Saturday, November 7, 2015 (All day)
The Urbana Free Library

The Champaign-Urbana Folk & Roots Festival is an annual event that promotes the folk arts and contributes to the artistic vitality of central Illinois. As a venue sponsor, The Urbana Free Library is pleased to participate in this vibrant community event. All festival events at the Library are FREE and will take place in the Lewis Auditorium, Busey-Mills Reading Room, and Satterthwaite Conference Room.

Lewis Auditorium:
10:00 AM Bodhrán Workshop with Tim Mulvenna
11:15 AM: Prairie Breezes Family Concert with Barb Silverman and Colby Maddox
12:00 PM: Local Storytellers Showcase: Stories for Families featuring Camille Born, UFL Children's Librarian Elaine Bearden, and Linda Dust
1:00 PM: Featured Storyteller, Anne Shimojima
2:00 PM: Local Storytellers Showcase: More Stories for Families featuring Kim Sheahan and Kath Brinkmann
3:45 PM: U of I Press Panel with Phil Jamison and Marion Jacobson

This month's special Prairie Breezes concert is a collaboration of The Urbana Free Library and the C-U Folk & Roots Festival, and is generously sponsored by Peggy and Bob Podlasek in memory of Greg Bliss.

Busey-Mills Reading Room:
10:30 AM: Orpheus Mandolin Orchestra
11:45 AM: Singer-Songwriter Lynn O'Brien
1:15 PM: Bluegrass & Country with Idea Garden
2:45 PM: Singer-Songwriter David Francey
4:00 PM: Singer-Songwriter, John Gorka

Satterthwaite Conference Room:
3:15 PM: Storytelling Workshop with Anne Shimojima, "You Can Tell a Story Too!."
Folk tales, stories of the human condition, trials and tribulations, love lost and found, and journeying on the quest, have been passed down through the generations from teller to listener. Join storyteller Anne Shimojima as she shares tips on how to learn and tell a folk tale. Anne brings 30+ years of storytelling experience to this fast-paced hour of both theory and practice.

To see a complete schedule of festival events, visit

Friday, November 6, 2015 - 4:00pm to Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 4:00pm

This is the CU Spinners and Weavers Guild annual Show and Sale! Patrons can expect a variety of the highest quality handmade goods including handspun yarn, woven, knitting and crocheted garments, needle and wet felted garments and sculptures, handwoven baskets, dyed textiles and much more. The sale includes demonstration activities in additional to the sale of guild members’ work each fall. A small percentage of the profit goes to the guild in order to fund future programs. This years Show and Sale will take place:

Friday, Nov. 6, 4 to 9 p.m.


Saturday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hessel Park Christian Reformed Church
700 West Kirby Avenue

Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 3:30pm to 10:00pm
Orpheumm Children's Science Museum

Benefiting the Orpheum Childrens Science Museum and the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club. Tickets are $5

All Ages
Performance pumpkin carving
Pumpkin Cookie Decorating
Pumpkin Auction
Tricks, Treats & Eats
Face Painting & Mask Making
Airbrush Tattoos

Live music & DJ Belly
Costume Contest
Craft potions & brews
After dark performers
Tarot readings
Piato Food Truck 

Friday, November 20, 2015 - 7:30pm, Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 7:30pm
Fluid Event Center, 601 N Country Fair Dr. Champaign, IL
{ theatre, kids }

4th annual Magic and Other Nonsense!

Coming to you for our fourth year, Magic and Other Nonsense is the C-U's only annual magical variety show.

This year we will be featuring the talents of author, historian and magician, William Pack. The incredible slieght of hand artistry of Tony Dowell. The zany antics of Toto, and more to be announced soon! Starring, and hosted by local magician Markus Clegg.

Friday November 20th, and Saturday November 21st at 7:30pm

Fluid Event Center 601 N Country Fair Dr, Champaign, IL

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

Friday, November 6, 2015 - 9:00am to Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 5:00pm
Fluid Event Center

The Chris Cringle Arts & Crafts Show is one of the Midwest's largest craft shows, featuring 150 booths displaying a wide variety of handcrafted items by local and area artists, as well as artists from all over the Midwest. A rest area and refreshments are available. Illinois Heartland Decorative Artist sponsors a raffle featuring a holiday quilt, painted and piece by our members. Tickets for the raffle are $1 each or 6 for $5. Proceeds from our show support our many projects, including art student scholarships, Memorial 4-H Camp, Decorative Arts Collections, memory boxes for hospitals, sponsoring families through the Department of Children and Family Services, area food banks, seminars, demonstrations, displays and a weekend retreat.

Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 10:00am
Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign
{ kids }

Kids at Krannert offers a free Saturday morning of creative fun for families with children ages 3-8. Activities can include painting, collage, dance, scavenger hunts and more.

Saturday, October 10

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 9:30am
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana
{ kids }

Children and their parents or caregivers are welcome to learn, create, and play together with crafts and activities from around the world at the Spurlock Museum, 600 South Gregory, Urbana. Arrive between 9:30 am and 11:30 am; stay until noon. A donation of $2 per family member per visit is requested. Contact: Julia Robinson at (217) 244-5590 or

Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 3:00pm
2000 S. Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL

Matsuri is the Japanese word for festival. Join us for our first Matsuri and kick off the fall semester here at Japan House within the University of Illinois Arboretum. Come for an afternoon of Japanese and Asian inspired food, drinks, crafts, demonstrations, and performances. Purchase of tickets are needed for food and drink.They will be available at Japan House. There will be drum performances by Ho Etsu Taiko and tea ceremonies by Urbana-Champaign Association of Chado Urasenke Tankokai. There will be martial arts demonstrations, garden tours of the Japan House gardens, bonsai and ikebana displays and tea bowl making by Jason Armour. Some of our participating restaurants will be Cream & Flutter, Flying Machine Coffee, JT Walker's, Kona Ice, Michaels' Catering, Miga, Pandamonium Doughnuts and Pizza M.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 9:30am to 12:00pm, Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 9:30am to 12:00pm, Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 9:30am to 12:00pm, Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 9:30am to 12:00pm, Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 9:30am to 12:00pm
Spurlock Museum

On Wednesdays from September 30 through October 28, children and their parents or caregivers are welcome to learn, create, and play together with crafts and activities from around the world. Arrive anytime between 9:30 and 11:30. The program ends at noon. A donation of $2 per family member is requested for each visit.

Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 12:30pm to 4:00pm
Spurlock Museum

A whole afternoon of performances! During WorldFest, the Museum celebrates the wonderful variety of performance arts practiced around the world and offers hands-on activities for everyone. This event is sponsored in part by the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
Suggested donation: $5.


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