Get ready for another great week in Champaign-Urbana! The sun is shining and the road construction persists, but that doesn’t mean you should just stick around your house all day. There’s always something new to do in Champaign-Urbana, be it a new restaurant, live music, or a workshop from local vendors. Learn more about the special not to miss activities going on this week in This Week in Town!

Tuesday, July 17th

Every week, Boomerangs Barandgrill in Urbana has their Jazz Tuesdays.  This week, Boomerangs is hosting singer and songwriter Amanda Raye.  Amanda Raye is a talented vocalists from St. Louis who performs all over the area. This is guaranteed to be a wonderful night of great music. The performance runs from 7 to 10 pm. Be sure to grab some of Boomerangs’ delicious food to enjoy while you listen! For more information on the show, click here.

Wednesday, July 18th

This Wednesday, join the Urbana Public Arts Program in welcoming the next Artist of the Corridor, Christopher Evans. His exhibition reception will be held at the Urbana Free Library from 4:30 to 6pm. This is an opportunity to see some beautiful artwork from Urbana, for Urbana. Christoper Evan’s pieces are celebrations of daily life in downtown Urbana. Be sure to stop by for a chance to meet the artist and ask him about his work while enjoying a selection of free refreshments. For more information about the Urbana Public Arts Program and the artist, visit the event page!

Thursday, July 19th

Support the Champaign Park District’s Youth Theater by going to the opening night of Mary Poppins Jr. The Youth Theater will be performing Disney’s classic story of a very special nanny and her adventures while staying with the Banks family. The play will be performed on the Virginia Theater’s magnificent stage by some of CU’s best up and coming actors! For more information on showtimes and where to buy tickets, click here!

Friday, July 20th

Outside at Research Park is back for another night of great music, food, and community wellness. Krannert Center for the Performing Arts is hosting this night to continue to promote the community. Marcia Ball and Jive Bag will be giving a stellar performance with a New Orleans flavor. This is a FREE event presented by Krannert Center, Fox/Atkins Development, LLC, and the University of Illinois. Learn more about Outside at Research Park here.

Saturday, July 21st

Latin it Up at Delicia’s Kitchen will be having a feast this Saturday at Strawberry Fields! Taste food from several South American countries including Bolivia, Peru, Brazil, and more without adding a new stamp to your passport. Go to try new authentic dishes and enjoy a wonderful meal. The event begins at 11am and concludes at 4pm. Visit the Facebook page for the complete menu!

Sunday, July 22nd

The Champaign Country Fair is here! The fair will be going on July 20th through the 28th, but this Sunday is the Rodeo! Tickets are only $10 to see the rodeo, and $5 for general admission. It’s always fun when the fair comes to town, so be sure to go any chance you get!

Have a great week, and I hope you get to enjoy some of the exciting events going on in Champaign-Urbana!

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