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Category - Arts & Culture

Monday, September 23, 2019

Guest Post: By Sara Sheikh For over 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 26th annual Lotus World Music & Arts Festival, Lotus will feature the festival’s largest lineup to date as 30... Read More

Friday, September 20, 2019

With pumpkin picking, Hoosier Hysteria, a Broadway musical and much more, October is a great time to visit Bloomington. Mark your calendars for these events! Theater in Bloomington Dark Meets Light: October 11 - October 12 | Musical Arts Center (MAC) | Friday at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 2:30 & 7:30 pm... Read More

Friday, August 23, 2019

Theater in Bloomington Cardinal Stage presents: "The Great Gatsby": Dates Vary | Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center | Times Vary The breathtaking glamour and decadent excess of the Jazz Age come to the stage in Simon Levy’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel. Le Nozze Di Figaro: Dates... Read More

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Bloomington is known for many things: #9 quirkiest town in America, the 4 th gayest city in the country, one of the top 50 foodie towns in the U.S. There are a number of breweries, distilleries, and wineries to explore. You have award-winning theater right at your fingertips. Then, of course, you... Read More

Friday, August 2, 2019

A is for Assembly Hall... Spirit and tradition run through the veins of Indiana University and it all starts at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. The electricity in the stadium can make anyone (even those Boilermakers) fall in love with the Hoosiers. B is for Breweries... Voted by Thrillist as "One of... Read More

Monday, July 8, 2019

The Basics Who is hosting the event? Gallery Walk is an event put together by Gallery Walk Bloomington. What is the event? Gallery Walk Art Openings and Receptions feature original art, both local and international, opportunities to meet the artists, live music, food, and more. When is the event?... Read More

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Music in Bloomington Cari Ray at Oliver Winery: June 1 | Oliver Winery | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Stephen Marley: Acoustic Jam Tour: June 4 | Buskirk-Chumley Theater | 8:00 pm Son of Bob and Rita Marley, and eight-time Grammy award-winning musician and producer, Stephen Marley is coming to Bloomington!... Read More

Friday, May 3, 2019

Visit Indiana Week is an annual celebration of all wonderful things to see and do in the Hoosier State. This week is in conjunction with National Tourism Week, which is a time when travel and tourism professionals across the country unite to celebrate the value travel holds for our economy,... Read More

Thursday, April 18, 2019

The Basics Who is hosting the event? Granfalloon is an annual festival hosted by the IU Arts & Humanities Council. What is the event? Granfalloon is a multi-day festival of art, music, and scholarship inspired by iconic Hoosier author Kurt Vonnegut. The festival includes an academic conference and... Read More

Friday, April 12, 2019

Theater in Bloomington Cherry Docs: May 8 | Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center | 7:30 pm Cardinal Stage presents "The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley": May 10 - May 26 | Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center | Times Vary Bring the entire family to sing along to this hilarious play. To Quiet the... Read More