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The Champaign Park District offers a wide array of special events throughout the year. Events are listed by season under the “Special Events” tab. New events may be added at any time, so be sure you keep an eye on our most recent Program Guide for updates. If you have any questions about our special events, please contact zoe.southlynn@champaignparks.org or call 217-819-3931 unless otherwise noted.

All outdoor events are subject to weather cancellations and other delays.  Get up-to-the-minute information on our Cancellations Page.

Martens Center Events

BOO-RIFIC HALLOWEEN EGG HUNT | Saturday, October 8, 2022

Ages 3-12

Human Kinetics Park

Boo-rific Halloween Egg Hunt is a fast-paced night time egg hunt. Participants
will race against time and others in pursuit of their share of thousands of eggs.
Come in your costume and bring your flashlight and a basket for collecting eggs.
Registration is required.

Time: 7p
Deadline:  October 5, 2022
Fee(R/NR): $2/$3. Martens Center members participate for free but must register.
Questions: katherine.hicks@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3843

NOON YEAR’S EVE | Saturday, December 31, 2022

All Ages

Come celebrate Noon Year’s Eve Day event on New Year’s Eve! This celebration is a family-friendly event for children to experience the New Year’s Drop with their family at noon rather than having to stay up until midnight. Noon Year’s Eve includes activities, music, crazy hats, noisemakers, a countdown to the big moment, and a drop of thousands of balloons. Registration required.

Time: 11a-12:30p
Fee (R/NR): $4/$6. Martens Member: $2
Questions: katherine.hicks@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3843

September Events

STATE TOWN & COUNTRY AMATEUR ART SHOW | August 29 – September 17, 2022

All Ages
Springer Cultural Center

This show highlights the best of show and blue ribbon winners from the county shows held in the spring. Amateur artists from towns across Illinois, including our own Champaign County, will display their unique pieces at the show. Original work from both youth and adult divisions are displayed for public viewing.

Visit our Town & Country Amateur Art Show page for more info.


#PARKSROCK SCAVENGER HUNTS | September 3-30, 2022

All Ages
Champaign Parks & Trails

We’re rockin’ the parks this September with four #ParksRock Scavenger Hunts! A new set of painted rocks will be hidden for you to find every Saturday in September. Prizes will be available for those who find a painted rock & submit a photo by September 30. You also get to keep the painted rocks you find!

  • September 3: Avengers Assemble | 14 Rocks
  • September 10: Become the Very Best (Kanto Region) | 8 Rocks
  • September 17: Dragon Balls Resurface | 7 Rocks
  • September 24: One Rock to Rule Them All | 1 Rock

To help guide you to victory, the list of 30 Champaign parks & trails where you can find them will be released on September 1, 2022 right here!

Questions: rachel.voss@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3932.

WEST SIDE ARTS | Saturday, September 17, 2022

West Side Arts a Champaign Park District and 40North event.

Don’t miss the inaugural West Side Arts! On September 17 at West Side Park, the Champaign Park District and 40 North will join up to bring artists and art lovers together for a free juried art festival. Join us from 10a-5p to purchase and peruse amazing local and regional art showcasing a multitude of mediums!

To apply to become an artist or event sponsor, visit the West Side Arts event page!


DONATE: September 19-October 13, any Champaign Park District facility
GIVEAWAY: Sat, October 15, 10a-noon or until costumes are gone at Douglass Community Center

Less than bewitched by last year’s Halloween outfits? Creating closet room for a new costume? Donate your old threads and give kids a night of happy haunting!

Donation of items is not required to pick up a new costume. A limited number of people will be admitted to shop at a time.

Questions: lynne.franco@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2573

October Events

THE GREAT PUMPKIN HUNT | October 1-31, 2022

Location: Champaign & Urbana Parks

Are you ready to find pumpkins all over Champaign- Urbana? We’ve teamed up again with Urbana Park District to hide pumpkins in the parks throughout October…But this year will be a bit different!

This year, we are hiding HUNDREDS of laminated pumpkins with QR codes for you to find throughout Champaign & Urbana Park districts. Once you find a pumpkin, scan the QR code to submit your entry into a drawing to win a prize bag filled with CPD and UPD goodies on November 1, 2022. You get to keep the pumpkins you find too!


Be sure when you snap a picture for your submission to share your discoveries with us on our Facebook and Instagram accounts by tagging #CUpumpkinhunt.


FLANNEL FEST | Friday, October 14-Saturday, October 15, 2022

The Champaign Park District’s Flannel Fest is bigger and better than ever before. On October 14 & 15, Flannel Fest will be taking over Centennial Park.

Live lumberjack shows from Lumberjack Enterprises, music for children and adults, games, inflatables, beer and wine sales and more will transform Centennial Park into a massive fall festival over the course of this two-day event.  

Questions: zoe.southlynn@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3931

For more information, please visit our Flannel Fest page!


NIGHTMARE ON GROVE STREET | Saturday, October 22, 2022

Douglass Community Center

Join us at Douglass Park for our annual Halloween party! Enjoy activities, free candy giveaway, and more! Kids must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

Time: 12-2p

Questions: lynne.franco@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2573

November Events

CUSR CUPCAKE 5K | Sunday, November 6, 2022

All Ages

What’s better than a cupcake with friends? Or a fundraiser that supports kids and adults with disabilities who just want to have fun? Why not have both! The CUSR Cupcake 5K is going to be one sweet time! This is a timed, accessible race ending with a delicious cupcake. Funds raised will go into the Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation’s scholarship fund, which supports individuals who need financial support to access CUSR programs and services. Runners, walkers, and registrants who may use a wheelchair are welcome. All registrants must provide a valid email address in order to receive crucial pre-race information. Updated information will also be posted on CUSR’s Facebook page.

The event will go on rain or shine unless the weather poses unsafe conditions. No refunds will be given in the event of cancellation due to unsafe weather conditions. Remember, all proceeds go directly to CUSR’s scholarship fund.

For more information, please visit the CUSR website!

WINTER NIGHTS AT PRAIRIE FARM | November 25, 2022-January 1, 2023

Enjoy holiday lights every Thursday through Sunday, starting November 25 – January 1 at Prairie Farm. This will be an accessible experience featuring festive light displays throughout the farm. Cocoa will be available for purchase to enjoy as you journey through a winter wonderland!
Join us for opening night on November 25, 2022 to meet Santa, listen to carolers, and enjoy complimentary hot chocolate.
Questions: zoe.southlynn@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3931


December Events

ZOOM WITH SANTA | December 6, 13, & 20, 2022

Santa wanted to do something extra special this year! So he learned about Zoom and set out to spread some holiday cheer. We scheduled the big guy for not one…not two…but THREE Tuesday evenings this December for Zoom with Santa! He also has his head Sign Language Interpreting elf available for kiddos and adults video chatting with Santa. Registration forms will be available starting Monday, November 15 at any Champaign Park District facility or online with the link below.

Time: 6-8p
Deadline: December 1, 5p
Questions: william.schoell@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3926

PIZZA & PAJAMAS WITH SANTA | Saturday, December 10, 2022

All Ages

Join us to celebrate the holiday season! Enjoy holiday themed crafts, music and a visit from Santa. Each guest will get to enjoy pizza, cookie, and a drink while hanging out with Santa. Don’t forget to dress in your favorite holiday jammies! Participants must register.

To register, call 217-398-2573.

Time: 12-1:30p
Fee (R/NR): $11/$16.50 per person
Questions: lynne.franco@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2573

HOLIDAY IN WHOVILLE | Sunday, December 11, 2022

 All Ages

Join us for a real holiday treat! Watch Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966 TV short) with screenings at 1p, 2p, 3p, and 4p. During the event, we will have pictures with Santa and trolley rides through Downtown Champaign.

Fee: $4, children under 2 are free. Tickets available at the door or online at thevirginia.org
Questions: zoe.southlynn@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3931


The Springer Cultural Center hosts eight exhibitions per year. Six are professional shows for adult local and regional artists, which are determined by review of applications. Two are amateur art shows: the Champaign County Town & Country Amateur Art Show and the State Town & Country Amateur Art Show for youth and adults. Participants may enter the Champaign County Town and Country Amateur Art Show by completing an entry form. Those who win at the county show are eligible for entrance in the State Town & Country Show. For information on when the next Town & Country County show is visit champaignparks.org/art-exhibits.

For our professional shows, proposals are accepted for solo or collaborative group exhibitions on an ongoing basis. Artists are responsible for having artwork ready to hang, and for any shipping expenses/insurance while artwork is being transported to or from the Springer Cultural Center and throughout the exhibition. Artists have the opportunity to give a brief talk about their work at a reception provided by the Park District. For more information or to apply, visit champaignparks.org/art-exhibits.

Questions: michelle.olden@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3909

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