The 2021 Festival is One for the History Books…

The turnout for the festival exceeded our expectations! It was a wonderful thing to see you all in beautiful downtown Urbana–on the streets and in the venues. Thank you to everyone who volunteered, sponsored the event, bought a wristband, or came out for a free show…without the support of the community, there would be no CU Folk & Roots Festival.

Urbana Cat Dancing

See you next time! Stay tuned to this site and to our Facebook page for news of year-round festival happenings.

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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.