Calendar of Events
The greater Champaign County area is a hotbed for fun, local events you can't find anywhere else in the region. From music festivals, to exhibition openings, to cultural events, there's always something going on.
Please note, masks are required in all indoor spaces regardless of vaccination status and encouraged in outdoor spaces where social distancing isn't possible.
Hot Rod Power Tour
State Farm Center
1800 S. First Street
Champaign, Illinois 61820
Visit Champaign County is excited to give the local economy a boost this summer by safely bringing the popular HOT ROD Power Tour Presented by HP Tuners and Driven by Continental Tire back to Champaign County on Friday, August 27, 2021, the fourth time it will pass through Central Illinois.
The 27th year for the world’s largest traveling car show will have cars cruising into the State Farm Center for the final stop of the tour, which kicks off August 23 at the Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.
More than just a traveling car show, the HOT ROD Power Tour is widely considered to be the finest high-end hot rod–based automotive tour in the world, bringing together more than 5,000 vehicles. Classic cars and hot rods travel city to city while performance car lovers and HOT ROD editors and photographers follow alongside the tour, all cruising through small town America like one big family reunion road trip. Participants can join for one day, two days, or be a HOT ROD Power Tour long hauler and join for all five days.
The Hot Rod Power Tour stopped in Champaign County at the State Farm Center (then Assembly Hall) in June 2012 and had the highest number of one-day registrations in tour history with over 3,000 cars in attendance. In 2015, the tour traveled to Parkland College, with the state-of-the-art Applied Technology Center on campus, and again had the highest participation along the tour with 3,700 registered cars. The last time the event rolled through was 2017 at the State Farm Center with over 4,000 registered.
For more information on Hot Rod Magazine and the HOT ROD Power Tour, visit www.hotrod.com/events.
Stop by any of these bars and restaurants in Downtown Champaign to discover our own Riggs Beer Company!
Barrelhouse 34 / 34 E. Main St.
Black Dog Smoke & Ale House / 320 N Chestnut St.
Brass Rain / 15 E. University Ave.
Collective Pour / 340 N. Neil St.
Cowboy Monkey / 6 Taylor St.
Esquire Lounge / 106 N. Walnut St.
Farren's Pub/ 117 N. Walnut St.
Guido's Bar & Grill / 2 E. Main St.
Hamilton Walker's / 201 N. Neil St.
KoFusion / 30 E. Main St.
Neil St. Blues / 301 N. Neil St.
Pizzeria Antica / 10 E. Chester St.
Pour Brothers Tap Room / 40 E. University Ave.
Quality / 110 N. Neil St.
Seven Saints / 32 E. Chester St.
Watson's Shack & Rail / 211 N. Neil St.
Also, check out some of the other exciting things happening this weekend in our area: