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Navigate #TasteCU Like the Pros

Friday, August 17, 2018 ● Saturday, August 18, 2018
5:00 – 11:00 pm ● 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
West Side Park


Taste of Champaign-Urbana is an endless celebration of entertainment, eats, and expression.  Whether this is your first or 48th visit to Taste of CU, each year has new experiences in store ! Read on to find out how the pros are experiencing #TasteCU. We’ve jam-packed West Side Park and letting you know how the pros are experiencing #TasteCU.

1. Bring a tote

With  over 20 artist booths, Taste is a great way to get a head start on holiday shopping or just find some new ways to treat yourself with items like jewelry, candles, and art. 

2.Cash or credit

Taste tickets can be purchased with cash or Visa/Mastercard! Give back with a $5 suggested donation at the door that supports the Champaign Parks Foundation Youth Scholarship Fund (cash only). All food and kids activities use tickets, and artists may choose to also take cash and cards!

3. Free parking

The meters and parking garage are both free on Saturday and after 9 pm on Friday. Accessible parking is located at Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church (100 N. Park Ave at State Street).

4. Diaper dash

Bringing a little one in diapers? No worries! We have two diaper changing areas. One is located near the playground, the other near the Chambanamoms.com Kids Zone, both indicated on the #TasteCU map.



Local and national talents will have your feet stomping and head bobbing!  See our awesome music schedule hitting the Illinois American Water Main Stage and the featured Friday Night Live’s popup performances on Saturday.


We love food. Tacos, pizza, ice cream, Thai, kebabs, bbq—you name it, and we can rave about it! We’re hosting 31 food vendors and food trucks. Whether you’re looking for a tasty meal or to fill up with a taste from every restaurant, give yourself a new experience at any of these great eats!


Not only do we have plenty of frosty, refreshing domestic beers and margaritas to select from, Blind Pig, JT Walkers, Riggs, & Triptych are stepping up their game to show the community some craft beer love! 

Artist Demos

Artist vendors are showing up and showing you how they do it! Watch these artist demonstrations as they impress with live chainsaw woodcarving, live portrait painting, and inspire beauty with jewelry making. These 29 artists will display local talent and wares.

Pie Run

Delicious pie and a pi (3.14mi) run! Enjoy a fun run during #TasteCU, and even choose to get pied (or go pie-free) at the finish for a tasty ending. We love this messy, energetic run! On-site registration is available if slots are open.

Kids Zone

Chambanamoms.com is the local authority on kid-friendly experiences, and their Kids Zone will keep your little ones busy! Inflatables, face painting, and bubbles make it a one-stop shop. Your kids will want to play the day away.

Come celebrate, eat, rock out, and support Champaign Parks Foundation’s Youth Scholarship Fund with us at this weekend. Get ALL the details at Taste of Champaign-Urbana.



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