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Find out what's happening in Bloomington during your visit! Browse through today's events or search by category, keyword or date range. Or check out our list of Annual Events to plan ahead. Bloomington is home to thousands of special events and performances each year and this is the place to find out all the details. If you'd like to submit your local event to the calendar, follow the links in the left-hand column.

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Friday Jun 24, 2016

Ian Abramson's Comedy Attic Debut!

  • June 24, 2016
  • Location: The Comedy Attic
  • Address: 123 S. Walnut St., Bloomington, IN 47404
  • Phone: 812-336-LAFF
  • Times: Fri. & Sat. 8 & 10:30pm
  • Admission: $13-15

BUY A COMBO TICKET TO SEE IAN DO STAND-UP FRIDAY & SATURDAY PLUS SUNDAY'S SEVEN MINUTES IN PURAGTORY TAPING FOR ONE LOW PRCE! Ian Abramson is from Moreno Valley, California, where he learned to walk, read, and drive, but not in that order. He ... more

Charmhouse Designs Jewelry by Lori McDonald at The Venue

On Friday, June 24th, beginning at 6:00p.m., The Venue will host a reception for our exhibition and sale of Jewelry Designs by Lori McDonald, d/b/a/ Charmhouse. Lori’s mission is to collide the old and the new, pairing vintage items, natural m... more


  • June 24, 2016
  • Venue: The Player's Pub
  • Address: 424 S. Walnut Street, Bloomington, IN 47401
  • Phone: 812-334-2080
  • Times: 8pm
  • Admission: TBA (check website for updates)

Crossover Friday, June 24 , 8:00 PM

Indiana All HipHop Stars

#IndianaAllHipHopStars Ft. Venom, Isaac Lightfoot, & more D Best, December's Finest, BloQ Gang Nation, Venom, Isaac Lightfoot, and Heavyweight. Friday, June 24 , 11:59 PM Price: $5

Startup Mic Night

  • June 24, 2016
  • Venue: The Bishop
  • Address: 123 S. Walnut St., Bloomington, IN 47404
  • Times: 5:30pm
  • Admission: Free

Come sing at the open Mic night. 18+

The 1-4-5's

The 1-4-5's Dave Everton-Guitar & Vocals Steve Bonner-Drums Kelly White-Bass Friday, June 24 , 5:00 PM Price: Free Happy Hour Music

Shooter Jennings Waymore's Outlaws

Make no mistake about it, Shooter Jennings has never been one to allow expectations, boundaries, genre or ideals dictate the direction of his art. From the moment he burst onto the scene with his debut album Put The O Back In Country it was clear tha... more

Indiana Limestone Symposium

  • June 24, 2016
  • Location: Bybee Stone Co
  • Address: N Matthews Dr, Ellettsville, IN 47429
  • Phone: 812-824-8845
  • Times: Varied
  • Admission: See fee schedule

Session 1: June 5 - 11, 2016 Session 2: June 19 - 25, 2016 Each full session consists of seven days of immersive instruction in the art of carving limestone, including design, moving stone, splitting blocks, roughing out, using hand and pneumatic... more

Murder Ballad

Sara’s life is perfect, until an old flame reappears, threatening everything she treasures in this explosive rock musical. Beer & Wine bar. Late night performances. It’s Cardinal like you’ve never seen it before. Performances... more

New in the Galleries

Gallery Hours Tues-Sat 10:00-5:00 p.m. Sun 12:00-5:00 p.m. (Closed Mondays and major holidays) New Acquisitions: African American Art A group of local community, university, and business leaders, headed by Donald Griffin, Jr., broker/owner of Griffi... more

Performing Arts Series- Fridays in the Waldron, Hill, and Buskirk Park/Third Street Park

Join us at Waldron, Hill and Buskirk Park for our free summer concert series! Schedule: June 10- Krista Detor June 17- Cari Ray June 24- Jason & Ginger July 1- Opal Fly & KAPOW July 8- da Vida July 15- The Mark Robinson Band July 22- Lauren ... more

Keep It Simple: Working with Porcelain

  • June 24, 2016
  • Venue: By Hand Gallery
  • Address: 101 West Kirkwood Ave., Ste. 109, Bloomington, IN 47404
  • Phone: 812-334-3255
  • Times: 10am-5:30pm
  • Admission: Free

Karen’s porcelain and stoneware pottery is wheel thrown, often altered and decorated with thick slip and by carving, appliquéing and incising. She uses fossils, seashells, fabric and kitchen tools for decoration. For color, she applies ... more

Nightshades Magic Show

  • June 24, 2016
  • Location: The Parlour Theater
  • Address: 107 N College AV Suite 001, Bloomington, IN 47404
  • Phone: 812-369-4774
  • Times: Fri. 7pm, Sat. 9pm
  • Admission: $20-$25
  • www.TheCardWiz

Elegant evening of Magic and storytelling in a Victorian Era setting. Appropriate for persons aged 5 years and up. Visit for more info or call 812.369.4774

Spotlights: Five Views into the Eskenazi Museum of Art's Collection

To celebrate the Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University's 75th birthday, each of the five curators has chosen a group of objects for Spotlights: Five Views into the Eskenazi Museum of Art's Collection. Highlighted for their rarity, research i... more

Food Truck Friday At Smith's Shoe Center!

Food Truck Fridays is now at two locations, The Chocolate Moose and Smith's Shoes. At this new location, you will find: The Big Cheeze, Great White Smoke, Juancho's, Bea's Soda Bar, Gypsy Moon, Gimme Sum Moe, Barisgo, etc. Free parking!

Food Truck Friday At The Chocolate Moose!

Don't forget Food Truck Friday is EVERY week from 11am-9pm! Always make sure to check the Chocolate Moose's social media pages if there's inclement weather and to check out this week's lineup!  Live music!  Parking available on the street, ... more

TRUDY KAUFMAN: Spirit of Place

Brick Gallery, presenting “Spirit of Place” by Trudy Kaufman. Featuring photographs that take a refreshing look at sacred places n the southwest. On view in the Brick Gallery, May 6th - June 25th Opening Reception Friday May 6th, 5 pm -... more

Blueline Presents: The Edible Carnival

Blueline is excited to feature Albuquerque based artist Russell Bauer. With his extensive knowledge of construction and life-based systems, Russell creates allegorical, performative, often kinetic installation works, using art to connect humans to ... more

Off The Pavement - New Paintings by Karen Holtzclaw

  • June 24, 2016
  • Venue: Farmer House Museum
  • Address: 529 N. College Ave., Bloomington, IN 47404
  • Phone: 812-336-5597
  • Times: 10am-4pm
  • Admission: Free

For June the Bellevue Gallery at the Farmer House Museum presents a showing of surrealist influenced paintings by local artist Karen Holtzclaw.  

"Here I Met My First True Radicals:" Student Reform Movements at Indiana University

For freshman Theodore Dreiser in 1889, Indiana University served as fertile ground for his future literary endeavors, but to him “the life of the town, the character of its people, the professors and the students, and the mechanism, politics, ... more

Ongoing Exhibit: Whimsy: Childhood Illuminated

Whimsy: Childhood Illustrated is a series focusing on the growth of child and mother celebrated in pen and watercolor and illuminated in a cedar box from local mother artist Jessica Shurr.  

RCA Time Capsule

RCA, a manufacturer of radios and televisions, employed thousands of Bloomington citizens from 1940 to 1998, making Bloomington the “color television capital of the world.” The RCA time capsule was unearthed last fall after 25 years unde... more

The Make-Do Generation

  • June 24, 2016
  • Venue: Monroe County History Center
  • Address: 202 E. 6th Street, Bloomington, IN 47408
  • Phone: 812-332-2517
  • Times: Tues - Sat 10 am - 4 pm
  • Admission: Museum Admission Adults $2 ; Children 6-17 $1 ; Children under 5 free

Buddy can you spare a dime? What is the Civilian Conservation Corps and what did they do in Indiana? How did life change for homemakers? What did local people do to make a buck? Discover how Hoosiers in Monroe County survived the Great Depression of... more

Old Time Radio Fridays At the Farmer House Museum

Listening party for fans of classic scripted radio from the 1920s to 1960s. Shows are repeated and new shows played at various times during the evening, so any time during the posted hours is a good time to stop in. Follow the Farmer House on Facebo... more

Ongoing Exhibit "James Yang and his 80th Birthday Exhibition Celebration"

  • June 24, 2016
  • Venue: The Vault at Gallery Mortgage
  • Address: 121 E. Sixth Street, Bloomington, IN 47408
  • Phone: 812-334-9700
  • Times: 9am-5pm Monday through Friday
  • Admission: Free

Ongoing exhibit "James Yang and his 80th Birthday Exhibition Celebration" featuring James and Jenny Yang. This is a truly unique show celebrating the talents and works of James Yang, an instructor and presenter of Calligraphy, TaiChi, and ... more

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In the 30s and 40s, limestone from the area built the Empire State Building...more



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