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We want to take you behind the scenes, to give you insider information you won't find anywhere else. This is where we pull Bloomington's hip happenings together with recommendations from our team, first-hand accounts from project producers, and guest blogs by local gurus.  The Backstage Blog helps you stay in front of it all.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Don't let holiday gift giving overwhelm you this year; there are so many wonderful shops in town with the perfect gift for the people in your life. We have rounded up some of our favorite gift ideas to help check a few more things off your list. And don't forget to Shop Small on Saturday November... Read More

Thursday, November 17, 2016

We know most people will be home next week cooking away with family and friends but just in case you want a little help, we've put together an amazing list of local goodies to bring to your Thanksgiving table. Good food (and booze) helps bring those differing personalities and opinions together.... Read More

Monday, November 14, 2016

It's hard to belive Thanksgiving is next week! If you're not interested in destroying your kitchen while dressing a turkey this year, let someone else do all the work this year. To help make your holiday planning even easier, we've rounded up the restaurants in town that will be open on Thanksgiving... Read More

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

One of the most beloved holiday events in Bloomington is the Canopy of Lights (always the Friday after Thanksgiving). Families and friends gather on the courthouse lawn to join Santa Claus in turning on the twinkle lights that cover the downtown square. Nearly 6,000 people attend the annual... Read More

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

As we gear up for Hoosier Basketball, we're excited to share some photos of the newly unveiled Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. It has gone through quite the renovation and will undoubtedly be viewed as one of the premiere college basketball facilities. The south lobby had the most dramatic... Read More

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

The holidays are indeed holly and jolly, but in Bloomington, they are anything but ordinary. As the temperatures fall (maybe some snow too), get into the spirit with holiday events, unique shopping, and plenty of delicious treats to share with your loved ones, big and small. Artisan Guilds of... Read More

Monday, October 31, 2016

It may be getting colder outside but our event calendar is still jam packed with fun for visitors and locals! This month head to Bloomington to cheer on the Hoosiers, shop local for the holidays, or see a show! Gallery Walk , Nov. 4 in downtown Bloomington Greetings fellow Gallery Walkers, it is... Read More

Friday, October 21, 2016

Bloomington is well-known as a cycling town: we have a silver level status by the League of American Bicyclists, dedicated biking lanes, a city commission on bicycle and pedestrian safety, and host several cycling events each year. There are great routes to ride and several places to purchase or... Read More

Thursday, October 20, 2016

What is a Rainwork? Rainworks are rain-activated street art that are completely invisible when dry, and only appear when they are wet. Rainworks are designed to make rainy days happier. They are created by using a non-toxic, environmentally-safe super hydrophobic spray called Rainworks Invisible... Read More

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Shopping local in Bloomington is easy, especially when it comes to the holidays! The Artisan Guild of Bloomington and Bloomington Handmade Market are coming up in November to help you get all of your holiday shopping done! The Artisan Guild of Bloomington Show takes place November 4-5 and is the... Read More