October’s Urbana First Fridays Map!

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October UFF Front

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Mistletoe Market Applications Open!


Our committee is looking for locally-made, unique goods that inspire a bit of giddiness in our guests: Modern (yet timeless), creative (yet focused) & carefully crafted goods made with the buyer’s delight in mind.

The committee will curate a diverse range of products and styles so that each guest leaves with something he/she/they adore(s) (even if it lasts just a few bites!). We prefer artisans, makers, crafters, artists, designers, growers, bakers, inventors who treat their creations as more than just a hobby. We do not require anything seasonally themed, but we suggest having a few options in mind. We are open to home goods, clothing, 3D & 2D art, textiles, wellness products, edible treats, children’s goods, toys, games, jewelry, literature, music, and more!

We will be accepting 25-30 vendors. We are excited to review your application and see your wonderful work!

Applications close on Sunday, Oct 8. Vendors will be announced Oct 15th.

Vendors will have a 10x10ft space at the Civic Center and be provided two 6ft tables. Vendors will be able to set up as early as 1pm on December 1st.

There is a $50 vendor fee which includes a $10 application fee. Your application will not be reviewed until receipt of the full vendor fee. If you are not chosen for the market this year, we will refund you $40 as soon as vendors are announced on Oct 15th.

Apply here: https://goo.gl/forms/5OgEaQhvfk0y3Bg63

July 7 Urbana First Fridays

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July brings Urbana First Fridays three new businesses in downtown to enjoy! Blackbird Urbana, The Gilbert Gallery, and Spark Museum + Play Cafe! Boom. Pow. Wow.

What other newness can you experience? Some of UIUC’s top student startups from the University of Illinois College of Business’ iVenture Accelerator.

As you know, at 4pm lots of great activities start, but 5pm is when Main Street will start shutting down with content starting at 5:30.

Some of what’s on deck:

Imbibe Urbana craft station to launch the Flag Design Competition brought to you by Spark Museum + Play Cafe, Norden German Design Studio, Urbana Public Arts Program, and Weiskamp Screen Printing.
Main Street Carnival brings the love, style, and fire! Eclectic mix of flow arts entertainers on Main near Broadway.
Piato Cafe food truck, NitroCup, Pipapo & The Pop Stop, Inc in the main street mix.
Pop-Up Library from The Urbana Free Library & Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County
Startup Stations to meet UIUC’s newest and brightest student ventures from the iVenture Accelerator: Bilder, Dibbs, Idana, Optivolt Labs, Slayd, and Trala.

Art shows at Cinema Gallery, International Galleries & The Gilbert Gallery
Adventure games LabEscape & Champaign-Urbana Adventures in Time and Space
Live music at The Iron Post, Community Center for the Arts, and Pizza-M
Sock Hop at the Independent Media Center
Dinner & drink specials from Pizza-M, Bunny’s Tavern, The Dancing Dog Eatery & Juicery, Crane Alley, Blackbird Urbana, Sitara Indian Restaurant & Lounge, Black Dog and more.
Fun at Spark Museum + Play Cafe
Health & Welness from Amara Yoga & Arts and Urbana Acupuncture, llc.
Virtual Reality gaming at Collider Cowork
Food & wine tastings at Common Ground Food Co-op

Thanks also to the UBA, CITY OF URBANA, and First Federal Savings Bank.

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Urbana Flag Design Competition

Engage through expression.

Change through design.

Influence through art.

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The Urbana Flag Design Competition showcases the creativity of residents, visitors, & artists in the Urbana area. Combining the area’s density of design talent with its engaged community will result in flag designs that represent Urbana’s history, landscape & cultural vibrancy.

After the September 30th deadline, a committee will choose the final 30 designs to be judged publicly on Oct. 6th.

 The 5 overall winning designs from that night will be made into flags and displayed at future Urbana First Fridays. Winning designs may be used for Imbibe Urbana promotional material and products in conjunction with the designers.

Note: This is an “unofficial” flag design competition. There is no expectation that any design will be adapted as Urbana’s official flag… (but who knows?!)

Submissions begin July 7th.

Deadline: Sept 30th at 10pm.

To Submit Electronically: 

Email up to three designs in 12x18in PDF, JPEG, or PNG format to:


Include in the body of the email:

  • Name

  • Contact information (Phone number & preferred email)

  • Age

  • Occupation

  • Official City of Residence (Beyond C-U is fine!!)

  • School (if applicable)

  • Whether you make over $1000 a year as a graphic designer/artist (YES OR NO)

The information will not be made public; it will qualify you for certain award categories.

To Submit Hard Copies: 

Drop off up to three designs in 8.5x11in or 11x17in format to:

Urbana – Spark Museum & Play Cafe

142 Lincoln Square, Urbana, IL 61801

Monday-Saturday 10-7, Sunday 1-5


Champaign – Weiskamp Screenprinting

312 S Neil St, Champaign, IL 61820

Monday-Friday 9:30-5:30, Saturday 10-2

Fill out the submission form provided at the location and paper clip it to your submission.

By submitting designs to this contest, designers agree to allow Imbibe Urbana to make promotional material and products from submitted designs and split the profits of those products evenly between the designer and the fund for Urbana First Fridays.

 Email Kristin at UrbanaFlagDesign@gmail.com with any questions!

Remember! Awards Ceremony Oct 6th!

Submissions after the deadline will not be accepted.