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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

10 Sure Bets in B-town for August, 2014

Categories: Indiana University, Arts & Culture, Family Fun, Live Music, Festivals

We're more than halfway through July, which means August and back-to-school time are just around the corner!  Bloomington still has plenty of fun events happening, so you can soak up every last drop of summer before it disappears.  

 Even more great events can be found on our full calendar.  


First Friday/Gallery Walk - August 1

Downtown Bloomington is celebrating First Friday & Gallery Walk! Check out all the participating galleries to see special exhibits, entertainment, & food.  Even the little ones can get in on the action with special exhibits and demonstrations at Wonderlab. 

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4th Annual Uncork the Uplands - August 2

Uncork the Uplands celebrates the new American Viticulture Area, the Indiana Uplands AVA.  For one night you get to enjoy tastings of all nine south-central Indiana Upland Wine Trail wineries in one beautiful location at Oliver Winery's Creekbend Vineyard!


Wonder Wonka Food Factory - August 3

Get your golden ticket to the Wonder Wonka Food Factory!  Enjoy such magical edible chemistry activities like making "aerobic ice cream", frozen cheese puff "dragon's breath", fizzy fruit soda, and much more.

comedy fest

The 6th Annual Bloomington Comedy Festival - July 15-August 27

40 Comedians.  11 Weeks.  39 Frowny Emoticons.  1 Champion.  With almost all sold out shows, the best audiences of the year, and the ability to decide the winner, the Bloomington Comedy Festival returns for the 6th year.  Wednesday nights, all summer long!


2014 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour - August 22-23

Showcasing a wide variety of story and style, the Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is a 94-minute theatrical program of eight short films from the 2014 edition of the January Festival.  

creekbend blues bash

Creekbend Bluegrass Bash - August 23 / Grant St. Jazz Festival - August 23

The Creekbend Bluegrass Bash is $20/car and allows you to enjoy wine tasting, food trucks, self-guided vineyard tours, and live bluegrass music! Don't forget to hit up the Grant St. Jazz Festival while you're in town as well to hear some of Bloomington's finest jazz talent.

hillbilly haiku

Hillbilly Haiku - August 29     

Come listen to some live music at Upland's Brew Pub and enjoy some of their great food and beer!  The lineup includes headliner Murder by Death, Lydia Loveless, and the Kopecky Family Band.     

IU Football

IU Football vs. Indiana State - August 30

Indiana, our Indiana!  Help kick off the first game of the IU football season. Bring your friends and family for some tailgating and hit up the Hoosier Village before the game starts!   


Makevention - August 30

Local and regional makers of all kinds will be here showing off the things they've made.  This is a family-friendly event for all ages and a fun way to get involved in the Maker movement.     

4th St. festival

4th St. Festival of the Arts & Crafts - August 30-31

Exhibitors display their fine arts and crafts on the beautiful tree-lined section of 4th St. in Bloomington, close to downtown and Indiana University.  The festival attracts artisans and craftsmen from all over the country to exhibit, but regional talent is well represented as well.

Teal Strabbing

Teal Strabbing

An IU graduate, Teal is the Sales and Services Coordinator for Visit Bloomington. She loves cats (especially local celebrikitty Lil BUB), traveling to new places and volunteering with the Girl Scouts. Teal’s favorite thing about Bloomington is all the great food -- there’s always something delicious to find downtown, at the farmers’ market or at Taste of Bloomington!