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Category - Live Music

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Guest Post: By Sara Sheikh For 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 25th annual Lotus World Music & Arts Festival, Lotus will feature the festival’s largest lineup to date as 30... Read More

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Fourth Street Arts Festival of the Arts & Crafts This annual event began in 1976 as a way for area artists and craftspeople to showcase their talents and has been a Bloomington tradition ever since! The Fourth Street Festival of the Arts & Crafts has grown over the years into one of the premier... Read More

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Bloomington Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Festival August 11-13 | Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center Bust a move with the best blues and boogie-woogie pianists. Returning artists include Bob Seeley, C. J. Chenier, Rob Rio, “Uganda” Roberts, Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues, Ricky Nye, Cassidy Gephart and Craig... Read More

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Bloomington Community Farmers Market Every Saturday in downtown Bloomington, celebrate summer at Indiana's largest farmers' market. Stock up on local produce, flowers, and goodies from local bakeries and restaurants. Learn more about Monroe County's farmers' markets here . Monroe County Fair Hot... Read More

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

February gets a lot of love because of Valentine's Day, and rightfully so. There are several Valentine's Day events happening to help you celebrate, but they're not the only reason to come to Bloomington in February. From Broadway to rock concerts, there is something for everyone. Theater in... Read More

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

You don't have to have a significant other to have fun. We've already rounded up all things Valentine's Day but if you and your girls want more, come down to Bloomington for a weekend and have the ultimate Galentine's Weekend. What is Galentine's Day? Ladies celebrating ladies. Traditionally... Read More

Thursday, January 4, 2018

This article was published in our 2018 Bloomington Visitors Guide . Request your copy here . From garlic cuisine celebrations to 21st-century opera, from stand-up comedy to standing-room-only shows, events in Bloomington are diverse and energetic. Our top picks for Bloomington's most unique annual... Read More

Thursday, September 21, 2017

With pumpkin picking, Hoosier Hysteria, a Broadway musical and much more, October is a great time to be visit Bloomington. Mark your calendars for these events! Great Glass Pumpkin Patch Come pick out your very own handmade blown glass pumpkin at the 8th annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch. There will... Read More

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

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Music is the heartbeat of Bloomington, the rhythm that moves us and the melody that guides us. Discover the talented local musicians, producers, events, and venues that keep the beat going. By Stephen M. Deusner “Bloomington is a live music town,” says Ben Swanson. “There’s enough going on here that... Read More