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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.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Guest Post: By Sara Sheikh For 25 years, the Lotus World Music & Arts Festival has delivered sights and sounds from around the globe to the heart of Bloomington. To celebrate the 25th annual Lotus World Music & Arts Festival, Lotus will feature the festival’s largest lineup to date as 30... Read More

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Playing Sink the Biz at Nick's , seeing a show at The Bluebird , visiting the Farmers Market ; there are certain things you just can't miss in Bloomington. The same goes for fall in Bloomington. To help you enjoy one of the busiest seasons in town, we've created this bucket list of things every... Read More

Friday, August 31, 2018

Hiking is one of the best things you can do in Monroe County. Many of us have our favorite go-to hikes , but for those of you looking for something new, or something off the beaten path, here are some special hikes you might not have heard of. Or maybe everyone has told you about them, and you're... Read More

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Fourth Street Arts Festival of the Arts & Crafts This annual event began in 1976 as a way for area artists and craftspeople to showcase their talents and has been a Bloomington tradition ever since! The Fourth Street Festival of the Arts & Crafts has grown over the years into one of the premier... Read More

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

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. Fourth Street Festival of the Arts and Crafts The Fourth Street Festival of the Arts and Crafts is celebrating its... Read More

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music is one of the best in the nation. They have trained over 15,000 alumni around the world, they have one of only two major organ departments in the country, and the Jacobs Harp Department is the largest in the world. Just like the education, the performance... Read More

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The boy who lived captured the hearts of millions and continues to do so. The series may be over but we can't let the magic go. There have been plenty of lists about Harry Potter to come out but we think Bloomington is the place to experience a Potteresque wizarding world. The Old Crescent of... Read More

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Bloomington Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Festival August 11-13 | Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center Bust a move with the best blues and boogie-woogie pianists. Returning artists include Bob Seeley, C. J. Chenier, Rob Rio, “Uganda” Roberts, Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues, Ricky Nye, Cassidy Gephart and Craig... Read More

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Whether it’s to watch the seasons change or shake up the every day, there’s a reason people flock to Bloomington during times of transformation. An oasis for cyclists, foodies, hikers, beer enthusiasts, boaters, and adventurers, Bloomington is an idyllic destination for a weekend of reconnecting... Read More

Monday, July 30, 2018

Due in large part to Indiana University, Bloomington is a veritable melting pot of colorful sights, enchanting aromas, and captivating sounds from around the world. Escape the ordinary and immerse yourself in new flavors from the rich community of international restaurants , new ideas in the unique... Read More