Community Calendar

Sep
18
Wed
2019
Irish Traditional Music Session @ Blind Pig Co.
Sep 18 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Traditional Irish dance music played by a group of local musicians. If you like playing Irish music you’re invited to join in.

Sep
19
Thu
2019
Old-time jam @ Lincoln Square Mall behind Common Ground Food Co-op
Sep 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Informal gathering of musicians playing old-time stringband style. Bring your fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, dulcimer, mandolin, uke, and come share a tune, or learn a new one.

Located in the Lincoln Square Mall behind the Common Ground Food Co-op. Lincoln Square Mall is located in downtown Urbana, IL between Race and Vine on Broadway.

Sep
20
Fri
2019
Electro Contra Dance @ Phillips Recreation Center
Sep 20 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

DJ: DR Shadow (Indianapolis)

Caller: Deborah Hyland (St. Louis)

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Sep
21
Sat
2019
Dennis Stroughmatt et L’Esprit Creole @ The Iron Post
Sep 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Dennis Stroughmatt et L’Esprit Creole

French Creole Music from The Illinois Country

Sep
22
Sun
2019
Dancing in the Garden @ Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens
Sep 22 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Dancing in the Garden
We will be meeting at the Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden by the Museum of the Grand Prairie in Mahomet.
Free!
In case of rain or excessive heat we will dance in the education center in the museum.

Sep
23
Mon
2019
Weekly Blues Lesson and Dance @ Guido's Bar & Grill
Sep 23 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Weekly Blues Lesson and Dance

On Monday evenings we gather for a lesson and dance at Guido’s Bar & Grill. The lesson and the dance are both FREE.

Beginner-Friendly Lesson: 6-7pm. Our friendly and experienced instructors Jennifer, Sierra, and Dave share the teaching role.

Blues Social Dance: 7-9pm

Open to all ages. No cover. Drinks and food available from our host venue, Guido’s Bar & Grill.

Beginners welcome. No partner required. Come dance with us!

Urbana Hootenanny @ Rose Bowl Tavern
Sep 23 @ 8:00 pm

Urbana’s home-grown open mic night with performances from solo artists as well as entire bands. There are a lot of “instant bands”….made up on the spot, depending on who is in the crowd. A great vibe, a local treasure.

Sep
24
Tue
2019
Bluegrass jam @ Lincoln Square Mall in southwest corridor
Sep 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Meets most Tuesdays, an informal gathering of musicians playing bluegrass style. Bring your fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, dulcimer, mandolin, uke, and come share a tune, or learn a new one.

Located in the Lincoln Square Mall in the southwest corridor, near the former location of Art Mart. Lincoln Square Mall is located in downtown Urbana, IL between Race and Vine on Broadway.

Illini Folk Dance Society @ 314 Illini Union
Sep 24 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Illini Folk Dance Society

Explore dances from around the world

Everyone Welcome. We do mostly easy and intermediate dances from around the world. Come alone or with a friend. Beginners are especially encouraged! No partner or experience needed.

We dance most Tuesdays from 8-10 pm at the Illini Union on Green Street. No charge.

Sep
25
Wed
2019
Irish Traditional Music Session @ Blind Pig Co.
Sep 25 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Traditional Irish dance music played by a group of local musicians. If you like playing Irish music you’re invited to join in.

Sep
26
Thu
2019
Old-time jam @ Lincoln Square Mall behind Common Ground Food Co-op
Sep 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Informal gathering of musicians playing old-time stringband style. Bring your fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, dulcimer, mandolin, uke, and come share a tune, or learn a new one.

Located in the Lincoln Square Mall behind the Common Ground Food Co-op. Lincoln Square Mall is located in downtown Urbana, IL between Race and Vine on Broadway.

Sep
28
Sat
2019
Kalyx Center Barn Dance! @ Kalyx Center for Sustainability
Sep 28 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: Euphor (IL, IN, KY)

Caller: David Ernst (Bloomington, IN)

  • 5-7p  Potluck Dinner
  • 7-11p  Barn Dance
  • 9:00p  Massive Bonfire
Sep
30
Mon
2019
Weekly Blues Lesson and Dance @ Guido's Bar & Grill
Sep 30 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Weekly Blues Lesson and Dance

On Monday evenings we gather for a lesson and dance at Guido’s Bar & Grill. The lesson and the dance are both FREE.

Beginner-Friendly Lesson: 6-7pm. Our friendly and experienced instructors Jennifer, Sierra, and Dave share the teaching role.

Blues Social Dance: 7-9pm

Open to all ages. No cover. Drinks and food available from our host venue, Guido’s Bar & Grill.

Beginners welcome. No partner required. Come dance with us!

Urbana Hootenanny @ Rose Bowl Tavern
Sep 30 @ 8:00 pm

Urbana’s home-grown open mic night with performances from solo artists as well as entire bands. There are a lot of “instant bands”….made up on the spot, depending on who is in the crowd. A great vibe, a local treasure.

Oct
1
Tue
2019
Bluegrass jam @ Lincoln Square Mall in southwest corridor
Oct 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Meets most Tuesdays, an informal gathering of musicians playing bluegrass style. Bring your fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, dulcimer, mandolin, uke, and come share a tune, or learn a new one.

Located in the Lincoln Square Mall in the southwest corridor, near the former location of Art Mart. Lincoln Square Mall is located in downtown Urbana, IL between Race and Vine on Broadway.

Illini Folk Dance Society @ 314 Illini Union
Oct 1 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Illini Folk Dance Society

Explore dances from around the world

Everyone Welcome. We do mostly easy and intermediate dances from around the world. Come alone or with a friend. Beginners are especially encouraged! No partner or experience needed.

We dance most Tuesdays from 8-10 pm at the Illini Union on Green Street. No charge.

Oct
2
Wed
2019
Irish Traditional Music Session @ Blind Pig Co.
Oct 2 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Traditional Irish dance music played by a group of local musicians. If you like playing Irish music you’re invited to join in.

Oct
3
Thu
2019
Old-time jam @ Lincoln Square Mall behind Common Ground Food Co-op
Oct 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Informal gathering of musicians playing old-time stringband style. Bring your fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, dulcimer, mandolin, uke, and come share a tune, or learn a new one.

Located in the Lincoln Square Mall behind the Common Ground Food Co-op. Lincoln Square Mall is located in downtown Urbana, IL between Race and Vine on Broadway.

Oct
4
Fri
2019
Contra Dance! @ Phillips Recreation Center
Oct 4 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Bands: Big Bluestem (first half) / Open Band (second half)

Caller: Sarah Kaiser (St. Louis)

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Oct
5
Sat
2019
Fallin’ Into Blues, A Free Blues Dancing Festival @ Lincoln Square Mall, Urbana
Oct 5 @ 4:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Fallin’ Into Blues

A Free Blues Dancing Festival featuring The Painkillers Blues Band, Dance Lessons, Presentations, Kids Activities

Never heard of blues dancing? Come explore what blues dancing is and give it a try!

  • Saturday, October 5, 4-9:30 pm
  • Lincoln Square Mall, Urbana

Wood N Hog will also be selling their famous BBQ!
One-day only super sale on SnowMELT Blues Dance Festival Passes (March 6-8, 2020)
See bluescentral.org/fallin for full schedule
sponsored by Urbana Arts & Culture Program