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Category - Arts & Culture

Friday, September 9, 2016

With school back in session Bloomington is a buzz with football games and festivals. Our museums and cultural centers are bustling as well with new exhibits as well and we've rounded up the must see exhibits this fall! Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University Vik Muniz The Sidney and Lois... Read More

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Pokemon Go! craze hit Bloomington big time. Now that students are back in town there are even more people taking it to the streets to hunt for these little monsters. They have been spotted downtown, in the Showalter Foundtain on campus, Dunn Meadow, and one even hangs out in the Visitor's... Read More

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Musicals, ballet, opera and more take the Bloomington stages each season and this fall is no exception. Here's what we're excited to see around town this coming season! 30 Day Mourning Period: Bloomington Playwrights Project Larry, Susan and Craig are locked in mind-numbing sales jobs that are... Read More

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

August is a month of split personalities. It starts out a little quieter, still missing those IU students, and folks trying to cram in a few more fun activities during summer vacation. Then it ends with an influx of energetic students and more action throughout the campus and city. Throughout the... Read More

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Written by Teal Strabbing, the group services guru and most trendy staffer at Visit Bloomington. What's my favorite play? Without a doubt it would have to be Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream , so I jumped at the chance to watch the dress rehearsal of IU Summer Theatre's production of it! I... Read More

Friday, June 24, 2016

It's already been pretty hot this summer, but July really starts cooking - the temperature and the number of events! It's hard to pick just eight, but this sampling will get you started (with plenty of events indoors in the magical air conditioning). Find many more events on our events calendar.... Read More

Friday, May 27, 2016

The third Saturday in June is one of the best days to visit Bloomington for two simple reasons: food and art. The Taste of Bloomington is a huge food festival where attendees can eat and drink products from local restaurants and producers while enjoying live music. Check out our top 10 tips to get... Read More

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

A fabulous weekend is planned for your sense of art discovery and enrichment during the Bloomington Open Studios Tour . Thirty-five artists have been creating new works and tidying up their studios to prepare to welcome the public on June 4th and 5th. You can find detailed artist information with... Read More

Friday, May 20, 2016

Once we get over the monumental weekend that is IU Graduation, the town takes a nap for a few weeks. But by June, when the weather is more dependable and the traffic is wonderfully minimal, Bloomington is ready to party. There are tons of events going on, but here are approximately 10 of the... Read More

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

It doesn't matter if your idea of an expensive meal is filet mignon or PB&J. Everyone likes free stuff. Luckily for those of us who live in or travel to Bloomington, it's ridiculously easy to find free things to do, especially in the summer. I'll share with you some of the best free things to do... Read More