13th Annual C-U Folk & Roots Festival October 21-23, 2021

At this time, we are hoping to be primarily live at all our favorite venues in beautiful downtown Urbana!

Urbana Cat Dancing

Last year’s virtual festival exceeded all expectations, and we’re looking forward to carrying that momentum into the 2021 fest.

We will absolutely design the festival in accordance with State of Illinois regulations and the C-U Department of Public Health guidelines, keeping the safety and health of our community the highest priority. Watch this space for updates, keep wearing your masks, and get those vaccinations!


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The Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival is an all-volunteer-run, grassroots festival that brings together national, regional and local artists and folk organizations for over 80 high-quality folk performances and participatory activities throughout downtown Urbana. The festival includes performances, dances, instructional sessions, jams, song-circles, family activities, storytelling, instrument-making and much, much more! The festival has a particular interest in evolving and unique forms of folk music and art, especially forms that break down barriers between audience and performers, while also providing the occasion to preserve local traditions and histories.