Events & Activities

Art at the Market

Date: 
October 8, 2016 -
8:00am to 12:00pm

Join the Urbana Public Arts Program on Saturday, October 8th, 2016 for music and arts activities at Urbana’s Market at the Square! Find us at the Northwest corner of the market between 8:00am and 12:00pm. All programs offered are free, and no registration is needed. 

From 8:00am to 12pm, come freestyle with local artist Carol Farnum. She will bring plywood sheets, spray paint, quarts of paint and brushes/rollers, markers, and stencils to let visitors freestyle however they want. All materials will be safe to use, and visitors of all ages are welcome. Carol will provide direction and technical knowledge, and draw images out for anyone to paint.

Support The Urbana Free Library at the Barnes & Noble Bookfair

Date: 
July 30, 2016 - 9:00am

Come out to Barnes & Noble to support The Urbana Free Library! This all-day Bookfair will begin on Saturday, July 30, and end in the early morning hours of Sunday, July 31, with the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at midnight. A percentage of what you purchase will benefit The Urbana Free Library.

Barnes & Noble
Marketview Shopping Center
65 East Market View Drive
Champaign, IL 61820

Can’t attend the Bookfair at Barnes & Noble? Visit BN.com/bookfairs to support the Library online from 7/30/16 – 8/4/16 (Bookfair ID# 11883097).

For more information contact Lora Fegley at lfegley@urbanafree.org or by phone at 217-367-4405.

Information provided by the Urbana Free Library.

2016 Illinois Green Infrastructure Conference: Stormwater in the Urban Ecosystem

Date: 
September 15, 2016 -
8:00am to 3:30pm

Join us at the i-Hotel Conference Center in Champaign for this one-day free event featuring Dan Christian with Tetra Tech and Steve Zimmerman with Applied Ecological Services.  Topics to be covered: green infrastructure design principles, show to use native plants in an urban area, and how to plan for community concerns such as mosquitos and geese. Your registration also guarantees your spot on a free tour of green infrastructure practices in the community.  

Professionals will be able to earn 5 PDH and 5 CEU.

Lunch is free.

Register online at: https://go.illinois.edu/igic

This event is presented by the MS4 working group:

Art at the Market

Date: 
September 10, 2016 -
8:00am to 12:00pm

Join the Urbana Public Arts Program on Saturday, September 10th, 2016 for music and arts activities at Urbana’s Market at the Square. Find us at the Northwest corner of the market between 8:00am and 12:00pm.

All programs offered are free, and no registration is needed.From 8:00am to 12pm,  Judiee will teach visitors how to do sun-prints, or you can make your own button using a button-making equipment. Both activities are simple and for all ages.

Artist of the Corridor Opening Reception: Mini Masterpainters

Date: 
July 14, 2016 -
5:00pm to 6:30pm

Join the Urbana Public Arts Program for the opening reception of Mini Masterpainters, an exhibition by Judy Lee. This reception will take place on Thursday, July 14, from 5:00pm to 6:30pm at the Urbana City Building (400 S. Vine Street). Refreshments will be served, and everyone is welcome.

Judy is an artist and designer based in Urbana. After graduating from art school, Judy briefly worked as a graphic designer before taking on a post as a preschool art teacher, where she rediscovered her love for art and stories. She is currently working on a picture book series about artists, along with other creative projects. She is currently the featured Artist of the Corridor.

Urbana School District Centralized Registration Dates

Date: 
July 27, 2016 - 9:00am to July 28, 2016 - 7:00pm

Urbana School District #116 will hold their annual centralized registration at the end of July. The days and times are as follows:

  • Wednesday, July 27th – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 28th – 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The one-stop-shop for all Urbana students, early childhood through high school, will take place at Urbana Middle School, 1201 S. Vine St., Urbana. If you are registering a new or returning student, please remember to bring a photo ID and proof of residency. If you have a child entering kindergarten, 6th or 9th grades, please bring their completed physical forms to registration. Enrollment requirements and documents for new and returning students can be found on the USD #116 web site here: http://www.usd116.org/index.php/parents/registration/ Registration fees can be made online at the USD #116 Web Store. Please bring the printed receipt with you.

Art at the Market

Date: 
August 13, 2016 -
8:00am to 12:00pm

Join the Urbana Public Arts Program on Saturday, August 13th, 2016 for music and arts activities at Urbana’s Market at the Square! Find us at the Northwest corner of the market between 8:00am and 12:00pm. All programs offered are free, and no registration is needed.

From 8:00am to 12pm, learn how to transform old t-shirts into tote bags with Makerspace. The activitiy is simple for people of all ages and can be completed in less than 10 minutes. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own t-shirts for a "remake."

From 9:30am to 11:30, enjoy upbeat music by a Latin-themed instrumental trio, Los Guapos. Their style ranges from salsa, rumba, cumbia, and son montuno. The trio plays music by Arsenio Rodriguez, Mongo Santamaria, Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez, Marc Ribot, Ry Cooder, as well as original compositions. Check out a sample of their latest performance here.

Urbana Art Expo 2016

Date: 
September 18, 2016 -
10:00am to 5:00pm

The Urbana Art Expo will return to the Urbana Civic Center on Sunday, September 18, 2016, from 10:00am to 5:00pm. This event is free and open to the public.

All visual artists who are interested in showing their works at the Expo should download the application materials here. Eighteen artists or artist groups will be selected from the application pool and offered a booth at the expo. No application fee is required, but artists invited to participate must pay a modest booth rental fee for their 10' x 10' space. Deadline to apply has been extended to 11:59pm CST on Monday, August 8, 2016.

The Urbana Art Expo is a one-day juried fine art sale and exhibition, presented by the Urbana Public Arts Program in partnership with 40 North | 88 West: Champaign County Arts Council. In 2015, the event featured 23 local and area artists, showing hundreds of artworks in various media and styles.

Art at the Market

Date: 
July 9, 2016 -
8:00am to 12:00pm

Join the Urbana Public Arts Program on Saturday, July 9, 2016 for music and arts activities at Urbana's Market at the Square! Find us at the northwest corner of the market between 8:00am and 12:00pm. All programs offered are free, and no registration is needed.

Come out to Uncork Urbana Wine Festival

Date: 
June 18, 2016 -
1:00pm to 9:00pm

Looking for something to do on Saturday afternoon? Why not celebrate the diverse and delicious wines that the state of Illinois has to offer? Uncork Urbana Wine Festival is the chance for wine-lovers in the area to come together and enjoy a day of wine, music and food. Admission to the festival is $15 which includes 5 tasting tickets and a souvenir wine glass. The cut off date for registration is June 18 at 5 pm. After that, admission is $20 (cash only). Come on out to the corner of Race and Main and enjoy the Uncork Urbana Wine Festival!