Springing into Local Events

Spring has sprung, and so have the opportunities to dive into Champaign’s vibrant local scene! Whether you’re eager to sprint through a marathon, peruse the town’s artistic gems, or simply kick back with a movie, our city is buzzing with options. Get ready to shake off the winter chill and embrace the warmth of community spirit—all while supporting our fantastic businesses! Let’s spring into local events, Champaign!

P/C 1,2,3 – V. Mullen Media


Sip, stroll, and savor the flavor at the 4th Annual Downtown Wine Walk presented by Royse + Brinkmeyer—where 14 fantastic locations await your wine-loving palate! With more wine flowing than ever before, exciting raffles to tempt your luck, and gorgeous weather on the forecast, this event is a must for every vino enthusiast. Don’t skip a beat or a sip—grab your glass and let’s toast to an unforgettable day!

The 4th Annual Downtown Wine Walk is on Saturday, May 4 from 2-6 pm at different locations in Downtown Champaign. Advance tickets are required and can be purchased HERE.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for this event sign up HERE and receive a special gift as well as a dinner in Downtown Champaign

P/C 1 – Hibiscus Tacos from Maize at the Station. – 100 N Chestnut StDowntown

P/C 2- Crispy Sesame Tofu Salad – Martinelli’s Market: Bakery & Deli- 500 C N Walnut StDowntown

P/C 3 -Pizza – Big Grove Tavern – 1 E Main StDowntown

Get ready to indulge in a plant-based paradise throughout April with the Vegan Chef Challenge! Sink your teeth into BRAND NEW vegan delights all over Champaign, but in particular at our incredible member businesses Big Grove Tavern, Pekara Bistro, Martinelli’s Market: Bakery & Deli, Watson’s Shack and Rail, Maize at the Station, and The Literary. From tantalizing dishes to guilt-free treats, this month-long celebration is a veggie lover’s dream come true!

The Vegan Chef Challenge runs from April 1-April 30 in various restaurants throughout Champaign. You can learn more about this wonderful promotion by visiting their site HERE.

Prepare to be dazzled by Champaign’s artistic flair during the Boneyard Arts Festival, happening from Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 14! Explore a vibrant tapestry of creativity as you wander through the city, with a special focus on incredible pieces showcased at our member businesses including Champaign Park District’s Springer Cultural Center, The Literary, Planted, University YMCA, PACA, Jane Addams Book Shop and Suzu’s Bakery. It’s a weekend packed to the brim with art, culture, and maybe a touch of whimsy—let the festivities begin!

The Boneyard Arts Festival runs from Friday April 12 to Sunday April 14 in various locations throughout Champaign County. Learn more about Boneyard Arts Festival HERE

Get ready, Illini! Moms are swooping into town for UIUC Mom’s Weekend from April 12-14, and the city is buzzing with excitement! Don’t miss out on the fun—check out Apricot Lane Boutique’s Drop-In Events for sips, snacks, and special savings, dive into the captivating Special Exhibits at Krannert Art Museum, and score big at the Illini Union Bookstore Sale with scratch-offs offering up to 25% off! It’s a weekend filled with mom-approved activities! C’mon Champaign, let’s show those moms how we roll!

UIUC Moms Weekend is from Friday, April 12 – Sunday, April 14 and various locations throughout the city of Champaign will be hosting special events and promotions. Check out the entire lineup for UIUC Moms Weekend HERE

Lights, camera, action! Get ready for the reel deal as Chaz Ebert and the College of Media at Illinois proudly present the 25th Anniversary of Roger Ebert’s Film Festival at the iconic Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign, IL. For the ultimate cinematic experience, grab yourself a full festival pass and enjoy access to all twelve (or more) screenings during this star-studded four-day event. With additional programming sprinkled around Champaign-Urbana and the University of Illinois campus, it’s time to roll out the red carpet for a celebration of film that’s bound to leave you applauding for more!

The 25th Anniversary Roger Ebert Film Festival runs from Wednesday, April 17 to Saturday, April 20 with films being shown at The Virginia Theatre at  203 W Park Ave in Downtown Champaign. Check out the entire calendar of events HERE

Let’s roll up our sleeves and get our hands a little dirty (for a good cause!) at the Boneyard Creek Community Day in Champaign’s Midtown and Campustown. Join the squad in restoring this natural gem to its full glory, and after all the hard work, we’ve got a delicious reward waiting for you—a free lunch at Scott Park! It’s the perfect blend of doing good, feeling great, and chowing down like champions. See you there, cleanup crew!

Boneyard Creek Community Day will start and end at Scott Park at 207 E Springfield Ave with various locations for volunteers to help out across the Boneyard. Learn more about the event HERE

P/C 1,2,3: Champaign Center Partnership – 301 N Neil St, Ste 400 – Downtown

Attention all runners and fitness enthusiasts! It’s time to lace up those tennis shoes and sprint into action for the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon Race Weekend! On your mark, get set, GO! This exciting event kicks off near the State Farm Center, treating participants to a picturesque journey through the charming streets of Champaign, the vibrant scenes of Urbana, and the scenic paths of Savoy. Get ready for four days jam-packed with exhilarating races and unforgettable memories!

The 2024 Race Weekend presented by Christie Clinic runs Thursday, April 25 through Saturday, April 27 with various races of differing lengths and skill levels. Learn more about all of the events scheduled for that weekend HERE

Photo Credits

Main Photo – Champaign Center Partnership