Arts & Culture


In the Champaign-Urbana area, art isn’t a luxury — it’s a way of life. From public art to museums to events, local and national talent is on display all around you to discover. Experience the many ways to integrate arts and culture into your time in our community.

Art Festivals & Fairs This Fall & Winter 

Throughout the year, treat yourself to work by local artists at festivals and fairs. Here are just a few where you can find that one-of-a-kind piece.

Craft League of Champaign-Urbana Fine Art Fair—The first of many events leading up to the year-end holidays, this longtime event takes over the Savoy Recreation Center. Dozens of artists are on hand to help you kickstart your shopping list, but don’t forget to snag something for yourself!

Champaign-Urbana Spinners & Weavers Guild—Showcasing intricate artistry, this active guild hosts their annual sale every November. Shop everything from sweaters, hats, gloves and tapestries, all hand-made by those in our community.

Mistletoe Market—With two events over the holiday season in Urbana and Champaign, you’ll have multiple opportunities to cross off whatever is on your gift list from incredible artisans and makers.

Allerton Holiday Showcase—Held at the stunning Allerton Park & Retreat Center, this annual event hosts local artists in the mansion over two days. While there, be sure to return at night for their annual GLOW event!

Riggs Christmas Market—Riggs Beer Company, in keeping with their German roots, brings a traditional Christkindlmarkt to their sprawling space every weekend from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Bundle up for winter, shop from the artisans housed in hand-made wooden stalls, pick up some German-inspired food, and, of course, sip on a local beer.


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