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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

10 Sure Bets in B-town for April, 2014

Categories: Arts & Culture, Family Fun, Live Music

Looking ahead to April, we've identified 10 don't-miss events that you'll want to add to your calendar next month. We've tried to include a variety of event types, so you'll see whether you're looking for the perfect weekend for the kids, craft beer lovers, athletes or IU alumni, you'll find it here. Of course, this is not an exhaustive list of upcoming events in Bloomington - be sure to check our full calendar listings for dozens more awesome reasons to plan a quick trip to B-town!  

Hoosier Half Marathon & 5K

Hoosier Half Marathon & 5K, April 5

This race is challenging and rewarding - the hills are a challenge; the scenic views of Bloomington and the IU campus are rewarding, as are the incredible post-race dining options available to you! Make it a weekend and enjoy the beauty of springtime in Bloomington.  more...

Bloomington Craft Beer Week & Festival

Bloomington Craft Beer Week & Festival, April 5-12  

A week-long celebration of craft beer in Bloomington culminates with the 4th Annual Bloomington Craft Beer Festival at the historic Woolery Stone Mill. The event features dozens of Indiana craft breweries, live music and a unique and awe-inspiring atmosphere!  more...

WonderLab - Nano Festival

Nano! A Big Weekend for Small Science, April 5-6

Take part in a national festival at WonderLab and explore this cutting edge area in the sciences. Join in the fun at multiple activity stations exploring nanoscience concepts, including helping to build a giant two-story balloon sculpture as a model of a carbon nanotube! Free with museum admission.  more...

Mad Gravity

Mad Gravity, April 4-19

The Bloomington Playwrights Project introduces you to Archie and Eudora, who have a live studio audience in their living room to help them lead an honest and honorable life. Things get a little awkward when some important visitors have a massive case of stage fright and an asteroid may be headed cataclysmically toward the Earth...   more...

The Combine

The Combine, April 11-13     

You won't want to miss Bloomington's own technology conference. Join some of the nation's top thinkers and doers for The Combine, April 11-13. Featured speakers include keynote presenter Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, the world's most loved space cat Lil BUB, lead singer for the band Murder By Death Adam Turla and many more.   more...

Guys and Dolls

Guys and Dolls, April 18-26

You won't be able to resist the streetwise charms of a couple of lovable gangsters as they bet on their futures - romantic and otherwise! IU Theatre presents this popular musical set on the streets of New York City. Who's willing to take a gamble on love? Roll the dice, reserve your tickets and see!   more...

West Side Story

West Side Story, April 22-23

From the first note to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. What happens when idealistic Polish-American Tony and innocent Puerto Rican Maria fall in love amidst the turf warfare of their rival ethnic gangs?   more...

Hammer & Nail

Hammer and Nail, April 23-24

This annual collaboration between IU Contemporary Dance and the Jacob's School of Music's Student Composer Association teams up student dancers and musicians to create breathtaking performances. Admission is free, but donations to the Hoosier Hills Food Bank are appreciated.   more...

IU Little 500 Bicycle Race

IU Little 500 Weekend, April 25-26     

Often called the Greatest Collegiate Weekend, the Little 500 is the largest collegiate bicycle race in the country, and an Indiana University tradition. Join the more than 25,000 fans that gather to watch these cyclists ride for glory on the quarter-mile cinder track of Armstrong Stadium.   more...

Trashion Refashion Show 

Trashion Refashion Runway Show, April 27 

This annual community fashion event seeks to increase awareness of sustainable design practices. The runway show will showcase designs created from upcycled clothing and discarded materials. Live music, aerial performers, the Hudsucker Possee, Trashion-off competition and the sale of upcycled clothing and accessories round out the evening.   more...


Tosha Daugherty

Tosha Daugherty

Tosha was the primary contributor to the B-town Blog during her tenure as content coordinator. Her blogs covered a number of topics, from family activities to outdoor excursions.