10th Annual Festival: That’s a Wrap

The songs are sung, the feet have danced, the stages are clear. Downtown Urbana seems strangely empty this morning, but our hearts and ears are full. THANKS to all who came to perform, listen, learn, and volunteer. We hope you had fun. David Howie

Where Do I Start?

Whether you’re a first timer, or a little confused because we moved things around a bit…

My recommendation is START at Festival Central, 136 W. Main, Urbana (map)

Front of Building showing location of Festival Central

Festival Central

  • Purchase or pick up a your wristband. $40. Cash, check or charge.
  • Pick up a map and a copy of the printed schedule.
  • Volunteers are on hand to answer your questions.

Beyond that, check out the Festival FAQ for more details. Welcome, we’re so glad you’re here!

Free and Family Friendly Fun on Saturday Before 5pm

Want to see if playing the harmonica or dulcimer is for you? Need some yoga to get you going? Learn the art of writing a masterful murder ballad? All this and more is on offer today! Check out our schedule of workshops.  


Bringing little folks to the folk fest? We’ve got puppet parties, story telling, and musical mayhem. See if something on our all-ages list will keep the whole family’s toes tapping.

Friday Night: Bagpipers Welcome, Singalongs, and Other Free Stuff!

Did you know that some of the festival events are free? There is no cost to experience the thrill of the Highland Bagpipe, for example, as the Mugdock Pipers offer a traditional welcome to all, 6:00 pm Friday night at Sipyard. (But let’s face it…bagpipe…you’ll probably just need to be in the general vicinity!)Paul Hinson on bagpipes

Stay on at the Sipyard for Chanty Sing with Chris Maden at 7:00, then Folk Singalong Favorites with Hilary Valentine and Rebecca Grosser at 8:30.

Sam Payne and Cody Jenson will be performing at a free Family Event at the Urbana Free Library. That’s from 6:30-7:15.

Check out the full schedule for more! All Friday night Sipyard events and all events before 5 pm on Saturday are FREE.

Festival Kicks Off Tonight! 5 pm at KCPA

Son Monarcas (Latin) is a Latin Folk Fusion ensemble led by Mercedes Inez Martinez

Son Monarcas

Son Monarcas

and Irekani Ferreyra. Like the path of the Monarch Butterfly, they take you on a musical migration from the USA to Latin America by fusing indie soul with traditional son & cumbia. Son Monarcas is comprised of musicians who are well-versed in the Afro-Mestizo genres of folk music from Latin America and blend the traditional with the contemporary by creating original arrangements of “son” while retaining the foundation of the traditional style.
Thursday 5:00-7:00 pm, FREE, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

You can also catch Son Monarcas Friday, 8:30-9:45 pm at the Iron Post

A standing ovation to Unit One/Allen Hall and Krannert Center for the Performing Arts for their co-sponsorship of Son Monarcas!

Support Free and Family Friendly Programming

We’re running a GoFundMe campaign to support the many free, family-friendly musical and storytelling performances, hand-on workshops, dance lessons, jam sessions, children’s activities, and singalongs we offer. As always, all festival programming on Saturday, October 20, until 5:00pm is free. We are able to keep the festival accessible in this manner through generous support from individuals, businesses, and the City of Urbana. Can we count you among our supporters?