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2020 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.southlynn@champaignparks.org or call 217-819-3931 unless otherwise noted.


Bucket List Challenge. Romp & stomp on all 29 of our playgrounds. Grab your bucket list at any CPD facility. Check off the park you visit each playground. Return when complete to get entered into monthly drawing of fun prizes!

Join us for live local music in the streets of Downtown Champaign and listen to some great CU talent on June 13 & July 11, 2020. For more information, please visit the StreetFest webpage.

Champaign-Urbana Days

Join us for Champaign-Urbana Days (CU Days) at Douglass Park on August 7 & 8, 2020!  For more information, please visit the CU Days webpage.

Taste of Champaign-Urbana

Join us at West Side Park on August 14 & 15, 2020 for the Taste of Champaign Urbana festival!  For more information, please visit the Taste of CU webpage.

Summer 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!

Questions: zoe.southlynn@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3931[/two_third_last]

May 2-2:00p-5:00p 
Hessel Park
Band: TBD

May 31-6:00p-8:00p
Millage Park
Band: TBD

June 6-6:00p-8:00p
Hessel Park
Band: TBD

June 28-6:00p-8:00p
Clark Park
Band: TBD

July 26-6:00p-8:00p
Dodds Park
Band: TBD

August 1-6:00p-8:00p
Hessel Park
Band: TBD

August 30-3:00p-7:00p
Hessel Park
Gospel Jazz Fest

NEW – Friday Night Flix – FREE!

Grab some popcorn and a blanket and join us under the stars for a Friday night flick. We will visit a new park every month during the summer with different themes and on site food trucks to enjoy! Movies begin at dusk.

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

May 15
Mattis Park

June 19
Prairie Farm

July 17
Turnberry Ridge Park


NEW – Pop-Up Fitness! – FREE!

Ages 15+

Try out one of our fitness classes for free! Each month will feature a different fitness class outdoors at Hessel Park. All fitness levels welcome! Must be 15+ years of age to participate. Signed waiver required; plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to start time to fill out waiver. Each class runs 45 minutes.

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

May 24 – 4:15p & 5:15p
Core De Force

June 21 – 4:15p & 5:15p
Boot Camp

July 19 – 4:15p & 5:15p
Transform Live!

Neighborhood Summer Parties – FREE!

Join us at the neighborhoods listed below for summer fun! Inflatables, face painting, lawn games, interactive music by DJ Fireproof, and many more activities will be available for all to enjoy!

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


6:00-8:00 pm

May 28
Country Brook Apartments

June 25
Town Center Apartments

July 23
Beardsley Park

August 4
Garden Hills

Kids Fishing Derby – FREE! | Saturday, June 6 at 9:00a – Noon 

Kaufman Lake

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.
Rain date: Sunday, June 7

Questions: remington.rock@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3931

Child smiling holding fishing poll and fish she just caught.

Juneteenth Celebration – FREE! | Saturday, June 20 at Noon – 3:00p

Douglass Park
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.

Become an event sponsor today!

Juneteenth Vendor Application

Questions: kathrine.hicks@champaignparks.org or call 217-819-3961


Family Fun Ag Night – FREE! | Tuesday, June 17 & Tuesday, July 7

June 17, 4-6p- Douglass Park in front of the library
July 7, 4:30-6:30p- Leonhard Recreation Center
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. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved inside the designated area’s gymnasium.

June 17- brittney.washington@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2573
July 7-shannon.walter@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3988

Paint Jam – FREE! | Saturday, June 27 at 11a-3p

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.

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

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 2020 on June 27 (rain date July 11) 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, Bach’s Lunch free concerts, and other cultural events throughout the year.  Please visit the Cultural Arts page for more details.

Weather Cancellations

Rainout Line: Get email & text alerts, download free phone app, or call 217-805-4100.

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.

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