Festival FAQ 2017

Important: This page is in development. Stay tuned for updates!

How much does the Festival cost?

A full festival wristband is $40 and will get you into all festival venues and activities both days. A wristband 4-pack is $140 and saves $5.00 on each wristband. Individual evening wristbands are $20 for all venues.

Single venue admission is as follows:

  • The Iron Post and the Rose Bowl are $15 each
  • Pizza M back room, Community Center for the Arts (C4A), and the Independent Media Center (including dances) are $10 each
  • All jams are free, and spectators are welcome.

At at Festival Central, the Iron Post, and the Rose Bowl we can take credit or debit cards; at other venues please pay with cash or check.

Many events are FREE! Children 12 and under get in FREE to all events (excluding the Rose Bowl, which is an over-21 only venue). All evening workshops, jams, singalongs AND EVERYTHING ON SATURDAY BEFORE 5pm is FREE to all ages. No registration is necessary.

Where can I buy a wristband?

Prior to the festival, full-weekend and 4-pack wristbands can be purchased online. To receive them by mail in time for the festival, online purchases must be made by October 25, 2017.

Wristbands for the full festival and for single evening entry can be purchased starting Friday, November 3, at 5:00pm at Festival Central (located in the [co][lab], 206 W. Main St.) and during the festival at most venues. Single venue admission can be purchased at the individual venues. We will also be selling wristbands Thursday night, November 2, at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts event.

I made a donation – where do I pick up my complimentary wristband(s)?

You’ll find your wristband(s) waiting for you at Festival Central, in the [co][lab] space at 206 W. Main St. (between Pizza M and the Community Center for the Arts), starting at 5:00pm on Friday, November 4. The Sponsorship Levels page indicates the number of wristbands you receive based on the amount of your donation. 

Where is the festival held?

The festival takes place in various places within a several block radius in downtown Urbana. Our schedulevenue, and map (coming soon!) pages indicate exact locations. Please note that some locations, like the Iron Post, fill up quickly. Arrive early if you want to be sure to get in!

Is the festival open to all ages?

Most of our venues are all-ages with the exception of the Rose Bowl and the late night shows at the Iron Post. The Rose Bowl is an over-21 only venue at all times.

Where can we jam?

Check the Jams page on the website for information about the festival’s organized jams and the printed schedule for the exact time folks will be playing your favorite style. Spectators (and dancers!) are welcome at all jams. Did we mention that jams are FREE?

What about food and drink and places to stay?

We encourage festival goers to patronize the many fine food and drink establishments in and around downtown Urbana. Many are just a few steps away! We’ve reserved a block of rooms at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Urbana. Act quickly to reserve a double room at $89 – a Festival rate that includes breakfast, onsite restaurant and bar, swimming pool, complimentary wifi, and a shuttle from the hotel to the festival! When you call (217-328-7900), be sure to say you are coming to the C-U Folk and Roots Festival.


Parking is available in the City of Urbana parking deck on the corner of Main and Broadway, as well as other locations. Plentiful street parking is available as well in and around downtown. Bike racks can be found near the Urbana Free Library, and on the north side of the parking deck.

Festival and artist merchandise

Festival “swag” and participating artist merchandise (CDs, etc.) will be available at the merchandise table next to Festival Central (206 W. Main St.) all weekend.

How many hours do I need to volunteer to receive a festival t-shirt and wristband?

We ask that volunteers be willing to work a 4-hour shift when possible. Shorter shifts make logistics pretty crazy.

Lost and found/First aid 

Lost and found and a first aid kit will be located at Festival Central.

Who designed this year’s T-shirt?

Thanks to Brad Olson for this year’s fabulous design!

Who puts this festival on?

The C-U Folk and Roots Festival is an event organized and run entirely by local volunteers. A volunteer steering committee meets throughout the year to plan the festival, with the assistance of many other individuals and organizations. The CU Folk and Roots Festival is a Not-for-Profit organization (501C3). All donations are tax-deductible.