COVID-19 and the C-U Folk and Roots Festival

The C-U Folk and Roots Festival family is highly cognizant of the need for all of us to stay safe and healthy during this challenging time. All upcoming festival-sponsored events have been put on hold. In the meantime, we also recognize the incredible importance of music and the arts in our lives.

We strongly encourage everyone in our community to find ways to support the musicians whose livelihoods have suddenly disappeared. Watch their shows online and contribute via donate links. Buy their merch. Buy their music! Please also support our local businesses, especially the places that remain open and/or are selling online. Our local festival sponsors and partners include the Rose Bowl TavernPage Roasting CompanyBlack DogIron PostCommon Ground Food Co-op, the Music Shoppe, the Community Center for the Arts, and others.

To keep you going, here are a couple Facebook live-streamed local shows:

Kilborn Alley at the Rose Bowl Tavern

Porch Camp at the Community Center for the Arts

Stay tuned to this site and to our Facebook page for news of year-round festival happenings.

As always, you can reach us on our Contact Us, Volunteer, and Sponsor pages. And if you aren’t already signed up for our newsletter, use the mailing list sign-up at the bottom of this page.


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.