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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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Thursday May 05, 2016

The Bloomington Debut of Jenny Zigrino

  • May 5, 2016
  • Location: The Comedy Attic
  • Address: 123 S. Walnut St., Bloomington, IN 47404
  • Phone: 812-336-LAFF
  • Times: Thurs 8 pm ; Fri & Sat 8 & 10:30 pm
  • Admission: TBA

With key roles in the just released 50 Shades of Black and the soon-to-be-released follow-up to the hit Christmas film Bad Santa, Jenny's star is rapidly on the rise. In stand-up, Jenny's resume is gaining momentum every day with recent appearances ... more

Craig & The Crawdads concert!

Craig & The Crawdads return to the Strawberry Festival on the Courthouse Lawn, a benefit for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington. The festival is from 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., and the band plays from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. $5 per serving! For ... more

Strawberry Fest - 30th Anniversary - benefiting the Boys & Girls Club

Strawberry Shortcake Festival Thursday, May 5: 10:30 am to 2:30 pm Monroe County Courthouse Lawn Who’s ready for some shortcake? What has become a Bloomington tradition for the past 30 years, The Strawberry Shortcake Festival is Thursday, May ... more

The Art & Soul of Bloomington: A Juried Art Show

We at The Venue are excited to announce our "Art & Soul of Bloomington" Juried Art Show, opening April 2nd, 2016. We believe that Bloomington is a very special place, a place that nourishes and challenges the body, mind, and spirit of ... more

Mathers After Hours: Study Break

Take a break from studying and work with a relaxing evening at the MMWC. Play some board and card games, and do some crafts, including mandala coloring and finger knitting, to soothe away the stress. The event is free and open to the public. Free v... more

MFA Thesis Exhibitions

Every spring, the IU Art Museum presents thesis exhibitions of graduating MFA candidates in the visual arts. Group 3 April 27-May 8, 2016 Bill Bass, photography Lindsay Hall, painting Jordan Kornreich, painting Gallery Talks: Friday, April 29, 12:00... more

New in the Galleries

New Acquisitions: African American Art A group of local community, university, and business leaders, headed by Donald Griffin, Jr., broker/owner of Griffin Realty, has formed a coalition to help the IU Art Museum build its collection of works by Afri... more

Arts of Kenya: Beauty in Traditional Forms

Colorful jewelry, elegant yet simple containers, and masterfully crafted headrests, stools, walking sticks, and other personal accoutrements are just some of the objects featured in Arts of Kenya: Beauty in Traditional Forms. Designed to introduce v... more

That About Covers It!

  • May 5, 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

Coverlets, quilts, and buttons, oh my! “That About Covers It” takes a look at the evolution of what covers us and explores what happened in our society to cause people to switch from making coverlets out of spun fibers, to making quilts ... more

Birdz Returning

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

In 2013, while painting a watercolor landscape in Provence, Lois Barber tested her colors on a vertical strip of paper taped to her easel. A few weeks later, the test strip fell from her portfolio and landed horizontally on her desk. In an instant, ... more

Stirring the Pot: Bringing the Wanamakers Home

In 1913, Joseph Dixon visited the Tuscarora Nation, the smallest of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) communities, located in western New York. Dixon photographed six individuals during his visit, and those images became part of the Wanamaker Collection ... more

JOE JOHNSON - The Playing Field

Pictura Gallery, presenting “The Playing Field” by Joe Johnson. Featuring photographs of the interior of glittering casinos, empty in the middle of the night and bright deserts at high noon, in Reno, Nevada. April 1st - May 28th Openin... more

"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

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

  • May 5, 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

Your Amazing Brain!

  • May 5, 2016
  • Venue: WonderLab
  • Address: 308 W. 4th Street, Bloomington, IN 47404
  • Phone: 812-337-1337 ext. 25
  • Admission: See website for admission costs

Explore the human brain through exciting exhibits, challenges and games! Discover what your brain looks like, what the role of electricity is in making things happen inside your head, how your brain processes sensory information, how learning and mem... more

Exhibits at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures!

"Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation" Created by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, this exhibit explores the Indian American experience and the commu... more

Did you know...

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



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