If you find yourself in Urbana Illinois without summertime plans this year, Campus Property Management has got you covered! The Champaign-Urbana area is full of fun, family-friendly things to do, from endless parks and trails to group sports and summer festivals. We’ve gathered a few things to do in Champaign-Urbana ideas below, and have included some links to help you learn more.
Workin’ On Your Fitness
The city of Urbana’s Park District is holding a variety of summer fitness classes, but the newest addition to the usual fitness classes offered in Urbana (check out the full Program Schedule here!) is Yoga in the Park. These free Yoga classes take place in Meadowbrook Park and are meant for all ages and abilities. The instructor for the yoga in the park classes is Kristina Reese, a Yoga Alliance certified teacher and Urbana Park District’s in-house yoga expert. The classes are free of cost, but the description recommends a donation that will go towards the Urbana Park District Youth Scholarship Fund. Support the Urbana youth and find your zen in a beautiful outdoor setting with Yoga in the Park!
Ultimate Frisbee and Other Meetups
The Champaign-Urbana Adult Sports and Recreation Club has a number of outdoor team activities that you can partake in, such as volleyball, ultimate frisbee, and a handful of other options. The Club’s information page on meetup.com says they have a strict RSVP system, so make sure you let them know you’ll be attending ahead of time by RSVPing. The club boasts over 800 participants, so definitely check it out for some fun outdoor sports and friendly competition with other Urbana locals!
Full Moon Night Rides
Spend your nights howling at the mood from your 12-speed with Full Moon Night Bike Rides! On two evenings of the month every full moon, Prairie Cycle Club hosts a “pick your own speed” group bike rides heading east from Meadowbrook Park. The time of the ride depends on the exact time of sunset, so they announce the start times a week or so before each ride. For the full schedule of night rides, visit the Full Moon Night Ride page on Prairie Cycle Club’s website.
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Summer Festivals and Fairs
Summer wouldn’t be summer without festivals and fairs! Nearly every county has its own County Fair, and there are countless summer festivals throughout the Urbana area (many of which are themed around corn). We’ve included a few favorites below, or you this local blog has a full list of summer festivals in the Champaign-Urbana area.
Champaign County Fair
When: July 21-29
Where: Champaign County Fairgrounds, Urbana
Features: Live country music, a demolition derby, queen pageant, and of course fair foods and carnival rides.
Coles County Fair (Illinois’ Oldest County Fair!)
When: July 30-Aug. 6
Where: Coles County Fairgrounds, Charleston
Cost: Children under 16 are admitted free, adult admission after 4 p.m. is $2; parking $1.
Features: Pro bull riding, Demolition Derby, harness racing, truck and tractor pull, and carnival rides.
Taste of Champaign-Urbana
When: Aug. 18-19
Where: West Side Park, Champaign
Features: Taste of Champaign-Urbana is local outdoor summer festival that features delicious food from C-U’s best restaurants and plenty of beer, diverse arts and crafts from local artists, the 3.14 mile Pie Run, and high-quality music and entertainment for the whole family in Champaign.
Do you have other suggestions for Summertime Things to Do In Urbana? We’d love to hear from you!