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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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Saturday May 28, 2016

Ben Moore Comes Home!

  • May 28, 2016
  • Location: The Comedy Attic
  • Address: 123 S. Walnut St., Bloomington, IN 47404
  • Phone: 812-336-LAFF
  • Times: Thurs. 8pm, Fri. & Sat. 8 & 10:30pm
  • Admission: $10-13

The first ever professional comedian to come out of Bloomington, Ben Moore returns home this May for a stop in his home town. Ben has been a guest on the nationally syndicated Bob & Tom Show so many times he's been a guest host on the show as we... more

A Concert in Memory of Edmund Battersby

  • May 28, 2016
  • Location: First Presbyterian Church
  • Address: 221 E Sixth Street, Bloomington, IN 47408
  • Times: 7pm
  • Admission: Free

Performances of quintets for piano and winds by both W. A. Mozart and Beethoven, featuring pianists Hsuan Chang and Mike Lee


If you’re looking for a band that serves up a variety of Classic/Soft Rock and Blues then look no further. CounterPoint delivers the hits from the 60’s-90’s covering groups like Guns & Roses, ZZ Top, Skynyrd, Clapton, Kansas, B... more

Ensemble Lanier

  • May 28, 2016
  • Location: First Presbyterian Church
  • Address: 221 E Sixth Street, Bloomington, IN 47403
  • Times: 2pm
  • Admission: Free

Music of Nicholas Lanier and Family, performed by Brady Lanier, Eva Legêne, Sarah Cantor, and others.

Hairbangers Ball

80'S Hair Metal Hits & Anthems

I Love The 90's Burlesque

Come celebrate all things 90's with some of your favorite burlesque and drag performers! Doors: 9p Show: 10p Hosts: Roxy Bordeaux and David Britton Performers: Desda Mae Q Moana (Indianapolis) Diva La Vida(Chicago) Nausicaa Noir(Bloomington) Juju B... more

Instrument Petting Zoo and Pop-Up Performances in Early Music

  • May 28, 2016
  • Location: Bloomington City Hall Atrium
  • Address: 401 N Morton Street, Bloomington, IN 47402
  • Times: 10am-1pm
  • Admission: Free

The annual Instrument Petting Zoo at the Bloomington Farmer’s Market, a great way for kids and families to get to know the amazing musical innovations of the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. Performed by members of Gamma Ut and curated by Eric F... more

May Museum Open Day at Bloomington's Farmstead

The day will feature music by members of Friday Musicale in the parlor of the 1892 Queen Anne main house. On exhibit is “Harvesting at the Farmstead,” a collection of small farm implements both donated and original to the site along with... more

Ready, Set, Grow!

Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard and The Rooftop at Middle Way House are sponsoring the 5th annual ‘Ready, Set, Grow!’ event with tips to help prepare you for the upcoming growing season! There will be handouts and demonstrations from loc... more

Rock & Wine {Tumbled Ametrine Necklace} Jewelry Class

Saturday May 28th - 4PM Class Fee: $45.00 (non-refundable) Class Location: GALACTIC MERKABA Artisan Alley - Studio K 1607 S. Rogers St. Bloomington, IN 47403 (choose &q... more

StinkEye Stringband

Mike Johnson, Bob Mark Goodman and Dan Selvaggi are purveyors of acoustic, eclectic, eccentric free-range amer-arcana for your listening pleasure.


WOODWARD/NEWMAN DRAMA AWARD WINNER By Matthew Capodicasa Directed by David Sheehan Adele has abandoned her law school plans and her social life to take care of her addled father – a man who has trouble remembering who she is. A chance enco... more

Indiana Limestone Symposium: 20th Anniversary Sculpture Exhibit

Visit a historic Beaux Arts limestone building and see a beautiful exhibit of contemporary and traditional limestone sculpture at the same time! Master carvers and other participants of the Indiana Limestone Symposium celebrate the 20th anniversary ... more

Bloomington Community Farmers' Market

The Bloomington Community Farmers' Market welcomes shoppers and vendors to Showers Common at City Hall on Saturdays (April- Nov) and to 6th and Madison Streets on Tuesdays (June- Sept). Beautiful displays of Indiana produce and flowers transform the... 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

May Flowers

By Hand Gallery will be highlighting Donna Cooney’s petal bowls and other reversible, fabric bowls for the month of May.  

Ravel - An Exhibit of New Work by Kendra Strebig

  • May 28, 2016
  • Venue: Farmer House Museum
  • Address: 529 N. College Ave., Bloomington, IN 47404
  • Phone: 812-336-5597
  • Times: 10am-4pm
  • Admission: Free

Kendra Strebig, will be showing in the Bellevue Gallery at the Farmer House Museum in May. A firm believer in the divine energy of the universe, Strebig describes her work for the show, titled Ravel, as impulsive, exploratory and mixed media. Streb... more

"Costume Drama" by Sandy Baker

For the month of May, Gather is excited to share with you the amazing costume design and storytelling skills of local seamstress, former burlesque dancer, and always a cos-player Sandy Baker! ---- Artist Statement: I love the magic clothing can cre... 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

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 28, 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 28, 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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