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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

10 Sure Bets in B-town for April, 2015

Categories: Outdoors, Indiana University, Arts & Culture, Live Music

April is a crazy month in Bloomington, as far as events go. Between the reliably good weather (if you can ever truly say that about Indiana) and the end of the school year at IU and Ivy Tech, there are simply tons of events going on from arts to sports to parties. I have done my best to choose the top 10 out of approximately 1 million.

For more events, view our Events Calendar.

Ugly Lies the Bone

Ugly Lies the Bone - April 3-18

In this play produced by the Bloomington Playwrights Project, American soldier Jess returns home from war severely burned, only to find her Floridian hometown decaying with the end of the space shuttle era. She tries to cope using virtual reality therapy. This production will appear Off-Broadway by Roundabout Theatre Company in New York City this fall! 
Bloomington Playwrights Project

Bloomington Farmers' Market

Bloomington Community Farmers' Market - every Saturday opening April 4

Locals and visitors alike know that there's no place more "Bloomington" than the weekly farmers' market on Saturday mornings, April through November, in Showers Plaza by City Hall. Stock up on local veggies and meat, grab a latte or tamale, and meet up with friends (or make new ones) at one of the state's most popular farmers' markets.
Showers Plaza

IU baseball

IU Baseball & Softball - April 8

Cheer on the Hoosiers in a season that's already off to a great start! IU baseball is currently ranked #21, and plays Cincinnati at 6:05pm on the 8th. See the women beat Purdue in two softball games that day, at 4pm and 6pm.
Andy Mohr Field & Bart Kaufman Field

The Magic Flute IU Opera

The Magic Flute - April 10-11 & 17-18

The invariably stunning students of the IU Jacobs School of Music will wow us yet again with their production of Mozart's The Magic Flute. You know, the one with the famously challenging Queen of the Night aria -- I guarantee you've heard it; just listen for those high notes at 44 seconds into this video.
IU Musical Arts Center


Kaia 10th Anniversary Concert Party - April 11

Bloomington's all-woman world music vocal and percussion ensemble has been impressing audiences for 10 years now, including being a mainstage performer at two Lotus festivals. Their 10th anniversary concert will feature some of their best songs over the years, plus some new ones. Come celebrate at the UU Church, a great venue for choral music.
Bloomington Unitarian Universalist Church


Pilobolus Dance Theatre - April 14

You think you know dance until you've seen Pilobolus. They break all the rules as they travel across the globe with their uniquely creative, daring, quirky choreography that has been featured on the Academy Awards, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and Late Night with Conan O'Brien.
IU Auditorium


Memphis - April 15-16

Inspired by actual events following two musicians trying to break free of racial prejudice, this hot new Broadway musical comes to you from the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee. It's the winner of four Tony awards including Best Musical.
IU Auditorium

Women's IU Little 500

One Day in April - April 24

It's a new documentary film by IU Alumni, following four cycling teams as they trained and competed in the 2013 Little 500 race. The only thing that could make this movie more perfectly IU is if it were wearing candy-stripe pants.
Buskirk-Chumley Theater

Little 5 Calendar

Little 500 - April 24 (women's race) & 25 (men's race)

This is the largest collegiate bike race in the country, and it's also the World's Greatest College Weekend. Teams of four cyclists compete on a cinder track, cheered on by more than 25,000 fans. You really have to see it to believe it.
Bill Armstrong Soccer Stadium

Orson Welles

Orson Welles Centennial Symposium & Celebration - April 29 through May 3

May 6, 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of actor, writer, producer and director Orson Welles. The IU Cinema will host scholars, writers, filmmakers and archivists who have been key figures in the scholarship surrounding his work, and will screen several of his films.
IU Cinema & other venues on campus


Abby Perfetti

Abby Perfetti

Hailing from Indianapolis, Abby has lived in Bloomington since 2009. She was the Content & Social Media Coordinator for Visit Bloomington, and in her spare time, she sings in choirs, gardens, and enjoys the occasional craft beer.