PYGMALION is back September 23-25, live and in person, with a full lineup of music, literature, and cultural events. Made Fest returns as well, with two days of vendors from C-U and beyond set up outside Rose Bowl Tavern.


All performances will take place in Urbana venues: Canopy Club, Rose Bowl Tavern, NOLA's Rock Bar, 25 O'Clock Brewing, Analog, Urbana Free Library, and Cafeteria & Company. If you want to attend an indoor event, full vaccination will be required (meaning you are 14 days from your last dose). A vaccination card, photo or photocopy of card, or Safer Illinois app vaccination confirmation will be accepted. You can read the full COVID policy here.

PYGMALION overlaps with Pride Fest, which is exciting! Bob the Drag Queen, winner of season 8 of RuPaul's Drag Race is performing stand up at The Canopy Club, author Crystal Valentine will be sharing her poetry at Urbana Free Library, artist Serena Isioma will bring their alternative, indie, hip-hop, and R&B sound to Rose Bowl Tavern, and don't miss headliner Tinashe at Canopy on Thursday night. 

This year's live podcast is Desert Oracle, and it will be accompanied by visualizations from NCSA. Pyghack, Human Library, and Literary Marathon are all back on the schedule.

Tickets are on sale now. Check out the full schedule of events here.

Full Disclosure: Smile Politely is owned by the same parent company as PYGMALION.

Top image provided by PYGMALION.