival, and kids’ games.
Friday, Aug. 19 – Sunday, Aug. 21
Carnival, kids games, tractor pull, car/motorcycle show and more. Free entertainment!
LEROY FALL FESTIVAL
Tuesday, Aug.23 – Saturday, Aug. 27
Food, carnival and games-live entertainment nightly.
MAHOMET MUSIC FESTIVAL
Friday, Aug. 26 and Saturday, Aug. 27
Enjoy free admission, free live music, parade, carnival rides (for a cost), street vendors, bags tournament, and more up and down Main Street.
OGDEN STREET FEST
Fun for all ages including a car show, rock climbing wall, laser tag, face painting, food vendors and so much more!
HOOPESTON NATIONAL SWEETCORN FESTIVAL
Thursday, Sept. 1 – Monday, Sept. 5
Besides the normal carnival, demolition derby, Grand Parade and other events, they cook approximately 50 tons of sweetcorn with an antique steam engine and distribute the corn free.
ARTHUR AMISH COUNTRY CHEESE FESTIVAL
Saturday, Sept. 3 – Monday, Sept. 5
This festival is full of family fun with a parade, tractor pull, music, inflatables, pony rides, face-painting and more.
FAIRS AND FESTIVALS THAT WILL NOT BE HAPPENING IN 2022
- Gifford Community Celebration
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