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Friday, June 13, 2014

10 Sure Bets in B-town for July, 2014

Categories: Arts & Culture, Family Fun, Festivals

It's the middle of June, which means two things -

1) summer is really, officially here (well, as of the 21st anyway), and 
2) it's time to plan your July getaway to Bloomington! 
Here's a quick list of 10 awesome events happening in July. Trust us - there's something here you really want to experience! From family fun to grown-up comedy, Bloomington is ready and waiting for your summer fun. Even more great events can be found on our full calendar.  

School House Rock Live!

School House Rock Live! - through July 12

You remember Conjunction Junction, right? See it live on stage as part of the IU Summer Festival of the Arts! Get your friends from school together for a weekend, and be sure to bring the kids so they can experience it, too! 

Maria Bamford

Maria Bamford - July 2 & 3

Fresh from being named "Best Club Comic" at the 2014 American Comedy Awards, Maria Bamford comes back to Bloomington for two performances at The Comedy Attic. Show time is 8 pm - you might want to get those tickets in advance...

4th of July Parade

4th of July & First Friday - July 4

Everyone loves a parade! Come downtown for the annual 4th of July Parade and live music, then stick around to celebrate First Friday at a variety of downtown businesses and attractions. 

Creatures of the Night

Creatures of the Night - July 5

Enjoy an interactive live animal show, presented by Indiana Wild. Presentations will be at 1:30 and 3:30 pm, focusing on the special survival adaptations of a variety of nocturnal species. Cost is $3 per ticket, plus museum admission.

Jazz in July

Jazz in July - July 6-25 

Join the IU Art Museum on four dates in July as they feature free Jazz performances outdoors on the sculpture terrace. Refreshments are available and the special exhibits gallery will be open from 5:3o-8:30 pm.  

Heritage Days

Paynetown Heritage Days - July 11-13

Take a peek into the past at Paynetown SRA's Heritage Days. The highlight of the event is Heritage Village, where reenactors portray time periods from 1745-1890s. As you wander, you may see a craftsman twisting a rope, try throwing a tomahawk, or step into a trader's tent.

The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz - July 13 

Grab the whole family and head for the Buskirk-Chumley Theatre to see this classic, beloved family film starring Judy Garland... on the big screen! A unique experience, especially for little ones who've only see it on TV.  

Creekbend Vineyard

Taste of Creekbend - July 18-19 & 25-26

You've tasted the wine... now experience Creekbend Vineyard! Explore the beautiful vineyard firsthand in this unique event featuring a walking tour, wine tasting and personal cheese plate. There are four tour times available on each date. 

Red Eye Relay

Red Eye Relay - July 19

Take your summer running routine up a notch! Put together a team to run this 100-mile relay...overnight. That's right, they run all night long (and it's sponsored by Upland Brewing Company, so you know it'll be amazing). 

Monroe County Fair

Monroe County Fair - July 27- Aug. 2

Nothing says summer like a traditional county fair, complete with carnival rides, games, 4-H projects, animals and, of course, loads and loads of yummy food vendors! 

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.