The 2015 T-shirt is here!

T-shirt design 2015Check out this year’s t-shirt design by Ellen Rockett! What you see here is the back of the shirt. The front side of this delicious raspberry number features our world-famous fiddling cat logo. You can pick up your very own shirt at the Urbana Sweet Corn Festival, at the Anna and Elizabeth show on September 27th, at the Urbana Farmer’s Market (on September 5th, September 19th, October 3rd, and October 17th), and at the festival itself. Woo hoo!


Piato 2015For the third year in a row, Piato Café, Catering, and Organic Food Nanny is hosting its delicious $5.00 all-you-can-eat buffet during the festival, with all proceeds going to support the work of the festival. Enjoy your lunch to the sounds of festival-sponsored music!

We are proud to be among the many organizations in our community Piato so generously supports.

Volunteer/sponsor appreciation party

Festival organizers 2014Were you a volunteer or sponsor for the 2014 festival, or would you like to be one in 2015? Thanks for your support! We’d like to invite you to enjoy FREE pizza and drinks at Pizza M (208 W. Main St, Urbana) on Thursday, April 2nd from 6:00pm-800pm. Enjoy a slide show of festival highlights and learn about how you can help the festival continue its mission to support the folk arts in Central Illinois.

See you there!

Featured Sponsor: Urbana Public Arts Program

Urbana Public Arts Program

Urbana Public Arts Program

We are grateful to the Urbana Public Arts Program for its ongoing support of the C-U Folk and Roots Festival. Did you know that this program and other similar efforts have made Urbana an official “Illinois Arts Friendly Community”? Indeed, designated so by the Illinois Arts Alliance and Illinois Municipal League in 2008. “Through public support for the arts, the City of Urbana increases opportunities for the creation of art, thereby enhancing the quality of life, economic development, citizen participation, cultural awareness, and vibrancy of the community.” Seriously, how cool is that?

Roots Walk

Urbana Park District leaf logoListen to live, local roots, folk and Americana music while strolling past the mature trees of our oldest park. This sunset event brought to you by the Urbana Park District and the C-U Folk and Roots Festival will have a selection of soloists and small combos scattered along the candlelit walks of Crystal Lake Park. Parking is available at the Crystal Lake Park Family Aquatic Center; the musicians will be centered around the North Woods Pavilion. Rain date is scheduled for the following night in the case of inclement weather. Call the Park District Sports & Event Hotline for postponement information: 367-9575.

Scheduled to appear:
The Flower Jax
Justin Rondón
Sam Payne and Friends
Don’t Ask klezmer band
John Elder, blues guitar
Irish music from Monster Buttermilk
Traditional folk tales from storyteller Linda Dust

Friday, May 16th, 6:00pm-7:30pm, free!