41st Urbana Sweetcorn Festival

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Fri, 8/26/2016 - Sat, 8/27/2016
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Downtown Urbana (Main St. between Race and Vine Streets)
Urbana, IL
Phone: 217-344-3872


  • 217-344-3872

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Now in its 41st year, the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival is Champaign County's largest free festival. Urbana's signature summer event is a two-day celebration of food, live music, arts and crafts and of course, sweet corn. Taking place in the heart of downtown Urbana, the 2016 festival will run Friday, August 26 from 5 to 11 p.m. and Saturday, August 27 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.  

Each year this festival is frequented by over 50,000 individuals from both the Champaign-Urbana and surrounding communities in Central Illinois. This festival is also the official welcome for incoming and returning University of Illinois students.


The first Urbana Sweetcorn Festival was held in August 1975 in the parking lot at Main & Race Streets in downtown Urbana. It was a community event put on by the employees of local business Busey Bank. The Urbana Business Association is now responsible for the planning of the festival, over the years adding a local car show, an expanded family area, live music on multiple stages, food, vendors, and beer all in the heart of downtown Urbana. 

Festival Facts

  • Around 30,000 ears of sweet corn are consumed each year at the festival.
  • We get the corn from a nearby Illinois farm, so our corn is fresh, local, and delicious!
  • We use an antique steam engine to cook the corn. 
  • The festival promotes green efforts by offering recycling receptacles throughout the festival, and we compost our corncobs!


Visit the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival Entertainment webpage for full details.


Visit the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival website or contact the Urbana Business Association Office (UBA) at the phone number provided to the left.

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  • University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign

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