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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Music is the heartbeat of Bloomington, the rhythm that moves us and the melody that guides us. Discover the talented local musicians, producers, events, and venues that keep the beat going. By Stephen M. Deusner “Bloomington is a live music town,” says Ben Swanson. “There’s enough going on here that... Read More

Friday, August 11, 2017

The end of summer draws near but that doesn't mean the fun has to end. Labor Day Weekend in Bloomington is packed with events for the whole family. Take a long weekend; you deserve it. 4th Street Festival of the Arts and Crafts The 4th Street Festival of the Arts and Crafts is celebrating its 41st... Read More

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The quest for the perfect gram is a challenge. In Bloomington, we're pretty lucky to be surrounded by beautiful spaces that keep locals and visitors exploring and inspired. There's no way we thought of every photogenic place in town so let us know your favorites in the comments below. Follow... Read More

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Featured Events Middle Coast Film Festival Groundbreaking films and filmakers converge in Bloomington each year for a weekend to celebrate the craft of film. On August 10-12, expect a fair share of comedy, drama, and thrills at this year's Middle Coast Film Festival. You even have a chance to meet... Read More

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

July and August are a hot and steamy time of year and can be particularly cruel when the temperatures hit 90 and above. Hot summer days are perfect for swimming or finding indoor activities in the AC (like free museums or shopping ). They’re also the perfect time of year for eating lots and lots of... Read More

Friday, June 23, 2017

Independence Day is Tuesday, July 4, 2017, and many events are planned to mark the holiday. Here’s where you can celebrate in Bloomington. Friday, June 30th The Bloomington Speedway Annual Fireworks Spectacular General admission $15, pit admission $30, 12 & under free Bloomington Speedway 5185... Read More

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Fourth of July festivities kick off a busy month in Bloomington, Indiana. Save the date for these summer events! Featured Events Fourth of July Parade Festive floats, classic cars, live music, and more. Celebrate the Fourth of July in downtown Bloomington with parade fun for the whole family. Learn... Read More

Monday, June 12, 2017

The Taste of Bloomington is one of the city’s most iconic events and for many it feels like the official kick off of the summer season. In honor of this year’s Taste I’m sharing my Top 10 Tastes at Taste, in no particular order. 1. Blue Flame bison sliders – Upland Brewing Co. The blue... Read More

Thursday, June 8, 2017

When you're a food enthusiast living with dietary restrictions, eating out can put a serious damper on your appetite. In so many restaurants, the only safe bet is the house salad (hold the croutons), which gets old pretty quickly. Luckily, being the accommodating and food-centric town that... Read More

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Why wait for the weekend to come to Bloomington? There's always something to do, even on a Tuesday. Events IU Summer Theatre The IU Summer Theatre is the summer professional theatre for the IU Department of Theatre and Drama. Shows are done in repertory fashion, with one play and one musical taking... Read More