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Category - Festivals

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

Friday, December 19, 2014

It's hard to choose just 10, or 11, or more of the top events in Bloomington, but here's my hand-picked list. Add your events in the comments!! Even more great events can be found on our events calendar . 2nd Annual First Day Trail Run - January 1 A non-competitive, un-timed run-walk... Read More

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

This is a special guest post from our fabulous intern, Steffi Wong. Here at Visit Bloomington, we only get to enjoy her presence through the end of the 2014 fall semester, and then she'll be finishing her senior year at IU and will be off to new adventures. We asked her to write a post about all the... Read More

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

In Bloomington, the leaves aren't the only things that change with the seasons. Many of our local restaurants change their menus to feature seasonal dishes with a Bloomington flair. We've gathered a sampling of some of the tastiest fall flavors from popular Bloomington restaurants, with tempting... Read More

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Whether you're afraid of the dark or a horror movie superfan, Bloomington has plenty of ways to celebrate Halloween. Check out this list of the top events across the city, and feel free to share your own suggestions in the comments! 5th Annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch October 11 Monroe... Read More