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!

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.

Volunteers Still Needed!

Volunteers10/18 Edit–There are still slots available! Please use the links below.

We can’t do it without you – help make our all-volunteer festival happen!

We’re using SignUp.com to organize volunteer needs for the festival. Working two two-hour shifts earns you a wristband and this year’s fabulous t-shirt. Other options are available. Follow the instructions below to see the great array of opportunities.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on SignUp.com.
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp.com)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots – SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact the volunteer coordinator at volunteering@folkanroots.org to be signed up manually.

Thanks for all you do for the festival, community engagement, and live music in our area.

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!

Purchase 2018 wristbands now!

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 10, 2018.

You can also purchase wristbands in advance at the Iron Post, the Rosebowl, or Techline, or you can 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.”

Single Wristband

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.”Four-Pack Wristband

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

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?