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2016 Summer Special Events (May – September)

From festivals to live music, fishing to agriculture, we have the perfect special event planned for your family this summer – so come on out and make some memories!  If you have any questions about our special events, please contact Zoe Stinson or call 217-819-3931 unless otherwise noted.

Weather Cancellations

All outdoor events are subject to weather cancellations and other delays.  For weather-related closures or other program delays or cancellations, please visit our Cancellations Page or call 217-805-4100 for automated updates.


Champaign-Urbana Days

Join us for Champaign-Urbana Days (CU Days) at Douglass Park on August 12 and 13, 2016!  For more information, please visit the CU Days webpage.


Join us for live local music in the streets of Downtown Champaign and listen to some great CU talent on June 18 & July 16, 2016. For more information, please visit the StreetFest webpage.

Taste of Champaign-Urbana

Join us at West Side Park on Friday, August 19 & Saturday, August 20, 2016 for the Taste of Champaign Urbana festival!  For more information, please visit the Taste of CU webpage.


Sounds at Sunset Concert Series – FREE!


This summer gather your friends, family, and neighbors as we host the Sounds at Sunset events throughout Champaign. Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and refreshments. Find us at a park near you!

May 7; 2:00 – 5:00p
Hessel Park
Edison Middle School Bands
(3 concert & 3 jazz bands)
May 22; 6:00 – 8:00p
Clark Park
Craig Russo Latin Jazz Project
May 29; 6:00 – 8:00p
Turnberry Ridge Park
DR Dixie Band
June 19; 6:00 – 8:00p
Eisner Park
Kittens Incorporated
June 26; 6:00 – 8:00p
Sunset Ridge Park
July 24; 6:00 – 8:00p
Scott Park
We the Animals
July 31; 6:00 – 8:00p
Centennial Park
Mike Ingram and the New Souls
August 2; 5:00 – 7:00p
Beardsley Park
National Night Out
August 28; 3:00 – 7:00p
Hessel Park
Gospel Jazz Fest

Questions: zoe.stinson@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3931

Neighborhood Summer Block Parties – FREE!


We are bringing the party to your neighborhood! Join us at the neighborhoods listed below for Block Party fun! Inflatables, face painting, lawn games, live performances including CUperStars, interactive music by DJ Fireproof, and many more activities will be available for all to enjoy, so mark these dates!

May 26; 5:00 – 7:00p
June 23; 5:00 – 7:00p
Garden Hills Park
July 28; 5:00 – 7:00p
Mayfair and Maywood Dr.
August 25; 5:00 – 7:00p
Dobbins Downs

Questions: Zoe.Stinson@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3931


Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – FREE!
Garden Hill Park Pathway | Saturday, May 21; Noon – 2:00p 

Join us as we celebrate a new pathway in Garden Hills Park! We will also have free games and refreshments for the entire family to enjoy!
 Garden Hills Park

Questions: Zoe.Stinson@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3931

National Trails Day – FREE! | Saturday, June 4; 11:00a – 2:00p

Celebrate trails and the great outdoors this National Trails Day. In coordination with the American Hiking Society, take a moment to enjoy your local trails and learn about the Champaign Park District’s efforts to increase your opportunities on trails.
 Kaufman Lake

Questions: zoe.stinson@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3931

Kids Fishing Derby – FREE! | Saturday, June 4; 9:00 am – Noon 


Ages: This event is designed for children ages 6-12.  Adult supervision is required.
Co-sponsored by the Optimist Club of Champaign-Urbana for children who love to fish! Prizes will be awarded and a free hot dog lunch will be served. Bring your own fishing tackle – bait will be provided. A parent/guardian should accompany their child(ren) and fill out a permission form for each participant, available on-site the day of the event.
Location: Kaufman Lake

Questions: Zoe.Stinson@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3931

Summer Kick Off – FREE! | Saturday, June 11; Noon – 2:00p

Let’s kick off the summer with an art explosion! Bring the whole family and a picnic lunch to watch local artists paint murals on the skate park. Also, enjoy free face painting and inflatables.
: Spalding Park & Skate Park

Questions: zoe.stinson@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3931

Juneteenth Celebration – FREE! | Saturday, June 18; Noon – 3:00 pm


Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration commemorating the abolition of slavery in the United States, is one event you don’t want to miss. Enjoy music and visit different vendors while learning about this important holiday. Children can make arts and crafts, play on the bounce house and obstacle course, or get soaked in the Splash Pad.
Location:  Douglass Park

Questions: Darius.White@champaignparks.com or call 217-819-3961



Family Fun Ag Night – FREE! | Monday, June 20 & July 18; 4:30 – 6:30


Join the Champaign Park District and the Champaign County Farm Bureau for Family Fun Ag Nights. Families can participate in games, educational activities, and explore farm equipment. A free dinner will be provided at limited availability – first come, first served.
Monday, June 20;  Douglass Park
Monday July 18; Centennial Park

Questions: Katherine.Hicks@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3931 (for June 20)
Shannon.Meissner@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3988 (for July 18)

Rocket Launches

The Central Illinois Aerospace Model Rocket Club schedules launches twice a month, year-round, generally on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays. Most launches are held at Dodds Park, with occasional alternate locations. In addition there are special launches like our Great Annual Rocket Launch of 2016 on June 25 at Dodds Park! Bring your own model rocket and fly with us or just come out to watch hundreds of rockets being flown. For further information, call 217-359- 8225 or visit us online at ciarocketry.org.

Sholem Aquatic Center Events

Sholem Aquatic Center hosts a variety of family-friendly events and programs throughout the summer.  Please visit the Aquatics Events page for more details.

Cultural Arts Events

The Springer Cultural Center hosts a variety of art exhibits, lunch concerts, and other cultural events throughout the year.  Please visit the Cultural Arts page for more details.

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