Calling all volunteers!

VolunteersIt’s time to sign up to help out your favorite community festival! A mere four hours of volunteering gets you a free full-festival wristband and a festival t-shirt. Come out, help make the festival happen, AND listen to some great music while you do it!

Check out the wide variety of volunteer tasks available November 2-4, 2017 by clicking on this button:

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To make sure you feel prepared and comfortable volunteering at the festival, we are offering two different Volunteer Orientation Meetings this year, either October 25 or November 1. After selecting your volunteer shifts, please sign up for one of these meetings by clicking on this link.

The all-volunteer Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival is truly a grassroots effort, from steering committees to ticket collectors.  Come and join our community and make friends, have fun, and support the folk arts!

For general questions about volunteering or serving on a festival committee, email us at

Hobnob String Band at the Sipyard

Hobnob String BandCome visit us at the Sipyard (204 W. Main) during the Urbana First Friday celebration on October 6, 6:00pm-8:30pm. The Hobnob String Band, an acoustic musical group steeped in the traditions of American music from old time to bluegrass to blues, will be performing. The band features Samuel Payne on guitar and mandolin, Cody Jensen on guitar and mandolin, Charlie Harris on bass, and everyone on vocals!

While you are there, pick up a copy of the preliminary festival schedule, purchase wristbands and 2017 festival t-shirts (cash and checks only please), and grab a few free festival guitar picks. See you there!

Purchase 2017 wristbands now!

Fox Crossing String Band

Fox Crossing String Band

Purchase your wristbands now and we’ll mail them to you! To receive your wristbands in time for the festival, purchases must be made by October 25, 2017.

You can also pick up advance-purchase wristbands at our will-call desk or buy them onsite during the festival. So many good choices!

A single wristband @ $40.00. A wristband entitles you to entry at ALL festival events. If you don’t have a PayPal account, click on “Pay with debit or credit card.”


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A wristband four-pack @ $140.00. Save $5.00 on each wristband! If you don’t have a PayPal account, click on “Pay with debit or credit card.”

Passes for single day attendance ($20) will be sold onsite only, as will individual entry tickets for select venues (see Festival FAQ for details). 


2017 T-shirt

2017 T-ShirtBe the first one on your block to get this year’s t-shirt, designed by local artist and musician Brad Olson! Where can you get it? Find us at the Urbana Market at the Square on September 9, September 23, October 7, and October 21. And at the festival, of course! Also? Check out our sponsorship levels – you can get yourself a t-shirt (and wristband!) just by being a festival supporter.