Celebrating its tenth year, the annual Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival will be held in downtown Urbana on Thursday, October 18 through Saturday, October 20. The grassroots music and arts festival brings together national, regional, and local artists and organizations for high-quality, interactive music performances, dances, storytelling, and hands-on activities for all ages. Krannert Center for the Performing Arts will host a free kick-off event in its lobby from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 18. Saturday’s daytime program, which runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., continues to be entirely free, with many family-friendly events at the Urbana Free Library, the Community Center for the Arts, and other downtown venues. Highlighting this year’s festival is Robbie Fulks, a Chicago-based singer/songwriter, and one of several national and regional acts returning for this tenth anniversary. Ticketed performances will take place on Friday and Saturday evenings at several venues in downtown Urbana.
Full festival wristbands are $40 and will be available for purchase online at folkandroots.org and at the festival booth at the Urbana Market at the Square. Single day wristbands ($20) and individual-venue admission will be available during the festival.