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Category - Festivals

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

As we transition from summer to fall, the city of Bloomington transforms into a colorful canvas with events you can't afford to miss! Kiwanis Balloon Fest The sky will be all aglow again this year at the Kiwanis Club of South Central Indiana Balloon festival. The festival will feature 20 balloons,... 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, November 9, 2016

One of the most beloved holiday events in Bloomington is the Canopy of Lights (always the Friday after Thanksgiving). Families and friends gather on the courthouse lawn to join Santa Claus in turning on the twinkle lights that cover the downtown square. Nearly 6,000 people attend the annual... Read More

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fall is finally here and the event calendar is filling up! From events around campus, to the arts, and family fun, there is something for everyone in Bloomington, this fall. First Thursdays at IU Fall is a great time for festivals in Bloomington. This year the contemporary arts and humanities at... 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

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Taste of Bloomington is a one-day culinary extravaganza, with tons of food, drinks, music, kids' activities, and socializing in the heart of downtown. Head to Showers Plaza on June 18, but not before you read these expert tips from seasoned Taste attendee Laura Newton. 10. Parking doesn't have... 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

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

2016 is upon is, and with it, a plethora of events that you'll only find in Bloomington. This list includes comedy, sports, theater, modern dance, science, quirky pop music, and more. Bonus points to anyone who completes all 10! Click the images to learn more. IU Men's Basketball vs. Ohio State... Read More

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Pretty soon, every sentence that comes out of my mouth will include the words "hark," "tidings," and "tinsel," all sung to the tune of Go Tell it on the Mountain . But for now, I managed to make a December events list that includes some really amazing events that have nothing to do with Christmas,... Read More

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Coming up on September 24-27, Bloomington residents and visitors get to enjoy the 22nd annual Lotus World Music and Arts Festival . It's four days of live music in the streets and venues of downtown Bloomington, including ticketed and free events, buskers, and ridiculously talented performers from 23... Read More