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Category - Arts & Culture

Friday, November 17, 2023

Check out the top Events happening in December 2023, and make a three-day getaway out of your trip! Use this list to easily navigate from section-to-section:​ For holiday events, please check out our Holiday Happenings blog. Holiday Happenings LIVE MUSIC & PERFORMANCES The Bluebird Shows... Read More

Thursday, November 16, 2023

Sometimes you want to get out of the house and roam around town without spending any money, and Bloomington is the perfect place to do just that. Our community offers a long list of free things to do for a variety of interests, from activities for kids and live music performances to nature... Read More

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

The Boy Who Lived captured the hearts of millions, and over a decade after the last novel was published, Harry Potter continues to do so. The series may be over, but we can't let go of the whimsical magic associated with it — especially since Bloomington is home to many places that have an uncanny... Read More

Monday, November 6, 2023

Bloomington offers an abundance of venues, events, and activities for those who are 21 & older, but that doesn't mean there isn't a ton of fun to be had in the 20 & under crowd! B-Town offers more than you think for those who have yet to reach the milestone birthday — from outdoor recreation to... Read More

Tuesday, October 31, 2023

The Square is the heart of downtown Bloomington, lined with over 30 locally-owned businesses including shops, restaurants, art galleries, and more. There's so much to do directly on The Square, but there are even more incredible businesses and attractions surrounding it. Venture off the beaten-path... Read More

Monday, October 30, 2023

In Indiana, basketball is more than a game — it's a source of Hoosier pride, culture, and community that spans over a century of history. As the birthplace of Indiana University Basketball, Bloomington in particular is a hub for the sport's legend and lore. With a famed basketball arena, multiple... Read More

Monday, October 30, 2023

Picture this: You’re shopping, but not on Amazon. You’re having dinner — somewhere other than your own house. You wake up in a bed you don’t have to make. You go outside to watch the snowfall without having to see your neighbor in his pajamas. That’s right. You’re in Bloomington. And you’re enjoying... Read More

Friday, October 20, 2023

Check out the top events happening in November 2023, and make a three-day getaway out of your trip! Use this list to easily navigate from section-to-section:​ HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS Bloomington Handmade Market — Holiday 2023 Date: Saturday, November 11 & Sunday, November 12 Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM... Read More

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Fall has officially arrived in Bloomington. Check out the top events happening in October 2023, and make a three-day getaway out of your trip! Use this list to easily navigate from section-to-section:​ FESTIVALS & SPECIAL EVENTS Annual Hilly Hundred Bicycle Tour Date: Friday, October 6 through... Read More

Friday, August 25, 2023

FESTIVALS & SPECIAL EVENTS 4 th Street Festival of the Arts & Crafts Date: Saturday, September 2 through Sunday, September 3 Time: 10:00 AM-6:00 PM on Saturday and 10:00 AM-5:00 PM on Sunday Location: 4 th Street, between Grant Street and Indiana Avenue Admission: Free Enjoy the annual 4 th Street... Read More