Events & Activities

Legacy Tree Dedication Ceremony

October 9, 2014 - 12:00pm

A private property tree nominated by its owner has been selected as the City of Urbana’s first living Legacy Tree as part of a new city program. The bur oak at 301 Griggs St., estimated to be about 150 years old, will be recognized with the special designation in a public ceremony at noon Thursday, Oct. 9, at the tree site. The oak is a remnant of the original Big Grove, documented by the Federal Land Survey between 1804 and 1891.

Event parking is available on Griggs St. or in City of Urbana lot 25 with access from Central Ave. Rain date for the dedication ceremony is noon Friday, Oct. 10, at the tree site.

The Legacy Tree Program was created by the Urbana City Council in April 2013. It is administered by the Arbor Division in collaboration with the Urbana Tree Commission to celebrate, recognize and protect Urbana’s most significant trees and its designation as one of only 13 charter Tree City USA communities in the United States.

2nd Annual UHS Sundae 5K Walk/Run

October 5, 2014 - 8:00am

Urbana High School will host their 2nd annual UHS Sundae 5K Walk/Run on Sunday, October 5, starting at 8 am. The race will be a run/walk through the state-street area of West Urbana. There will also be a Sundae Junior 1K run that day. All proceeds from this event will go directly to the UHS athletic department and will be used to update the equipment in the UHS weight room, now known as the John Gremer Strength and Conditioning Facility.

Snacks and treats will be available for all participants and there will be raffle giveaways at the finish of the race in the Urbana Athletic Complex. Race day check-in will be from 7:00 to 7:45 a.m. prior to the race. The 5K run/walk will begin at 8:00 a.m. and the Junior 1K will start at 9:30 a.m. The start line is located at Washington and Broadway. Awards and gift distribution is at 10:15 a.m.

UHS Homecoming Parade

October 3, 2014 -
3:00pm to 4:00pm

USD Logo

On Friday, October 3, UHS will hold their annual Homecoming Parade from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The parade will include the Homecoming King and Queen and their Court, UHS Marching Band, floats created by student committees representing student groups and grade levels, student athletic teams, and a variety of special guests and USD #116 administrators. The Court will also be introduced during the UHS boys varsity football game against Centennial HS.

Due to road construction, Urbana High School altered the Homecoming Parade route. The parade will start at 3pm and the new route is as follows:

Urbana Fire Department Invites You to Fire Prevention Week's Family Night!

October 9, 2014 -
5:30pm to 7:00pm

Thursday, October 9th
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Lincoln Square Village, 300 S Broadway, Urbana, Illinois

FEATURING a live burn cell presentation emphasizing how quickly a fire builds and the importance of smoke detectors as an early detection warning system.


  • Fire Prevention & Education Demonstrations
  • Sparky the Fire Dog along with Safety Pup
  • Fire Safety House
  • Color Sparky for chance to win new Bicycle (children ages 5-9)

Free Pizza and soft drinks while supplies last.

Image reproduced from NFPA's Fire Prevention Week website, ©2014 NFPA.

Bicycle Rodeo

September 27, 2014 -
9:00am to 11:30am

Bike Rodeo Flyer

Join the City of Urbana, Urbana's Market at the Square, C-U SRTS Project, Champaign-Urbana Public Health, CUUATS, and MTD for a Bike Rodeo!

When: Saturday, September 27th from 9-11:30 a.m.

Where: Across Illinois Street from Urbana's Market at the Square (next to the dry cleaners)

What: Bicycle skills stations, safety information, helmet sales, helmet fittings, and more!

For more information please visit the C-U Safe Routes to School Website at or call Cynthia Hoyle at 217/384-8188 or Gabriel Lewis at 217/328-3313.

Public Safety Career Expo

November 12, 2014 -
11:00am to 2:00pm

American flag2014 Public Safety Career Expo

For veteran and active duty military members, guard and reserve members,  and military spouses/partners

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
Urbana City Building, 400 S. Vine St.

Schedule of Events:
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Firefighter Workshop (testing in Summer 2015)
12 - 1 p.m.  Public Safety Open House
1 - 2 p.m.  Police Officer Workshop (testing in January 2015)

Why attend?
What you need to know for Public Safety 2015 testing
Application and interview tips
Hear from veterans currently on the departments

Download the flyer:Public Safety Career Expo 2014 flyer

Summer Movie Nights Features UP- sponsored by the Urbana Public Arts Program

September 12, 2014 -
8:00pm to 10:00pm

Join us on Friday, September 12 at 8pm at the Busey Bank Parking Lot in Urbana for the final Summer Movie Night of 2014. @urbanalove and the Urbana Public Arts Program present UP, the animation classic by Pixar. A feisty septuagenarian teams with a fearless wilderness ranger to do battle with a vicious band of beasts and villains in this beloved computer-animated adventure. Carl Fredricksen is a 78-year-old balloon salesman. His entire life, Carl has longed to wander the wilds of South America. Then, one day, the irascible senior citizen shocked his neighbors by tying thousands of balloons to his home and finally taking flight. But Carl isn't alone on his once-in-a-lifetime journey, because stowed away on his front porch is an excitable eight-year-old Wilderness Explorer named Russell. UP appeals to kids and adults alike. Come out and enjoy a groundbreaking film and let your imagination take flight under the stars.

Light the Night: Bike Light Distribution Campaign

September 11, 2014 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm

Do you ride your bike at night? Then you gotta have a light!Light the Night Flyer

Stop by one of the locations below with your bicycle without a light, and teams of volunteers will install a set free of charge. Light sets will only be installed on bicycles without lights; lights will not be given to individuals . A reflector will also be provided if your bicycle does not have one.


WRIGHT AND GREEN (near the Alma Mater)

LINCOLN & ILLINOIS (near the Hallene Gateway)

LIFECYCLE BIKE SHOP (79 Beardsley Ave, Champaign)


Brought to you by the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, City of Urbana, City of Champaign, the University of Illinois, the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission, Champaign Cycle, Champaign County Bikes, The Bike Project of Urbana-Champaign, and Planet Bike.