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Category - Festivals

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

Thursday, August 20, 2015

It may surprise you to know that Saturday, August 29 will only be the second annual celebration of Bloomington PRIDE Summerfest , our fair city's summer LGBTQ pride festival. But you might already know that the PRIDE Film Festival has been going on for 12 years now every January, so we've had pride... Read More

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Three-day weekends are rare and beautiful things. Make the most of the upcoming Labor Day weekend with a mini-vacation. Allow me to humbly suggest the top 10 reasons to come to Bloomington for Labor Day weekend: 10. Food Truck Friday Food Truck Friday is a weekly event that has taken Bloomington... Read More

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

If you ask me, there isn't a consensus in this world about when summer really ends. Even though backpacks already line the store shelves and the little ones are going back to school in early August, there are still many of us who will cling to those final unbearably hot days in August like The Long... Read More

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

As a college town, it's true that our resident population dips over the summer. There's slightly less traffic, shorter waits at restaurants, and a significant drop in red Solo cup sales. There are also tons of events that locals and tourists just can't wait for. You're going to love this list of... Read More

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

It's Craft Beer Week in Bloomington, which might sound unnecessary since you can get amazing craft beer here year round. But this week is special . All week, you can hit up local breweries along the Bloomington Ale Trail to try their special new brews and get your passport stamped to win a prize!... Read More

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Top Ten lists are just too short, and there's too much going on to narrow down my list any further. So here are 11 of the events you simply must go to this March in Bloomington. When you're there, don't forget to share a photo on Instagram with the hashtag #visitbtown! Devour Btown -... Read More