Schedule for 2022 CU Pride Fest announced


The Uniting Pride Center for Champaign County has released the schedule of events for this year’s CU Pride Fest.

The festival is a week-long celebration starting on Saturday, Sept. 24 and going until the end of the next weekend. Many of the events are free with donations accepted. The full schedule is below.

Saturday, Sept. 24, 1-4 p.m.: “We Are Here” UIUC Queer BIPOC Block Party – FREE (donations accepted)

Join the UIUC Counseling Center and Cultural Houses to kick Pride Fest off right with a Queer BIPOC Block Party. Food, music, and community.

Saturday, Sept. 24, 2-10 p.m.: Dance Music Therapy Celebrates Pride! – FREE (donations accepted)

Dance Music Therapy is a group of DJs on a mission to create a safe space for everyone to enjoy dance music. It was created in the summer of 2016 and as a space for folks to dance, express themselves, and connect with positive people. The party is at the Crystal Lake Park Lake House. Feel free to bring chairs, food and drinks.

Sunday, Sept. 25, 4 p.m.: Screening of “Paris is Burning” – FREE (donations accepted)

Join the McKinley Foundation to watch a screening of “Paris is Burning.” The documentary that chronicles the New York’s drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing, and the ambitions and dreams of the era.

Monday, Sept. 26, 4-6 p.m.: “You Belong Here” LGBTQIA+ Youth Art Show Opening Reception – FREE (donations accepted)

Anita Purves Nature Center (1505 N. Broadway Ave., Urbana)

Local Youth LGBTQ artists invited to submit a piece of art for display at the Anita Purves Nature Center this fall? Drawings, paintings and photographs are all eligible. Support is available through the Art Coop and the UP Center to help you get art supplies. Contact [email protected] for more information. Deadline for submissions is Sept. 19.

This multimedia art show will feature artists from area middle schools and high schools. From Sept. 26 – Dec. 17, stop by anytime M-F 8am-5pm & Sat 9am-4pm. Admission is free, and everyone is welcome.

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 6-9 p.m.: Educational Programming – FREE (donations accepted)

Spurlock Museum of World Cultures 600 S Gregory St, Urbana, IL 61801

Panels, speakers, and workshops on important topics relevant to the political, cultural, and social landscape. All educational programming will be available for in-person viewing at Spurlock and streamed online on Uniting Pride’s Facebook and YouTube. Streaming links will be posted one week before the programming date.

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 9 p.m.-12 a.m.: Queeraoke – FREE (donations accepted)

The Axe Bar 114 S Neil St, Champaign, IL 61820

It’s karaoke. You know the drill.

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 6-8 p.m.: Educational Programming – FREE (donations accepted)

Spurlock Museum of World Cultures 600 S Gregory St, Urbana, IL 61801

Join us for panels, speakers, and workshops on important topics relevant to today’s political, cultural, and social landscape. We’ll bring in experts to share their wisdom, take questions, and spark conversation. More specific details to come.

All educational programming will be available for in-person viewing at Spurlock and streamed online on Uniting Pride’s Facebook and Youtube. Streaming links will be posted here one week before the programming date.

Thursday, Sept. 29, 4-7:30 p.m.: “Resist Erasure” Art Exhibition Opening – FREE (donations accepted)

“Resist Erasure” is a juried art exhibition of submitted by area high school and college students in response to a rising number of state bills limiting LGBTQ rights, book bans, harassment and more.

Artists’ Alley is located at the McKinley Foundation for an opening reception on Thursday, Sept. 29, 4:30 to 7 p.m. Exhibition run is Sept. 26 – Nov. 18. To submit an entry for exhibition, visit

Thursday, Sept. 29 – Sunday, Oct. 2: Pride Fest Online Auction

Auction website coming soon!

Help Uniting Pride raise some much needed funds by bidding on amazing items donated by local businesses and generous community members.

More info to come. To donate an item, fill out this online form here.

Friday, Sept. 30, 4-7 p.m.: Youth & Family Pride Party – FREE, RSVP requested

University Y 1001 S Wright St, Champaign, IL 61820

Celebrate Pride with art, music, free treats, and more stuff. Something for all ages. Free book giveaway to attendees while supplies last, free stickers and flags, and a raffle to win prizes. RSVP by clicking here.

Friday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m.-2 a.m.: Show UP & Show OUT Pride Fest Party – $15 GA / $30 VIP

Canopy Club 708 S Goodwin, Urbana, IL 61801

Defy Gravity and Carnivale Debauche are back with their burlesque plus a drag show. It’ll be hosted by Callie Luttman from Mix 94.5. Join us as we blow the roof off the Canopy Club!

This is an 18+ event. GA tickets are $15 pre-order or $20 at the door, with a special VIP ticket for $30 pre-order and includes early entry, pre-show meet n greet with performers and Callie, and a reserved seating area. Click here to get tickets.

Saturday, Oct. 1, 9:30-10:30 a.m. CU PRIDE Nature Hike in Busey Woods – FREE

Meet outside the Anita Purves Nature Center (1505 N. Broadway Ave., Urbana) for this all ages (under 15 with adult) program. Everyone is welcome, but space is limited. Call 217-384-4062 by 5pm on Friday 9/30 to sign up. This hike will end at 10:30am so that participants can also attend the Pride Parade in Urbana at 11 a.m.

Saturday, Oct. 1, 11 a.m.: CU Pride Parade – FREE

The 2022 CU Pride Parade will step off at 11am in Campustown and then make its way to downtown Urbana. Parade map to come so attendees can know where to get a good viewing spot. New this year: Judging parade entries and giving out awards at the Fair.

Saturday, Oct. 1, 12-4 p.m.: CU Pride Fest Fair – FREE (donations accepted)

The Pride Fest Fair is back in downtown Urbana at the intersection of Race and Main streets. The festival shuts the area down and have entertainment, vendors, activities, art, community organizations sharing information, and more. This year, there will also be the One Community Together stage that was formerly a part of the Sweetcorn Festival.

If you’d like to sign up to march in the Parade or have a booth at the Fair, click HERE by the sign up deadline of Sept. 15.

Saturday, Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m.-2am: Queer Homecoming Dance – $20

Rose Bowl Tavern 106 N Race St, Urbana, IL 61801

Dance all night to live music covers courtesy of New Souls and DJ Silkee, enter the Best Dressed Contest to determine who will be crowned Homecoming Royalty, and get your classic dance pose picture taken in the photo booth. This is an 18+ event and tickets are $20 each at this link. Space is limited.

Sunday, Oct. 2, 10am-2 p.m.: SERVED! Drag Brunch – $40+

More info to come on lineup but Just Sue always puts on a good show and this will be no exception. Click this link to get tickets before they sell out. Options include GA seating and brunch, or VIP levels, or add on the bottomless mimosa pass.

Sunday, Oct. 2, 3-5 p.m.: Champaign Community Crawl – $30-$55

UP partners with the Champaign Center Partnership the Community Crawl. Buy a batch of vouchers to use at participating businesses to get some Pride treats. $30 gets you 3 vouchers, $55 for a pack of 6. And then you can choose where you stop in and buy: shops for families and young people, bars for the 21+, or mix and match. Proceeds are split between the businesses and Uniting Pride.

Participating Locations: The Literary, Bentley’s, Fire Doll Studio, Blind Pig Brewery, Plant Mode, Esquire Lounge, Suzu’s Bakery and likely more to come. A limited number of vouchers is available here.

Sunday, Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m.: Melissa Etheridge: One Way Out Tour – $49.50+

Uniting Pride is partnering with The Virginia Theatre to offer this grand finale event. Click on the link below to head to The Virginia Theatre’s website for more information, see all the ticket levels.