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Monday, February 19, 2024

It is that time of year again where the weather gets colder, the sweaters are put on, and the fall colors come out. There is no cozier way to embrace the new season than with a warm bowl of tasty soup. For the best soups, chilis, and stews in Bloomington, you've come to the right place. Hive... Read More

Friday, February 16, 2024

The history of Bloomington is vast and interesting — and there are more than ten museums that show off their own sections of its history. From limestone, to ancient species, to photography, to homes, and more, find the museum that fits you (and your family's) interest best. See a sneak peek at some... Read More

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Dining out with kids can be overwhelming, especially when you're traveling and aren't familiar with the area's local restaurants. You'll be relieved to know that Bloomington offers a wide variety of family-friendly places to eat across many types of cuisine — no need to resort to Applebee's or... Read More

Thursday, February 15, 2024

The Basics Who is hosting the event? The Indiana Heritage Quilt Show is run by a committee of volunteers who work year-long to put on this annual event. What is the event? The 31st annual Indiana Heritage Quilt Show showcases over 200 remarkable quilted works. The Quilt Show also holds workshops... Read More

Thursday, February 8, 2024

The famous day of love is coming up, and Bloomington is offering several Valentine's Day events & specials. Whether you're looking for romance with your partner, an outing with the friends, something fun to do with the kiddos, or anything in between, B-Town has something in store for you to enjoy.... Read More

Thursday, February 1, 2024

February 1 marks the start of Black History Month honoring the African-American community. Stop by one of these amazing restaurants, food trucks, or sweet shops today to support a local, Black-owned business. Restaurants The Cabin The Cabin offers delicious breakfast foods, sandwiches,... Read More

Thursday, January 25, 2024

When you’re overdue for a break, a quick trip to Bloomington can be just what the doctor ordered. No kids, no obligations, and no plans necessary. Whether you’re looking to go it alone or to let loose with the girls, Bloomington has unexpected options to suit every whim. Rest & Relaxation It’s... Read More

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

While the warmer months may seem the best for a hiking excursion through Bloomington’s rolling hills and vast forests, there’s a certain magic in the crisp air of a wintertime hike. The soft blanket of snow covering the ground and the sparkle of ice-crusted trees create a unique beauty that's often... Read More

Friday, January 19, 2024

There's always something going on in B-Town! Check out the top events happening in February 2024, and consider spending two or three days with us this season. Use this list to easily navigate from section-to-section:​ FESTIVALS & SPECIAL EVENTS Eagles Over Monroe Date: Thursday, February 1 through... Read More

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Indiana University hosts several annual events, and a few of them are such staples that event dates are provided for several years in the future. Use this as a reference for all of IU's biggest yearly events, and feel free to call the Visitors Center at (800) 800-0037 with any questions. That's what... Read More