Events & Activities

Wiley Elementary Bike Rodeo

Date: 
May 18, 2016 -
1:00pm to 2:30pm

The Champaign-Urbana Safe Routes to School (C-U SRTS) Project, Urbana School District #116, Champaign County Bikes, City of Urbana, and Champaign-­Urbana Mass Transit District are holding a bike rodeo at Wiley Elementary on May 18th, from 1 to 2:30pm on the driveway behind the school to teach fifth-­graders bicycle safety and bicycling skills.


The C-U SRTS Project Bicycle Rodeo is an opportunity for parents and children to learn how to be safe when bicycling and to practice some basic bicycling skills. The Bicycle Rodeo scheduled for May 18th will include:

Summer Reading Kick-Off Party

Date: 
May 21, 2016 -
3:00pm to 5:00pm

Read for the Win when you join us for the 2016 Summer Reading Program Kick-Off with an outdoor party for everyone!

Saturday, May 21
Urbana Free Library, Cherry Alley

Enjoy live music with the incomparable Mr. Stephens who will be playing songs like… Chicken Feet, Beware of the Dog, and It's Almost Time for Halloween. You will find toe-tapping, sing-along fun for the young or young at heart. Don't miss sidewalk chalk, games, ice cream, and lemonade. And before you leave, sign-up for one of our free summer reading clubs to make the fun last all summer long! If it rains, the event will move to the Lewis Auditorium.

This concert is generously sponsored by Larry and Margaret Jobe in honor of grandsons Arlin and Berk Orr.

For more information, contact Lora Fegley at lfegley@urbanafree.org call 217-367-4405.

Preservation Month - History of Urbana's Antebellum Houses

Date: 
May 25, 2016 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Join us as Stewart Berlocher presents his fascinating research on Urbana's Civil War-era buildings and neighborhoods in this lecture, the last of three, as part of National Preservation Month. Event takes place in the Lewis Auditorium at the Urbana Free Library at 7:00PM on May 25.


The two other lectures in this series, "What Style is it? Understanding Architectural Styles" and "Good Form - Understanding Vernacular Building Types" will be presented at the Urbana Free Library’s Lewis Auditorium on May 11 and 18, also at 7:00PM.

Preservation Month - Good Form: Understanding Vernacular Building Types in Urbana

Date: 
May 18, 2016 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Learn about vernacular building types in Urbana in this lecture, the second of three, as part of National Preservation Month. Event takes place in the Lewis Auditorium at the Urbana Free Library at 7:00PM on May 18.


The two other lectures in this series, "What Style is it? Understanding Architectural Styles" and "A History of Urbana's Antebellum Houses" will be presented at the Urbana Free Library’s Lewis Auditorium on May 11 and 25, also at 7:00PM.

Preservation Month - What Style is it? Understanding Architectural Styles in Urbana

Date: 
May 11, 2016 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Learn about the many different architectural styles in Urbana in this lecture, the first of three, as part of National Preservation Month. Event takes place in the Lewis Auditorium at the Urbana Free Library at 7:00PM on May 11.


The two other lectures in this series, "Good Form - Understanding Vernacular Building Types" and "A History of Urbana's Antebellum Houses" will be presented at the Urbana Free Library’s Lewis Auditorium on May 18 and 25, also at 7:00PM.

Preservation Month - Walking Tour of Vernacular Buildings in Historic East Urbana

Date: 
May 21, 2016 -
10:00am to 11:00am

Celebrate National Preservation Month with a walking tour highlighting vernacular buildings in the Historic East Urbana neighborhood. The tour will begin at the Market at the Square at 10:00AM and will end back at the Market around 11:00. Bring your walking shoes!


This is the third of three tours scheduled for Preservation Month that will leave from the Market at the Square. The others will take place on the 7th and 14th. This tour is a companion to the "Good Form - Understanding Vernacular Building Types" lecture taking place on Wednesday, May 18 at 7:00PM at the Urbana Free Library (Lewis Auditorium).

Preservation Month - Walking Tour of Architectural Styles in West Urbana

Date: 
May 14, 2016 -
10:00am to 11:00am

Celebrate National Preservation Month with a walking tour highlighting different architectural styles in the West Urbana neighborhood. The tour will begin at the Market at the Square at 10:00AM and will end back at the Market around 11:00. Bring your walking shoes!


This is the second of three tours scheduled for Preservation Month that will leave from the Market at the Square. The others will take place on the 7th and 21st. This tour is a companion to the "What Style is it?" lecture taking place on Wednesday, May 11, at 7:00PM at the Urbana Free Library (Lewis Auditorium).

Preservation Month - Bike Tour of Modern Homes

Date: 
May 7, 2016 -
10:00am to 11:30am

Celebrate National Preservation Month and National Bike Month with a leisurely bike tour of modern homes in Urbana. The tour will begin at the Market at the Square at 10:00AM and will follow a low-traffic, low-stress route past some of Urbana's best modern houses, ending back at the Market. Bring your own bike!


This is the first of three tours scheduled for Preservation Month that will leave from the Market at the Square. The others will take place on the 14th and 21st, and will be walking tours through nearby neighborhoods.

Bike to Work Day - 5/3/2016

Date: 
May 3, 2016 -
7:00am to 10:00am


Come join us for Bike to Work Day 2016!


Every year during National Bike Month (May), the Cities of Urbana and Champaign, along with Champaign County Bikes, host Bike to Work Day to encourage people to ride their bikes to work. So whether you ride your bike to work everyday, or have never done it before, please sign up and visit one of our Bike to Work Day stations for free snacks and coffee on your way to the office.


Stations are open from 7:00-10:00AM. We hope to see you there!